Presidential Debate Ambushes…Will the GOP Ever Learn?

Well, we’ve had two presidential debates and a vice-presidential debate, and two of the three once again resulted in demonstrable attempts by the moderators to overtly impact the outcomes.

Whoever thought conservatives would become fans of Jim Lehrer?

First, we had Martha Raddick’s performance, tolerating and encouraging Joe Biden’s manic behavior…and, her propensity to badger Ryan for details, but allowing Biden to spew generalities with never a follow up.

Last night, Candy Crowley morphed from referee to Obama cheerleader. Thousands of words are already written about her intervention regarding Libya, but not so much about the fact she chose the questions. Her selection of a birth control question ranks among the most obvious attempts ever to seek out a topic with overt partisan implications.

And, who was it that selected the precious ‘undecided’ voters? Gallup, a firm that has arguably been influenced by pressure from Obama’s DOJ.

Therefore, two of the three 2012 debates were heavily influenced by the moderators. Conservatives anticipated such but were labeled paranoiac partisans. Everyone knew it was coming, and it did. Right on schedule. A quadrennial occurrence as predictable as the annual changes of the seasons.

But, despite years of indisputable forewarning, the GOP, election after election, allows itself to be snookered; it permits the Commission on Presidential Debates to select liberal moderators who, as Candy Crowley admitted, ‘can’t help themselves.’ Why?

Is the GOP afraid of the MSM? Does the Republican establishment still believe they can curry favor with a hostile and admittedly liberal media? Does the GOP not want to offend a group that passionately despises conservatives and their political philosophy?

Perhaps the GOP’s capitulation stems from the patently foolish and misguided RINO notion it can ‘reach across the aisle’ and cooperate with liberals and their MSM lapdogs.

Maybe the GOP leadership just isn’t that bright or politically astute.

Whatever the reason, I make the following pledge to myself: Unless and until the GOP aggressively acts to alter the moderator selection process, I will never whine about nor criticize any future debate moderators.

If the GOP is stupid enough to willingly allow its presidential candidates to be subjected to abuse and ridicule by leftist journalists, I will have no sympathy.

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  • VermontAmerican

    Wasn’t the second debate on domestic issues? And not one question on Obamacare? Even if no one in the audience proffered one, don’t you think Crowley could have come up with one on her own? Oh, no. That would mean her having to insinuate herself into the debate. And we can’t have that.

  • kayakbob

    Yes, the choice of questions is perhaps more important that what happens during a debate.  Let’s see…questions on birth control….the ‘war on women’, but there was just not enough time in those 90 minutes to get to..oh…say…a question about Obamacare. 

    But what the heck, it was only the Presidents crowning achievement legislation (not my phrase), so why would it be included?  

    And yeah, seemed to be an awful lot of emotion from so-called “undecided” voters there.  They may be “independents”, but I suspect the actual number of truly “undecided” voters could have convened a meeting inside a 7-11…with room to spare in the snack isle.

  • Garymorley

    And the answer is?  No. 2: “…the GOP leadership just isn’t that bright or astute.”  Whilom Smykket

  • Chas Holman

    Let me get this right.. the Governor PUSHED the issue……… ’24 hours? 24 hours was it? Because I want that as a matter of record”.

    And miss Crowley the Journalist, full well knowing the record and knowing the President indeed did mention it not once but twice in the Rose Garden the very next day (as well as the day after in another photo op interview) .

    Truth is, the GOP is playing an opportunistic and failing hand on Libya, now they are upset because the facts are simple and in the transcripts, but instead they find offense that YOU would have actual ‘facts’ pertinent to what they are talking about..

    It’s ‘almost’ insulting, I do say.

    • Jeffreydan

        Except Crowley admitted later that Govermor Romney was right on point. Long after the facts were known, BO continued with the video angle, so his general statement using the word “terrorism” was not referring specifically to Libya.

        Trying to play this game here? That IS insulting. 

      • kayakbob

        Yes, and today the White House has decided they like that explanation. So then who send Susan Rice out to no less than 5 Sunday talk shows to push the [already debunked] spontaneous- protest-over-a -video routine.  

        Didn’t the Administration put together a video that essentially apologized for the [first] video?  I think they did.  If so, why would that have been necessary if the President had actually defined it as a terrorist attack.  

        So today’s story still doesn’t add up.  Are the voters suppose to start making spreadsheets to track all the different stories on this attack? Seriously? I don’t have time for that.

    • VermontAmerican

      Chas, Your schpeel probably works better at HuffPo; not with educated people.