CNN debate moderator becomes to the media what the Tet Offensive was to Vietnam: Did she elect Mitt Romney?
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Then, on Tuesday night, Candy Crowley tried to give him cover.
As the criticism of her performance piled up, Crowley hastily beat a retreat after the debate ended. Romney, she conceded on CNN air, was “right” after all.
Of course he was right.
Too late now.
No matter how the liberal media tries to scrub it (as here in the HuffPo, where Rebecca Shapiro laughingly defends the Obama lie outright by simply writing a false story saying Romney was “fact checked”), Crowley has illustrated in vivid fashion just how the Obama media plays the game.
Not for nothing did former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu describe CNN as the “Groupie” network.
Why is this important now?
In all the debate analyses of Tuesday’s debate there seems to be something that is forgotten. Obama is a president with a four-year record. Every single time Americans go to the gas pump, the Obama record is staring them in the face. On Tuesday night, in relentlessly direct fashion, Mitt Romney worked his way through the wreckage that is the Obama record — from those “four bucks” gas prices to the 23 million unemployed to the 15%-plus poverty rate to the 47 million now on food stamps.
The Obama record is not a theory. It is not a gauzy “hope and change” view of the future. It is everyday reality for millions. Say again: reality.
After CNN was through giving the debate to Obama, there was the alarmed acknowledgment that well, yes — on the issue of the economy, the issue dominating the campaign — Romney was in fact trouncing Obama 58%-40% in a CNN poll. John King noted grimly that if those numbers were true, the election was over.
To believe that someone who has no job, someone struggling to pay for a gallon of gas, someone who is reduced to food stamps and is damn angry about it — is sitting on a sofa grading the latest debates on “points” is somewhere beyond rationality.
Which brings us back to Candy Crowley.
Somewhere along the line I’ve met Candy Crowley. She’s a nice soul. But she made a mistake the other night, and in the context of this election, with millions believing the mainstream media is in the tank for Obama — that urge to jump into the debate and do “fact-finding” on the fly has now become emblematic.
A tipping point, to borrow from author Malcolm Gladwell’s best seller The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online