Bipartisanship: Both sides complain about next debate moderator

posted at 12:41 pm on October 15, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

There haven’t been many points of bipartisanship in this general-election season, so perhaps we should celebrate Mark Halperin’s report at Time of one rare instance — no matter how meaningless it is.  The next debate moderator, CNN’s Candy Crowley, offered her perspective on her role last week in tomorrow’s townhall-style debate, and both presidential candidates immediately filed objections with the Commission on Presidential Debates:

In a rare example of political unity, both the Romney and 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?’”

The problem with that is the purpose of the format itself.  Crowley’s moderating strategy works fine in a normal debate format, with just two candidates, one moderator, and a live audience on mute.  In a townhall debate, it’s supposed to be the voters (likely voters supplied by Gallup, in this case) that drive the conversation, with the moderator on board just to monitor time allowances.  It’s the least-interesting format for a moderator, which is probably why Crowley has chafed at the limitations in the memorandum:

“In managing the two-minute comment periods, the moderator will not rephrase the question or open a new topic … The moderator will not ask follow-up questions or comment on either the questions asked by the audience or the answers of the candidates during the debate or otherwise intervene in the debate except to acknowledge the questioners from the audience or enforce the time limits, and invite candidate comments during the two-minute response period.”

The format itself is kind of a cheat, though.  Townhall debates use pre-selected questions, not extemporaneous choices, which makes it look more dramatic than it is.  The voters do drive the conversation, but only in a carefully-controlled environment.  Crowley might be pardoned for making the debate a little more honestly spontaneous than it actually will be.

Not that it will make much difference, anyway.  The crucial debate was the first one, where Mitt Romney had to show that he can stand on the same stage as Barack Obama and look every bit as presidential as the incumbent — and ended up looking far more presidential.  Obama wants to come back in this debate to recast himself as ebullient and energetic, but Bob Woodward explains why that might be a trap, too:

Any changes made by Obama in this debate will be considered in the context of his flop two weeks ago.  He can’t escape that, and in this format Obama has only limited opportunities to get aggressive with Romney, anyway.  The best he can hope is that Romney suffers an unprecedented failure, which is unlikely given the crucible of the twenty-plus debates in the Republican primary.


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Just remember – Romney and the GOP agreed to Crowley. They could have said no, but they always forget where they placed their balls and cave to these completely biased liberal hacks.

Free Indeed on October 15, 2012 at 12:44 PM

“CNN” defines her, and her “role” in the upcoming debate.

OhEssYouCowboys on October 15, 2012 at 12:44 PM

3 questions on abortion, 3 questions on “47%”, 3 questions on Bain, 3 questions why Mitt hates women, but women love Obama, 3 questions as to why it is impossible to lower tax rates…oh I’m sorry we are out of time…

right2bright on October 15, 2012 at 12:45 PM

God, just remove her! It’s not a government job! Why is this so difficult?

Oil Can on October 15, 2012 at 12:45 PM

I’m concerned about possible trap questions, like on abortion, redefining rape, gay marriage, etc. I think Romney will handle the inevitable 47%/Bain attacks well, or at least should.

changer1701 on October 15, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Just remember – Romney and the GOP agreed to Crowley. They could have said no, but they always forget where they placed their balls and cave to these completely biased liberal hacks.

Free Indeed on October 15, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Yup, might as well close the thread and move on.

OhEssYouCowboys on October 15, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Can both teams unite for just this one time and replace the roseanne Barr look-alike with someone else? I’d prefer Megyn Kelly in a swimsuit but can settle for Kirsten Powers.

Archivarix on October 15, 2012 at 12:45 PM

If you want to divert Candy Crowley, Mitt should pull a box of chocolates out of his pocket and set it on the stage…like a pig at a trough…

right2bright on October 15, 2012 at 12:46 PM

That dude is ugly

search4truth on October 15, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Has Eric Holder negotiated some audience plants for the debate in order to settle the lawsuit against Gallup..?

d1carter on October 15, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Both sides complain about next debate moderator

Obama’s complaint?

