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Patton: When the Cheerleaders Referee the Game

By Doug Patton

When will Republicans ever learn? Every four years, they agree to have their presidential debates “moderated” by liberal Democrats masquerading as journalists. The second of the three 2012 match-ups fell solidly into that category.

At a crucial juncture in Tuesday night’s so-called town hall style debate, CNN partisan Candy Crowley threw Barack Obama the lifeline he so desperately needed to save him from the only question of the evening concerning his near-criminal handling of the Benghazi, Libya, affair that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. After listening to the incessantly inane questions put forth by supposedly undecided voters — questions selected beforehand by Crowley herself — we finally got a direct question about the Libyan fiasco.

That direct question was this: “The State Department refused extra security for our embassy in Benghazi, Libya, prior to the attacks that killed four Americans. Who was it that denied enhanced security, and why?”

Obama started his two minutes of obfuscation by telling us how proud he is of all our diplomats around the world, what “an incredible job they do in a very dangerous situation,” how they represent him because he appoints them, and how he intended to “investigate” this whole incident until those responsible are “brought to justice” blah blah blah. It was an embarrassing display of bloviating, wherein he never answered the question. In fact, his answer ended with him blaming Romney for turning the whole thing into a political issue by criticizing the president’s actions — or lack of them.

Romney’s response was weak, but he did manage to point out that it was a terrorist attack, not a “spontaneous demonstration,” and that, immediately afterward, Obama had jetted off to a campaign fundraiser in Las Vegas. Filled with faux-indignity, Obama bristled that for Romney to dare to suggest that he or any of his team would use such a grave situation for political purposes was “offensive.”

He also stated that he had called the attack “an act of terror” the day after it happened.

At this point, it was obvious that Obama and Crowley were on the same page on this issue. When Romney challenged Obama’s statement that he had characterized Benghazi as an act of terror in his brief September 12th Rose Garden news conference, the president said, “Get the transcript.” And low and behold, Candy Crowley just happened to have one, which she used to back up Obama’s lie. Delighted, Obama piped up, “Could you say that a little louder, Candy?”

(Later, on her poorly rated network, CNN, when few people were watching, Crowley corrected herself by admitting that the generic reference the president had made at his news conference did not pertain to the Libyan attack at all. Of course, by then she had accomplished her mission of bailing Obama out of a very uncomfortable situation.)

Out of all the statements that have been made over the past month on this issue, ask yourself why Candy Crowley, who had personally chosen the audience questions in advance, would be armed with that particular transcript, if not for the purpose of preparing to provide Obama with a lifeline. How would she have known that this was the excuse the president would use?

Obama was indeed more aggressive in this debate than he was in Denver two weeks ago, when he appeared to barely have a pulse. But, as it so often does, his aggression took the form of petulance and indignation from a petty little man who does not like to be challenged, and who is accustomed to being surrounded by sycophants — both on his staff and in most of the media.

Focus groups across the political spectrum afterward confirmed that Romney clearly had the better answers on the economy and taxes, despite Obama’s class warfare protestations to the contrary. But on the issue that would have been the most damaging to this president — the attempted cover-up involving the murder of a diplomat and three other Americans in a terrorist attack his administration tried for two weeks to sell as a spontaneous demonstration — Obama slithered away from the question with the help of moderator Candy Crowley.

That’s what happens when you let the cheerleaders referee the game. Someday maybe Republicans will learn.

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Doug Patton describes himself as a recovering political speechwriter who agrees with himself more often than not. Now working as a freelance writer, his weekly columns are syndicated exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. Astute supporters and inane detractors alike are encouraged to email him with their pithy comments at dpatton@cagle.com. For info on using his column at your publication or website, please email Cari Dawson Bartley at cari@cagle.com.

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  1. billwvComment by billwv
    October 18, 2012 @ 7:59 am

    Somehow despite all that the left has brought to bear against Mr. Romney the message Americans need to hear is still getting out and is getting through and thank God for that. The Ozero is looking more and more like the inferior groveling do-nothing say-nothing wanna-be-praised over-rated under-achieving empty-suit of a man-boy that he is. I look forward to this next debate and the unveiling of the fact that Ozero has no foreign policy and all his disastrous agenda is in full failure mode.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      October 18, 2012 @ 11:03 am

      I have been telling you for months that truth is free and it is also the only commodity that sets men free. These debates will ultimately prove my faith in it and the truths that founded this nation. I also told you Romney’s truths would slay the beast in debate if given a level playing field of competition. Crowley obviously is one of Obama’s binder girls who muddied Romneys line of scrimmage by whipping out her imaginary binder stuffed with liberal talking points to discredit Romney who I am so proud of withstanding the heat of having to debate both the moderator and Obama simultaneously. This man is more than worthy to lead this nation better,,,,not guys like Obama who would divide us along gender lines with another emotional Lilly Ledbetter, to bury our economy,country and our unborn in Lilies!

