Candy Crowley Did, But Didn’t, But Actually Did Back Down From Correcting Mittens On Libya

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rare candid of romney child-rearing techniquesLast night, human dishonesty machine Mitt Romney lied about Barack Obama not calling the attack on the Benghazi consulate an “act of terror” for fourteen days. Candy Crowley (or CanCrow, as the kids call her) corrected Mitt, because he was gloriously, spectacularly wrong.

ROMNEY: I want to make sure we get that for the record because it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror.

OBAMA: Get the transcript.

CROWLEY: It — it — it — he did in fact, sir. So let me — let me call it an act of terror…

OBAMA: Can you say that a little louder, Candy?

CROWLEY: He — he did call it an act of terror. It did as well take — it did as well take two weeks or so for the whole idea there being a riot out there about this tape to come out. You are correct about that.

BOOM, MAN WHOSE NAME IS A CLOTHING ACCESSORY FOR HANDS. Mitt pretty much ganked a talking point from every dumb conservative blogger on the internet without checking it (including the Internet’s Dumbest Man and Woman, Jim Hoft and Michelle Malkin). If he had, he would have realized that Obama called Benghazi an “act of terror” the very next day after it happened, then again the day after in Colorado just in case motherfuckers weren’t listening.

Here’s the problem, though: CanCrow is arguing that Mitt was “right in the main” about Libya because, er, the Obama administration said it was an “act of terror” motivated by a movie rather than by evil black terror hearts or whatever actually causes terrorism. (Video below the fold.)


Here is the problem with her backing down and saying that Mitt was “right in the main”: HE FUCKING WASN’T.

The Obama Administration contended from the beginning that Benghazi was an act of terrorism, but was unclear on the cause. When it found out that the cause was not an offensive movie, but instead al-Qaeda, it blamed al-Qaeda. That transition may have not been quick enough for conservatives, who would have preferred that Obama personally died in the attack instead of Ambassador Stevens (JOKING – they would only have wanted him to get winged), but it does not make Mitt right. By that standard, I could say Mitt Romney is a Craigslist rapist and be “right in the main” because he has in fact used Craigslist and what I’m really getting at is that he opposed abortion in most circumstances.

Crowley is now sort of walking back her walkback by not actually walking anything back at all, which I think means she is technically at a standstill.

Listen, what I said on that stage is the same thing I said to you, actually, last night. What I was trying to do … I was trying to move this along. The question was Benghazi. There is no question that the administration is quite vulnerable on this topic — that they did take weeks to go, “Well, actually, there really wasn’t a protest and actually didn’t have anything to do with the tape. That took a long time. That’s where he was going. That was his first answer. And then we got hung up on this, “Yes, he said. No, I didn’t. I said terror. You didn’t say terror.” And then there was this point they both kind of looked at me. You know, he was looking at me and the president was looking at me. And what I wanted to move this along — could we get back to this? So I said, “He did say acts of terror, called it an act of terror. But Governor Romney, you are perfectly right that it took weeks for them to get past the tape.

To be completely clear, the entirely of Mitt’s allegation was “it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror.” That’s it. Mitt said nothing about the tape. Not a thing. The reason Mitt was not “perfectly right” is because it is logically impossible to be “perfectly right” when you said exactly nothing.

[Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

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125 comments

    1. actor212

      It doesn't matter that she's walking back her walk back…she'll lose weight, btw. She told a former governor to sit down.

      I want to have her babbies.

  1. luckismine

    Something similar happened to me once. I received a gift for my birthday and thanked the giver in person, but didn't send a thank you note for 14 days. So, when did I say actually say thank you? Or, never mind. Fuck Candy Crowley!

    1. Jus_Wonderin

      Given Mitt's reaction before all the information was in he apparently said Thank You before the gift was given (or the blood dried).

      1. Negropolis

        That man has regularly plunged into international conflicts, uninvited. Tell me that he doesn't have any balls, again.

  2. OneYieldRegular

    A European with whom I watched the debate was in open-mouthed disbelief at Mitt's craven opportunism regarding the Libya issue and referred to it as "traitorous."

    1. actor212

      It kinda stuns me how there's so much treason on the right that gets wrapped up in the American flag.

      Take offshoring money, for example…

      1. HateMachine

        Hell, wrapping random shit with the flag like, say, your lower torso and/or genitals, is by any flag decorum manual desecration. It ain't treasonous or illegal per se, but how these teabagger shit-fer-brains (and here I impugn a lot of my own family) get away with claiming they are being "patriotic" by sitting on the flag is beyond me.