“She doesn’t love me enough.”

itsnotaboutme on October 15, 2012 at 12:46 PM

I wouldn’t worry about the moderator so much as I would worry about the plants in the crowd. Those are Romney’s real challenges tomorrow.

nobar on October 15, 2012 at 12:47 PM

I have more of an issue with Gallup selecting the “likely voters.” Body language and tone speak volumes with overt and subliminal messages. Kinda like today’s Drudgetaposition.

bloggless on October 15, 2012 at 12:48 PM

What a gross picture.

22044 on October 15, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Candy Crowley is thin. and she is sexy.

GhoulAid on October 15, 2012 at 12:49 PM

These liberal moderators are no longer skilled enough to work in their bias and most viewers of these debates, tend to be watching Fox News anyway. So it becomes obvious how much the moderator is shilling for Obama and it gets exposed pretty quickly.

nitzsche on October 15, 2012 at 12:49 PM

She can try and save Obama but any attempt will be seen for what it is.

Peoples eyes are open and they are paying attention. the clown has been exposed, the VP debate was a hail Mary that worked till it was overturned by the facts.

TroubledMonkey on October 15, 2012 at 12:49 PM

I don’t care what anyone says, Kathleen Turner should not be moderating a presidential debate.

forest on October 15, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Just remember – Romney and the GOP agreed to Crowley. They could have said no, but they always forget where they placed their balls and cave to these completely biased liberal hacks.

Free Indeed on October 15, 2012 at 12:44 PM

It’s not that easy…the dems would have loved not to have any debates, none at all and just blame it on the Republicans for taking a hard line and not accepting “unbiased” reporters.

right2bright on October 15, 2012 at 12:50 PM

It’s not over till the fat moderator sings

Conservative4ev on October 15, 2012 at 12:50 PM

If Team 0 is already complaining, you know they’re scared of that phantom version of Mitt showing up again.

CurtZHP on October 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Never cared for this woman…..watched her be critical of
many Republicans over the years…..

…will I see in my lifetime a presidential set of debates
that DON’T have Liberal Media hacks??

ToddPA on October 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

I’m not sure that Crowley is a bad choice for Republicans. She regularly appears on Hugh Hewitt’s show and seems at least inclined to challenge Democrats on her Sunday talk show. And even if commenters think she’s hopelessly biased, can we stick to that rather than attacking her for her weight and appearance?

Ed Morrissey on October 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

It’s not over till the fat moderator sings

Conservative4ev on October 15, 2012 at 12:50 PM


Thread winner!!!

22044 on October 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

It’s embarrassing to have such nasty, cruel creeps on our side who would say such awful things about her physical appearance.

Especially since it is absolutely irrelevant.

itsnotaboutme on October 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Just remember – Romney and the GOP agreed to Crowley. They could have said no, but they always forget where they placed their balls and cave to these completely biased liberal hacks.

Free Indeed on October 15, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Funny, and what if the next moderator on the list was even worse, or with an even more evident liberal bias, they are all libs in the media….they would never accept a moderator from fox news, for instance, so what’s the point of even fighting over the moderator, the next is probably worse in the tank for obama and the libs than the previous on the list….outside Fox News, they are all libs to varying degrees…we can’t win that battle…

jimver on October 15, 2012 at 12:52 PM

The best he can hope is that Romney suffers an unprecedented failure, which is unlikely given the crucible of the twenty-plus debates in the Republican primary.

Or if Romney, the vampire capitalist, turns into a bat and goes shrieking into the house lights. American voters just might not appreciate that. ;0

Seriously, I predict Obama does what he did against McCain. Ignore Romney is sitting right there and repeats all the lies he says about Mitt when out on some college campus. In short, he will try to connect with the audience in a way that simply isn’t possible as a failed President.

Happy Nomad on October 15, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Candy Crowley is thin. and she is sexy.

GhoulAid on October 15, 2012 at 12:49 PM

How much should I pay you to be introduced to your weed supplier?

Archivarix on October 15, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Martha 2.0
Obama softball questions
Mitt tough questions

We know the drill

cmsinaz on October 15, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Note to moderators: The debates aren’t about you. There is a world of difference between moderating and interviewing. Shut up and let them fight it out between themselves.

obladioblada on October 15, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Why does our side always let this happen.