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      October 18, 2012 @ 11:28 am

      Obama and the women he defers to are more interested in parroting old worn out myths like the so-called gender-gap. If women are dumb enough to buy Obama’s deceptions again, then there really is a gender gap … in intelligence with the women in his party who vote for this nonsense.

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    • yomamaComment by yomama
      October 18, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

      Great post! Thanks. Guess one of the most amusing comments by Obama in the last debate was on his promises. “I kept every promise I made, and for the ones I didn’t, it wasn’t for a lack of trying.” Seriously!?? It reminded me of little league when all the kids get a “participation” trophy. Obama will get his trophy in January when he packs up and heads to his new mansion in Hawaii. He can display it in his (barf) presidential library, ‘cos there won’t be much else there! lol

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    • tearoseComment by tearose
      October 18, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

      Speaking of women, parroting, gender gaps, and this morning’s cheerleader remark, such as Patton need to be cautioned. Tuesday’s ‘moderator’ was indeed contracted to be an unbiased professional, knew ‘her place,’ and chose to abuse it.
      However, ‘Cheerleaders,’ tassels and all conjur up only one sexist image. Lest you fellas vicariously insult and turn off ‘files-full of women voters’ tearose suggests you temper the tone of your titles…

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      October 18, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

      Diane Feinstein now accuses Obama’s man Clapper of releasing talking points to Crowley before the debate regarding the Democrat response to the Libyan debacle……I guess the light does not go on when Obama hits on this Clapper….Clap on Clap off,,,the truth.

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    • petersenonmainComment by petersenonmain
      October 18, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

      Of course Obama was good Tuesday, he had his teleprompter by the name of Candy Crowley

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    • dmttbt6Comment by dmttbt6
      October 18, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

      The reason Crowley was armed with that information that was also wrong was because she knew he would need help. I still think they should check all of the contestants for devices and make sure they are not being fed information. Obama did better this time because the first time he was asleep and needed his teleprompter. He is a union organizer and the theme in the unions at this time is that communisim is good and the people don’t understand.

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  2. godsgirlComment by godsgirl
    October 18, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    I do not understand “journalists” who permit themselves to be pawns for a particular agenda – disgusting. I do not understand a first lady who leads the applause, when debate attendees were asked to remain quiet. If she thinks she is demonstrating enthusiasm by breaking debate protocol, well, this seems like a further demonstration of contempt for the country and process that permitted her husband to be elected to the presidency.

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    • arwenusaComment by arwenusa
      October 18, 2012 @ 9:51 am

      Michelle’s behavior goes hand in hand with both of them not participating in the Pledge of Allegiance, and Obama using the infamous “Crotch Salute.”

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    • lwessonComment by lwesson
      October 18, 2012 @ 10:27 am

      godsgirl:

      In the movie, THEY LIVE, by John Carpenter, there were glasses that you could put on, whereby seeing some humans that were far from being humans. You could also see subliminal propaganda, that looked, without the glasses, to be just advertisements… . Without the glasses, no one would think that such a thing was going on. Perfect ruse… .

      The so called “journalists” are willing players, not pawns. In my High School Journalism class, there were open, in your face Communists, and in College, the same. The RULES are to be gamed. The RULES do NOT apply to them, Communists. You see, this is not a game, this is for keeps.

      If you study The Bolsheviks (the BIG party) The Communists, there is a well trod pattern to achieve total power, at least in Russia. Once in total power, any murder, execution, concentration camp, any torture, any lie were all, more than OK. Likely, without World War One, Russia would not have been sent into the burning Hell it suffered under.

      The West, the US, now this a bit different. THEY, the Communists, did not win in a knock out punch, now did they go away when the Soviet Union, collapsed and Communism was exposed for the crime that it is, and the Russian People were released.

      What is in place for us, is a subtle destruction, by willing surrogates and useful idiots, to break down our long established institutions. One by one they fall apart, and in their evil minds, hopefully it will all cascade, into The HOPE & CHANGE, the FORWARD, in destroying, completely, the WEST, the US, and bringing about some kind of new World Order.

