If you thought Martha Raddatz’s ham-fisted intrusions into the Ryan–Biden debate were bad, wait until tomorrow’s Romney–Obama rematch, which promises to be moderated with such a lack of moderation by liberal CNN’s Candy Crowley that even Obama’s handlers are anxious:
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 this Tuesday’s town hall has publicly described her role, TIME has learned.
While an early-October memorandum of understanding between the Obama and Romney campaigns suggests that 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 that 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?’”
In the view of the two campaigns and the commission, those and other recent comments by Crowley conflict with the language the campaigns agreed to, which delineates a more limited role for the debate moderator.
B.O. needn’t worry; like his personal friend Raddatz, Creepy Crowley is in his camp. She awkwardly attempted to spin Romney’s masterful VP pick as a disaster by pretending it looked “a little bit like some sort of ticket death wish.”
On tips from Bob Roberts and Mary P.