Where is Brit Hume? Chris Wallace? Heck Bret Baier?

D-fusit on October 15, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Bipartisanship: Both sides complain about next debate moderator

I guess the MSM is putting a lot of, er, weight, into that whole bipartisanship thingy…

Bruno Strozek on October 15, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Miss interrupting Crowley

She does it every sun with the gop guests

cmsinaz on October 15, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Candy should take a que from mooch and wear a sleevless top to showcase her arms and draw attention away from her atrocious lower half.

GhoulAid on October 15, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Bipartisanship: Both sides complain about next debate moderator

Bipartisan my ass, the democrat’s are worried that Candy won’t fellate Obama enough or perhaps their sole reason for complaining is to prevent a change in the moderator because of Candy’s obviously biased agenda.

SWalker on October 15, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Just toss some 3 musketeers and almond joys around the room. She’ll be to busy ripping up seats and gettin down on all fours to even worry about the debate.

msupertas on October 15, 2012 at 12:54 PM

I don’t believe for on moment that Obama is going to stick to the format and act like a reasonable adult. He’s got nothing to lose and everything to gain with his base by acting like as big a jerk as Biden did, however, instead of inappropriate laughter, giggling and sneering, we’ll see Obama hyper aggressive.

He will talk over Romney, interrupting continuously, he’ll talk over the moderator and even snap at her and Romney, both. He’ll use far more than his allotted time and complain, just as Biden did before him, if the moderator insists on allowing Romney to speak at all.

The left cheered the tone set by Biden of absolute disrespect and disdain for Ryan, the right, and the policies and plans of a Romney presidency. They liked that and, at this point, Obama is desperate just to try and get his own base excited enough to bother to vote so he will do what he believes his base most wants to see and that’s him being an overly aggressive jerk.

thatsafactjack on October 15, 2012 at 12:54 PM

And even if commenters think she’s hopelessly biased, can we stick to that rather than attacking her for her weight and appearance?

Ed Morrissey on October 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

It’s embarrassing to have such nasty, cruel creeps on our side who would say such awful things about her physical appearance.

Especially since it is absolutely irrelevant.

itsnotaboutme on October 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.

RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones.

RULE 12: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

Archivarix on October 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM

they would never accept a moderator from fox news,

jimver on October 15, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Greta or Geraldo are certainly liberal enough. I’d support Shep Smith in the hopes mid-debate we get “Excuse me Mr. President, we are going to switch now to breaking news out of Los Angeles where the LAPD is pursuing a stolen vehicle in a high-speed chase down the Ventura freeway…”

Happy Nomad on October 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Ed Morrissey on October 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Love ya Ed, but Candy’s part of the problem w/ the seriously corrupt & sycophantic media.

22044 on October 15, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Spot on right2bright

Spot bloody on

cmsinaz on October 15, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Never cared for this woman…..watched her be critical of
many Republicans over the years…..

…will I see in my lifetime a presidential set of debates
that DON’T have Liberal Media hacks??

ToddPA on October 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

But there are no uch types in the media anymore…name one…this is in my opinion, the bigger, underlying problem…not this candy woman in particular…try to pick the next one on the list and it’s probably someone just as liberal and in the tank for obama, if not worse than her…at this point we should be glad that it’s not Andreea Mitchell moderating :)…though it’s true that she’s easier to make fun of, in her immense stupidity and bias :).

jimver on October 15, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Her wikipedia article says she’s a vegetarian who practices TM.

Sounds like a Republican shill to me.

Bouncing Beatnik on October 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Happy Nomad on October 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM

BWWWAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

Shep luvs him a good chase. Cep’t when then end like the last one.

D-fusit on October 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM

itsnotaboutme on October 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

We call Chris Christie fat too.

22044 on October 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Love ya Ed, but Candy’s part of the problem w/ the seriously corrupt & sycophantic media.

22044 on October 15, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Ed is a moderate pragmatic republican, his comment regarding Candy is a pragmatic observation, and in a moderate pragmatic way he is right, the moderator could have been Chrissy Tingleleg or Mika… Why it couldn’t be Brett Bier or Rush Limbaugh, well obviously that would never do..

