The NAACP has released a report entitled “Tea Party Nationalism” in which the organization compares the conservative movement with the KKK and Lee Harvey Oswald, among others. While racially charged elements and members have aligned themselves with the Tea Party, they have been recognized and expelled just as quickly. To suggest the presence of a concerted, continuous effort is irresponsible, especially since the charge itself is racially aggressive and divisive. Thus, the NAACP is essentially inhabiting the same space it accuses the Tea Party of occupying, using race as a political wedge.
Milbank writes about political theater in the nation’s capital.