In it, but not of it. TPM DC
If you recall, for the first time about a month ago, the SPLC included anti-gay groups like the Family Research Council and the American Family Association on its list of "hate groups." Republicans, and other conservative groups were predictably outraged that a social conservative group like the FRC was listed alongside the likes of the KKK.
Which might be why the SPLC topped out the Tea Party Nation list, because "this group has made a cottage industry labeling any group to the right of Karl Marx a hate group."
"The SPLC smeared as hate groups, respectable groups such as the Family Research Center, American Family Association, Concerned Women for America, Liberty Counsel and others as hate groups for opposing repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell and Homosexual Marriage. That makes the SPLC our number one liberal hate group," Phillips writes.
The number two spot went to the DHS for taking part in "silly political posturing from the most corrupt regime in the history of this country." Referring to Secretary Janet Napolitano as "the DHS Clown in Chief," the list says that the "DHS will not enforce border security. It makes Americans go through a joke of a security system when they want to fly. It invades their privacy while not going after terrorists."
The ACLU landed at three for being "a hate group with a law license. A lot of law licenses. If you hate America, the ACLU loves you and if you love America, the ACLU hates you." And four is the SEIU, which "has not been shy in using violence against companies who refused their efforts to unionize and have not been shy about using violence against Tea Party members."
And, finally, number five is the NAACP, who had unanimously passed a resolution this year calling on the Tea Party to "repudiate the racist elements and activities" from its members in the past. Tea Party leaders defended themselves by calling the NAACP itself racist, and the Tea Party Nation now refers to the report on the Tea Party "hilariously inaccurate."
"To the NAACP, anyone to the right of Karl Marx is a racist," Phillips wrote today (yes, he used that description twice).