SWalker on October 15, 2012 at 1:00 PM

If Team 0 is already complaining, you know they’re scared of that phantom version of Mitt showing up again.

CurtZHP on October 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

..wondering if they are doubling down on their debate prep with Zombie Axelrod?

The War Planner on October 15, 2012 at 1:00 PM

And even if commenters think she’s hopelessly biased, can we stick to that rather than attacking her for her weight and appearance?

Ed Morrissey on October 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

I, generally, agree with this; but sometimes I’m overcome with hatred -

which is why I have to call Hillary Clinton The Unmade Bed.

P.S. I fall short, again, when it comes to Mr. Maddow.

OhEssYouCowboys on October 15, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Actually, I think Crowley will ultimately get the same treatment from Team Obama and their supporters as Jim Lehrer did after the first debate.

Obama and his team tried to pin the blame for his poor performance of the moderator, Lehrer.

This time, Obama will be ‘more aggressive’ according to his campaign team, so, at the end of the day, when Obama is criticized for being such a jerk, talking over people, taking up excessive time, snapping at the moderator and Romney, likely being arrogant, condescending, and patronizing, it stands to reason that, once again, his performance will be blamed on the moderator, in this case, Candy Crowley.

thatsafactjack on October 15, 2012 at 1:01 PM

they would never accept a moderator from fox news,

jimver on October 15, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Greta or Geraldo are certainly liberal enough. I’d support Shep Smith in the hopes mid-debate we get “Excuse me Mr. President, we are going to switch now to breaking news out of Los Angeles where the LAPD is pursuing a stolen vehicle in a high-speed chase down the Ventura freeway…”

Happy Nomad on October 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Lool :) ….or god forbid a hurricane shows on the radar of some meteo office somwhere :) I think he’d leave the debate in the middle and head to the area in question, only to appear looking soaking wet in the next sequence, with a giant wave forming behind him :)…

jimver on October 15, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Crowley might be pardoned for making the debate a little more honestly spontaneous than it actually will be.

Except that she won’t do this. She will bend it to her will to give Obama every advantage.

22044 is right. She’s part of the problem. If she senses that Romney is winning over the crowd, she will jump in to coach Obama along.

Greta at FOX would do a far better job, which is why she’ll never be chosen.

INC on October 15, 2012 at 1:02 PM

That *she* screens and controls the questions beforehand disturbs me greatly.

These people have no credibility left, and will be afforded no ‘benefit of the doubt’; I’m simply presuming at this point that she’s acting on her stated position that a Romney/Ryan win would be a “death sentence”, and she has already provided the questions to the Obama campaign, which is what he’s busy “cramming” for.

And she’s clearly reserving the right to help spin Obama out of trouble while helping spin Romney into some.

Midas on October 15, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Ed is a moderate pragmatic republican, his comment regarding Candy is a pragmatic observation, and in a moderate pragmatic way he is right, the moderator could have been Chrissy Tingleleg or Mika… Why it couldn’t be Brett Bier or Rush Limbaugh, well obviously that would never do..

SWalker on October 15, 2012 at 1:00 PM

The reason it could be Chris Matthews and not Bret Baier is because Democrat negotiators have balls, whereas Republicans don’t. The best they can settle for is not having Obama banners in the debate’s background.

Archivarix on October 15, 2012 at 1:03 PM

chris cizilla is not happy with the brouhaha…ridiculous

cmsinaz on October 15, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Romney must ignore Candy.

I hope Obama goes aggressive. It’ll please his base to no end!

Schadenfreude on October 15, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Ed is a moderate pragmatic republican, his comment regarding Candy is a pragmatic observation, and in a moderate pragmatic way he is right, the moderator could have been Chrissy Tingleleg or Mika… Why it couldn’t be Brett Bier or Rush Limbaugh, well obviously that would never do..

SWalker on October 15, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Good points. I do appreciate his voice, especially his excellent blogging & poll analyses. :)

22044 on October 15, 2012 at 1:04 PM

can we stick to that rather than attacking her for her weight and appearance?

