The Orcosphere is still carrying on about the “planted” questions at the Republican CNN-YouTube debate Wednesday night. They’re in an absolute tizzy bordering on a hissy fit about a gay soldier who asked about gays and lesbians and the fact that he has a connection to the Hillary Clinton campaign, or CNN’s defense of the process. They’re all in a snit, saying that it was all an evil plot by the liberal media to undermine the debate. (Well, based on what I’ve read from all sides, I think the candidates did a pretty good job of that on their own.) And they’re saying it’s just like what happened when the Clinton campaign fed questions to an audience member in Iowa.
Actually, no, it’s not. In that instance, it was the campaign itself that fed the question to be asked of their own candidate. At the CNN event, these questioners were not from the candidates’ campaign. That would truly be a scandal if all the questions that were aired at the debate had been from people who worked for Fred Thompson asking Mr. Thompson a softball question or direct a dagger at Rudy Giuliani. They were supposed to be from “ordinary people.” Well, just because you are a Democrat or even because you work for another candidate doesn’t exclude you from being a citizen who wants to know the answer to the question, and that even includes someone like Grover Norquist.
You don’t think that the righties are really outraged by this because it’s “unfair,” do you? And wouldn’t you bet that if they had the chance to do this to the Democrats, they wouldn’t do it? Of course they would. What I think really pisses them off is that they didn’t think of it first.
To quote the Republicans themselves in 2000, get over it and move on.