The obligatory “presidential debate moderators pretty much who you’d expect” post

posted at 4:01 pm on August 13, 2012 by Allahpundit

First question from Candy Crowley: “Governor Romney, did you choose Paul Ryan because you have a death wish?”

PBS’s Jim Lehrer will host the first presidential debate on Oct. 3 in Denver, Colo. CNN’s Candy Crowley will host the second, town-hall debate on October 16 in Hempstead, N.Y. CBS’s Bob Schieffer will host the third debate on Oct. 22 in Boca Raton, Fla.

ABC’s Martha Raddatz will host the vice presidential debate on Oct. 11 in Danville, Ky.

Crowley’s the first woman moderator of a presidential debate in 20 years, an odd lapse given the prominence of Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, and Katie Couric. (Walters moderated the first Reagan/Mondale debate in ’84, in fact.) If you’re wondering why no Brit Hume or Megyn Kelly instead, bear in mind that the debate commission needs both campaigns to agree to the moderators. The One’s simply not going to accept a Foxie — not even Bret Baier — unless Romney agrees to an overtly liberal moderator at another debate, and there’s simply no one in the MSNBC afternoon/evening line-up who’d be as remotely as evenhanded as Hume, Kelly, or Baier would be. Even if there was, what incentive does either candidate have to roll the dice on a risky pick? Come October, every syllable out of their mouths will be tightly scripted for maximum impact. The last thing they want is an X factor asking questions.

Interesting footnote: A quick check of the debate website reveals that not only has no MSNBCer ever hosted a debate, only once in the past 25 years has someone from NBC News been tapped to do so. That was Brokaw in 2008; Russert, David Gregory, and Brian Williams have all been shut out. The moderators typically come from a mix of CBS, ABC, PBS (Lehrer is a staple at these things), and occasionally CNN (Bernard Shaw moderated at least once). That’s exactly what we’re getting this year, which suggests that these things are governed by institutional inertia more than anything else. They’ve got a formula, they’re sticking with it, and the campaigns seem okay with it. Again, I think their top priority is not being taken by surprise, and these four seem unlikely to do that. Think back on all the debates you’ve watched since, say, 2000. What’s the most dramatic/memorable/unpredictable moment? Al Gore sighing? QED.

One other point worth flagging now. Martha Raddatz, who’ll be moderating the Ryan/Biden debate, is ABC’s chief foreign correspondent, which makes me wonder if the questions will be geared a bit more towards foreign policy than they might have been with a different moderator. That’s golden for Biden, if so: Not only is Ryan’s experience in that area thin, it’s a perfect invitation for Greasy Joe to spike the ball and do an end-zone dance over Bin Laden. Exit question: Will the VP debate draw more viewers than any of the presidential debates? It did four years ago.


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Yes. Pretty much who we’d expect.

thatsafactjack on August 13, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Why not Brit Hume WTF same old crows I do not know why outside ever agrees with this crap

Conservative4ev on August 13, 2012 at 4:03 PM

AP, this site moving to a facebook plugin commenting system?

lorien1973 on August 13, 2012 at 4:03 PM

What no Andrea Mitchell..?

d1carter on August 13, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Wish our side would say no.

Dingbat63 on August 13, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Republicans cooperating in their own destruction. Whats new?

sharrukin on August 13, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Lol. Jim Lehrer and Bob Schieffer?

Talk about the “dinosaur media.”

Aizen on August 13, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Why not Brit Hume WTF same old crows I do not know why ourside ever agrees with this crap

Conservative4ev on August 13, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Conservative4ev on August 13, 2012 at 4:05 PM

“Mr. President, who does your dogs nails?”

“Mr. Romney, why do you hide money overseas, bankrupt companies and cause women to die?”

BobMbx on August 13, 2012 at 4:06 PM

…So we don’t get to negotiate?
S O S…!!!
Here’s an idea…D E M A N D

KOOLAID2 on August 13, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Crowley’s the first woman moderator of a presidential debate in 20 years

Wasn’t Gwen Awful a moderator last year?

faraway on August 13, 2012 at 4:06 PM

You will love this Ryan v Biden video http://tinyurl.com/9jx36w4

SWalker on August 13, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Cancel this zhit!