Ed Morrissey on October 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Ed, it’s part of the fun, like them calling Mitt “stiff”, “aloof”, “frigid”, “uptight”…
When a person in in the public, that’s the perception…don’t they swoon over Obama’s “beautiful, sexy body”? Isn’t Biden one of the “sexiest” men in politics, isn’t Ryan shown working out?

The fact is, if she was on the radio with a gravely, irritating nasal voice, we would complain about that…but she is on TV, so her appearance is part of the package…that’s what TV is about appearance.
Hence, Fox’s foxes…and MSNBC has Rachel…and CNN Candy…

But, maybe it’s not right to make fun of someone who is pregnant, pregnant women gain wait…wait, she’s not??

right2bright on October 15, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Everyone who is going to watch this should realize that this debate is a set-up to take Mitt down. Forget journalistic integrity or what have you. Candy and crew know their King is in trouble and they will not fail him.

Mitt will not only be debating Obama, Crowley and Dem-Op plants asking questions, but even if Jugears wets himself on live TV the post debate media will crown Obama the comeback kid and new spokesperson for Depends.

Prepare to be extremely frustrated. It will be a monumental challenge for Romney. If he can pull it off somehow against so many odds then he will roll in a landslide victory come Novemeber.

Unfortunately, I think Romney will be under attack from all sides all night long.

Rockshine on October 15, 2012 at 1:06 PM

My problem with Crowley is that in addition to the stupid, irrelevant or biased questions that the audience members are going to be asking, she apparently wants to be allowed to ask her own stupid, irrelevant or biased questions, even though the debate rules say that she can’t. (And it’s not like Mitt can say, “Wait a minute, Candy, you’re not supposed to be asking me questions too” — he would look like a loser if he protested like that.)

But, in any event, I hope that Mitt has been practicing his mock debates with staffers portraying audience members so he is well-rehearsed for the stupid, irrelevant, and biased questions he is likely to receive. It doesn’t matter what the question is as long as Mitt can give a good answer to it.

J.S.K. on October 15, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Oh, and Rush is a fat pig…so Candy is off limits…

right2bright on October 15, 2012 at 1:06 PM

SWalker on October 15, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Good points. I do appreciate his voice, especially his excellent blogging & poll analyses. :)

22044 on October 15, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Oh Ed is definitely one of the good guys, for the most part. Moderate and pragmatic, but one of the good guys.

SWalker on October 15, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Why does our side always let this happen.

Where is Brit Hume? Chris Wallace? Heck Bret Baier?

D-fusit on October 15, 2012 at 12:54 PM

This! I would add Jake Tapper and Greta to the list. They ask good questions.

Conservative Independent on October 15, 2012 at 1:07 PM

On the one hand, she gets to choose the voter questions that get posed.

On the other, she’s under the gun from both sides so we’ll see how she responds to pressure compared to Obamuh. Too much left-leaning will be obvious.

stukinIL4now on October 15, 2012 at 1:07 PM

‘We Are in the Midst of a Huge Recovery’

- Michelle Antoinette Obama

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/michelle-obama-we-are-midst-huge-recovery

Economists: Unemployment Still 7.8 Percent in a Year

http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2012/10/15/economists-unemployment-78-percent-year/

Resist We Much on October 15, 2012 at 1:08 PM

It’s embarrassing to have such nasty, cruel creeps on our side who would say such awful things about her physical appearance.

Especially since it is absolutely irrelevant.

itsnotaboutme on October 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

but they deserve it. there is nothing likable, or honorble with the left these days. she’s digusting in how she operates, and she’s disgusting to look at. you and john mccain can play tiddlywinks with them all you want. i prefer to call a sow a sow.

GhoulAid on October 15, 2012 at 1:08 PM

LIAR!!!!
obama talking head trying to scootch back on this letter issue

we’ll take questions from everybody including candy…won’t speak up about the letter

cmsinaz on October 15, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Just toss some 3 musketeers and almond joys around the room. She’ll be to busy ripping up seats and gettin down on all fours to even worry about the debate.

msupertas on October 15, 2012 at 12:54 PM

i’m calling threadwinner!

GhoulAid on October 15, 2012 at 1:09 PM

I’m not thrilled about the moderators that got chosen, but I won’t carp about them. Part of getting an R into the White House means putting someone up for the job that can deal with difficult people and situations. It’s not like they’re gonna get coddled in the job (like some people). Mitt is a skilled enough at debate to segue into any number of attack lines that Obama is wide open for.

