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A reminder about the last plant-infested, CNN-run town hall debate
Michelle Malkin ^ | October 15, 2012 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 10/15/2012 2:25:49 PM PDT by Snuph

A reminder about the last plant-infested, CNN-run town hall debate

By Michelle Malkin • October 15, 2012 12:38 PM CNN’s Candy Crowley will be moderating tomorrow night’s second presidential debate. It will be a 90-minute town hall forum at Hofstra University on Long Island, east of New York City. Both the Obama and Romney campaigns signed a “memorandum of understanding” about how the debate will be run. But Crowley is already making noises that she plans to circumvent the agreed-upon rules and take control: In a rare example of political unity, both the Romney and Obama campaigns have expressed concern to the Commission on Presidential Debates about how the moderator of this Tuesday’s town hall has publicly described her role, TIME has learned. While an early-October memorandum of understanding between the Obama and Romney campaigns suggests that 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 that 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?’” Do you remember what happened the last time CNN was in charge of a high-stakes “town hall” style campaign debate?

(Excerpt) Read more at michellemalkin.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Extended News
KEYWORDS: 2012debates; cnn; partisanmedia
Anyone expect anything less?
1 posted on 10/15/2012 2:25:53 PM PDT by Snuph
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To: Snuph

When the hell will we EVER see a moderator who is not a media libtard?

Sean Hannity? Rush Limbaugh? Let the public see THAT


2 posted on 10/15/2012 2:31:23 PM PDT by Mr. K ("The only thing the World would hate more than the USA in charge is the USA NOT in charge")
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To: Snuph

This is what I’ve been worried about. Obama is too lazy and shiftless to be well-prepared, and Romney will be enthusiastic and ready. But this town hall format is too easy to stack with Obamatrons.


3 posted on 10/15/2012 2:33:27 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: Snuph

Wouldn’t it be great to have Michelle as moderator/

‘Twould indeed be a feast for the brain (and the eyes.)


4 posted on 10/15/2012 2:34:31 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Snuph

While I too am a bit puzzled as well as nervous about the parade of liberal Obamaphiles (er, moderators), I’ve been thinking of one possibility that this could really work out in Romney’s favor....

If he can successfully work with or around the liberal bias, or cut the moderator down after calling them out, and come out of liberal-bias debates as the victor, it only stands to make him look like a much stronger candidate, and especially one who can stand up for himself while working with Democrats, which would speak well about working bipartisanlly as president.

Just my $0.02


5 posted on 10/15/2012 2:39:24 PM PDT by ObozoMustGo2012
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To: Snuph
RNC=Stupidest party in the WHOLE entire UNIVERSE!!! This is like a man going for a swim in a shark infested lake and hoping to come out unscathed! ugh!
6 posted on 10/15/2012 2:39:32 PM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: CatherineofAragon

Yes, those PLANTS are going to eat Romney ALIVE!! The fix is in! Pray for him that God grants him the mind and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. That the blinders of the American people will fall off!


7 posted on 10/15/2012 2:43:29 PM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: CatherineofAragon

Romney did prepare for his exams at Harvard. He´ll do his homework. The guy from Occidental college may have just gotten through because of affirmtive action. The debate will tell us alot about what´s in the head and heart of each candidate.


8 posted on 10/15/2012 2:49:19 PM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: RoseofTexas

What I saw in the last debate was the way Romney commanded the stage. He WANTS this new job and it showed. He was prepared and ready.
I have no doubt it will be the same thing tomorrow. Watch for his command of the issues and the circumstances(like a true CEO would do going into a hostile crowd or company).
I think Romney is going to put Obama away tomorrow, regardless of what Candy or those so called “undecided voters” try to do. I am really looking forward to seeing it.


9 posted on 10/15/2012 2:52:40 PM PDT by pugmama
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To: RoseofTexas

I agree....I think we should all be praying for a good outcome.


10 posted on 10/15/2012 2:54:23 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: Snuph

While I fail to understand why the GOP would ever agree to this format, I think that it will work out OK. Remember, everything from this day forward targets the undecided, and maybe a few independents. So overt partisanship against Obama, by either Crowley and/or the questioners, will turn them against Obama.


