As several states with active "tea party" groups prepare to hold important primary elections this month, the movement is struggling to overcome accusations of racism that are tinting perceptions of this loose network of conservatives.
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This really gives almost sole voice to the TEA Party supporters and other than an individual Democrat's quote and some polling data is mostly mute to the more serious criticisms of the group relating to race. Take a look at the TIm Wise article linked to this review and you'll see what I mean.
This report sounds to me like the TEA Party's PR campaign talking points designed to rehabilitate its image. While the openly, visible, racist elements at their gatherings are addressed by the leaders here, which is fine, it is the underlying arguments they make as policy, that smack of class warfare on the lower classes and consequently to a greater extent on minorities. The reporter doesn't address this or dig at all. You can put lipstick on a pig...