The right-wing noise machine has already spun the snub as a response to Julian Bond's supposed vitriolic statements about the president. (Nevermind if Bon'ds comments have merit. That's not the point. Just like it's not the point what "liberal" means. You just tell folks that John Kerry is the most "liberal" senator, and that's supposed to be an argument. Teddy Kennedy supports him? Nuff said. Can most people actually point to specific legislation that Kennedy has either introduced, supported, or opposed? Well, no, of course not.) I don't think it's productive to charge those on the right with racism all the time, but it's clear that George W. has no desire to court the black vote. The GOP trafficks in self-righteousness, turning the tables and calling the left-wing "elitist" and suggesting that black interests are not represented fairly by groups such as the NAACP or the Congressional Black Caucus. I, for one, am not surprised by W.'s maneuver. The neocons will keep working to destroy the Democratic party, using "values," patriotism, the culture wars, whatever. Their hope is that minorities will simply turn to the GOP as the only alternative. Hopefully that backfires.