11 posted on 10/15/2012 2:56:46 PM PDT by ken5050 (Barack Obama: An empty suit sitting in an empty chair...)
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To: rovenstinez

The pothead versus the CEO....if not for the corruption of the town hall format, it would be a beautiful smackdown.

But it might still be that. The way the Dems have been behaving these past few weeks, digging their holes deeper and deeper, I’ve started to wonder if God in His justice has sent a spirit of delusion against them, to confound and confuse them. I guess we’ll see.


12 posted on 10/15/2012 2:59:59 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: Snuph
These town halls should get the boot. I hate listening to boors on talk radio drone on for a couple minutes on their soap boxes in asking questions and I don't want to hear the same thing in a town hall format. Having said that, Romney has proven to me that he knows what he is doing and will be prepared so I'm not worried about him.

I like the idea of having two moderators at each debate — one chosen by each side. I wouldn't care if it was Bill Maher or Keith Olbermann on the Left as long as conservatives got to choose one too.

13 posted on 10/15/2012 3:00:47 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: CatherineofAragon

But this town hall format is too easy to stack with Obamatrons.


It isn’t necessarily the question they ask but it appears that Crowley intends to go beyond the question and engage in the process by asking further questions.


14 posted on 10/15/2012 3:02:51 PM PDT by deport
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To: Snuph
Hopefully, that memorandum of understanding includes a provision for a relief moderator if Crowley becomes indisposed (i.e. unwell, overly rambunctious, etc.).


15 posted on 10/15/2012 3:18:07 PM PDT by magooey (The Mandate of Heaven resides in the hearts of men.)
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To: Snuph

The minute she steps out of line just say:

“I really wonder why the commission picked you as a objective moderator after you called my running partner and I, ‘a ticket from hell’.”

Just once, Mitt.


16 posted on 10/15/2012 3:21:10 PM PDT by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: Snuph

CNN has a multi-million dollar appeal languishing in Obama’s stacked NLRB (NLRB Case 05-CA-031828).

Crowley can save her company big money by tailoring the ‘debate’ just the way she wants to anyway.

She interviews the questioners beforehand and chooses who speaks. After the candidates respond to the question she then gets to lead the candidates into a two minute discussion.

CNN can quit worrying about NLRB Case 05-CA-031828...

Video of the 2008 town hall debate.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkBqLBsu-o4
This will be the exact same format.


17 posted on 10/15/2012 3:29:17 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Snuph

I don’t know, it might be cool for Crowley to make questions up. These would be questions Obama would not be expecting or prepared for. Hey, if the Obama camp is afraid of this happening, there has got to be a reason.


18 posted on 10/15/2012 3:30:02 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: Snuph

I have to admit, when I read the headline, I wondered, “Plant-infested? ( visions of potted palms, hanging ferns, bonsai and spathiphyllum) whazzat means?”


19 posted on 10/15/2012 3:35:19 PM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: Snuph

Frankly, after the last debate I believe Romney will be able to hold his own. I was afraid that he was going to be another John McCain but he didn’t back down.

That being said, Republicans should never agree to these forums with liberal moderators.


20 posted on 10/15/2012 3:35:43 PM PDT by HarleyD
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To: HarleyD

Please let one Freeper secretly infiltrate with a face question and ask “President Obama, why does your wedding ring have the Muslim prayer to Allah and why did you wear it before your marriage?”

OPLEASEOPLEASEOPLEASE


21 posted on 10/15/2012 3:40:53 PM PDT by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: Snuph
I'm hoping Obama moves for a 'Dingle-Norwood" moment like Gore v Bush in 2000. That dismissive nod clinched it IMO.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAUcyfKESts&feature=player_embedded

22 posted on 10/15/2012 3:43:45 PM PDT by Textide
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To: CatherineofAragon
This is what I’ve been worried about. Obama is too lazy and shiftless to be well-prepared, and Romney will be enthusiastic and ready. But this town hall format is too easy to stack with Obamatrons.