Valkyriepundit on August 13, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Crowley’s the first woman moderator of a presidential debate in 20 years,

You lie. Gwen Ifill.

lorien1973 on August 13, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Not only is Ryan’s experience in that area thin, it’s a perfect invitation for Greasy Joe to spike the ball and do an end-zone dance over Bin Laden.

Like they wouldn’t spike the ball if someone else was moderating the debate? Plus, with Slow Joe spiking the ball he’s likely to put an eye out, so there’s that.

Trafalgar on August 13, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Wasn’t Gwen Awful a moderator last year?

She did the VP debate.

Allahpundit on August 13, 2012 at 4:07 PM

oops, Gwen moderated the 2004 and 2008 Vice Presidential debates

faraway on August 13, 2012 at 4:07 PM

You lie. Gwen Ifill.

lorien1973 on August 13, 2012 at 4:07 PM

No, that was the VP debate. Follow the link in my post to the debate website. All the moderators from prior debates are listed there.

Allahpundit on August 13, 2012 at 4:08 PM

faraway on August 13, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Gwen Awful moderated the VP debate…I think.

d1carter on August 13, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Gwen Ifill moderated the VP debate, not any of the presidential debates.

Mark1971 on August 13, 2012 at 4:08 PM

The One’s simply not going to accept a Foxie — not even Bret Baier

The moderators typically come from a mix of CBS, ABC, PBS (Lehrer is a staple at these things), and occasionally CNN (Bernard Shaw moderated at least once).

Yeah, no kidding. Barry has done only 2 interviews with FoxNews that I can recall since he became President. One was the suckup interview with O’Reilly before the Super Bowl last year. The other was back in 2010 with Bret Baier before Obamacare was passed. That’s arguably the only tough interview he’s had in his entire Presidency with a major news network which is all you need to know about the state of our media.

As for Bernard Shaw moderating once, uh yeah, I don’t think anyone will ever forget his question posed to Michael Dukakis.

Doughboy on August 13, 2012 at 4:09 PM

It is a death wish to have Candy Crowley moderate the POTUS debate.

d1carter on August 13, 2012 at 4:09 PM

She did the VP debate.

Allahpundit on August 13, 2012 at 4:07 PM

http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2012/08/13/obama-and-romney-arent-as-similar-on-foreign-policy-as-you-think/

?

lorien1973 on August 13, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Like they wouldn’t spike the ball if someone else was moderating the debate? Plus, with Slow Joe spiking the ball he’s likely to put an eye out, so there’s that.

Trafalgar on August 13, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Yes, this. A million times, this.

Aizen on August 13, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Why do we take this every four years? WHY?! This is NOT a banana republic — not yet, anyway. Romney-Ryan need to just say no. No to a full slate of liberal moderators. No to taking questions from people basically on barack’s campaign team. No to playing along with the “media bias? what media bias?” charade. Go bold Romney and Ryan. Just say no. Just. Tell. Them. No. When they come back with fair moderators, then say yes. Your poll numbers will be up by double digits the next day.

Rational Thought on August 13, 2012 at 4:10 PM

AP, this site moving to a facebook plugin commenting system?
lorien1973 on August 13, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Please God NO!

jawkneemusic on August 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM

GOP is once again tremendously stupid to accede to these selectees. Like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football, they keep falling for debates moderated by socialist swine.

rayra on August 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM

I smell a set up for biden

This blows

cmsinaz on August 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Obviously R2 feels confident they can handle whatever skewed questions the socialist media can throw at them. It’d behoove both to study up where the experience is thin though, and practice taking questions from communist sympathizers.

Roseanne Barr is probably available….

Wolfmoon on August 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM

It is a death wish to have Candy Crowley moderate the POTUS debate.

d1carter on August 13, 2012 at 4:09 PM

I’d prefer someone else, but it’s a townhall format. So unless Crowley’s in charge of the selection of audience members and just so happens to pick only people wearing Obama T-shirts and buttons, she can only do so much to skew it against Romney.