Remember the town hall format can work against Obama too. Imagine how he’ll lose his thin thread of cool if he gets booed even once? There’s an exponentially greater chance of that happening now after Mitt’s first debate performance and the preference cascade that is manifesting.

CitizenEgg on October 15, 2012 at 1:10 PM

I’m not sure that Crowley is a bad choice for Republicans. She regularly appears on Hugh Hewitt’s show and seems at least inclined to challenge Democrats on her Sunday talk show. And even if commenters think she’s hopelessly biased, can we stick to that rather than attacking her for her weight and appearance?

Ed Morrissey on October 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

I don’t see her as biased as, say, Lehrer (who tried his best to help Obama with answers in the first debate) or as Scheiffer undoubtedly will be in the upcoming foreign policy debate. Plus, besides Fox, CNN recently, at least, has been asking the hard questions and presenting reasonably fair coverage of the Benghazi coverup. Would she be my first choice? Of course not, but she’s not as bad as many of the rest of whom the Commission (which needs to be re-tooled, period) could’ve picked.

TXUS on October 15, 2012 at 1:11 PM

wow…the entire obama campaign are basically saying their talking points word for word…doesn’t matter who is on air, they do not stray away from their talking points

cmsinaz on October 15, 2012 at 1:11 PM

I’m calling BS on this one. Obama will hijack this debate just like Biden did and Crowley will let it happen. I would further say watch for her follow up questions and interruptions just like Radass did.

DDay on October 15, 2012 at 1:11 PM

God, just remove her! It’s not a government job! Why is this so difficult?

Oil Can on October 15, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Too late. Anyway, the campaigns are just immunizing themselves for insurance purposes.

claudius on October 15, 2012 at 1:12 PM

On the one hand, she gets to choose the voter questions that get posed.

On the other, she’s under the gun from both sides so we’ll see how she responds to pressure compared to Obamuh. Too much left-leaning will be obvious.

stukinIL4now on October 15, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Didn’t slow down what’s-her-face in the veep debate at all. Not expecting Candy to worry about either – why should she? Think she’ll get in trouble professionally for being over-the-top left-leaning in the question selection, in the follow-up, in the debate management?

Not a chance.

Midas on October 15, 2012 at 1:12 PM

I see her appearance as a tell about how she will handle the debate. It’s been my experience with women I’ve known who are quite overweight—except for those with medical problems—that they have a tendency to be very controlling. Their eating is so out of control that they tighten up in other areas of their lives. She’s going to do her thing and try to force the debate according to her own ideas.

INC on October 15, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Yeah, get rid of her! We don’t need some stinkin’ moderator actually asking questions that aren’t pre-approved…God forbid either of the two puppets get thrown off of their talking points.

dom89031 on October 15, 2012 at 1:12 PM

I’m not sure that Crowley is a bad choice for Republicans. She regularly appears on Hugh Hewitt’s show and seems at least inclined to challenge Democrats on her Sunday talk show. And even if commenters think she’s hopelessly biased, can we stick to that rather than attacking her for her weight and appearance?

Ed Morrissey on October 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Sure she enjoys being on Hugh’s show. I’ve listened to those segments. While he makes an attempt to be fair she seems to lap it up. Of course, Libs love being invited to promote themselves on a more conservative show.

That doesn’t mean that Crowley will be an ‘honest broker’ in the debate. Not at all.

As for her not being a ‘bad choice for Republicans’ I, along with many others, would like to see a debate hosted by a moderator who is not part of the MSM.

Mike Wallace challenges both sides, for example. He wouldn’t be my top pick, but it would be far better than the crap sandwich we’re always offered when it comes to debates.

Also, I disagree that the debates are unimportant and that the first one was the one that counts. Many people do not follow politics closely, yet closer to an election they seem to decide to tune in. And speaking of tuning in, many are watching replays on the internet if they can’t be in front of the TV. Replays also go viral.

As for Crowley’s weight…. well, she does need to lose a few. Being obese sends the message that one is out of control. Not good if people are looking for balance. Sorry, but that’s the message it sends.

