By Joe Keck
Well, Mitt Romney again came out swinging against CNN’s Candy Crowley and Barrack Obama in last night’s heavyweight match-up. You know it’s ironic. One of the guys I was watching the debate with mentioned that Ms. Crowley was doing a fine job as moderator, and I agreed.
That is, until she rushed across the ring and caught Obama just as he started to go down with the Libya exchange toward the end. As it turned out, of course, Obama was, uh – not quite forthcoming – with his answer regarding the terrorist attack in Benghazi.
And neither was Crowley.
But no matter, we’re all used to CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, PBS, NY Times, USA Today, and all the other mainstream news organizations being in the corner of any left-wing candidate vigorously massaging their shoulders.
And we see that Crowley was no different.
Oh she tried to cover her leftist reveal by saying that Romney, “picked the wrong word” when he said that Obama didn’t mention that the Benghazi attack was an act of terrorism in the Rose Garden the day after the incident.
Really Candy? Think so?
I think the Debate Commision picked the wrong moderator.
I can just picture the black ink illustration in the comic panel of the upper right-hand corner: Obama, head drooping, eyes closed, knees buckled, gloves hanging at his sides, and Candy Crowley in the short-sleeved shirt and black bow tie, behind him, her arms under his, catching him just as he started to hit the canvas, dragging his limp form back to his corner for the short time-out.
Charles Krauthammer of FOX said it was “unfair” of her to succor the President by taking a point away from Romney for inaccuracy. Of course, as we now know, it was she and her tag-team partner, Obama, that should have had the point taken away.
What do you do when the referee throws a low blow?
But back to the Main Mvent.
I think although Obama did much better this time around, still, he failed to “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.” If one were to go back and simply read the transcript of both the first and second debates, there wouldn’t be a whole lot of difference between the President’s first pugilistic performance and this second one. It’s just that last night he went toe-to-toe with the top contender instead of leaning against the ropes and hunching over with his arms up.
But we’re not electing someone on the basis of how well they dance around the ring.
Romney, on the other hand, missed many openings. Several times, Obama lead with his jaw, letting it hover right in front of the Governor.
For instance, when the young woman asked about making equal pay for women in the workforce, why didn’t Romney throw an uppercut with, “Mr. President, why does your White House only pay your female employees 70% of what your male employees get?”
When Obama gave a short jab in recognizing the attack on our consulate in Libya was indeed one of terrorism, why didn’t Romney left-hook with, “Mr. President, didn’t you tell the United Nations six times that the Benghazi attack was due to a video?”
When Obama delivered a weak body blow saying that he wanted an equal playing field for all Americans, why didn’t Romney right-cross with the President’s refusal to prosecute the New Black Panthers for thug-like intimidation with batons at voting stations?
Why was the Massachusetts Mauler so soft-gloved with ‘Fast and Furious?’
Why didn’t he roundhouse the President with Obama’s vote in Chicago against the Born Alive Act?
Why didn’t he rope-a-dope him with Obama’s own campaign manager admitting Romney’s tax plan was indeed, not 5 trillion dollars as Obama said?
I guess our boy fought the best he could and – to mix my analogies – I realize it’s easy to Monday Morning Quarterback. However it does seem to me that he could’ve thrown a few more haymakers.
But all the above not withstanding, overall, I think the Governor did well. So much so, that he made Obama look like the challenger and himself look like the defending champion.
Well, our constrained yet capable contender will have one more night to attempt to give the current Commander in Chief some canvas time.
Let’s hope he goes for the knock-out this coming Monday.
However, with CBS veteran Bob Schieffer handling the low blows and clinches, Candy Crowley might very well be missed.
- Watch the Presidential Town Hall Debate Live Online, iPhone, UStream (politisite.com)
- Watch the Presidential Town Hall debate Live from Hofstra University October 16, 2012 (ironmill.com)
- Conflict over Candy – Obama, Romney campaigns complain that Crowley will sweeten her role (ironmill.com)