Via The Times Picayune:
How naive of New Orleanians to think that a sense of justice and site logistics -- not politics -- would determine the locations for next year's presidential debates.
What else but politics explains the indefensible decision by the Commission on Presidential Debates to leave New Orleans out?
The commission's official line is that the city, recovering from Hurricane Katrina, is not ready to host such an important event. That's what commission Co-chair Paul Kirk told Anne Milling, founder of Women of the Storm, which together with four local universities sponsored New Orleans' proposal.
''Politics trumped the moral decision,'' an incensed Ms. Milling said Monday.
The commission's explanation is a slap in our face. It also contradicts the reality on the ground. Read on...