The most glaring problem I see here, Chris, is that it's not 'clear' that few in the Tea Party are racist, when the racist perspective is so well documented in many right-wing publications, and so often offered by politicians on the right.<quoted text>
I'm not sure what came first but tp or the 9-12 project but when many 9-12'ers went to Washington D.C. a few years back I remember the media saying (hoping?) something crazy would happen. It did! Many people that are not professional protestors came from many faiths, some no faith to stand up a few things. I've posted the 9 principles and 12 values a few times here. Whats funny is each time not one person has said they disagreed. But then listen to media and the usual rant about racist bigot blah blah blah when its clear few in the movement hold any such view.
And yes, there are publications, and politicians, on the left you've called 'racist' as well, about some of whom I share your opinion. But they are either less numerous, or don't get as much television coverage.
Since I don't watch much television, that's pretty moot in my case.
Having said that, it's not necessarily numbers, but emphasis, which seems to make the right stand out more as 'racist'- the left's racism is more subtle, and therefore, perhaps, more insidious.