Actually, Denise, that's not true.
Previously, you denied the existence of any video at all as the basis for your point.
Apparently, confronted with the video, which I am as surprised to see, by the way, as you may be, you have skipped over the fact that you now have to account for the video which you previously denied even existed. Perhaps you might start there? Then you could proceed to saying something on the order of what you just said. It would make more sense that way.
This way, it simply looks silly. You have the video in front of you, you have the spitting on tape, you have Cleaver wiping his face off as he walks up the stairs. Your whole defense of the Movement is that there are no tapes of the thing around, and here one surfaces. You could at least try to claim that it's phony or that the spitter is a communist plant.
I'd grant you that the guy's a loony tune to do that, but there seem to be a lot of loony tunes showing up on pictures, either spitting, as here, or showing misspelled signs, of ganging on on guys with Parkinson's Disease.
There are a lot of decent conservative folks who have a beef with the Democrats, with the tax situation, with the employment situation, with the health care situation or with the general economic outlook, and I've got endless sympathy for them, and, really, for you. But the rhetoric has got these outliers foaming at the mouth in an unpleasant and dangerous way. Remember the woman that McCain had to quiet down at his town meeting during the election?
McCain's approach to distance himself and the Republican mainstream from that sort of Rhetoric was fairly sensible. He didn't tell her to shut up. He told her that he did not agree with the views she was saying she thought he represented. He made a point of distancing himself from a message of racism and hate. He didn't say, Shut up; he said, "That's not me."
If The Tea Party Movement wants to gain the respect I think it deserves, it needs, I believe, to draw that distinction between itself and its wing-nut outliers in the same way that Democrats learned to deplore the craziness of the SDS and those even further to the left 40 years ago.
You can't shut people up successfully. You shouldn't really try.
What you should do instead is find out what the core thing is that they are trying to do that is in the common good, that is laudable, and see if you can't find a way of helping them do that in a way that is mutually agreeable. There's usually a way that something along those lines can be worked out if everybody is really wanting to work for the common good.