Doughboy on August 13, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Yup, it’ll go something like this:

Question to Barack Obama, Benevolent God-King and Lord of All He Surveys: “Mister President, why are you so wonderful? And please, in the spirit of fairness, try not to take up the time of the entire debate.”

Question to Mitt Romney, EEEEEEVIL incarnate: “Governor Romney, given that Lord Obama is even more wonderful than he so graciously explained to us, can you please concede now?”

crazy_legs on August 13, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Accepting Democrat- only moderators is pathetic. The GOP is really going above and beyond to lose this one.

Snackrabbit on August 13, 2012 at 4:12 PM

I wonder if any of the debate moderators will come out with a new book right before the debate timeline.

You know, like Gwen Awful plugging one right before the VP debate in ’08.

Aizen on August 13, 2012 at 4:13 PM

One other point worth flagging now. Martha Raddatz, who’ll be moderating the Ryan/Biden debate, is ABC’s chief foreign correspondent, which makes me wonder if the questions will be geared a bit more towards foreign policy than they might have been with a different moderator. That’s golden for Biden, if so: Not only is Ryan’s experience in that area thin, it’s a perfect invitation for Greasy Joe to spike the ball and do an end-zone dance over Bin Laden.

Certainly. She’ll tee it up for him. Even give Biden the opportunity to namedrop some foreign bigwigs. Entitlements and overspending discussion will be restricted to a couple of questions.

a capella on August 13, 2012 at 4:13 PM

During the vp debate it will be interesting to see the comparison between dried up media hacks, plugs and the youthful Paul Ryan.

earlgrey133 on August 13, 2012 at 4:13 PM

The One’s simply not going to accept a Foxie — not even Bret Baier — unless Romney agrees to an overtly liberal moderator at another debate

Yeah, good thing Romney didn’t agree to that.

I guess until Shieffer tapes 60 minutes wearing a Che t-shirt we’ll just have to continue guessing as to what his politics might be. /

Kataklysmic on August 13, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Will these folks be true moderators or more like hecklers with set-piece questions?

(CBS News) DES MOINES, Iowa — Rep. Paul Ryan, whom Mitt Romney’s campaign plans to deploy heavily in Iowa, was greeted on Monday with resistance from an aggressive group of hecklers at his first solo campaign stop at the Iowa State Fair.

Just minutes after the Wisconsin congressman began speaking, protesters began yelling questions at Ryan about whether he was going to cut Medicaid and demanding he stop waging a “war on the poor.” As the heckling rose to a fever pitch — and the crowd started jeering — two women tried to rush the stage. They got within at least five feet of Ryan before security guards removed them.

Ryan kept his cool but suggested that the protestors lacked Midwestern civility.

“It’s funny, because Iowans and Wisconsinites we like to be respectful of one another and peaceful with one another and listen to each other,” he said. “These guys must not be from Iowa or Wisconsin.”

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 13, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Wow. I said ‘last year’. I’ve been in this cave typing away for 4 years?

faraway on August 13, 2012 at 4:13 PM

AP, this site moving to a facebook plugin commenting system?
lorien1973 on August 13, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Please God NO!

jawkneemusic on August 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM

If it is, the last time I read this place or comment here will be the day before the move. I’ll have to find another conservative leaning news collator with a resident emo-eeyore to lament.

Wolfmoon on August 13, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Hopefully someone will leak who the candidates that were rejected are. Especially who Obama for America rejects from the MSM.

meci on August 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Romney and Ryan should just say no. Would actually love to hear Romney say something along the lines of ‘I will not afford the marxist in the White House the opportunity to further spew his lies and his marxism at any forum I’m involved with because his worthless ideology has no place in America’

bgibbs1000 on August 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Why is no one from FOX moderating a debate table ? Why is that not seen as slap in the face to conservatives ? This is a huge advantage for team Ocommie.

Team RR ought to get some chuptza and say, We need at least a Brett Baier on the schedule- ALL sides SHOULD BE represented out there.

Only out of a concern for fairness, naturally.

FlaMurph on August 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

I smell a set up for biden

This blows

cmsinaz on August 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM

They had to do something. Biden is going to embarrass them either way.

d1carter on August 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Exit question: Will the VP debate draw more viewers than any of the presidential debates? It did four years ago.

