July 20th, 2010
03:31 PM ET

Expert: Tea Party split a distraction but will fade

Kristi Keck

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While an ugly split within the Tea Party might leave a bruise, it won't be fatal to the movement, a political expert says.

Tea Party Express leader Mark Williams made a bad situation worse last week when he blogged what he said was intended to be a satirical letter from NAACP President Benjamin Jealous to Abraham Lincoln after the NAACP had called for the Tea Party to repudiate racist elements in the movement.

By the end of the weekend, the Tea Party Express was cut loose from an organization that claims to represent the entire movement while the Williams group stood by its man.

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  1. Annie Kate

    So the Tea Party is a movement? Will it turn into a viable and valid 3rd party in our elections? If it does who will lose the most from it – the Democrats or the GOP? There has been so much unpleasantness and hate talk from the Tea Party (although it might have all been that branch they cut off) I don't even begin to take them seriously on anything.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm |

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