        Placing the emblem of our nation between your ass and a hard place isn't patriotic, folks, it's just tasteless.

  3. ChillBill

    Whether Crowley backed down or not is irrelevant. Wingnuts fuming at the moderator makes it perfectly clear that they know Mitt lost the debate (which only makes Barry's victory even sweeter).

        1. Negropolis

          Yep. I think I complained about Jim Lehrer once, and it was more in regards to the fact that he had basically rendered himself useless, not so much that he didn't protect the president. I'd said from the beginning that as soon as it became clear that Jim wasn't going to moderate that the president should have just thrown down and matched incredulity with Mitt's incredulity.

  4. mavenmaven

    He didn't say "ALL AYRABS IS MOOSLIM TERRORIZTS" like Romney would, and in Romney's eyes, that's TREAZON.

  5. Not_So_Much

    'No, wait, if you want a good steak, then YOU put the butcher's head in your own ass…no, that's not right…'

        1. UnholyMoses

          I love the Ozarks.

          And would love it even more if 99% of the people left and were replaced by folks who were sane and not married to their cousins.

          But I'm strange that way …

        2. Negropolis

          The lakes, the great ones and the littles ones; the rivers, the trees. The trees are just the right height. I love cars…

      1. T3rbo

        Ha! My parents love them some Branson-the Oak Ridge Boys have a theater there.
        If only Obama could be as bigoted as the Right-I can proudly say that my fellow Missourians threw Mitt's Mormon latter day saints out of the state (see Haun's Mill Massacre ), so it would not take that much to keep MO a red state. Close minded bigotry, what can't it do?

      2. iTuna

        I was once marooned in Branson for nearly a month. Imagine going to see Yakov Smirnoff three nights a week!

      3. mbatch

        Branson is the home of dead celebrities. Every other theatre features some freakin' "tribute" to somebody.

      1. UnholyMoses

        I live there now.

        A Garden of Meth? Used to be.

        A Garden of Everything Named After Harry Truman? Definitely.

        A Garden of Eden? Eh … no so much.

  6. Estproph

    Obama said "act of terror".

    Romney said he didn't.

    Romney is wrong. Romney's supporters are all assholes.

  7. PuckStopsHere

    Although since it has been half a day and he thus can no longer remember what it was he said, Mitt stands by what he said, whatever it was.

  8. Crank_Tango

    How long did it take the Bush administration to admit that 9/11 was an act of terror NOT committed by Saddam Hussein? Two weeks? Two years? Two wars, what?

  9. Radiotherapy

    The War on Terrorism is baaaack!
    I mean the word terrorism, or terrorist tactics, or Islamic fanatics who use terrorism as a tactic, or the sanitized terrorism of aerial bombing, or ….

  10. elviouslyqueer

    And predictably, it took less than five comments on the AJC board before the insults (CanCrow is FAT AND UGLY AND LEFT-WING LIBRUL and Obozo is a faggy Muslin Kenyan angry black bastard fuck) and whining (BOO HOO HOO CanCrow totally protected Obozo and wouldn't let Pwecious Wittle Mittens have all his time BOO HOO) started in full.

    Well played, Journal-Constipation. Well played indeed.

  11. SheriffRoscoe

    It's too late to correct it, Candy. When you've once said a thing, that fixes it, and you must take the consequences.

  12. PsycWench

    That transition may have not been quick enough for conservatives, who would have preferred that Obama personally died in the attack instead of Ambassador Stevens (JOKING – they would only have wanted him to get winged),
    You were originally right in the main 100% . I demand a retraction.

  13. Joshua Norton

    I can't for the life of me understand why wingnuttia is trying re-invent this as huge issue that they care about. Rmoney made a complete fool of himself when he couldn't exploit the deaths fast enough. Now he's trying to get all "Look over there. Shiny!" to distract everyone from how he originally got hammered on this.

    Moreover, there were subsequent pro-American demonstrations in Benghazi that no one from the right side of the aisle cares to acknowledge.

    Give it a rest Mittens.

    1. Mumbletypeg

      Rmoney made a complete fool of himself when he couldn't exploit the deaths fast enough

      This observation. Obviously the case, yet spot-on. His comportment and loss of control of it as the event continued, was in sync with how transparently his undergirding, insidious tactic or imperative manifested itself. Regretting I have only one thumb to give.

