Tavis Smiley – Today’s Best Person in the World

I am not sure how many of you bothered to watch but this evening PBS aired their Republican Presidential Candidates debate hosted by Tavis Smiley at Morgan State University in Baltimore. As you may recall this is the debate, taking place at an historically black school, where the top four candidates choose to not show up because of “scheduling conflicts.

The absence of the front-runners from a debate at a historically black college in Maryland has raised new questions about the Republican Party’s attitude toward minorities and its ability to expand its appeal.

The missing candidates — former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson — all cited scheduling conflicts in skipping the event.

Critics have questioned their excuse, particularly after a Spanish-language debate aimed at Hispanics was canceled earlier this month when all of the 2008 Republicans except McCain backed out.

Hmm, smacks of racial fear if you ask me, but that is not why I am writing this. What I found most interesting about this debate is Smiley and producer Neal Kendall chose to make a statement and boy was it a doozy. If you watched this debate you could not ignore it. No, there was way would you forget the fact that Romney, McCain, Thompson and Guiliani were absent.

You know why?

Simple, they left four empty podiums, two dead smack in the middle of the stage and two at either side!

Here, here Tavis! Good call.

10 Responses to “Tavis Smiley – Today’s Best Person in the World”

  1. mick says:

    So how was the “debate”? Keyes and Tancredo. Now there’s a pair for yah. “It must have been hell in there.”

    (A kiss and a book of green stamps to anyone who can identify the source of the quote. Hint: source title is perfect description of the debate. Of any Republican debate, actually.)

  2. Laura says:

    The Goon Show: Emperor of the Universe 1957

  3. mick says:

    LAURA! You goddess, you. Got it in one. I really thought that was too obscure for anybody to get. Who knows the Goon Show in the US? Monty Python, yes, but the Goons?

    Ying tong iddle aye fo. I blow you a smooch and your book of green stamps is in the mail (along with the check for my electric bill).

  4. uh huh… I was gonna go with the gong show…

    Mine’s more satisfying anyway.

  5. mick says:

    Not the source of the quote but a good description of the GOP debates, right enough.

  6. Laura says:

    “Why, thank you,” she smiled and blushed. I really just wanted those green stamps because I still owe my mom for when I was a kid and stuck her green stamps all over my brother’s bicycle. Since I worked at that puzzle for awhile, I was hoping you’d go check out another place I sometimes like to post to look for unchallenged comments…

  7. Laura says:

    Well now, that last comment of mine read way more like , “Let’s go someplace quieter” than I intended!!! Geeeez, I should really read what I’ve written before I “submit comment”. I meant for Mick to go read his own site every once in awhile… nevermind; just hope nobody got the wrong idea … (this is embarrassing)

  8. mick says:

    I knew what you meant and what you were asking. I haven’t been ignoring it, I just haven’t had much time the last few days. Besides, I’m mulling and researching here and there. I got curious about whether or not you were onto something. Patience.

  9. James Blund says:

    It was appalling that the “major” candidates didn’t show.

    That sort of arrogance is one of the reasons I can’t stand the “leaders” of EITHER major party.

    Of course, you won’t get that from President Ron Paul- he is accessible to anyone, not surrounding himself with handlers, secret service, and goons to keep the public away.

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