Cody1991 on October 15, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Prepare to be extremely frustrated. It will be a monumental challenge for Romney. If he can pull it off somehow against so many odds then he will roll in a landslide victory come Novemeber.

Unfortunately, I think Romney will be under attack from all sides all night long.

Rockshine on October 15, 2012 at 1:06 PM

IF Mitt Romney approaches this debate like he would a hostile board meeting, he will own this debate. There are thing that Mitt genuinely excels at, and one of those things is getting his idea’s across in the face of hostile board members. If he treats Crowley and Obama as hostile board members and set’s his sights on convincing the rest of the open but skeptical board members (the viewing public) of the value of his position he will win.

SWalker on October 15, 2012 at 1:13 PM

she’s only going to get 1 or 2 chances to push Romney into the oncoming traffic, if he is able to handle those attacks, then he comes out in the lead

burserker on October 15, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Can both teams unite for just this one time and replace the roseanne Barr look-alike with someone else? I’d prefer Megyn Kelly in a swimsuit but can settle for Kirsten Powers.

Archivarix on October 15, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Really? You had to go and get me distracted for the rest of the day. Daydreaming….I’d add Andrea Tantaros before Kirsten Powers just for the political leanings.

freedomfirst on October 15, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Unfortunately, I think Romney will be under attack from all sides all night long.

Rockshine on October 15, 2012 at 1:06 PM

What is great about Romney…he is consistent, not flashy, showy, just consistent…he won’t be thrown off game, he will ignore the attacks.

I would bet he has been under “fire” in his business career more times than Obama could ever imagine…Mitt has such a command of facts, he won’t be thrown off game.

Now the libs will love what Obama does, it will be attacking, but the indies and Republicans will love what Mitt does…stay the course and keep it factual. He won’t get distracted by a side show…

No matter what the spin, I would say that Mitt as the edge, and Obama has to score big to even the field…I don’t see that happening.

Biden “won” the base, but it has been seen now, he lost a lot of indies…and indies is where they need to win.

right2bright on October 15, 2012 at 1:15 PM

And even if commenters think she’s hopelessly biased, can we stick to that rather than attacking her for her weight and appearance?

Ed Morrissey on October 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-ecreant) could not agree more.

 

Yeah — you guys — you.

Saul Alinsky tactics are strictly off limits to the Right!

Especially when you’re on ostensibly right-leaning HotAir.com — Guaranteed Soft & Squishy™ Or Your Money Back.

FlatFoot on October 15, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Unfortunately, I think Romney will be under attack from all sides all night long.

Rockshine on October 15, 2012 at 1:06 PM

I would say a few years at dealing with the dems in Mass pretty much gives him some experience on how to handle irrational liberals…

right2bright on October 15, 2012 at 1:16 PM

I am listening to Rush and it seems everyone on the left is banking on the 47 percent to be a game-changer. I would say and I think back to 2008 we thought some gaffe/bad video was the lynchpin in our campaign. I can remember us writing he needs to talk about Bill Ayers, Rev Wright, etc. The evidence from that is that a single thing like this is hard to get people to throw away all their other concerns. If Romney is talking about the future and Obama’s record and Obama is repeating the 47% over and over he will lose the debate and look desperate with no answers.

Conan on October 15, 2012 at 1:17 PM

I’m not sure that Crowley is a bad choice for Republicans. She regularly appears on Hugh Hewitt’s show and seems at least inclined to challenge Democrats on her Sunday talk show. And even if commenters think she’s hopelessly biased, can we stick to that rather than attacking her for her weight and appearance?

Ed Morrissey on October 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

…ok!…for sure!…can I be more grown up about it after she lets me off the floor after pinning my shoulders down on the mat for the count of 10? (:->) Thanks!

KOOLAID2 on October 15, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Ed Morrissey on October 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Ummm…Who in the hell listens to Hugh Hewitt anyway? Talk about an establishment mouthpiece.

dom89031 on October 15, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Seriously, I predict Obama does what he did against McCain. Ignore Romney is sitting right there and repeats all the lies he says about Mitt when out on some college campus. In short, he will try to connect with the audience in a way that simply isn’t possible as a failed President.