  14. Antispandex

    "Did too!" "Did not!" "Did too!" "Did not! stinky colored President!" "Now, now, boys. You're both right….sort of. Let's not argue."

    So, that's what debating is. I never knew that it could be so compelling!

    1. tessiee

      "Now YOU go sit over THERE, and YOU go sit over THERE, and if ANY-body throws any more sand at ANY-body, NOBODY is going to get ice cream!"

      1. Iam_Who_Iam

        I wish someone would use that bit of the tape in an interview with Romney and confront him about that.

  15. SigDeFlyinMonky

    Look people, I've tried to explain this before. The Publicans want everybody afeared of moose-limb terrorists for their own political ends. This cultivation of fear is a common goal with the terrorists themselves. So, if we let the Publicans scare us into voting for them, the terrorists will have won.

  16. Slim_Pickins

    So Lurch is saying that it was irresponsible for the Administration not to speculate before it had sorted thourgh the facts and non-facts.

    1. paris biltong

      How about more succinctly: "Could the way we talk [...] be [...] the problem."
      Or even "Could we be the problem?"

  17. rocktonsam

    has master debater $arah Palin been consulted as to the wherewithalls and whatnots of this particular event?

  18. weejee

    BTW., the Ambassador's dad and the mom of one of the seals both say that making politics out of this is beyond the pale assholyness. But this is Mittens, so is beyond the pale assholiness surprising? And is asshol(iy)ness spelled with a 'y' or an 'i'?

    1. T3rbo

      Yeah, I wonder if Obama can just say, at the next debate: we covered this already, the families of the victims have asked us to not politicize this issue, I am moving on out of respect for their wishes?

  19. T3rbo

    NEWSFLASH: Non issue Blows up in Republicans' Faces!

    I wonder for how much longer Libya is going to be an issue? Will it come back in the last debate, or did Sr. Mittens learn his lesson? I am betting that Mitt will double down on this bullshit, because what else does he have for the next debate, focused on foreign policy?

      1. T3rbo

        And to think, I had forgotten. I hope Obama has time to point this out between responding to Ryan/Romney: SUPERHAWK policy.

        To summarize: We should never talk to our enemies, we should just bomb/invade them. We need to get back into Iraq and stay in Afghanistan well into October, snowy mountain passed be damned. Obama should have strangled Putin in his crib, and we need to drill harder.

  20. DemonicRage

    I like the hammy eyebrow raise that Mitt gives The President, when he thinks he is scoring a point, and then the incredulous spluttering he does, trying to get the next words out, after Candy weighs in with her correction. Will watch a replay, just to savor the glory of those moments.

    1. elfgoldsackring

      "And… check-MATE!"

      "Uh, Mitt? Pawns can't leapfrog. I think you're confusing this with checkers."

      "Shut up, I'm taking my board home, you meanie!"

  21. Detesticle

    I seem to remember an old Wonkette truism about how things cannot be unseen, or unheard, or unCandyCrowleyed.

  22. Gorillionaire

    Candy Crowley "covered" the last election and spent much of her time going on and on about how ugly she thought Dennis Kucinich was and sticking her head in the food trough at every event. She is a real piece of work.

  23. Gleem McShineys

    His preliminary comments were "I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. It’s disgraceful that the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks."

    WHICH IS UTTER BULLSHIT, if you look at the statement published by the state department:

    "The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others."

    Sympathizing? Where, fuckstick? Statement was made PRIOR to the attack, as well. Did your chronology chip stamp the wrong time on something you did?

    Fucker deserves a binder full of Candy Crowley dropped square on his nuts.

  24. sullivanst

    Major Scandal! Obama administration said things entirely consistent with the best intelligence available at the time! INPEECH AT ONCE!

    Seriously, Mitt's problem here is that the President allowed the evidence gathering process to begin before starting the trial, or something? Oh noes! You aimed before firing, that's not what a Preznit should do, evar!

    1. Native_of_SL_UT

      Obviously the proper reaction to this kind of situation is to attack our diplomats overseas while their blood is still wet on the floors. Anything after that is just slacking.

  25. T3rbo

    Because if Obama would have either put tanks at every embassy or admitted within seconds that this was a terrorist attack, no one would have died. Why do you hate freedom?

