Turns out the debate moderator wasn't very moderate!
Candy Crowley illustrated perfectly why Presidential Debates have rules, and why arrogant journalists should not be allowed to disregard them -- even if it makes them feel like a "fly on the wall."
Candy was pure partisanship. According to Breitbart.com:
"Candy Crowley, who was suspected of being one more liberal moderator in the tank for Barack Obama, was more than just in the tank for him; she dove in and sucked all the water out for him so he could pretend he walked on water.
"In the first presidential debate, Jim Lehrer, no slouch at shilling for the Democratic Party, interrupted Mitt Romney 15 times and Barack Obama only five.
"Crowley made Lehrer look like an amateur."
Candy interrupted Mitt 28 times. Obama, who spoke 4 minutes and 18 seconds longer than Mitt, was only interrupted 9 times. Worse still was Crowley's blatant badgering of Governor Romney.
For example, when Obama accused Mitt of investing in China, Mitt pointed out that his pension investments are in a blind trust that he doesn't control. Then Mitt countered by saying President Obama's pension also invests in China. Mitt could have added some real zingers at that point, but Crowley the Cop (no offense to cops) cut him off abruptly:
“Governor Romney, you can make it short. See all these people? They've been waiting for you. Make it short.”
She then added: “If I could have you sit down, Governor Romney. Thank you.”
Her interruption effectively cut off what could have been a "debate moment" for Mitt. Crowley cut Mitt off multiple times as he was about to make important points.
Candy's worst blunder of the night was her arrogant, inaccurate, and now infamous, "fact checking." Obama told one lie after another and she didn't say a word, but when Mitt pointed out that Obama had initially refused to call the Benghazi murders a terror attack, Candy argued with him.
Not only was her behavior against the rules, she was WRONG, and even her weak retraction was full of self-justification. Worse still, Crowley's actions prevented Mitt from painting the larger picture and pointing out Obama's failed foreign policy in the Middle East to the American people.
Even with a partisan moderator, Governor Romney still won the hearts of many Americans as he communicated his message eloquently and with passion.
In fact, when Frank Luntz asked his focus group (consisting of mostly former Obama voters) to describe Romney's performance, they used words like presidential, forceful, enthusiastic, steady, knowledgeable, sincere, confident, and articulate. Most of the group now supports Mitt!
Hopefully many previously undecided Americans feel the same way!