We could have sworn the folks at the debate were instructed by that hack Candy Crowley not to cheer last night, but apparently the media doesn’t have to play by the rules.
The room set aside for reporters to watch Tuesday night’s debate erupted into applause after President Obama ridiculed the size of Mitt Romney’s personal wealth.
Mr. Romney was trying to make the point that both his and Mr. Obama’s investment funds probably include investments in China — something the president has attacked Mr. Romney for.
“Mr. President, have you looked at your pension?” Mr. Romney said.
“You know, I don’t look at my pension. It’s not as big as yours, so it — it doesn’t take as long,” Mr. Obama retorted. His reply prompted laughter in the debate hall where the two men were squaring off — but across the way in the separate room where the press was stationed, a brief round of applause broke out.
At the very beginning of the Hofstra University presidential debate, “moderator” Candy Crowley announced the rules of the road and noted that the “audience has agreed to be polite and attentive — no cheering, no booing, or outbursts of any sort.”
But many debate watchers on Twitter noticed that First Lady Michelle Obama — in bright pink in the bottom right-hand corner of the cutaway shown on Fox News (we’ve screen-capped it above) — clapped loudly, vigorously, and ostentatiously during the shameful Obama/Crowley tag-team against Romney over what the president said in the Rose Garden about Benghazi.
Rules are for the little people.
Much like the VP debate, this was a tag-team affair against the GOP. Shocker, huh?
Meanwhile, Crowley later admitted she was wrong with her pathetic attempt to prop up Obama.
Considering how slanted the questions were (all selected by Crowley herself), that Romney didn’t bomb is a plus for him, so even if undecideds see the debate as a draw this won’t move the needle back toward Obama. But the GOP, moving forward, needs to get with the program and avoid this absurd town hall format. The deck is always stacked against them.