Wah, Wah…

Time’s Mark Halperin writes about concern in the Romney and Obama campaigns about Candy Crowley’s role in the upcoming debate…

While an early October memorandum of understanding between the Obama and Romney campaigns and the bipartisan commission sponsoring the debates suggests CNN‘s Candy Crowley would play a limited role in the Tuesday night session, Crowley, who is not a party to that agreement, has done a series of interviews on her network in which she has suggested she will assume a broader set of responsibilities. As Crowley put it last week, “Once the table is kind of set by the town hall questioner, there is then time for me to say, ‘Hey, wait a second, what about x, y, z?’”

In the view of both campaigns and the Commission, those and other recent comments by Crowley conflict with the language the two campaigns agreed to which delineates a more limited role for the moderator of the town hall debate. The questioning of the two candidates is supposed to be driven by the audience members themselves — likely voters selected by the Gallup Organization. Crowley’s assignment differs from those of the three other debate moderators, who in the more standard format are supposed to lead the questioning and follow up when appropriate. The town hall debate is planned for Tuesday at 9pm ET at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Cry me a river…

These clowns want to run this country and they’re essentially admitting they can’t handle questions they might not be expecting?

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

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33 Responses to “Wah, Wah…”

  1. So it won’t be over ’til the fat lady chimes in?

  2. Crowley’s role is to choose what questions are asked and in what order. Virtual all these questions are predicable and the initial answers are likely to be rehersed talking points. Where the debate happens is in the followups and the back and forth between the candidates. Crowley has a legitimate role to play in that part of the debate.

    If there is an obvious winner and loser, the winners surrogates will say she was great and the losing side will say that she was the reason they lost. If the debate is close and entertaining then both sides will say Crowley did a good job or bad job depending on what is in the best interest of their candidate.

    In the end; her role will not matter. Debates are won or lost by candidates; not moderators. As Spud infers these are big boys and if they can’t deal with Crowley how are they going to deal with the disaster that is the US Congress.

  3. savefarris Says:

    Obama & Romney are both big boys who should be able to handle pointed questioning.

    Ditto Ms. Crowley.

  4. If they want undecided voters and a diversity of opinion, why have this type of debate in such a blue state as NY? NY is going to vote big for Obama. Why not have the townhall debate in a swing state?

  5. Funny, there never seems to be “controversy” when the moderator is a man. This is pathetic. The moderator should be allowed follow-up for clarity and context.
    I really wish the League of Women Voters handled these debates. Since the commission was formed it seems the debates are designed more for and by the campaigns than for the voters.

  6. “If they want undecided voters and a diversity of opinion, why have this type of debate in such a blue state as NY? NY is going to vote big for Obama. Why not have the townhall debate in a swing state?”

    ^^Carol the location of the debate has no effect on the ideology or demeanor of the audience. The audience for this debate will be about 80 undecided voters chosen by the Gallop organization. There will be no cheering and booing like at campaign town hall,

    Both candidates agreed to this format and neither has expressed any concern about the audience makeup, that I can find.

  7. Fritz, the voters chosen will be from Nassau and Suffolk Counties in NY. Those counties voted big for Obama in 2008. I doubt there are many undecided voters in NY.

  8. “I doubt there are many undecided voters in NY.”

    ^^ OK I give up. The Gallup Organization is working for the Obama campaign and will pack the audience with closet Obama supporters that will cheer his every utterance. I can hardly wait.

    You know It’s all part of the vast left wing conspiracy (VLWC), don’t you?

  9. Them Chicago boys will do anything to steal this election.

  10. Fritz, I don’t think there is any conspiracy! I don’t think Obama is doing anything wrong here. After all, Romney (I assume) agreed to the location. I’m just saying that NY is left-leaning and always votes Democratic in presidential elections. I was born and raised in NY and until recently lived there. Every Republican presidential vote felt like a wasted vote. Just my opinion, but I think a swing state would have been a wiser choice for a townhall debate. Maybe tomorrow night I will be proven wrong.

  11. Larry, do me a favor and stuff the weight references. I realize we’re in a society which requires every woman to look like a supermodel, but you don’t need to be part of the problem.

  12. “I’m just saying that NY is left-leaning and always votes Democratic in presidential elections.”

    ^^So what. The debate location is totally irrelevant.They could do it in Russia and no one would be the wiser. The only mention of location is when the candidates thank the host.

    “Every Republican presidential vote felt like a wasted vote.”

    ^^ That could be said about all but a handful of states. Your argument is not with NY State but rather with the electoral college. And I totally agree with you it should be abolished and the POTUS elected by having the most total votes nationally.

    Unfortunately after this election, because of changing demographics, the Republican Party will probably not win the popular vote again for decades. So I don’t expect any changes in the electoral college anytime soon.