Yes…if Joe is not sick around Oct. 11.

Schadenfreude on August 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

AP, this site moving to a facebook plugin commenting system?

lorien1973 on August 13, 2012 at 4:03 PM

I sure hope not. I hate Facebook and don’t want to get an account.

Doomberg on August 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

So both parties have to agree …..no wonder

cmsinaz on August 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Just what I would expect from the GOP for excepting this…

idesign on August 13, 2012 at 4:15 PM

I’d prefer someone else, but it’s a townhall format. So unless Crowley’s in charge of the selection of audience members and just so happens to pick only people wearing Obama T-shirts and buttons, she can only do so much to skew it against Romney.

Doughboy on August 13, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Isn’t that what happened before? They had ringers in the audience who coincidentally got chosen to ask questions, and it was later revealed that they were connected to the Democratic party.

sharrukin on August 13, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Question 1: Mr Romney, when President Bush caused Katrina were you on the ground helping to save any families or dogs?

Question 2: President Obama, if you had sons, how many of them would have looked liked you when President Bush killed them and Mr. Romney let them die in the flood?

nitzsche on August 13, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Allahpundit — to echo Lorien’s comment — weirdness on the O’Hanlen headline requiring facebook.

John the Libertarian on August 13, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Martha Raddatz, who’ll be moderating the Ryan/Biden debate, is ABC’s chief foreign correspondent, which makes me wonder if the questions will be geared a bit more towards foreign policy than they might have been with a different moderator. That’s golden for Biden, if so: Not only is Ryan’s experience in that area thin, it’s a perfect invitation for Greasy Joe to spike the ball and do an end-zone dance over Bin Laden.

How odd that the moderator for the sole veep debate would be versed in Biden’s alleged area of strength. I’m sure that’s a coincidence.

Then again, I’m not sure Biden can tie his own shoelaces without some help, so I doubt Ryan is all that concerned.

changer1701 on August 13, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Can Ms. Crowley merely have her uterus ask all of the questions? I mean, that seems to be the focus of the leftist feminazi position, so, let’s just skip the middlewoman and hear it right from what she, and others like her, thinks is important.

ted c on August 13, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Will these folks be true moderators or more like hecklers with set-piece questions?

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 13, 2012 at 4:13 PM

They need better security at these things. Hecklers getting within 5 feet of Ryan? That’s inexcusable.

Doughboy on August 13, 2012 at 4:17 PM

The One’s simply not going to accept a Foxie — not even Bret Baier — unless Romney agrees to an overtly liberal moderator at another debate, and there’s simply no one in the MSNBC afternoon/evening line-up who’d be as remotely as evenhanded as Hume, Kelly, or Baier would be.

I understand, but the end result is the GOP once again grabbing it’s ankles and saying, “Well, okay, we’ll have it your way” and winding up with Schieffer, Lehrer, Crowley – all the usual “mainstream” liberal broadcasters. It’s not as if the status quo is remotely balanced.

The GOP has to be willing to blow up the whole process and demand different formats and different moderators or we’ll continue to have utterly corrupt farces instead of legit debates. Remember CNN using hardcore Dem operatives to ask questions from the audience and pretending the creeps were “just folks”? This s–t has got to be made to end at some point.

Django on August 13, 2012 at 4:17 PM

This is a done deal then? The GOP just accepts the status quo of DNC hosted debates?

Of course they do.

mudskipper on August 13, 2012 at 4:18 PM

They had to do something. Biden is going to embarrass them either way.

d1carter on August 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

No he won’t. They’ll have him memorize the questions, the answers, and a few class-warfare talking points that can fall on to when lost. If worse comes to worst and ol’ Biden proves incapable of doing so, then a sudden cold will take the poor sod off the trail for about a week, just about the debate time.

Archivarix on August 13, 2012 at 4:18 PM

I smell a set up for biden

This blows

cmsinaz on August 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM

They had to do something. Biden is going to embarrass them either way.

d1carter on August 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

ROTFLMAO…. Way way to late…

SWalker on August 13, 2012 at 4:18 PM

I figured Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann, Ed Schultz and Chris Matthews would moderate. Hell, why not? If the truth be told, they ARE representative of the MSM. They just don’t hide their Commie malignancies, as well as the others do.

