May 5, 2010
ALL ROOTS, NO TRUNK:
Tea party groups battling perceptions of racism (Amy Gardner and Krissah Thompson, 5/05/10, Washington Post)
"We don't want the worst elements to take this over," said Brendan Steinhauser, campaign director for FreedomWorks, a national group that helps coordinate tea party activists. "If they do, the tea party loses independents, it loses moderates, it loses people who don't tolerate this. Being a racist is one of the worst things you can be in this society. No one wants to be labeled this."
The challenge is made tougher by one of the defining elements of the tea party movement: No one person controls it. There is no national communications strategy. And incidents of racist slogans and derisive depictions of President Obama continue to crop up, providing fuel for critics who say the president's skin color is a powerful reason behind the movement's existence.
The problem with trying to be a party of individuals is that you aren't alone. Posted by Orrin Judd at May 5, 2010 6:09 AM