I have been to Tea Party events and no bigotry and I went looking for it. The Paul problem is caused by the Tea Party crew's identification with the kooky Paul family. Rand Paul does not share his fathers mania about Israel. However, his comments and floundering on the Civil Rights Act is disturbing but not shocking.
Rand Paul's repeated appearances on Alex Jones radio show that features Tuther material that is frequently antisemitic is cause for concern. This would not be a problem if Paul were not the son of a crank who has accepted support from KKK types.
Hopefully, Rand Paul will be asked these questions in the coming days. Truthers have no place in any respectable group.