RON HART: The Town Hall Debate: Angry Birds II

Published: Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 04:06 PM.

Barack Obama showed up for the second debate Tuesday night. He knew it was important for him to be on time, and that was made easier because Mitt Romney cleaned his clock two weeks ago.

I always love the part where the candidates tell a one-sided story about an encounter with an aggrieved swing state voter who told them how bad their opponent is, or when they try to woo women voters with moves so transparent they might as well play Barry White music in the background.

Most view the second presidential debate as virtual tie, within the margin of error. The “margin of error” was provided by moderator Candy Crowley of CNN, who allowed Obama 10 percent more time and got him out of a tough question on Libya.

Crowley must have snagged one of the few public land drilling permits issued by the Obama administration, so she felt obligated to interject “He (Obama) did, in fact, say it was an act of terror.” Subsequent fact-checking proved he did not say that. For weeks Obama, Hillary Clinton, and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice appeared on talk shows and blamed the attack on a 13-minute YouTube video. The only coordinated attack they recognized was theirs on the truth.

In Obama’s defense, U.S. outposts in radical Muslim strongholds are sitting ducks. The attacks are not the administration's fault, but their reaction to it is. 

Most frightening to me, the government orchestrated a public, large police force arrest of the U.S. citizen who made the awful video, ostensibly for a minor “parole violation.” As we know, he was arrested only after the video aired, in what seemed an attempt by Obama to enforce Sharia law in the U.S.  Our president was acting on his U.N. statement “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

I worry about the liberal moderators picked for the debates; they seem to be a virtual Who's Who of mainstream media Obama accolytes. Obama was asked several direct questions that he did not even attempt to answer. No fair moderator would allow that. Obama is slick, no doubt. But his slyness, greased by a compliant media, makes him even more slick than WD-40 on a slippery slide.

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