Happy Nomad on October 15, 2012 at 12:52 PM

No way. Obama had the chance to say all the nasty things he says about Romney to his face. And he didn’t. He’s like those brave souls that hurl insults at passerbys as they speed past them in a car. Standing face to face with Romney and standing up to his challenges? Not gonna happen.

Mitoch55 on October 15, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Romney always says that leaders run toward problems. He welcomes being challenged because he can show his breadth of knowledge.

Obama will be terrified of follow on questions and might even get ticked off.

Should be good!

Mitsouko on October 15, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Keep a sharp eye out for CNN pro-Obama plants asking questions.

Valiant on October 15, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Ed Morrissey on October 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Ed what’s the harm in having fun? Also… she IS fat… and she has a horrible dress sense… And her nasal tone is so irritating…

I would be in the TV business if only a>I was not fat… b>I had a better tone…

Anyhow… Mitt should be able to win the debate regardless of moderator.

antisocial on October 15, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Great would be a great moderator…I know when she started in L.A. she was a liberal, she got her start covering the O.J. trial…I think she is about unbiased as you can get a commentator/journalist, and she is as sharp as they come.

Fox brought her from CNN to give balance to the station…I hope that at some time she is chosen, but she is “tainted” because of being on Fox, and I can’t imagine any one from the dem side giving Fox any good publicity, no matter how good the commentator would be.

right2bright on October 15, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Bogus BS from Obama camp

Candy Crowley is Obama

Redford on October 15, 2012 at 1:22 PM

I think y’all are wailing and gnashing your teeth about little to nothing.

I watched CNN in the wake of the first debate performance, first because I thought that they are likely to be the most neutral arbiters of debate performance, and second because I knew Crowley was doing Debate II. Go back and watch CNN’s coverage. Go back and watch her defend Jim Lehrer. Go back and watch CNN’s Fact Check skewer Team Liar.

Crowley has been one of the few in the DC set to openly call out Team Liar on only submitting to softball interviews, and avoiding press conferences. All that adds up to a chance for her to flex her, her network’s, and the press corps’ muscle by bringing a recalcitrant POTUS to task.

JohnGalt23 on October 15, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Why is Team Barry complaining? They are worried the Crowley may not be biased enough? They want her to physically assault Romney?

bayview on October 15, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Crowley, who is not a party to that agreement

Well, there you go. She doesn’t doesn’t consider herself bound.

Ward Cleaver on October 15, 2012 at 1:22 PM

I hope Obama keeps looking at his watch.

vcferlita on October 15, 2012 at 1:23 PM

That really is a scary,weird picture of her. If I didn’t know better, I’d think that she was once a…guy! Anyway, I have the feeling-given R’s debate performance as well as how animated and really into it he’s been since, that he won’t take much of the biased/gotcha crap from Candy.I think he can sense victory and he’s not going to allow anything from stopping his achieving it!

mooseygoosey on October 15, 2012 at 1:23 PM

It’s embarrassing to have such nasty, cruel creeps on our side who would say such awful things about her physical appearance.

Especially since it is absolutely irrelevant.

itsnotaboutme on October 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Oh boo hoo. Last I checked, the liberals called Condi Rice “Aunt Jemima”, Bush “Hitler” etc etc. Some of us are sick of the GOP worrying about taking the high road and want to return fire. These Chamberlain-channeling people that want to stay above the fray are the embarrassment for the rest of us.

search4truth on October 15, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Keep a sharp eye out for CNN pro-Obama plants asking questions.

Valiant on October 15, 2012 at 1:19 PM

It doesn’t matter, since Candy selects the questions before hand…so if she wants pro-Obama questions, they will be there.

And, as pointed out many times, it isn’t “biased” so much as a mindset, what they think (liberals journalists) they are convinced is the norm. So any truly unbiased questions, they will deem as being helpful to Mitt, and probably a far right attitude.

right2bright on October 15, 2012 at 1:24 PM

thatsafactjack on October 15, 2012 at 12:54 PM

I saw on some blog somewhere that before the night is over Obama will be calling Mitt honky.

docflash on October 15, 2012 at 1:25 PM

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