  26. Native_of_SL_UT

    I had to watch this clip a few times because it was so damn funny. (except for the dead people part)
    One of the rules was that the participants weren't supposed to ask each other questions. Mitt completely ignored that rule, even though Obama tried to stick to that rule and to help him out with "Proceed Governor."
    But no, Mitt had to continue and now the right is shitting their pants because Crowley did the right thing and answered for Obama in order to stop the .pissing contest Mitt wanted so badly.
    I'm just real happy that Mitt succeeded in getting that "for the record."

  27. poorgradstudent

    Some conservative on a blog Ï read was going on about how Obama didn't react fast enough to the Libya crisis, and instead he was busy appearing on Letterman and playing golf (because that would have sucked up so much of his time) and other things that were obviously just regurgitated from the "Daily Caller," and I thought, "You know, as BS-y as all this might be, at least it looks like a valid criticism is there, and it's not this 'Oh but Obama didn't say the magic words proving he's not a commie muslin fast enough!' dumbassery."

    1. Negropolis

      Short memories. Surely they remember "go shopping" to help the war effort and then "now watch this drive", right?

  28. Gleem McShineys

    So she flipped, then flopped, then re-flipped? So… Mitt is just angry because someone else stole his signature move?

  29. Gleem McShineys

    Forbes, The Washington Examiner and The Economist are calling this one "a draw."

    BLACK KNIGHT: Have at you! Come on then.

    *ARTHUR chops the BLACK KNIGHT's other leg off*

    BLACK KNIGHT: All right; we'll call it a draw.

  30. tessiee

    I seem to remember that Mitt's reaction to the same incident was to smirk and try to use it for political leverage.
    is that better, or not better, than calling it an act of terror, or not calling it an act of terror?

  31. Tundra Grifter

    The latest right wing nutz' meme is that Mr. Obama asked Ms. Crowley to read the transcript – and she just happened to have a copy of it right there with her.

    Instant conspiracy.

    I'd like to say "You just can't make this stuff up" but these idiots obviously can.

  32. TootsStansbury

    Brave Sir Cindy ran away.
    Bravely ran away, away.
    When danger reared its ugly head,
    She bravely turned his tail and fled
    Yes, Brave Sir Cindy turned about
    And gallantly she chickened out
    Bravely taking to her feet
    She beat a very brave retreat
    Bravest of the brave Sir Cindy
    Petrified of being dead
    Soiled her pants then brave Sir Cindy
    Turned away and fled.
    Bravely good Sir Cindy was not at all afraid
    To have her eyeballs skewered …

    … and her kidneys burnt and her nipples skewered off

  33. Negropolis

    Rarely has someone said so little in so many words. The response reeks of cowardice, but I couldn't care less; what she did played good in real-time, so, meh. She's a perfect "journalist" if you know what I mean.

    I haven't seen someone hedge so much since my last viewing of Edward Scissorhands.

  34. Negropolis

    BTW, can I just say that I'm confused and a little annoyed at how both sides are handling this? This is a game of semantics. What happened in Benghazi was an assassination and terrorist attack. Who the hell cares what it's called? What I'm not quite sure of is why anyone can expect that our people oversees are 100% safe? Hell, we can barely prevent attacks on our own soil, let alone a hostile nation made lawless by the toppling of its dictator.

    What gets me is that the Republican criticism, now, is that we didn't spend enough money to protect the consulate, while they are always screaming about the virtue of cutting costs in government. Had the State Department built a billion-dollar embassy, they'd have been bitching about "waste." Since they cut costs (because they weren't sure if the eventual consulate would be in Tripoli of Benghazi), the talking point is that Obama practically killed the ambassador, himself, through neglect.

    The administration will have a lot to answer for, but I don't get why they are so frightened about something for which most people don't really blame them. So, here with are with four Americans dead and they are arguing fucking semantics. I think Obama displayed his righteous anger of this politicizing excellently, last night, but his people are stll tip-toeing around this and they don't have any reason to.

    I get why Mitt is trying to exploit this. I mean, the GOP is lead by sociopaths. I don't get why the administration is so afraid of an issue they obviously have the upperhand on. How many yimes has Mitt stepped in it trying to make this an issue, again? Isn't this like the third time this issue has backfired on him since it happened?

  35. Nowisallthereis

    Jesse, I love you but I have to disagree with you on one point. …conservatives, who would have preferred that Obama personally died in the attack instead of Ambassador Stevens (JOKING – they would only have wanted him to get winged….

    No, they actually would have loved it if he had personally died. They would be the ones celebrating in the streets and firing their gunz in the air. Now THAT is a fact.

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