Over the course of the next four years, we will wonder how Candy Crowley was chosen to be the moderator of a debate in which she became the focus of applause from Michelle Obama in the most biased statement in presidential debate history.
But first some facts as to the overall debate.
Crowley interrupted Mitt Romney 28 times, doing so only 9 times with Obama and then largely because he had gone well-over his time allotments. Among those interruptions were the following exposed by Breitbart.
- "She wouldn’t let him respond when Obama lied about the auto industry. First she called him Mr. Romney instead of governor, then protested, 'there'll be plenty of chances here to go on, but I want to... We have all these folks. I will let you absolutely... OK. Will - will - you certainly will have lots of time here coming up.' Romney never did get the chance to respond."
- "After the question asking whether gas prices as they stand now are the new normal, Obama got 2 chances to respond. When Romney asked for his second chance, Crowley shut him off by saying, '… in the follow up, it doesn't quite work like that. But I'm going to give you a chance here. I promise you, I'm going to.' She didn’t."
- "When discussing how he would deal with deductions, just as Romney was about to destroy Obama with statistics, Crowley jumped in to save her man not only by denying the value of statistics, but changing the narrative to say Romney’s numbers couldn’t possibly add up: 'And Governor, let's - before we get into a vast array of who says - what study says what, if it shouldn't add up. If somehow when you get in there, there isn't enough tax revenue coming in. If somehow the numbers don't add up, would you be willing to look again …'"
- "With Obama repeatedly running over his time allotment, and continually getting into Romney's face, she told Romney to sit down after suggesting that everyone was tired of hearing Romney talk. The infamous incident when she interrupted Romney’s claim about Obama’s refusal to call the Benghazi murders a terror attack: 'It - it - it - he did in fact, sir. So let me - let me call it an act of terror...' Prompted by Obama to say it a little louder, Crowley obliged: 'He - he did call it an act of terror. It did as well take - it did as well take two weeks or so for the whole idea there being a riot out there about this tape to come out. You are correct about that.'"
"Moderator" is far from the right word for Crowley. Incredibly, Crowley claimed after the debate that she supported Obama's claim because Romney "chose the wrong word."
CNN anchor and debate moderator Candy Crowley joined CNN’s panel after the debate to discuss a moment where she corrected Mitt Romney after he claimed that President Barack Obama had refused to characterize the attack in Libya an act of terror for 14 days. Crowley said that Romney’s was “right” in that the Obama administration spent weeks refusing to say that the attack was terrorism, but she thought at the time that “he picked the wrong word.”
The latest spin by the Obama media is that this was no admission that she was wrong in what she said, or in making her insertions into the debate in Obama's favor.
In step after step, from approving time and again Barack Obama's interruptions to dressing down Mitt Romney, with her crowning achievement a "fact" that she attempted to support in this second presidential debate, Crowley became the focus of the millions who watched.
The performance was shameful. Moderation became modulation, and neutrality was thrown off the stage to Michelle Obama's delight. Michelle Obama's applause during Crowley's support of Barack Obama merely reinforced the clear fact that Crowley was in the tank for Obama.
How did this happen?
It started with the claim that the requirement that Candy Crowley maintain a position of neutrality was attacked as anti-feminist, and the further false claim that Romney had wanted it this way. Her refusal to maintain the role agreed upon just one day before she appeared on stage with the presidential candidates was the first public evidence of what would happen. She said she would not remain silent and would play a follow-up role keeping the candidates "on point." This was played out to the hilt by a biased network and "reporter" among whose more intemperate and biased remarks was the claim that picking Ryan as his running mate appeared to be "some sort of ticket death wish" and with whom numerous "reporters" provide regular biased statements and views about Obama and Romney.
So, what should the Romney campaign say and do after CNN Crowley's modulation?
Play the Libya issue for all its worth. There is no reason to do anything other than explain the Libya facts more articulately than Romney did during the debate.
- Reporters have differed concerning the intent and meaning of Obama's remarks in the Rose Garden that Crowley interpreted as meaning that the actions in Libya were acts of terror.
- On balance, however, the most important fact seems to far outweigh Obama's belated, after the fact defense that his statements were about Libya. Because no fewer than six times during the next week his own Administration went on talk shows and made statements claiming that the organized terror attack was due to a movie and arose from spontaneous demonstrations. Crowley's own after debate statements support this fact.
- That the nuances and statements are part and parcel of an effort by Obama to delude the public into believing that the Taliban is weakened in Afghanistan, as stated by a veteran CBS reporter in Chicago in early October: "'I chose this subject because, one, I can't stand that there is a major lie being propagated,' Logan said about the administration touting the weakening of the Taliban in Afghanistan."
- That the actions by Obama and his Administration had lied to the American public about both the actions in Libya and the state of terrorism in the world today in order to get Obama reelected.
- That Obama is the one using the Libya situation as a political football, not Romney.
Over time, it may be that some pundits will be right about the end result of Crowley's modulation on this issue. She will end up helping finally clear up the issue by focusing the public on it and eventually understanding its import.
Obviously, this was not her intent.