  13. I’m obviously not making myself clear. All the people asking the questions will be FROM Nassau and Suffolk. They are basically Obama voters. It’s not the location, it’s where they are getting the voters from and they are all coming from the suburbs of NY which voted overwhelmingly for Obama last time. This is the way I heard Mike Allen from Politico explain it this morning on MJ.

  14. FATSO is hand picking the questions.

  15. Yes, the moderator is going to make sure decent questions are asked, and that they don’t end up with a majority seeming to favor one candidate. This is less than shocking news.

  16. I can’t believe both sides are already whining about Candy Crowley – I don’t remember so much working of the ref than I have seen this year. Of course the moderator is there is interject when needed. The people get to ask the questions but it is up to the moderator to call out the candidates when they don’t answer the question.

  17. But Elle, WHAT ABOUT ALL THE BIAS!!?

  18. Candy Crowley seems fine to me, bias-wise. I’ll withhold judgment until something actually happens.

  19. I hope the Gallup organization does really good research on the people they choose to ask the questions. This is what happened in 2008 at a town hall format event with Anderson Cooper at the helm.

    http://michellemalkin.com/2012/10/15/a-reminder-about-the-last-plant-infested-cnn-run-town-hall-debate/

  20. “I’m obviously not making myself clear.”

    ^^ Yeah think. (he says as he bangs his head on the desk)

    “All the people asking the questions will be FROM Nassau and Suffolk. They are basically Obama voters. It’s not the location, it’s where they are getting the voters from and they are all coming from the suburbs of NY which voted overwhelmingly for Obama last time.”

    ^^ It’s only Nassau Co. but I’ll let that go. You think everyone in Nassau county voted for Obama and therefore only Obama supporters will get to put forth questions? Then somehow most of the questions will be hard for Romney to answer but easy for Obama to answer.

    To do this you have to think that the Gallup organization will cherry pick and only submit the 80+/- questions, from the hundreds submitted, that will cause Romney problems . Then you need to believe that Candy Crowley will then choose the dozen or so from those 80 that she thinks will hurt Romney most.

    It’s beyond silly.

    “This is the way I heard Mike Allen from Politico explain it this morning on MJ.”

    ^^Mike Allen only said the audience would come from Nassau County. The rest is just your fantasy.

  21. Take away Fritz’s carrots and winky-faces, and the guy ain’t got nothin’.

  22. “Of course the moderator is there is interject when needed. The people get to ask the questions but it is up to the moderator to call out the candidates when they don’t answer the question.”

    Well…

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2012/10/cpd-crowley-shouldnt-reinterpret-questions-138485.html

  23. Quit embarrassing yourself. The right is trying to preload the debate as a loss for Romney, with someone else as the blame. Grow up.

  24. My fantasy? Yes, it’s my fantasy that Suffolk County be included because that’s my dream scenario. My point is that in a very blue state like NY and a liberal county such as Nassau County, how do you get undecided voters who are representative of anyone else in the country except the state of NY? I think a purple state would have been better. I may be proven wrong and probably will be. It’s just my opinion, knowing NY as I do.

  25. Joe, it’s BOTH campaigns who are complaining about Crowley, or so I have read.

  26. I know Carol, but it’s only righties complaining about her here, which is what I’m responding to. The Obama campaign may have expressed reservations as well, but there’s no leftwing groundswell against Crowley like there is on the right.

    This defensive/preemptive attack against any journalist not avowedly conservative by the right has to stop someday. Conservative thought is not objective, and journalism will never accept it as so.

  27. Joe, somebody has made a mistake with this debate. The candidates signed on for something that Candy never signed on for and I don’t really blame her. She’s a journalist. If she wants to ask follow-up questions, why shouldn’t she? Otherwise I can sit there and ask so-and-so to stand up and ask a question. And the candidates don’t want follow-up questions, for obvious reasons. I just think that these townhall debates are useless. I hear both candidates have been prepping for this debate. How do you prep for a townhall debate? Practice your empathetic face? As George Will said, What are we doing here? Electing a talk-show host?

  28. I hear ya, Carol. Town hall debates are right up there with radio call-in shows. I detest them.

  29. I couldn’t agree more. At this point “undecideds” are morons and should not be even allowed to vote let alone ask questions. Let Joe and I ask the questions and do a little name calling to liven things up.

  30. “Thank you, Candy. It’s an honor to be here, and I would just like to say to both candidates that you’re huge douchebags. I have no questions.”

  31. Joe and Larry asking the questions? Now that’s a debate that I’d watch!

  32. I vote for Remi to be one of the “undecideds” in the debate hall tonight. Channel your inner Van Jones!!!!

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