Sen. McCain, Sen. Thompson, Gov. Romney and Mayor Giuliani made the right decision to boycott the debate last night hosted by talk show host Tavis Smiley at historically-black Morgan State University.
Because they would have to defend themselves against different variations of: Why are you a racist?
Mr. Smiley on CNN yesterday:
"They're trying to go, these front-runners, these Republican front-runners, trying to go through this entire primary process and never have to address voters of color and never be queried by journalists of color. And I think in the most multicultural, multiracial, multiethnic America ever, that, quite frankly, is unacceptable."
All one needs to know about Mr. Smiley's motives is that he had the temerity to invite Alan Keyes. Excuse me, but when did Keyes become a presidential candidate - again?
The four leading contenders for the nomination don't need to share a stage with Keyes. His only purpose would be to scream and rage at the candidates for being insufficiently Keyes.
The Republican field should debate race in America. But not in a forum that is so obviously a set-up for embarrassment.