Tonight’s All-American Presidential Forum is four candidates shy of reality TV. None of the candidates on the stage have a real chance of winning the GOP presidential nomination.
The absence of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson from what has been, so far, the only nationally televised debate to focus solely on topics of interest of black Americans sends a very clear message that not only is the Republican Party not interested in courting the "black vote" but is not even willing to engage on issues of importance to African-Americans.
This goes beyond any one campaign. It is nothing less than a disgrace for the entire country. Is it any wonder that when Kanye West blurts out "President Bush hates black people" on national television that many black Americans nod their heads in agreement?
But Republicans' minority outreach, the illusion of inclusion, was aimed at white swing voters. Their message: We're not your father's Republican Party.
Milton said with the partisan divide widening, the hunt for independent voters would not yield very many votes in the general election. So Republicans are concentrating their fire on the party's white conservative base.