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Moderator Jim Lehrer Declared the
Presidential Debate's One Clear Loser

New York Magazine, by Margaret Hartmann

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Posted By:Up2Here, 10/4/2012 2:20:52 AM

Earlier this week, the New York Times reported that Jim Lehrer was "seething" over complaints that he was an uninspired choice for moderator of 2012's first presidential debate. Before the candidates had delivered their closing remarks, a consensus had already emerged on Lehrer's performance, with "Poor Jim" trending on Twitter and a new "Silent Jim Lehrer" account quickly gaining thousands of followers. (Snip) One thing these two candidates CAN agree on: Jim Lehrer should only speak when spoken to.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Bubbasuncle, 10/4/2012 2:30:23 AM     (No. 8908327)

What a great way to prove that he did a decent job, the left is apoplectic!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: veritas, 10/4/2012 2:32:38 AM     (No. 8908329)

The "one clear loser," Maggie?

Or are you also going to say, "the Won clear loser," too?

As to Lehrer, I'm getting the impression he's really ticked because it's dawning on him how insignificant he is compared to the two candidates [though they are of great significance for different reasons from one another].

Yes, some good tweets, such as --

FACT-CHECK - Obama makes baseless claim that Jim Lehrer did a good job moderating. — Ari Melber (@AriMelber)

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Reply 3 - Posted by: qr4j, 10/4/2012 2:47:41 AM     (No. 8908343)

Mr. Lehrer did not do a good job of keeping the candidates within time. However, overall I think he did a good job in that he allowed the candidates to speak. Obama just didn't have anything much to say. (How could he given his record these past 3+ years in office?!)

Mr. Lehrer did try to help Obama out a few times that I saw. THAT I didn't like.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: janylou, 10/4/2012 2:48:05 AM     (No. 8908346)

Like Pat Buchanan said, Romney made it clear tonight why he was a good CEO and would make a good president, he had command of the stage and facts. Jim who?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Safari Man, 10/4/2012 2:50:24 AM     (No. 8908347)

They wanted to blame Bush, but that was too much of a stretch, even for the Obamaniacs. So its Lehrer's fault.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Spidey, 10/4/2012 2:51:43 AM     (No. 8908350)

The pre-excuses have now become the post excuses for Obama losing. I'm sure the moderator complainers would be happy with Matthews,Maddow or someone of their ilk.

Guess I missed something along the way, I thought the candidates were supposed to be inspirational,not the moderator.

"Lehrer declared debate loser for not protecting baby boo boo Obama enough."

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Reply 7 - Posted by: HicksvilleKid59, 10/4/2012 2:58:26 AM     (No. 8908392)

Kenya Boy was stripped naked and exposed in front of the world last night. This will CRUSH his inflated ego. Watch him in the next few days.

The 'smartest man in the world' is about as smart as a fifth grader and Mitt Romney is Steven Hawking.

It will be a generation before we see another beating like what we saw last night.

Of course, its Lehrer's fault.


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Reply 8 - Posted by: mercedesops, 10/4/2012 3:10:24 AM     (No. 8908354)

Funny. He was the hero of the left back in 2000 when he let Al Gore do as he pleased when debating Bush. Of course it backfired when Gore came off as a jerk.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: 66Strat, 10/4/2012 3:13:05 AM     (No. 8908396)

Lehrer was better than I thought he would be. He did lose control a bit, but I liked that he let them have at it. I'll take Lehrer any day over the hideous, wretched David Gregory.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: BcdErick, 10/4/2012 3:13:46 AM     (No. 8908356)

Barry Soetoro got crushed in the debate. Who's fault is that? Why Jim Lehrer, of course. How convenient. Barry never makes mistakes and is always, by his own declaration, the "most interesting person in the room".

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Reply 11 - Posted by: sillykay, 10/4/2012 3:40:22 AM     (No. 8908417)

Baby boo boo. Love it!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Reilly, 10/4/2012 3:44:25 AM     (No. 8908421)

It's morning in America, mourning in New York.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: JAN, 10/4/2012 4:03:50 AM     (No. 8908447)

Oblamo doing what Oblamo does best.

Blame Lehrer

Blame Kerry

whine whine whine

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Amereagle-redux, 10/4/2012 4:08:20 AM     (No. 8908452)

Oh man New York Liberals (I'm a New York Republican so I know whereof I speak) live in a crackhead samethink echochamber of wishful thinking and denial worthy of 12 year olds! Lehrer did a perfectly good job and in their hearts the libtards know it. Heck he even let President Obama speak for 4 minutes MORE than Governor Romney. The libs just can't bring themselves to admit that the teleprompter-dependent Light Worker and his empty suit socialism flat out lost. You can only take real Americans so far left before they get sick to their stomachs and rebel. We're not Europe or Arabia: we *like* to be independent and self sufficient! Romney is a great candidate and I'm sure won over many, many independents last night with his forceful, but respectful, rejection of all of the Won's ludicrous, failed Ivory Tower social engineering.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: bighambone, 10/4/2012 4:23:53 AM     (No. 8908489)

They should have given Rush Limbaugh a shot at being moderator, besides the liberals heads exploding, it would have been fun.