      At that point, the MASK will be off. The bayonets will be bloodied, the Camps filled… . People like Crowley will be rewarded, or imprisoned.

      Mr. Patton asks if the Republicans will ever learn? It could be, that the Republicans are like the Tzar’s Government, thinking that it was a kind of cat vs mouse game. It was a very fatal, and blood soaked assumption. Obama doubles down with his proud Muslim heritage, where any lie, is acceptable when given to the Infidels. Any lie.

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    • nickster99Comment by nickster99
      October 18, 2012 @ 10:38 am

      Its like when you go to the movie theater and there are a large number of black people at the theater also watching the show and all of a sudden a bunch of them start screen talking. You know yelling at the screen as if the actors in the screen can hear them, maybe they think they can? Well that is what the so called first lady is like in the debates! She is as ignorant as those idiot screen talkers at the theater! These people in the white house don’t have 1 ounce of class!

      My God I cannot wait until they are gone on January 20th 2013! Vote Romney Ryan!

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    • redseaComment by redsea
      October 18, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

      Wow this is a great discussion, and I did not realize that Michelle started the applause. But I did not see it live. I had to watch a replay via internet because I live in GMT+2 time zone. lwessen, you have made a truly incredible and enlightening post. Gotta watch that movie now! Never saw it!

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    • lwessonComment by lwesson
      October 18, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

      Thank you so much redsea. That movie really irked many in Hollywood. By today’s standards it is not as slick and polished, but… if I recall at the end of the credits there is something else shown, I think.

      Heard that there might be a remake and I have to wonder how cleansed it will become…

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    • cbr1Comment by cbr1
      October 18, 2012 @ 9:51 pm

      I was wondering why no journalist has mentioned the fact that the audience broke into applause in support of Obama. I was curious as why an entire room full of “supposedly” undecided, independent voters would all break into applause in support of the Obama.

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  3. purenordicComment by purenordic
    October 18, 2012 @ 9:30 am

    po’ widduw mittance. evwy buddie’s pickin’ on him. fo’git he’s a liooah an’ has no clue how to do anyfing but rape and pillage companies fo’ a quick roi tun-’round. id mit’ter “trust me” tooning into mit’ter “testy” when somebody calld him on a whoppooah? iddn’t dat what loosooahs alwayd do?

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    • allenComment by allen
      October 18, 2012 @ 9:39 am

      Go back to watching Honey BooBoo you jackass.

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    • judithdivaComment by judithdiva
      October 18, 2012 @ 9:40 am

      Yours is a perfect illustration of the truth of the current ad that says we need to put the adults back in charge of running the country.

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    • ccfontenComment by ccfonten
      October 18, 2012 @ 10:13 am

      Grow up jerk.

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    • mrpilkingtonComment by mrpilkington
      October 18, 2012 @ 10:40 am

      You obviously attempt to mock the republicans and Romney with your baby talk. It takes a certain intellect to think of this. I am impressed and I feel sure you don’t really speak like a three year old. However, the true measure of your intellect is in what you say and not how you say it and in that case you certainly think like a three year old.

      Suppose Crowley had butted in and told the truth (as she later did) “No, Mr. president you are deliberatly misleading the American people.” We would really hear some cry babies then.
      I’m sure you would still be thinking like a three year old.

      Why won’t Obama agree to a debate hosted by Rush Limbaugh?

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      October 18, 2012 @ 10:44 am

      I am guessing that purenordic doesn’t have the reading ability to make it through the entire article and discover that the moderator later admitted she was wrong. This is the problem with public education. I can’t tell if his statement is supposed to be baby-talk, ebonics, or something in-between. Maybe there is even a little Cajun thrown in? I mean, seriously, “whoppooah” and “loosooahs?”

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    • JDZComment by JDZ
      October 18, 2012 @ 11:04 am

      This must be one of the 70% of so-called high school graduates that still cannot read and has to use some form of phonics version of the English language. Obviously one of our graduates from the public educational system that has been ruined by the public sector unions. Good Job.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      October 18, 2012 @ 11:35 am

      This guy purenordic is just the poster child example of the people Obama has put into postions of responsibility in the Obama governing state of insanity. This is what you get when, for the sake of equality and political correctness, the Butts of society get placed into the position of doing the jobs of the brains in the body politic. No cogent thinking gets accomplished, and the government body politic gets constipated due to the Butts not doing the jobs they were designed for buy trying to become brains for which they were never designed. Time for an election enema.

