Ann Althouse does get some pretty impressive commenters. Her reader Lem offers a great insight into the racial accusations of the Tea Party bashers:
Accusing the tea partiers of a hidden racist agenda, essentially means that the election of Obama has set the country back.
Their hatred (from the likes of Krugman, King, Blow, and Rich for the right is so blinding they don’t realise the import of their accusations.
If its about race (and any idiot could see that its not) then it means Obama has a miserable fail winning people over.
So eager to brand critics of Obama as racist (their default reaction to any energetic movement on the right), the left-wing critics show that they are unable to transcend race. They just can’t imagine that someone might oppose the policies of someone who happens to be black for something unrelated to his race.