Oh well, I couldn’t care less who moderates, inasmuch as I don’t watch that bunch of shit, anyway.

Why bother?

OhEssYouCowboys on August 13, 2012 at 4:18 PM

I’m looking forward to appearances from the following:

First debate: Captain Kick-a$$ vs Mitt

Second debate: President Pout vs Mitt

Third debate: President All Wee-Wee’d Up (on the verge of tears)
vs Mitt (who bursts out laughing at his opponent
accompanied by deafening applause and hoots
from the audience)

Cody1991 on August 13, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Lol. Jim Lehrer and Bob Schieffer?

Talk about the “dinosaur media.”

Really, the country has moved on from the always suspect notion that there is a tiny elite corps of MSM journalists that should do this and who serve the country well.

How about AP, Ed, Mickey Kaus, and…my God, I REALLY have to struggle to find anyone on the Left who would be worthy. Where are the Christopher Hitchens’s, circa 1991? Maybe Michael Kinsley?

bobs1196 on August 13, 2012 at 4:19 PM

ted c on August 13, 2012 at 4:17 PM

The only thing regarding uteruses that are important to them is scraping and vacuuming any prospective fetuses from them and throwing them in the landfill.

Wolfmoon on August 13, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Question 1: Mr Romney, when President Bush caused Katrina were you on the ground helping to save any families or dogs?

Question 2: President Obama, if you had sons, how many of them would have looked liked you when President Bush killed them and Mr. Romney let them die in the flood?

nitzsche on August 13, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Question 1: “Mr. Ryan, when you threw Grandma over the cliff, did an image of your own grandmother come to mind?”

Question 2: “Mr. Biden, when you and the President save grandmothers everywhere from being thrown off of cliffs, does the image of your own grandmother come to mind?”

Aizen on August 13, 2012 at 4:19 PM

The One’s simply not going to accept a Foxie — not even Bret Baier — unless Romney agrees to an overtly liberal moderator at another debate, and there’s simply no one in the MSNBC afternoon/evening line-up who’d be as remotely as evenhanded as Hume, Kelly, or Baier would be.

The simple answer to that is Romney doesn’t have to debate. In this debate Romney has the most to lose not the marxist.

bgibbs1000 on August 13, 2012 at 4:20 PM

which makes me wonder if the questions will be geared a bit more towards foreign policy than they might have been with a different moderator.

Ha, I didn’t even think of that but it’s just one more way the MSM can skew the debate. Have Paul Ryan in a debate and don’t make it about domestic policy or fiscal issues. Just about what you’d expect from the Obamamedia.

JohnInCA on August 13, 2012 at 4:21 PM

d1c :(

cmsinaz on August 13, 2012 at 4:21 PM

No, it is not what I expect. I expect R/R to demand unbiased moderators and not accept the usual donk media hacks.

Blake on August 13, 2012 at 4:21 PM

That’s golden for Biden

Really? I can’t imagine any topic being golden for Sloe Joe. They could talk about direct experience riding the rails from DC to Delaware and he would stick his foot squarely in his mouth.

Let’s just assume the entire debate is about foreign policy. Does Ryan lose because his experience is thinner in that realm? No. He can always turn that subject into a treatise about the economy here at home.

JonPrichard on August 13, 2012 at 4:21 PM

The moderators typically come from a mix of CBS, ABC, PBS (Lehrer is a staple at these things),

truth be told, I’ve seen Jim Lehrer at a movie premiere for a Kevin Bacon flick “Taking Chance” or “Saving Chance”, I can’t quite recall the name. Either way, Jim Lehrer is quite a liberal, yet he is a former Marine Corps officer and can really bring the thunder when he wants to. I believe he is a Vietnam veteran as well (could be wrong).

ted c on August 13, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Can we have Frank Luntz equip the audience with his People Meters to gauge the fairness of each question asked and the completeness of their answers.

meci on August 13, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Martha Raddatz, who’ll be moderating the Ryan/Biden debate, is ABC’s chief foreign correspondent, which makes me wonder if the questions will be geared a bit more towards foreign policy than they might have been with a different moderator. That’s golden for Biden, if so: Not only is Ryan’s experience in that area thin, it’s a perfect invitation for Greasy Joe to spike the ball and do an end-zone dance over Bin Laden.

