CNN’s Fareed Zakaria continued his string of controversial statements yesterday (he’s called for modeling the U.S. Constitution amendment process after Iceland, let’s remember) by saying he agrees with people who call the Tea Party “ideologically extreme.”

“Watching the extraordinary polarization in Washington today, many people have pointed the finger at the Tea Party. It’s ideologically extreme, refuses to compromise, and cares more about purity than problem solving,” Zakaria said on his show. “I happen to agree with much of that critique, but it doesn’t really answer the question, why has the Tea Party become so prominent? Why is it able to dominate Washington?”

NewsBusters has the video:

Really? No mention of any leftist movements or organizations? Not even a union? John McCain moving “farther” to the right?

And what about dealing with the Tea Party’s positions on their merit, instead of ad hominum attacks? That might be too much to ask from the man who once admitted to advising the president.