I am sitting here watching the CNN Democratic Town Hall and I am flabbergasted. Absolutely stunned. Let me paint a picture.
First up is Bernie Sanders. Moderator Chris Cuomo tries repeatedly to set him up to say he will raise taxes, that he will make the government bigger and then even tries to hit him on being too old. He throws questions back at him repeatedly. After every question.
Oh, I almost forgot, they PLAYED A DAMN HILLARY CLINTON CAMPAIGN AD IN THE MIDDLE OF BERNIE’S TIME! They asked him to address it. Let me note, so far this has not happened to Hillary. Never happened to O’Malley.
UPDATE: Yes, they finally did play a Bernie ad but notice how she was asked about it. She was given an opportunity to rate it. There were so many questions to ask, many centering around the passion of his supporters and how she could overcome that.
On Martin O’Malley, they let him answer questions, no pushback and it was done. he did well, but struggled a bit. Cuomo did ask him a process question, trying to have him pick who his caucusgoers show swing to since they don’t have a chance. It was awkward.
And then Hillary. Before she even sat down Cuomo was lavishing praise on her. He said that Obama endorsed her (he didn’t) and just threw her softball after softball. One of the questioners was already a supporter and threw her another softball, not before making sure to let the viewers know that he watched all 11 hours of the Benghazi hearing and Hillary swung him her way during it.
So far, as of 10:47 PM EST Cuomo has only gave her a redirect question one time. (OK, 10:52 PM there was another one).
Once. He has allowed her to go on and on in answering, whereas he stopped Sanders and O’Malley often. This is ridiculous.
Let’s call a spade a spade. Clinton was horrible the last debate. She exited it and everyone was saying it was 2008 all over again. It surely seemed that way. What happened almost immediately? CNN threw together a town hall. Let’s call it what it is. It was a showcase. Here is Hillary one more time, without detractors. Remember how much you like her?
UPDATE at 11:02 PM
OK, so they played Bernie’s ad and she responded that she liked it. Cuomo could have given her questions on it, but nah. Why do that.
Then, we get an interesting question that is more interesting for how the kid verbalized it. he said, “I can see why they gave you this question.” Wait, what? No, you are supposed to be the one that came up with the question. CNN billed this as the residents of Iowa giving questions to the candidates. Did this guy just expose CNN?