Ryan can easily point out how massive debt to other countries can control foreign policy in ways that are not best for the U.S.

INC on August 13, 2012 at 4:22 PM

1 tax return per extra debate, see how many they want then.

Wagthatdog on August 13, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Really, the country has moved on from the always suspect notion that there is a tiny elite corps of MSM journalists that should do this and who serve the country well.

How about AP, Ed, Mickey Kaus, and…my God, I REALLY have to struggle to find anyone on the Left who would be worthy. Where are the Christopher Hitchens’s, circa 1991? Maybe Michael Kinsley?

bobs1196 on August 13, 2012 at 4:19 PM

You know…

People love to make fun of Japanese robots, but I’m thinking they’d be of much greater use for debate moderators than what we’ve got, now.

After all, I don’t think robots can fall in love with the President, since they lack emotions.

Aizen on August 13, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Allahpundit — to echo Lorien’s comment — weirdness on the O’Hanlen headline requiring facebook.

John the Libertarian on August 13, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Now it’s 2 headlines in a row. Facebook comments. Guess it’s the new thing. Bad idea.

lorien1973 on August 13, 2012 at 4:23 PM

The only thing regarding uteruses that are important to them is scraping and vacuuming any prospective fetuses from them and throwing them in the landfill.

Wolfmoon on August 13, 2012 at 4:19 PM

if the mark of a true female/feminist is an empty, devoid of life uterus, then I want to hear from Candy Crowley’s uterus.

ted c on August 13, 2012 at 4:23 PM

With the possible exception of Portman, they were always going to go heavy on the foreign policy questions on the VP debate, because that’s where Biden can at least sound to the uninformed viewer like he has more experience than anyone Romney chose. Of course, Joe has been wrong on nearly every important foreign policy issue of the last 30 years, but he can do a lot of name dropping that might impress the low-information types. I’m figuring 75-80% of the questions will be on it, and probably none on the budget.

Dudley Smith on August 13, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Just what I would expect from the GOP for accepting this…

idesign on August 13, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Yep, the typical McCain/Graham “we’re such nice, reasonable guys” song and dance where the most important thing to them is a pat on the head from the mainstream media. Anything else would be crazy, Tea Party “extremism.”

Django on August 13, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Wish our side would say no.

Dingbat63 on August 13, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Exactly.
Why do Romney-Ryan want to appear on a debate with the marxist candidates as well as their campaigners ?

burrata on August 13, 2012 at 4:24 PM

They need better security at these things. Hecklers getting within 5 feet of Ryan? That’s inexcusable.

Doughboy on August 13, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Agreed. I recommend using anyone but personnel from DHS or TSA.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 13, 2012 at 4:24 PM

“…Martha Raddatz, who’ll be moderating the Ryan/Biden debate …”

Except, there will not be a Ryan/Biden debate. There is no way that obama is going to risk allowing Biden to debate Ryan – the only question is, when is obama going to push the button on Biden’s impending “medical emergency”? Poor, crazy, old Joe – he probably doesn’t even realize the sort of danger he’s in.

Pork-Chop on August 13, 2012 at 4:24 PM

AP, this site moving to a facebook plugin commenting system?

lorien1973 on August 13, 2012 at 4:03 PM

I sure hope not. I hate Facebook and don’t want to get an account.

Doomberg on August 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

I hope not, too. Don’t have FB; don’t intend to get one. FB comments are very dangerous, particularly on political sites. Lefties are unhinged and violent. They search and destroy anyone with whom they disagree, e-mailing their employers, etc. The move to FB commenting on various sites has been a real plus for lefties. It sends conservatives heading for the hills because we don’t live in the gutter like that. Look at most any site that uses FB comments: it’s all unhinged leftists, all the time. No thanks. I can get that watching the network news.

