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The Candy Thing: Let’s Go on a Crash Moderator Diet

Show of hands: How many are for letting Candy Crowley have the night off on Tuesday? Thought so. Candy, call your therapist, dear, and tell her you have a couple free hours.

It seems Ms. Crowley has an inflated opinion of her duties in the upcoming presidential debate.

Mark Halperin – Time:

In a rare example of political unity, both the Romney and the Obama campaigns have expressed concern to the Commission on Presidential Debates about how the moderator of the Tuesday town hall has publicly described her role, TIME has learned.

While an early October memorandum of understanding between the Obama and Romney campaigns and the bipartisan commission sponsoring the debates suggests CNN‘s Candy Crowley would play a limited role in the Tuesday night session, Crowley, who is not a party to that agreement, has done a series of interviews on her network in which she has suggested she will assume a broader set of responsibilities. As Crowley put it last week, “Once the table is kind of set by the town hall questioner, there is then time for me to say, ‘Hey, wait a second, what about x, y, z?’”

In the view of both campaigns and the Commission, those and other recent comments by Crowley conflict with the language the two campaigns agreed to which delineates a more limited role for the moderator of the town hall debate. The questioning of the two candidates is supposed to be driven by the audience members themselves — likely voters selected by the Gallup Organization. Crowley’s assignment differs from those of the three other debate moderators, who in the more standard format are supposed to lead the questioning and follow up when appropriate. The town hall debate is planned for Tuesday at 9pm ET at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.

Yeah, well see, no thank you, Candy. Rules are not like dress sizes in the women’s department at Macy’s, darling. They don’t get smaller by designer fiat. Rules are rules; they aren’t flexible for you and rigid for everyone else.

Where did we get the idea that debates need moderators, anyway? Lincoln and Douglas didn’t need them. Do we not all agree that Joe Biden can make a big enough buffoon out of himself without Martha Raddatz’s help?

CNN will be running the next debate, moderator, audience participators, the whole shebang. Which means Candy Crowley’s fan club will be stuffed into the hall like Jennifer Hudson in a Valentino gown. The last time CNN moderated a town hall debate, as Michelle Malkin points out, CNN loaded the room with plants. No, not rhododendrons–liberal plants.

The first Obama-Romney debate was refreshing the other night, not because Romney won; it was refreshing because Jim Lehrer (pronounced Lehr-er-er-er-er) was all but invisible. Can you believe the media are actually whining that Lehrer didn’t get enough face-time? HELLO! IT IS NOT ABOUT YOU GUYS!

Now it will be next to impossible for Candy Crowley to be invisible at this debate, so if she cannot disappear on her own, Mitt Romney should disappear her. You are winning, Mitter; don’t help Crowley blow that.

Republicans are good people, okay? But they’re a little slow catching on. Jeez, they were still wearing white belts and polyester slacks in the 1990s! Some of them are still wearing Rush Limbaugh ties!!!

Anyway, Republicans have always had this idea that they can negotiate with Democrats and reason with a media front-loaded for Democrats.

Here is where that kind of reasoning got us: Labor Department (DNC arm of the AFL-CIO); Energy Dept-EPA (front organizations for every wackjob enviro-group on the planet); Education (Washington arm of the NEA).

Time for the GOP to wise up. These lefty journalists serve Republicans absolutely no purpose at all in a debate. For once since Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation be smart. Take a stand: Next time, no moderators or no debates.

h/t Drudge


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