TONIGHT: Politicians Tremble Before Candy Crowley! This Debate Might be Worth Watching!

Posted on October 16, 2012

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All I have to say is, You go, girl!  Apparently both the Democrats and the Republicans are flailing over Candy Crowley’s role in tonight’s town-hall style debate.  The candidates basically just want the moderator to oversee audience questions and enforce time limits on responses, and otherwise, be a good little sport, shut up and don’t ask any pesky questions.  I mean, what is this?  Some kind of question-answer session?  (Oh, wait…)

Crowley remarked last week that  “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?’” This has apparently struck fear into the hearts of both candidates.  Oh, no!  Not follow-up questions!  Not a moderator who will call us out on our slick non-answers to the questions, or fudging of the facts, or obvious contradictions!

Isn’t it kind of scary, petty, and annoying that the candidates want to forbid the moderator from following up or inserting questions relevant to the topic?  It’s as if they are assuming that the town hall audience is made up of a bunch of bumpkins who probably don’t have any really insightful or original  questions, so they can get away with non-answers or bland platitudes.  Besides, in the town hall format, the bumpkins don’t really have the power to follow up any non-answers by pinning the candidates to the wall until they do answer.   Hmmm.  Methinks this may be how they view the rest of us voters, too.

I would like to think that this is not what’s going through the candidates’ minds, but… why else would they so pointedly want the moderator excluded from the follow-up role?  This tells us a lot about the candidates – that they are afraid of being put on the spot – as well as about Crowley: that she is an incisive, hard-hitting, smart, no-nonsense journalist, and one who may well show up for this debate better prepared than the candidates.

The town-hall debate is scheduled for tonight, 16 Oct, at 9 p.m. E.T. at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.  With Crowley at the helm, this might actually be good.

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