Donna Brazile: ‘The Tea Party Is The Energy Inside The Republican Party’

June 15, 2014 | 12:01 PM EDT

Donna Brazile, who served as campaign manager for Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign and current Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, had some surprisingly kind words to say about the Tea Party during a TV appearance on Sunday, June 15. Brazile appeared on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos during its "Powerhouse Roundtable" segment to discuss Congressman Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) loss in the Republican Primary. The Democratic strategist remarked that "The Tea Party is the energy inside the Republican Party. You ignore them, you ignore the base." Video cross-posted here at NewsBusters.