All the big-name Republicant presidential candidates – Romney, Giuliani, McCain and TV's own Fred Thompson – have decided to skip a televised debate planned for September 27 before a primarily black studio audience.
The same candidates, save McCain, passed on a recent televised Spanish-language debate held by Univision in Miami.
And they were MIA at a same-sex issues presidential forum they were invited to recently in Los Angeles.
Hillary, Obama and Kucinich all accepted invitations to these or similar events.
The Republicants’ singular reason for skipping these events is “scheduling conflicts,” which comes right next to “I’m resigning so I can spend more time with my family” in the pantheon of politician bullshit. Even if these guys have scheduling conflicts, you'd think they'd be willing to rearrange some of their priorities. If you care enough about something (or someone) you’ll make time for them, no?
I’m willing to bet that a few of the Republicant candidates may have actually wanted to attend some of the debates but were afraid of 1) what their constituents might think and 2) how attendance at such events might be used against them by their intra-party rivals: “So and so is soft on immigration reform…” or “So and so attended a gay event and thus is not a pro-family values candidate…”
Some of us believe xenophobia is an inherent trait of the Republicant Party. Their 2008 candidates are so far certainly not doing anything to reverse that perception.