I still remember the "pony tail guy" during one of the town halls when Clinton was running.
You're right it's way to easy for Axel-grease and the rest of the Chicago gang to stack the deck on this one, especially after "the Won" stunk up the joint with his performance in the last debate.

23 posted on 10/15/2012 3:53:26 PM PDT by YankeeReb (The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” B.H. 0bama)
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To: deport
"It isn’t necessarily the question they ask but it appears that Crowley intends to go beyond the question and engage in the process by asking further questions."

You're right, and that's alarming. But if you follow Michelle Malkin's links through to her 2007 article, she writes about a town hall debate in which many of CNN's "regular voters" were actually handpicked leftwing activists.

24 posted on 10/15/2012 3:55:55 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: deport
It isn’t necessarily the question they ask but it appears that Crowley intends to go beyond the question and engage in the process by asking further questions.

During the V.P. debate it almost seemed as if Ryan was debating against both the moderator and Crazy Uncle Joe. This is why the libs went after Lerher in the first debate. They felt he wasn't "tough enough on Romney". He was doing the job the way it was supposed to be done. Set out the question, and let the candidates go back and forth.

IMHO that debate accurately showed each side. 0boober just came away looking like the empty suit he is and the left couldn't stand it.

25 posted on 10/15/2012 3:59:58 PM PDT by YankeeReb (The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” B.H. 0bama)
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To: CatherineofAragon
..., she writes about a town hall debate in which many of CNN's "regular voters" were actually handpicked leftwing activists.

In that sense it IS the questions they ask, if those questions are being presented to the public as those of truly undecided voters, when they are really left-of-center questions.

One would expect half the questions to come from the Left and half from the Right, but they all come from the Left. The home viewer is left to wonder if they are "outside the mainstream" and begin to doubt themselves and their candidate choice.

That's the purpose of stacking the townhall in such a way.

-PJ

26 posted on 10/15/2012 4:09:10 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too ( It doesn't I naturally when you're not natural born.)
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To: RoseofTexas
This is like a man going for a swim in a shark infested lake and hoping to come out unscathed! ugh!

That's just the debate. Agreeing to the moderators they have is like doing that after bathing in chum.

27 posted on 10/15/2012 4:10:42 PM PDT by mykroar (October race/religious riots bring November martial law. Voting postponed for your safety.)
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To: Snuph
Do you remember what happened the last time CNN was in charge of a high-stakes “town hall” style campaign debate?

Yeah, I do. Michelle has pix. Four Kerry/Edwards activists pretending to be "concerned, undecided voters". This one will be no different. BTT

28 posted on 10/15/2012 4:11:47 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Political Junkie Too

Yes....and the docile GOP gamely goes along with the plan, election season after election season.


29 posted on 10/15/2012 4:13:36 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: CatherineofAragon

Supposedly Gallup does pick the questioners but who knows. Here’s an earlier thread on the process:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2945214/posts

Here’s the process explained in a Business Insider article:
http://www.freerepublic.com/%5Ehttp://www.businessinsider.com/obama-romney-town-hall-debate-how-voters-were-selected-2012-10

Crowley states she will meet with the questioners and discuss their questions, so she will know the questions in advance and can call on whom she likes to.


30 posted on 10/15/2012 4:16:10 PM PDT by deport
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To: RoseofTexas
RNC=Stupidest party in the WHOLE entire UNIVERSE!!! This is like a man going for a swim in a shark infested lake and hoping to come out unscathed! ugh!

And the deck was stacked two weeks ago with PBS's Mark Lehrer designated as the 'moderator' ... and yet Mr. Romney left the stacked venue with Mr. Obama's head on a pike. And as a consequence, the shape of the election has been dramatically changed (for the better).

You and I don't like the fact that these debates are Always skewed against the Republicans. They are owned by the communist and atheistic media in this Country, and until that is changed, the Republicans have no choice but to wade into these box canyons and do their best to defeat the ambush and destroy the enemy. It is a tall order, but at least the Republicans usually have logic on their side, and a superior position to espouse than the advocates of communism.
And we can always pray. Nearly 2800 years ago King Jehoshaphat saw the defeat of a large army of his enemies, while he was armed only with a marching band and prayers. Prayer is good and prayer is a gift. We should use it.

