The Conservative groups has gained support, by trying to be populist demagogues. The harassed politicians by bussing in people from out-of-area to 'make' issues in town hall meetings a tactic called 'astro-turf' (meaning fake grass-roots). The Tea Party is noted as a low taxation platform that also sports many 'birthers' (those who do not believe US President Barak Obama was not born in the United States and is therefore ineligible for the presidency).
SOmehow Williams managed to become too extreme for them... after he wrote a personal blog note targeting the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). The NAACP responded, cautioning the Tea party, if it wants to maintain any legitimacy, it would need to expel its racist elements- which may include many members. As a token nod that he had gone too far, the Tea Party leadership expelled Williams. This leaves a massive gap in leadership as the wolves gather for power.
The Tea Party is notable as having been influenced strongly by political figure Sarah Palin (noted for a failed vice presidential candidacy in 2008). The Tea Party is also noted to be supported by 10% of the US population according so one survey. So who will fill the void of power in a 'family values, financial freedom, freedom, liberty, political scandal party'? Time will tell. Go Ducks