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    • MorganComment by Morgan
      October 18, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

      You must be one of the ones who voted for Obama just so you could get a free cell phone and get gas put in your car.

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    • freedomfighterComment by freedomfighter
      October 19, 2012 @ 2:31 am

      Hey, I love your perfect command of the English Language. Did you get that in public speaking at School, or did you just practice at addressing the public. GEEZ, you sound just like Nobama in his debates. He can’t really publicly speak either, well at least it seems that you don’t need teleprompters, anyway.
      Hey, that which you are accusing Mr. Romney of, is exactly what the Nobama does, except he is doing it to a Nation and it‘s people. Really well educated people such as yourself, just can’t quite grasp what he is actually doing. He is living large, taking extreme vacations with his family, and even them without him. He and She are costing the taxpayers billions of dollars which he could use, instead of having to borrow us into bankruptcy, to pay down our debt. They are like a couple of kids in a candy/toy store with a endless credit card.
      You and your believers somehow see Nobamas march to communism and Muslimism for our Country as a great thing. Just wait until you are under rule, and the Nobama coats are turning in anyone who speaks against the BIG zerO, and you are under shariah law. Then you will possibly understand what everyone with any intelligence tried to tell you ahead of time, that this guy is working towards oppression of America, and being Dictator, not leader.
      Carry on, I am sure with your English savvy, that you will certainly be able to seduce everyone with minimal intellect to vote for the BIG zer0. This is the only crowd who would vote for this Proxydent anyway.
      Try to have a little class, oops, sorry, you would not know how to do that even if it were main lined into your veins.

      TAKE OUT THE TRASH IN NOVEMBER.
      VOTE FOR THE AMERICAN CANDIDATE.

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  4. lorlan4Comment by lorlan4
    October 18, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    Republicans are Charlie Brown. Democrats are Lucy. The football is the subject matter. Hope it gets kicked someday.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      October 18, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

      Great minds discuss ideas, average mindas discuss events,,,small minds discuss people….Enter our small minded President and his failed adminstration of losers who have NO SOLUTIONS but can only blame and attack.

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  5. arwenusaComment by arwenusa
    October 18, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    I don’t believe this is a matter of stupidity; I suspect that the elite Republicans and Democrats have betrayed the rest of us with some kind of backroom deal or deals, and this betrayal keeps us paying for their “excused from many of their own laws and rules” lifestyles.

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    • yomamaComment by yomama
      October 18, 2012 @ 10:58 am

      Guess you’re writing in Ron Paul, eh? Yeah, your comment wreaks of his b.s. It’s okay, the rest of us will cover your @ss on Nov. 6, and in spite of your conspiracy theories, Romney will prove you wrong when he is our next president.

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    • nickster99Comment by nickster99
      October 18, 2012 @ 11:32 am

      Please re-think. A vote for Ron Paul is a vote for OBUMMER!
      DONT WASTE YOUR VOTE!

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    • lwessonComment by lwesson
      October 18, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

      arwenusa:

      I do not doubt that there are Elites within both Parties, or even outside the two Parties and country, as John F. Kennedy clearly said.

      At this late juncture for The Republic, we have an individual who has been successful both in business & politics in an off the chart challenging State, and does not have, and this is rare in a politician, all sorts of sordid moral antics, but rather, a stellar good family man.

      The choice of giving Obama 4 more years, is simply playing Russian Roulette with an automatic. The Supreme Court, will be needing new appointments. The Court can single handedly destroy what is left of The Republic, as Thomas Jefferson so mused.

      We can hold fire to Romney’s feet if need be. The Tea Party will insist on performance, and likely Romney will be agreeable to listen and act vs Obama who would throw them all, and us into a camp if he could.

      If, and I doubt it, but if Romney proves to be a bad disappointment, it cannot be anywhere as a massive train wreck as Obama. Further, the seeds of someone outside the system, might rise up, and this time, go for broke to win. Ross Perot, bowed out and then got back in. Even Mr. Perot has endorsed Romney! Donald Trump, another outsider has endorsed Romney, and like Perot, they have usually picked winners vs loosers.

      Even Rand Paul, has endorsed Romney. I do not doubt that Ron Paul is upset with the political shenanigans that were played out on him. For him, it is very personal. Yet if his Son can come to the conclusion that Romney must be our champion in this final fight, that says much to Romney’s credit.

