The National Tea Party Federation Gives Mark Williams The Boot

Mark Williams will likely not care about any of this, as he is a talker, not a grassroots activist. However, I think that the National Tea Party Federation did the right thing here:
The National Tea Party Federation, an organization that represents the Tea Party political movement around the country, has expelled conservative commentator Mark Williams and his Tea Party Express because of an inflammatory blog post he wrote, federation spokesman David Webb said Sunday.

Appearing on the CBS program “Face the Nation,” Webb said that Williams and the Tea Party Express — which has held a series of events across the country to generate support for the movement — no longer were part of the National Tea Party Federation.

“We, in the last 24 hours, have expelled Tea Party Express and Mark Williams from the National Tea Party Federation because of the letter that he wrote,” Webb said of the blog post by Williams that satirized a fictional letter from what he called “Colored People” to President Abraham Lincoln.

Webb called the blog post “clearly offensive.”
Yes. That's an understatement. [here is the letter in question]

Joe Gandelman has some terrific analysis over at TMV:
This possible split is indicative of much of what is occuring throughout the United States: a battle whose victor has yet to be determined but, if could be argued, is swerving towards a victory for the Mark Williams of this world.

The split is between those who believe political debate should focus more on issues and policies and deal with serious ideas presented assertively. But the operative word here is “serious.”

On the other end you have the U.S’. ascendent talk radio political culture which is into attack and snark in responding to those who disagree or outright critics. The emphasis here is less on policy and ideas than on memorable quotes or sound bytes that are often highly polarizing and go on the offensive rather than counter charges with thoughtful answers. It’s the style that has propelled Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck to the top of their ratings heaps, can cause a Republican House member to scream “You lie!” to a President and a Democrat to accuse Republicans of wanting people to die without health care. It gets attention, audience share, subscribers and hits — and some believe votes.

There is a middle ground between a bland CSPAN like attitude and a crying nearly foaming-at-the-mouth Glenn Beck.
Indeed. That middle ground is precisely what I strive for here at -- along with my good friends at TMV and Donklephant, as well as Doug and Dr. Joyner. There are many more centrist/civilized sites out there, but I don't have time to do the laundry list... =)

Screaming is not necessary when talking politics. If you are screaming, you are potentially causing half of your audience to tune-out.