If you want to know what went wrong with the Romney campaign, you need look no further to the headline on Patrick Howley’s Daily Caller column:
Romney breaks silence on Candy Crowley’s debate interference
It took Mitt Romney fifteen months to respond to Candy Crowley’s egregiously irresponsible and highly partisan interference in the second presidential debate between him and President Obama.
What was he waiting for? Romney should have responded in fifteen seconds.
Romney responded vigorously to his fellow Republicans in the primary debates. He attacked his fellow Republicans fearlessly in the same debates.
And yet, when it came time to attack President Obama and his enablers in the media, Romney became Casper Milquetoast. Apparently, he was afraid of the mainstream media and Barack Obama. The only people Romney and many other Republicans are not afraid to attack are ... their fellow Republicans. No other explanation makes any sense at all.
Howley describes Romney’s current decision to break his silence about Candy Crowley:
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney offered a harsh critique of CNN debate moderator Candy Crowley’s interference in his second debate with President Obama in 2012.
Crowley infamously butted in to an exchange between Romney and Obama regarding the Obama administration’s changing of the Benghazi talking points. Crowley’s assertion that Obama was right in the argument led to multiple rounds of applause in the studio audience — an agonizing moment that was featured prominently in the new behind-the-scenes Netflix documentary “MITT.”
Howley describes Romney’s current attitude:
“Well, I don’t think it’s the role of the moderator in a debate to insert themselves into the debate and to declare a winner or a loser on a particular point. And I must admit that at that stage, I was getting a little upset at Candy, because in a prior setting where I was to have had the last word, she decided that Barack Obama was to get the last word despite the rules that we had,” Romney said.
“So she obviously thought it was her job to play a more active role in the debate than was agreed upon by the two candidates, and I thought her jumping into the interaction I was having with the president was also a mistake on her part, and one I would have preferred to carry out between the two of us, because I was prepared to go after him for misrepresenting to the American people that the nature of the attack,” Romney said.
Even today, when Romney has broken his silence, his words bespeak cowardice. He says he “was getting a little upset” with her. He thought her jumping into the action was “a mistake on her part.”
How weak can you get?
As for Romney’s professed interest in going after the president over Benghazi, he could done it at any time and in any place. He did not.
The Romney campaign did not go out with a bang; it went out with a whimper.