      As much as I have this sinking feeling per The Republic, I at least want to go down fighting.

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    • cdrcodyComment by cdrcody
      October 18, 2012 @ 8:48 pm

      lwesson: Think like a barbarian. If we go down take them with us.

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    • lwessonComment by lwesson
      October 19, 2012 @ 10:22 am

      cdrcody:

      LOL! Recall the final battle scene in Conan the Barbarian? I even know how to sword fight. “Crom” will listen to me, or else!

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  6. lokiswifeComment by lokiswife
    October 18, 2012 @ 10:19 am

    It showed one thing very clear – that Romney can take the heat from the two against him and still stay dignified and on the mark. When they asked a focus group afterwards for words to describe Romney, the most used word was “presidential”.

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  7. ny2txComment by ny2tx
    October 18, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    Missing the point all: He just wrote, “Out of all the statements that have been made over the past month on this issue, ask yourself why Candy Crowley, who had personally chosen the audience questions in advance, would be armed with that particular transcript, if not for the purpose of preparing to provide Obama with a lifeline. How would she have known that this was the excuse the president would use?”.

    Looks like O had communicated to her PRE-debate that he would use that lie.. he was too confident in his assertion as if he had just said it the day before. Given all the speeches he’s given since.. its TOO suspect. Candy was in his pocket.. sorry..

    Who is moderating Monday’s??

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    • nickster99Comment by nickster99
      October 18, 2012 @ 10:42 am

      God is!………… I wish

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    • middlegroundComment by middleground
      October 18, 2012 @ 11:08 am

      You are absolutely right about Obama knowing the questions in advance and knowing which ones he could lie about knowing that Candy Crowley would cut off Romney’s response. It is a repeat of his man Axelrod getting access to sealed court records and using racial stereotype smears to eliminate Herman Cain. Obama cancelled the pipeline to move North Dakota oil to where our nation’s refineries and connecting distribution pipelines are for only one reason. The pipeline would have made us less dependent on imported oil. The pipeline might also have moved Baaken oil from Canada and the Chinese want that oil shipped to them — what is now happening. We’ve also sold the Chinese Niobrara oil in the Denver Basin and through an Australian intermediary oil in the Alaska petroleum reserve. I’ve gotten so suspicious of the actions of this administration that I believe they put a lawyer in charge of safety for deep water Gulf drilling knowing that she, Liz Birnbaum, wouldn’t have the training and abilities to do an engineers job and there would eventually be an accident like the BP spill.

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    • pengreyComment by pengrey
      October 18, 2012 @ 11:22 am

      Oh so Crowley was trying to….. We all know exactly what Crowley was trying to do. Why go to the trouble of trying to justify her actions is beyond me.

      I JUST DO NOT BELIEVE THE GENERAL PUBLIC WILL BUY it.

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  8. shiloh2020Comment by shiloh2020
    October 18, 2012 @ 10:50 am

    Romney is a decent guy…Obama is not. It is plain to see….The “crotch salute” will be revisited after Obama is out of office……

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  9. mrpilkingtonComment by mrpilkington
    October 18, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    When Crowley butted in, she saved Obama’s tail for the moment but in the long run she probably cooked his goose. Obama didn’t help himself when he said “read the transcript” either. Obama’s supporters are going to read it looking for a “na nu na nu na na” moment. If they read the entire transcript they will all realize that Obama is deliberately misleading. His intelligent supporters will have an “ah ha” moment and may wake up. his ignorant supporters (which is the majority) will say “na nu na nu na na” anyway.
    The intelligent Romney supporters have already read the transcript, But they knew all along that Obama was lying because they saw his lips move. The ignorant Romney supporters will, OH WAIT, THERE ARE NONE.

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  10. sandman4x4Comment by sandman4x4
    October 18, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    When do you suppose we could have a debate moderated by a know “right winger” or even a true moderate? maybe even a known libertarian like Neil Bortz? I don’t think a democrat would have the guts to agree to it! Mitt should have demanded one !

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    • testament2012Comment by testament2012
      October 18, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

      This reminds of the UN, why is America even a member of this socialist organization? Do we have some sub conscious need to be subjugated by these groups that dont even share our values?
      We can leave the UN and send them packing, since its all about our wealth anyway,damn sure their not here because we are like minded politically.Likewise we can change the channel and get our news else where,or even boycott those networks all together, they’ll change their politics soon enough, cause just like the UN its all about where the money is. The point I’m trying to make is when do we just stop giving these types a stage to stand on? No we dont need laws,
      just a strong reflection of our true values, this isn’t about entertainment or first amendment rights either,it is about how contrary ideologies seem to find a home in what otherwise should be an inhospitable environment.

