Better late than never. Frank Fahrenkopf, co-chair of the Commission on Presidential Debates, admits that selecting obsequious obamunist apparatchik of nakedly propagandistic CNN to “moderate” a debate — a debate which betrayed that she had coordinated a defense of Obama with his campaign in advance — was a “mistake”:
Crowley stirred controversy by intervening in the town hall-style debate to support Obama’s contention that he had referred to the Sep. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi as a terrorist attack the day after it had occurred. In fact, as Crowley herself later admitted, Obama had not done so, referring only to “acts of terror” in general. In a CBS interview taped the same day, Obama declined to refer to the attack as a terrorist act, and subsequently supported a false story about a protest over an anti-Islamic video that never took place.
Yet during the debate, Crowley had a quote from this speech lined up in advance to support Obama’s brazenly false assertion that he had always admitted Benghazi to be a terror attack rather than the outcome of some obscure video trailer from California.
After Crowley backed up the president, some members of the audience burst into applause, in violation of the rules. The effect was not lost on the audience, which scored the debate as an Obama win — nor was it lost on Romney, who was sufficiently chastened that he refused to bring up the Benghazi issue again in the third presidential debate, even though that debate was specifically focused on foreign policy and national security.
You can’t blame the third debate on Crowley — or even on Romney for being a shell-shocked weenie afraid to attack his opponent at his most vulnerable point. Here the blame lies squarely with the GOP for participating in the farce of setting up lame candidates to be ground under by the statist establishment.
If Republicans are capable of learning from the mistakes of the past two election debacles, two corrections will be made for 2016: 1) they will not agree to moderators who uniformly consist of left-wing ideologues and 2) the GOP candidate will be conservative and willing to win.
On a tip from Bob Roberts.