THE KEYES TO CREDIBILITY…. The “Tea Party” in the nation’s capitol is bound to be a great event. After all, organizers are bringing in the big guns.

J.P. Freire, The American Spectator managing editor and an organizer of Washington, D.C.’s anti-spending April 15 “Tea Party,” announced this morning that perennial presidential candidate Alan Keyes would speak at the event. A chorus of groans sounded at the meeting where this was announced.

Keyes has been a controversial figure for years, before and after his disastrous 2004 Senate bid against Barack Obama. In the last few months, he’s returned as a plaintiff in lawsuits alleging that Obama is not a “natural born citizen” of the United States.

The announcement produced a “chorus of groans”? I can’t imagine why. After all, nothing says “credibility” and “seriousness” like inviting Alan Keyes to be a featured speaker at your event.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.