Historian and Pulitzer-prize-winning author Garry Wills says to Stephen Colbert that "of course" the Tea Party is racist (video below). Wills better watch his back. Remember when the NAACP called the Tea Party racist? One of its media henchmen hell bent on teaching the NAACP a lesson posted an edited video to YouTube misrepresenting something a speaker said at an NAACP function, and the woman speaking, Shirley Sherrod, ended up being fired from her government job. The Tea Party and its supporters and candidates like to dish out inflammatory rhetoric but they can't take it when others dish it back.
Wills, whose new book is entitled Outside Looking In has some tough words for President Barack Obama as well. The Huffington Post reports that Wills, writing at the at New York Review of Books says Obama wants to be a two-term president and that's why he's willing to continue at least one of the wars started by George W. Bush. The implication is that Obama is willing to buy a second term with the blood of American soldiers. Now that's harsh.
Wills posted the NYR piece in November 2009. While its live link is showing the article page as an error, you can read the cached piece here. I don't know if the webmaster moved the piece and that's why the live link is broken or if Wills himself changed his mind about Obama.
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