Remember Obama has little to worry about in the long-run, as after loosing the election he can retire to the 35 million dollar mansion in Hawaii that liberals are reportedly purchasing for him, and can make millions talking to liberal and international functions each year by just showing up with his teleprompter.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 10/4/2012 4:30:18 AM     (No. 8908493)

Jimbo took several opportunities to put the brakes on Romney whenever he was on a roll.

Never did it to Barky.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: ChicagoWilson, 10/4/2012 4:40:25 AM     (No. 8908508)

Lehrer came across as tired and old to me. Even when he tried to feed Obama a thread of an idea in a question, he sounded feeble.

My gut says that this was the last time we see old Jim on a national stage.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: kayjaymac, 10/4/2012 5:16:38 AM     (No. 8908575)

Who is this Jim Lehrer, anyway? We didn't need him.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Catherine, 10/4/2012 5:19:10 AM     (No. 8908583)

Was it just me or did Leher interrupt Romney constantly while giving Obama plenty of time to dither. Plus, CBS had half of Romney's face cut off and all of Obama's clearly on screen. Otherwise, Romney did good. Must say I was surprised. I just still can't like him and I can't put my finger on it.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: fwipper, 10/4/2012 5:33:04 AM     (No. 8908616)

personally,I think Lehrer did what any good moderator should do,,,he asked a question and allowed an actual debate to take place,,,,good job,Mr Lehrer.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Grace Veritas, 10/4/2012 5:35:18 AM     (No. 8908622)

What is most interesting about the panning of Lehrer's performance coming from the left is the tacit admission that the media, in their view, have a roll to play in their candidate's success. They are supposed to step in when their guy's in trouble. They are supposed to frame the debate to the Dem's advantage. The Obama camp explained his failure to bring up the "47%" by saying, "We didn't get any questions on it." IOW, we didn't get any help out there. Lehrer was a terrible team player tonight. C'mon, man, throw the boss a bone here. And ask the other guy who the VP of Crapistan is or something. Where was the love? We are very disappointed!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: wordstress, 10/4/2012 5:50:32 AM     (No. 8908661)

The article is a ridiculously harsh assessment of Mr. Lehrer. I don't want to hear from the moderator, who is not on the ballot. I want the candidates to speak for themselves.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 10/4/2012 5:59:42 AM     (No. 8908687)

Obama actually got to speak 4 minutes more than Romney. Perhaps that's what the Left is so upset about - they wanted to 'play victim' by citing something unfair happened.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: WhamDBambam, 10/4/2012 6:26:48 AM     (No. 8908778)

It's always someone else's fault in Zippyville.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: laotzu, 10/4/2012 6:28:59 AM     (No. 8908783)

Was it just me or did Leher interrupt Romney constantly while giving Obama plenty of time to dither.

I had the same sense -- Lehrer was repeatedly attempting to break Romney's crushing cadence. I can understand that during the initial 2 minute response period of the format (as when he correctly cutoff Obama -- one time). But Lehrer kept doing this to Romney during the open ended period.

It will be interesting to see if Breitbart or MRC runs some numbers on this stuff.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: MDConservative, 10/4/2012 7:39:44 AM     (No. 8909049)

I'm with #20...let 'em go and babble on between one another. I got no beef with Lehrer, who doled out enough rope for Obama to hang himself. "Can we move on..?"

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Reply 27 - Posted by: john56, 10/4/2012 9:01:46 AM     (No. 8909279)

As I watched the debate, I thought that Lehrer was having some trouble "managing time," but as it went on, I realized that he decided (wisely) that the debate was not about Jim Lehrer, but Obama and Romney and used his position to gently direct the discussion when it needed to go on.

About midway, I mentioned to my wife, did you notice that Obama never looks at Romney?

Actually, I thought that Romney won the debate, but not by a large margin. But once I heard the RAT talking heads (including the MSNBC crew, who I have to think are on suicide watch) jumping RATS from Obama's ship quicker than they would have on the Titanic, well, maybe I was wrong. It was a blowout -- maybe #3 behind Reagan in 80 and 84.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: stablemoney, 10/4/2012 1:11:24 PM     (No. 8909465)

I thought Jim Lehrer did a good job. The debate was not about Jim Lehrer. He asked the issues and let the candidates make their case.

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A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee´s "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves ´The Committee,´" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st. They added: "The

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