[QUOTE]Colin Powell was tolerated until he started voicing his own opinion. as soon as he criticized McCain for picking Palin, he was lambasted. Accused of backing Obama because they had the same skin color. [/QUOTE]
Colin Powell was celebrated by the right as a successful military man turned statesman until he proved to be just another self-aggrandizing statist politician. It's not about the color of the skin, it's about professing and adhering to conservative principles. In this regard Colin Powell was an abject failure.
Ironically, it is the left that far more concerned with race and ethnicity.
Look at how the left tried to destroy Justice Clarence Thomas. Look at the name calling that takes place any time a person of color speaks up for conservative values.
The tea party is first and foremost an organization devoted to promoting the fiscal health of the United States of America. People of all colors are and always have been welcome in this effort. If that were not true I would not be a supporter.