Bravo to Mitt Romney! Not only did he squeeze out a narrow victory, but he did so as he fought off not only President Obama’s lies and accusations, but as he fought off Obama’s sidekick, Candy Crowley. It was shameful.
It was an uphill battle for Romney last night who had the deck stacked against him. Viewers tuned in to watch the Town Hall debate, hoping to see citizens ask questions that are indicative of the kinds of questions average voters might have. Instead, we were treated to questions pre-screened by a liberal moderator that did all that she could to obstruct the debate and help Obama out.
Crowley chimed in to reinterpret questions posed by the undecided voters. Part of the appeal of the Town Hall debate is that after months of hearing the same talking points of pundits and reporters, we hear from real voters and the candidates are able to address those concerns. With Crowley interjecting herself into that situation at every turn, it became another Q&A with Candy Crowley.
The most outrageous portion of the night was the showdown between Obama and Crowley against Romney. Apparently, having had enough of trying to pretend to be objective, Crowley jumped into the fray to support her comrade by backing up Obama’s false contentions. During a question about Libya, Romney called Obama out for pushing the “YouTube video” story for weeks as the cause of the attack on our embassy in Benghazi. Romney cited Obama’s uninspired Rose Garden speech as an illustration of his changing narrative regarding the cover-up of the Benghazi attack. He claimed that even on September 12th, as Obama prepared to hop a plane to Vegas, Obama refused to call the attack an act of terror, but instead offered up the YouTube video excuse. As Romney circled in for the kill, Crowley jumped in to claim that in the transcript, Obama called it an “act of terror.” Romney was forced to retreat while still claiming that for weeks, Obama pushed the YouTube video story as the cause of the attack.
First of all, Crowley was the moderator, not a fact-checker. Second, if she was a fact-checker, she did a poor job as she seemed to only focus on Romney while allowing Obama to spew forth all kinds of nonsense.
And most importantly, she was wrong! President Obama denounced generic “acts of terror,” but did not label this attack as such. He stated, “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.” While I’ll admit that this is a somewhat ambiguous phrase, the fact is that it is far from being a fact that Obama claimed the Benghazi attack was an act of terror. Thus, Crowley had absolutely no business interjecting her perception as fact, especially when she had no business interjecting at all!
Almost immediately after the debate, the partisan hack walked back her comments and claimed that Romney was right, but still refused to admit that she was wrong. She stated, “He was right in the main, I just think he picked the wrong word.”
Ms. Crowley has made a big deal about being the first woman in twenty years to moderate a debate. While that’s great, I humbly submit that it would have been far more impressive to be remembered as a good moderator rather than simply a female moderator. She missed her chance.