Tony Katz

Why would anyone think it necessary to vindicate themselves from the words of Freeman, who did nothing more than reiterate the tired Racer meme popularized by Garofalo and Keith Olbermann? When Cain was asked for his response to Freeman's accusations, he pointed out the problem with Morgan's statement:

"Most of the people that are criticizing the Tea Partiers about having a racist element, they have never been to a Tea Party...Name calling is something that is going to continue in this because they don’t know how to stop this movement and this movement is making a big difference in politics..."

Cain didn't mention his race. He didn't mention being black. He didn't mention his skin color. Cain did what Cain does: He focused on the statement, gave a thoughtful, straightforward analysis and moved on.

It is this candid, direct approach that is attractive to the American people. Cain doesn't make excuses; he proposes solutions. He admits his mistakes, talks about what he is learning and focuses on giving America a clear set of rules, policies and procedures. Cain does what Obama can not; walking the walk after talking the talk.

If there is anything to take from Cain's impressive victory in the Florida Straw Poll, it's that the mainstream media will not be deciding who the GOP candidate is. The idea that America's choices are reduced to Mitt Romney or Rick Perry are over. Herman Cain has joined the top tier, and he got there with hard work, an engaging personality and a great message. How long he stays there is up to Cain and the voters, not the MSM.

Tony Katz

Tony Katz is a radio talk show host, writer, public speaker and cigar enthusiast. His show can be heard on 93.1FM WIBC in Indianapolis, and at