This is how the official spokesman and former Chairman of Tea Party Express (a leading organiser of rallies in support of the Tea Party agenda), responded to the NAACP's call:
"You're dealing with people who are professional race-baiters, who make a very good living off this kind of thing. They make more money off of race than any slave trader ever. It's time groups like the NAACP went to the trash heap of history where they belong with all the other vile racist groups that emerged in our history," Williams said.
So, part of the Tea Party leadership believes that slave traders were no worse, really, than a civil rights-inspired lobbying group? The NAACP seems to have been seriously understating the problem they'd identified.
Here's another story from today, which describes how leaders of the North Ohio Tea Party regretted placing an image of Obama next to one of Hitler. They said it 'just totally wiped everything else and it misrepresents the tea party movement'. Part of the everything else that it 'just totally wiped' was an image of Lenin on the other side.
It's true that the anti-war left compared Bush to Hitler during the last administration. That was nuts too - but it didn't seem so popular.
Last night when I read Richard Cobb describe the American reading public as 'possibly the most unimaginative, certainly the most ignorant in the world', I was inclined to dismiss it as the product of particular a streak of anti-Americanism sometimes found in that generation. I still think in one respect he's definitely wrong: there's nothing 'unimaginative' about this particular portion of the American public. If anything, their imaginations run away with them.