31 posted on 10/15/2012 4:49:19 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: deport

Thanks for those threads...reading now.


32 posted on 10/15/2012 4:50:33 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: RoseofTexas

I actually think Romney can handle them. I don’t think they can throw him off his game and if they get plumb ridiculous it will come off as bad as Biden did.


33 posted on 10/15/2012 5:42:49 PM PDT by tiki
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To: ponygirl
I have to admit, when I read the headline, I wondered, “Plant-infested? ( visions of potted palms, hanging ferns, bonsai and spathiphyllum) whazzat means?”

The audience is hand picked, most likely from Obama staffers. They'll be presented as “simple, honest folk.” Many will claim to be “life long Republicans” and will state that they are voting Democrat for the first time.

That's why debates managed by the main stream media are a lot like clinical psycodramas.

34 posted on 10/15/2012 5:58:19 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
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To: El Cid
Very well said, but I still think at least Brit Hume or whoever from FoxNews should have been a moderator along with Candy. That said, I wholeheartedly agree...PRAYER is our only avenue to a Victory! Like Rubio said at the convention...GOD IS OUR ONLY SOURCE! Amen, and Amen!
35 posted on 10/15/2012 6:22:06 PM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

I know. I was kidding. I just had this funny vision of the two of them standing before an audience full of greenery. And that CNN newshag who looks like she should have a feedbag tied around her neck.


36 posted on 10/15/2012 10:48:43 PM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: ObozoMustGo2012
If he can successfully work with or around the liberal bias, or cut the moderator down after calling them out....

This worked very well for Bush 41 in 1988, when he ambushed Dan Rather. Rather was laying for him with a "gotcha" question, but the Old Man turned it around and incinerated Our Man Dan -- I don't think he ever got over it, and it may have played a big part in his self-destruction in the document scandal that he tried to gin up against Bush 43.

The Old Man touched him up, and Junior polished him off. Can't think of a nicer outcome.

37 posted on 10/16/2012 2:22:05 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: mrsmith
CNN has a multi-million dollar appeal languishing in Obama’s stacked NLRB (NLRB Case 05-CA-031828). Crowley can save her company big money by tailoring the ‘debate’ just the way she wants to anyway.

Wow~ -- FRiend, you just aced a cause for removal of Crowley immediately, for cause.

This is intolerable: the moderator is employed by a company that is in the dock and under hack before an Obama administrative-law judge? Just wow.

38 posted on 10/16/2012 2:31:49 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: ponygirl

I know. I was kidding. I just had this funny vision of the two of them standing before an audience full of greenery.


Plants love Obama. He’s always shoveling out fertilizer.


39 posted on 10/16/2012 3:03:29 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
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To: lentulusgracchus

Even worse, the administrative-law judge (an Obama donor) already ruled against CNN in 2009 .
Their appeal has since set before the 4 member NLRB board: 3 of them Obama appointees.

Tonight could be a 2+ million dollar payday (I estimate- not a labor lawyer) for CNN if Candy does right by Obama.


40 posted on 10/16/2012 3:23:55 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Snuph

If Crowley tries to change the rules Romney should say “Candy, these people went through a lot of trouble to get here to be able to ask questions of the President and me. Every minute you talk is a minute the people here will be cheated out of. With that in mind, I’ll only respond to questions from the audience. If you want to interview the president you can do it on your own time. Next question, please.”


41 posted on 10/16/2012 3:28:12 PM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: mrsmith
I think Candy got paid.

She did everything but cut Mittens's hands off. He started to address F&F, and she whacked him with a meat-axe. Gave him a strong redirect to a question of her devising, turning him away from F&F to a defensive issue about his gun-control record in Taxachusetts.

She was clearly trying to drive the debate and, I thought, keep Romney off a profitable subject that was brought up by a gun-control question directed to Obama.

42 posted on 10/16/2012 10:15:06 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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