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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