The short answer is no, though at first blush one may conclude that Williams’ has lost it. In making his delusional claims about Islam, has Mark Williams unwittingly revealed what many people believe about the so-called tea bag movement? Even when given the chance to disavow his hate-filled screeds Williams sticks to his guns, shooting himself in the foot while providing some insight into the mind of the tea-bagger-in-chief and the tea bag movement in general.
What if William's is not merely a crazed lunatic but a serious reflection of the Tea Party?
On his blog, Williams has tried unsuccessfully to put some distance between his paranoid hatred of 1 billion Muslims and the corporately-funded, pseudo-populist organization he chairs. What should concern William's handlers is his apparent willingness drive a stake into the heart of public relations stunt that is the Tea Party. Freedom Works and other corporate benefactors have poured tens of millions of dollars into the Tea Party Express in hopes of manufacturing a grassroots facade for an assortment of anti-government crackpots, race-haters, anti-Obama birthers.
While it may be argued that some among the tea party faithful bear no racial animosity or profess extremist, anti-democratic views, Mark Williams’ seems to have enough hate and delusional paranoia to go around.
So while the Right Wing celebrates the primary election victory of extremist Rand Paul, the thrill may be short lived. Paul's advocacy of racial discrimination while questioning the legitimacy of the Civil Rights Act, when combined with William's hateful worldview, may force a painful but politically-expedient divorce from the mainstream Republican Party and its tea bag step child.
See a great recap of William's lunacy at TPM Muckraker -
Tea Party Leader: 'Islam Is A 7th Century Death Cult Coughed Up By A Psychotic Pedophile'