CNN’s Candy Crowley: Romney Was Actually Right On Libya


  1. John fisher
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 12:04 am | Permalink | Reply

    Someone throe her a lifeline — she is making it worse

  2. Posted October 17, 2012 at 12:06 am | Permalink | Reply

    The big problem for Obama here is we’ll be talking about Libya. It’s clear he did not call Benghazi an act of terror directly, but used a generic reference. And calling something an act of terror is a long way from calling something a terrorist act. Murder is an act of terror. Rape is an act of terror. Anytime a victim is terrorized that is the case.

    But a terrorist act is different. It is motivated by extremism and is premeditated. He spent two weeks trying to make people think this was a reaction to a video – he went on The View and sold that. How long until they KNEW it was a TERRORIST act? And how much of the denial occurred because the President declared the War On Terror over? He didn’t want this on his watch, who would?

    So he tried to dodge it and hoped people wouldn’t notice. He’s mostly gotten away with it on Fast & Furious, so why not here?

  3. William Jefferson
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 12:08 am | Permalink | Reply

    If she wasn’t 100% sure he was wrong, why open her mouth then? Actually, why open her mouth at all? Was she called as a witness to testify? May she never work a Presidential debate again.

    • No Tribe
      Posted October 17, 2012 at 12:15 am | Permalink | Reply

      Pretty sure she sealed the deal there, and won’t be on another debate ever again. But I don’t think it really matters much. It’s sorta bizarre actually, to see all of these Obamabots come out of the woodwork to claim revisionist history. I agree with Jeff above, that the media is not likely to go along with that part.

  4. Jon
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 12:34 am | Permalink | Reply

    Oh, she got talked to by the committee. Well, she got fired

  5. Posted October 17, 2012 at 1:14 am | Permalink | Reply

    Crowley won’t host another debate….one of the sites had the contract the two campaigns signed with the debate commission. It SPECIFICALLY stated that the moderator cannot rephrase questions, ask follow-ups or go to any audience member who is not asking a question. The contract also stated candidates cannot address each other, etc.

    Crowley was basically crowing about how she broke every rule. Said she chose to stand rather than sit so she would be on the same level as the candidates and they would have to deal with her. Yeah great moderator…3 full minutes extra for one candidate and consistently cutting off Romney, hurrying him along, allowing Obama to jump up and into Romney’s time.

    I was praying for a snotty assed “Mr. President please sit down and let me speak, your actions are unbecoming of a President”

    Side note I loved the tweet by someone who talked about Obama nailing Romney for making political points on Libya while practically wearing Osama Bin Laden’s ears on a necklace. Obama can’t ban assault weapons that is what he used to personally and single handedly kill Bin Laden with,

  6. jvnvch
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 5:16 am | Permalink | Reply

    Crowley was wrong. If she were going to throw a flag, it should have been to call a penalty on President Obama, not to call one on Mitt Romney. It was a gross injustice that threw Romney off his game at a critical point in the debate. Romney was obviously somewhat temporarily stunned by what Crowley did, and was thrown offtrack to some degree, then was not allowed the time by Crowley to press his point home.

    President Obama did not, in his Rose Garden remarks, specifically refer to the Benghazi attack as an act of terror, as he and Crowley alleged. He made a general reference about terror, but avoided making it specific to Benghazi, and continued to avoid calling the Benghazi an act of terror for weeks afterwards.

  7. yong
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 6:29 am | Permalink | Reply

    Actually, Obama was referring to 9-11 2001 in reference act of terror. Libya, Obama said act of violence.

  8. Posted October 17, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Either a moderator is going to be the BS Ref and throw the flag the entire debate and deamnd straight answers or they shut up and let the candidates talk. She made a HUGE error stepping in to correct Romney and help Obama. I would have said the EXACT same thing had her words been “You are right the president did not call it a terrorist attack” against Obama. Her role was not definded as no had she acted as a ref/BS Police all night, that was a bad call on her part, regardless of who it was for.

    That is why I think she came right out on CNN and corrected herself. Damage was done but she realized she tipped her hand huge and pretty much just made the case ever moderate to right winger has ever made, the media are in the tank for Obama.

    I will say again her role should have been to lay out the rule from the top. A question will be asked, the other canidate will responde, next question. I will enforce this. There will be no follow ups, no rebutal to the rebuttal, no back and forth. She lost control early, got peeved that Romney wasn’t listening to her and thre a flag to help Obama.

    I am heartened that the polls show Obama won, but the take away messages were he didn’t sell the product. He won on style, points, etc. But when the margins in the CNN poll are HUGE to Romney on taxes, economy, health care, better leader, etc that tells you that in the end Romney won on substance. The focus groups on most of the channels (CNN excluded) all made comments to some degree Obama has been on the attack, on the defensive and offered no plan while at the same time questions specifics of Romney.

    Kerry tried this in 2004…running the Im not George Bush campaign and he failed. Barack Obama is, ESSENTIALLY, running a “I am not President Barack Obama” campaign against Romney. He has run this entire campaign as if he hasn’t actually been president for 4 years. And I think it has become so glaring that even the in the tank media have started to acknowledge it.

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