Presidential Debate moderator Candy Crowley shamelessly intervened into the second debate in a desperate attempt to save Barack Obama on two interrelated issues: Benghazi and Fast and Furious.
The moderator's behavior may have bought the President the illusion of victory, but his own lying behavior and her bias have merely made the situation worse for the President.
In answering a question as to who was responsible for the security failure in Benghazi which led to the assassination of the Ambassador and three others, Obama initially failed to answer the question, was then forced to assume responsibility for the events, and then lied that he had denounced the attack on the U.S. facility in Benghazi the next day, September 12, as a terrorist attack.
When Romney challenged Obama's lie, by pointing out that it took the administration another 14 days to say that it was a terrorist attack, the moderator intervened to falsely claim that the President had indeed said it was an act of terror on September 12.
During his remarks, Obama, who regularly holds meetings on Tuesdays with his National Security Advisor, John Brennan, to select targets to be killed, had a homicidal demeanor. Obama clearly stated his desire to save his election chances by carrying out yet another extrajudicial assassination, if an appropriate target could be found.
The audience, which by agreement was not supposed to cheer or boo during the event, immediately burst into applause led by none other than the President's own wife, Michelle Obama.
Only after the debate was Candy Crowley forced to admit that in fact Romney was "right in the main."
In fact, on September 30, on CNN's "State of the Union," the same Candy Crowley asked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) why he thought it took the administration 17 days after the Benghazi attacks to give a "sort of definitive statement" that terrorists orchestrated the attacks. "We got the administration's sort of definitive statement that this now looks as though it was a pre-planned attack by a terrorist group, and some of whom were at least sympathetic to al Qaeda. Why, do you think, and are you bothered that it has taken them this long from September 11th to now to get to this conclusion," Crowley asked McCain.
Later in the debate the moderator also came to Obama's aid when, in response to a question on assault weapons, which Obama said he wants to ban, Romney raised the fact that under Obama's administration over 2,000 weapons were deliberately walked to the Mexican drug cartels, who used them to kill Mexicans and also American law enforcement officials and that Obama has asserted executive privilege to obstruct a Congressional investigation. Obama visibly nodded to Crowley, who responded by implying that Romney was off the topic and insisting that they move on to another question. Obama was thus able to avoid the issue altogether.
In general, although the participants were supposed to be uncommitted voters, the questions Crowley selected of those submitted by the participants were 80% pro-Obama. Crowley also interrupted Romney 28 times compared to 9 times for Obama. She also gave Obama 3 extra minutes after cutting Romney off and assuring him he would receive more time to respond to Obama's lies. She also allowed Obama to get the last word 8 of 11 times.
Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, a Romney surrogate, said Mr. Obama was clearly caught in a lie.
"The president got caught lying last night, and I think the world should know that," he said Wednesday on CNN's "Starting Point." "What [Romney] did was put this into the conversation again. And now what people understand is that the president and his ambassador to the U.N. and Jay Carney, and all the apologists for this White House, and all the groupies on television that are trying to cover his butt have been lying about the president trying to deceive America [into believing] that that tragedy was the result of a video, rather than acknowledging right from the beginning that this was a well-planned, well-executed terrorist attack, which undermines the president's claim that we no longer have terrorism rampant in that area."
.In an interview on the Ulsterman Report, the White House Insider gave the following analysis of the debate: "People saw what Crowley did. Her own network was uncomfortable with it. My guess is that for the first debate the word to the moderator [Jim Lehrer] was to help Obama. This time it was to save Obama. That's what she did.
"And as far as Benghazi. Obama had his little canned moment speech of outrage. But we got the tapes. We got the evidence. He gets a short-term reprieve. We get the much more important longer-term news cycle. The guy lied. He'll be caught. There will be some of his base who won't give a sh-t. But the rest? Those voters will care. Any undecideds left? We win them. All of them. As for Obama's base? Sh-t. That base of his has been shrinking big-time for months. Fire those people up all they want. Big f-cking deal. That's only about 35% of the electorate. They can have them. This election cycle, there just isn't enough of them to win this thing, and the Obama team knows it. They are totally in the f-cking weeds right now."