Rational Thought on August 13, 2012 at 4:25 PM

lorien1973 on August 13, 2012 at 4:23 PM

I don’t see the FB requirement but I am using the tracker blocking software that Bmore hooked us with…I only see the “Comments” header and then nothing under it.

d1carter on August 13, 2012 at 4:26 PM

So, how about we have Mark Levin interview each of these moderators in the weeks before the debates and sort of clear the air on how liberal and full of Obama/Earth First/ Gun Grabing/ commie shit they in fact are.

Then let them do the hack job they are paid to do.

Better yet get them each a guest 30 min each on Michale Savages show….the week before, sort of throw them off their game.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 13, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Moderator: Mr. Romney, will the rich confiscate every last dollar from the middle class and poor or will the poor have to give up every last dollar to the rich?

Romney: The current tax system *Moderator interruption*

Moderator: Next question; Mr. Romney, you clearly made your wife sick, can you tell us how you managed to beat her so badly that she contracted MS?

Romney: I didn’t….*Moderator interruption*

Moderator: Next question; President and saviour god almighty obama, can you tell us how great and wonderful you are? You have 3 hours, please observe the time limits. Thank you wonderful sire.

Wolfmoon on August 13, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Maybe it’s a townhall hiccup or new implementation?

However, if it is official, then I am done here.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 13, 2012 at 4:26 PM

The One’s simply not going to accept a Foxie

Well, when is our side “simply not going to accept” an entire panel of Dims?

Dingbat63 on August 13, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Now it’s 2 headlines in a row. Facebook comments. Guess it’s the new thing. Bad idea.

lorien1973 on August 13, 2012 at 4:23 PM

I can’t even see that since I have all the Facebook stuff blocked with my ad-block.

And you are right, bad idea.

JPeterman on August 13, 2012 at 4:26 PM

FB comments are very dangerous, particularly on political sites.

Rational Thought on August 13, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Bingo

faraway on August 13, 2012 at 4:27 PM

I only see the “Comments” header and then nothing under it.

d1carter on August 13, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Same here.

Trafalgar on August 13, 2012 at 4:27 PM

lorien1973 on August 13, 2012 at 4:12 PM

This will kill commenting from an iDevice.

jawkneemusic on August 13, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Except, there will not be a Ryan/Biden debate. There is no way that obama is going to risk allowing Biden to debate Ryan – the only question is, when is obama going to push the button on Biden’s impending “medical emergency”? Poor, crazy, old Joe – he probably doesn’t even realize the sort of danger he’s in.

Pork-Chop on August 13, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Exactly. Biden will be replaced with someone like Julian Castro, or Hillary Clinton. Probably at the convention.

sharrukin on August 13, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Why the sad faces? This is going to work out great. I have complete faith in the abilities of Paul and Mitt to utterly destroy Biden and Obama in the debates. A Circus clown could be the moderator and it would not make one iota of a difference. Can’t wait, let the show begin.

DDay on August 13, 2012 at 4:28 PM

And you are right, bad idea.

JPeterman on August 13, 2012 at 4:26 PM

It’s worse than that. It wouldn’t allow us the anonymity that AP himself treasures.

John the Libertarian on August 13, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Hello world. I’m broadcasting from faraway. This could our last broadcast before the Facebook Apocalypse. Please send food…. and 32 oz. soft drinks.

faraway on August 13, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Got no FB , guess I’m gonna be a lurker now :(

burrata on August 13, 2012 at 4:29 PM

O/T,
Are others here having a problem getting on Headlines to post? Mine comes up add a comment and not my password or anything else?
I have been on the first two there with the same results.
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letget on August 13, 2012 at 4:29 PM

The One’s simply not going to accept a Foxie — not even Bret Baier — unless Romney agrees to an overtly liberal moderator at another debate, and there’s simply no one in the MSNBC afternoon/evening line-up who’d be as remotely as evenhanded as Hume, Kelly, or Baier would be.

Well that explains it then. The moderators listed are certainly unbiased and objective. /sarc

AubieJon on August 13, 2012 at 4:29 PM

It’s worse than that. It wouldn’t allow us the anonymity that AP himself treasures.

John the Libertarian on August 13, 2012 at 4:29 PM

It’s likely just a mistake…it w/b utterly foolish, if true.

Schadenfreude on August 13, 2012 at 4:30 PM

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