Honestly, If I Were Tavis Smiley, I Might Accuse Republicans of Racism Too!Not exactly a ringing endorsement for Smiley, but point taken. Jim Geraghty lists non-racial, practical reasons for the decisions of the Top Four.
It's bogus, but can you blame him? He's about as objectionable as a moderator as, say, Chris Matthews, who moderated the first Republican debate of this cycle, at the Reagan Library!
Meanwhile, commenter Richard Cook and I are having a back-and-forth on the subject here.