What if You Held a Debate and (almost) Nobody Showed Up?

It's Junkie Day here at TOTN, in a political sense. And there's plenty to talk about. Democrats debate tonight at Dartmouth... Republicans (those who agreed to show up, anyway) face off at Morgan State University tomorrow night. But, it's the five candidates who aren't coming that are getting all the attention this week. None of the top contenders plan to be there... No McCain, Giuliani, Romney. And no Thompson or Tancredo, either. Is this a Republican snub of black voters? Or just a scheduling conflict? We'll talk with Armstrong Williams about it. Larry Craig is back in court today, trying to take back that guilty plea... and trying to save what's left of his career in the senate. Ken Rudin will be here to answer all your questions (just don't bring up the Yankees loss).



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In my opinion, the Republicans aren't showing up at Morgan State because they don't feel they can spin the results if things go wrong for them.

Sent by Glen | 2:53 PM | 9-26-2007

Is the progressive movement dead in America? When Mitt Romney passes and Hillary Clinton proposes a massively regressive health insurance mandate on individuals we hear near universal silence from the political elite. What ever happened to deciding what things were in the public good and passing a equitable tax to pay for it? Take away Congress' and the State Legislator's heavily subsidized health plans and see what kind of "bipartisan" plan gets passed.

Sent by Pat | 2:59 PM | 9-26-2007

Can someone at TOTN explain why you would have the disgraced Armstrong Williams on your air, given his history of selling his "opinions?" It's not as if there aren't plenty of taint-free (and far smarter) conservative pundits out there. Thank you.

Sent by Dan Mitchell | 3:09 PM | 9-26-2007

Shame on you for giving Armstrong WIlliams the credibility of the TOTN microphone. His complicity with the Bush administration in taking payments for pro "no child left behind" articles contaminated his legitimacy. I am stunned that you consider him airworthy.

Sent by Mark E Bouchard | 3:09 PM | 9-26-2007

Anybody at TOTN going to weigh in on this?

Sent by Dan Mitchell | 6:22 PM | 9-26-2007

Why, when Armstrong Williams objected to being called a "Republican commentator," would your host apologize? Mr. Williams is nothing if not a Repbulican commentator--the Bush administration has the receipts to prove it.

I assumed this man had, in disgracing the profession of journalism, found another line of work. Why would NPR give him this credibility? At the very least, why not mention the scandal for which he's best known?

Sent by Jonathan | 7:26 PM | 9-26-2007

I think it is right to call Armstrong Williams a "Republican columnist," since that who was (is?) paying for his column.
In news reports he was often referred to as a "flak." In the Black community that term is translated as "flunky."
When one of your callers complained about the anointing of candidates, you claimed to be working for change. What kind of change in journalism are you working for when you anoint a flunky as being a journalist?
You may feel you are talking of the nation, but a nation of talking flunkies isn't much worth listening to.
I clicked onto your show while driving to my son's football game, and I liked Bill Littlefield's take on sports (and life), but the existence of the likes Williams makes me furious.
Around here his other name is "Sell-out."
Click (off).

Sent by L Erskine | 7:52 AM | 9-27-2007

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