, an Orange County dentist and leading voice in the far-right "birther" movement, had a speaking invitation from the Tea Party rescinded
this week. Taitz was scheduled to address an April 15 Tea Party
gathering in California, but organizers of the event balked at the last
minute, saying that Taitz's decidedly non-mainstream views are "not
what the Tea Party is about at this point." A number of Republican
Senate hopefuls scheduled to speak at the rally have also been quick to
distance themselves from Taitz, which observers on both the left and
right regard as a politically shrewd move.
- 'Credit Where It's Due,' admits lefty blogger Michael Roston
at True/Slant. "If you can’t rely on the Tea Partiers to dismiss the
racist animus behind birtherism, at least you should credit Republican
candidates like [Carly] Fiorina, [Chuck] DeVore, and John Dennis for
doing so," he explains. "They are shining examples for how Republicans
should address the racist mania that drives Taitz and her ilk."
- Good for the Tea Party, concludes Brad Porter
at The Crossed Pond, a conservative roundtable blog. Porter sees the
Taitz blackballing as evidence of a good-faith effort among Tea
Partiers to "disown the fringe elements" of the movement. For further
proof, he points to a recent pledge from the libertarian group
FreedomWorks to oust anyone who shows up at a Tea Party rally with "a
racist sign or an offensive sign." (Porter doesn't note that the
motive behind FreedomWorks' plan seems to be to weed out liberals
trying to discredit the Tea Party movement by acting boorishly at
rallies, rather than an actual desire to confront offensiveness.)
- But Why Didn't These Denouncements Come Sooner? wonders blogger GottaLaff
at the irreverent news roundup The Political Carnival. "Chuck DeVore
and Carly Fiorina said they hadn't realized Mental Taitz was scheduled
to speak. That's funny, she was listed as a featured guest on the Pleasanton Tea Party website... yesterday. All they had to do was pop over and take a peek."
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