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    • giarla51Comment by giarla51
      October 18, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

      I’m sure a democrat wouldn’t agree to a moderate or conservative moderator but that’s the difference between the two parties. Obama (and all libs) need the liberal media and its moderators to accomplish for him what he can’t do for himself where Mr. Romney only needs to stay on message to get his ideas out. The focus groups after both debates said the same thing, Romney looked “presidential” and Obama did not, even with Candy Crowley’s help.

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  11. middlegroundComment by middleground
    October 18, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    In my above post I just read that two of the majors will be shipping North Dakota oil to Canada and then on to China. That is proof of my above comment the about the real reason for cancelling the pipeline. Now you know where all those political contributions are coming from.

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    • testament2012Comment by testament2012
      October 18, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

      Perhaps its more about the declining value of the US dollar, and the declining amount of people who can afford our former life style. Its been said our best grown foods will be exported because greater profits are elsewhere. Are we to get used to being a third world nation, or do we stand and fight for our rightful place? Just like our educational system has slid down the charts, our colleges are still amongst the best, but our children are being dumbed down as to not be able to compete, unless you can afford a private education. This is the true class warfare, our public school system used to be the best, then came the government and the dept of education. And now their against home schooling, either parents start picking up the slack at home, or leave our children and grandchildren to be second and third rate citizens in this world, And don’t forget how they hate Americans to begin with.

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  12. JDZComment by JDZ
    October 18, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    Couple of comments.

    1. Romney continues to show that he is a tough guy who is not afraid to wade in to make his points, and he is rarely, if ever, wrong on his facts. This is something the Obama campaign underestimated and why Romney is polling better and better each day.

    2. The Republican Party still has a lot to learn about the “New Democrats” that are running that party. They do not play fair and will say or do anything to achieve their goals which is to turn this country on its head and into a socialist country. They have infiltrated and taken over our mainstream media, many of our most influential colleges, the public educational system at the lower levels, the entertainment industry, and much of the financial industry in this country. They have had the public sector and big unions in their camp because many of the politicians in this country are in the pockets of the unions. They are on a mission and very close to having the control they need to force it to happen. If Obama gets a second term, we will become a socialist “serfdom” country.

    3. So, the Republican Party caved to giving up the moderator role for all of the debates to left leaning liberal moderators and it just puts Romney and Ryan behind the eight ball right out of the chute.

    Candy Crowley screened the questions coming in and selected the ones she wanted asked, decided the sequence of the questions which gave her the opportunity to figure out who will take the questions first, interrupted Romney twice as much as Obama, gave Obama almost 4 minutes more talk time, and then bailed out the President when Romney was setting him up with regard to the Benghazi attack on our embassy. She just happened to have the text of the Obama speech on 9/12 where he supposedly called the attack a terrorist attack, which when you go over it and the context of his comments, was not true. He never called that attack specifically a terrorist attack until two weeks later.

    The Republican Party has the responsibility to save our country from socialism and has done a poor job of defending our founding principles for years and look where we are. I just heard today that our country spent $1.3 Trillion on welfare last year. Think about that…$1.3 Trillion dollars on welfare programs of all kinds. And..we wonder why the national debt is skyrocketing out of control and the country is headed toward a major financial disaster.

    Our government has failed us…and continue to do so. Our career politicians have been so self centered and incompetent that they continue to behave like drunken sailors and have spent the country into the ditch…and Obama has just accelerated the process.

    Even if Romney is re-elected, it is not clear that even an experienced executive like him can turn this around. Especially if dirty Harry is still running the Senate.

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    • sirodComment by sirod
      October 18, 2012 @ 11:51 am

      Obama is pushing down from the top and up from the bottom thereby squeezing out the middle class. In the end there will only be masters and slaves or the equal of that concept. His agenda is hidden and America just can’t grasp how evil he truly is. As a Muslim, he can say or do anything in order to further the cause of Islam and it is not considered wrong by the Qur’an. He can claim to be a Christian, but he is not. He can claim to be an American, but he is not. Both he and Michelle are Muslims and they are committed to Mohammad. Some day all of this will be found out. In the meantime, we should know who he is by his policies and his deeds and misdeeds. We have the devil in the White House. I can’t stand him!

