Video: Debate questioner is affiliated with Hillary’s — and Kerry’s — campaigns; Update: Plantmania!

posted at 11:09 pm on November 28, 2007 by Allahpundit

As incredible as it may seem, given all the flak they took for not vetting questioners after the last debate, CNN not only approved a question from someone affiliated with the Clinton campaign without identifying the affiliation, they invited him to the debate so that he could ask a follow-up. One of the lefty blogs whined after my post about the last debate that those crazy wingnuts shouldn’t be surprised to find former state Democratic Party officials asking questions at what was, after all, a Democratic Party event. Okay. Should I not be surprised to find a Democratic campaign operative — not just from this campaign but from the last one too, per the end of this post — asking questions at the Republican debate either?

Just identify the guy, CNN. His question’s perfectly fair. And, apropos of nothing, Hunter’s answer is awful.

Update (Bryan): Not that we need anymore proof, but Kerr’s name appears in this Clinton press release. It’s about halfway down the list.

Update (MM): Another one…and another one…and another one…

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4shoes on November 29, 2007 at 1:43 PM

Its not the question or the questioner that’s the problem. The problem is that CNN flew this guy in, not to ask a followup question, but to chastize the Republicans for giving the wrong answer.

BohicaTwentyTwo on November 29, 2007 at 2:56 PM

Anderson Cooper? The former Mole-hunter with the Patented Smirk that drives the guys AND gals wild?

What’s next? Bob Barker replaces Brian Williams?

( or is Barker dead? For that matter, does Brian Williams still have a pulse ? )

Just get it over with and hire Rosie to replace Katie Couric……..

Janos Hunyadi on November 29, 2007 at 3:10 PM

Of course, that still means there’s something like 4-5 million gays out there waiting to take a shower with you.

I suddenly feel so… filthy.

I think I’ll try out the “openly gay” shtick this week; e.g.,

“Hi, yeah, I’ll have the Combo Meal No. 5 with a Diet Coke. And I’m an openly gay man.”

saint kansas on November 29, 2007 at 3:25 PM

Ted Faturos, the corn subsidies questioner, was an intern for Democrat Congresswoman Jane Harman.


Jason Coleman on November 29, 2007 at 4:29 AM
Still a legitimate question though, and he didn’t get to badger the participants the way the Hillary-plant was.

Otherwise, I didn’t mind the General’s actual question so much, mostly because Mitt gave another waffling answer “…uh, there’s a war on, so ask me later. Nevermind my previous stance.”

Hollowpoint on November 29, 2007 at 1:09 PM

I somewhat agree with you and somewhat don’t. This is supposed to be the Republican primary, where Republicans get to examine and vet their candidates. When CNN/YouTube, Politico, and more collude to create agenda driven preference for Democrats asking Republicans questions, there’s a problem with the format/system.

We’re not getting to vet our own candidates, we’re having Dem activists getting more time in our debate than some of our candidates (like Tom T., I’m pretty sure Kerr got more time on mike uninterrupted than Tom T. did and maybe Hunter too).

That’s a problem. It’s also a problem when questioners are framing questions for lose-lose answers and there’s no real way for the candidates to challenge the question effectively. The more that is coming out, (see the updates at is making it look more and more like CNN intentionally biased the debate and severly OVERSAMPLED Democrats in what was supposed to be a Republican debates.

To the point of even including a John Edwards supporter in their group of “undecided Republicans”.

The whole debate was bogus, a farce.

Connect these dots too.


Jason Coleman on November 29, 2007 at 3:43 PM

Good news, it appears that the kid who asked about believing every word of the Bible is a big time Twoofer:

William Teach on November 29, 2007 at 7:26 PM