Howard Dean - Tea Party Not Racist

Howard Dean makes some interesting points at a forum for political consultants. Most pleasing is his acknowledgment that the Tea Party is not racist and it has been unfairly maligned. He doesn't blame the Democrats, unfortunately, but instead lays it all on the media.

Dean doesn't mind using the nuclear option, either. A few months ago, he accused Fox News of being racist.

Dean continued, "They have been pushing a theme of black racism with this phony Black Panther crap and this, this business, and Sotomayor and all this other stuff...The Tea Party called out their racist fringe, and I think the Republican Party's got to stop appealing to its racist fringe."