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    • kscComment by ksc
      October 18, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

      Sure Romney can turn things around even if dirty Harry is still in there. All he has to do is use “executive priviledge” like Obliar has done over 900 times. Harry the Red and Pantsy Nlousey have to go. To me, it is even more important that we get a “conservative” Republican House AND Senate. Maybe then they would stand up to the dictator and stop his nonsense.

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  13. bizzybuzzerComment by bizzybuzzer
    October 18, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    Prez 0 being without a TelePrompter finds other support. If he isn’t smart enough to explain the difference from terrorists and riots over a video what is he doing in the oval office ? Every time without his trusty TelePrompter he has had to have someone explain his way out of a situation. What size foot has Pres 0 been stuffing into his big mouth since sworn in ? What will he do for another 4 years, change feet ? There sure are a lot of Americans being killed. When is it OK for us to be concerned ? After the election ?

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  14. agent007Comment by agent007
    October 18, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    IF the transcript was handed to Candy Crowley by Obama just before the debate started, she got manipulated as well by Obama!
    And if she willingly accepted it, and then waved with it during the debate without having read it again (she might not have had time at last minute) then she has been ‘used’ by Obama!
    This might have been a deliberate stunt by Obama, which in my mind equates to election fraud! But that’s just my opinion!

    Could someone PLEASE ask Candy Crowley in an interview how she happened to have this transcript right there???? I want to know the truth! Did she willingly assist Obama there???

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  15. retiredmarinepilotComment by retiredmarinepilot
    October 18, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

    Hopefully we will see the day when liberals have been pushed to the back of the room far enough that people with a voice will no longer be intimidated and speak their true will. We are already starting to see many Hollywood types summoning up the courage to speak their minds and it’s heartening. I long for the days when one could speak out, openly, their true feelings without the threat of some bat weilding, neo-nazi black panther clubing them to death. This was literally non existent prior to Obama bringing us all together. Hopefully, when he’s gone the mobs will calm down and maybe, just maybe we can get an AG that will pursue the law breakers and we can get back to the important things, like the economy.

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  16. ny2txComment by ny2tx
    October 18, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

    Can someone TWEET to Candy Crowley and ASK her point blank? Then this issue will be raised and get direct visibility.. She needs to answer that question – did she have the transcript and if SO>> WHEN was it given to her and didn’t she feel it was inappropriate?? We’ve got to go to the source here.. ENOUGH!

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  17. theoldsargeComment by theoldsarge
    October 18, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

    The only reason I watch debates is to see how each candidate reacts on the hot seat without a script or teleprompter. If you want to know the real person behind the mask, you must do your own research. Most voters do not know how to do the research needed in order to make a well informed decision on who will get their vote. Too many people get caught up in the excitement and the rhetoric put forth by the candidates in their slogans, speeches and what they say in debates. These tell you nothing about the people running for office. Candidates in both parties are just saying what they think the voters want to hear. As in all elections, this one is no different. All the candidates are making powerful speeches to convince you that you must vote for them. Do not be fooled by what the candidates, in both parties, say in their campaign speeches and debates. Those are just words and slogans. Edward R. Murrow said “Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions.” Actions speak louder than words. Research the candidates. That means doing a little work. That’s right. I said that four letter word “WORK.” Look at their past voting records, accomplishments, backgrounds, the issues they supported, activities they participated in, books they may have wrote and the organizations they joined. Those things can tell you quite a lot about the person. If you are reading this you have the ability to do that research in the comfort of your home. The important thing is to get out and vote and try to encourage those who don’t vote to get off dead center and do so or we could loose this Republic the Founding Fathers started for us. Those who don’t vote deserve the government they get. They did just as much to put Obama in the White House and the politicians in office as the ones who voted for them. Apathy put Obama in the White House and the Senators and Representatives in office. Apathy will keep them there. APATHY IS THE GREATEST THREAT TO OUR LIBERTIES AND FREEDOMS! NOT OBAMA.

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    • pudgyComment by pudgy
      October 19, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

      AMEN, again and again.

