Dale Robertson, who runs TeaParty.org, tells the paper:
I have called into the RNC many times, and they still haven't called me back. I've called them, lots of times. I called them this morning. I called them yesterday. It's like they ignore you as they try to figure out a strategy on how to defeat you.
But here's one possible reason -- which doesn't seem to have occurred to Robertson or the Times -- for the lack of love from Michael Steele and Co.:
This photo of the Houston-based Tea Partier holding a sign that compares taxpayers to "niggars" -- which led Robertson's local Tea Party group to cut ties with him. (As we reported recently, Robertson appears later to have photo-shopped the sign to a milder message -- which you can see above -- and posted it on his site. It's since been removed.)
Seems like that might have something to do with it.