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    • oleteabagComment by oleteabag
      October 20, 2012 @ 12:35 am

      You are so right! We attended a family reunion right after the first debate, and attempted to engage some family members there in a discussion of the issues surrounding the coming election. Very few of them had watched the debate, and those who had not made it clear they had no interest in the election or who won it. My husband and I wondered–are these people for REAL? Do they not realize their most fundamental liberties are being stolen right out from beneath their noses by the America-hating, Constitution-shredding POSER who currently “occupies” the White House? We’ve been asking ever since the 2008 elections, how in the HELL did things come to this pass and go so far? Well, I guess now we have the answer. It got so bad because too many people did not care enough to notice that our country and culture are being stolen before our very eyes, much less to get off their a$$es and vote! ODUMBER won because a whole lot of the people who would have voted against him stayed home on election day–pure and simple. That simply CANNOT happen again–or we are all done.

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  18. billavenComment by billaven
    October 18, 2012 @ 10:37 pm

    Terror, from French terreur, from Latin terror meaning “great fear”, a noun derived from the Latin verb terrere meaning “to frighten”, is a policy of political repression and violence intended to subdue political opposition. Before the advent of modern terrorism, the term “terrorism” in the English language was sometimes used interchangeable with terror. The modern definition of terrorism refers to criminal or illegal acts of violence at randomly chosen targets, in an effort to raise fear. It is practiced by extremist groups with a limited political base or parties on the weaker side in asymmetric warfare. Terror on the other hand is practiced by governments and law enforcement officials, usually within the legal framework of the state. (Wikipedia, emphasis mine.)
    Since 1994, the United Nations General Assembly has condemned terrorist acts using the following political description of terrorism: “Criminal acts intended or calculated to provoke a state of terror in the general public, a group of persons or particular persons for political purposes are in any circumstance unjustifiable, whatever the considerations of a political, philosophical, ideological, racial, ethnic, religious or any other nature that may be invoked to justify them.” Terrorism is defined in the Code of Federal Regulations as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives” (28 C.F.R. Section 0.85).
    Therefore, an act of terror is something a government does to suppress its own people, while an act of terrorism is something that is done to create fear towards another country or political difference. BIG DIFFERENCE! It would be helpful if Candy Crowley, Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, Anderson Cooper, and a host of other highly paid, highly educated persons had a grasp of 5th grade English.
    Secondly, if the President really believed it was an “act of terrorism”, why didn’t he use the word terrorism, instead of the word terror? Did he deliberately use a choice of words that sounded tough, but was deceiving, and not in fact the correct word and most people would not look up the definition to see the difference?
    Thirdly, if it was in fact really terrorism, and he knew that when he gave the speech in the Rose Garden that it was a terrorist act, did he allow the statement by so many of his administration, Susan Rice and others, to go on talk shows saying it was a mob reaction to a video dishonoring Mohammed? Why was this still going on, even by himself, so publicly on shows like “the View,” the “Letterman show” days and weeks later if he knew the difference that he and his cohorts are now claiming he knew?
    Fourthly, and this I consider to be the most outrageous of all, to go before the General Assembly of the United Nations, and tell that same story to the leaders of the world it was a reaction to the video mentioned before? That is dishonesty of the highest order! Instead of apologizing to the rest of the world, and to the leaders of the world for a video, he should be apologizing to the American people for the desecration to the highest office of our land for deliberately ignoring and distorting the facts that he himself now claims he knew, declaring it as an act of terror, but not an act of terrorism. You can’t have it both ways!

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  19. pudgyComment by pudgy
    October 19, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

    It takes a good man to admit he was wrong. When you are scrambling for protection of your power, there are few good men, particularly in government. For the land of the free to stay free, we better find some, asap.

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  20. oleteabagComment by oleteabag
    October 20, 2012 @ 12:11 am

    I said the same thing this author did. WHY do the Repubs keep agreeing to these debates with all the cards stacked against them? WHEN are they going to learn that these left-leaning so-called “journalists” are NOT on their side, and will do whatever they need to do to keep the Republican candidate off-balance and/or rescue the lying Democrat when he gets tangled up in his own lies, as ODUMBER clearly did on this Libya question.

    As for the trolls accusing the Conservatives of “whining” because their guy was abused in the debate, I remind you that immediately after the first debate in which ODUMBER revealed himself for the empty suit he truly is, his brain-dead supporters immediately started calling for the debates to allow the use of teleprompters. After the 2008 elections, the lefties were fond of saying, “Get over it, we won” Well, you lefty idiots, “Get over it–OUR guy does not NEED a teleprompter to be able to speak an intelligent, coherent sentence. Sorry about yours, but he can’t HAVE a teleprompter. If he can’t think of anything to say unless somebody else writes it for him, well, what the hell is he doing masquerading as and pretending to be a competent President?

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