It Happened Here Last Night…

The Democratic Candidate debate in Las Vegas that is. We watched it on TV just like you probably did and were not too terribly impressed.

That last question, the ‘diamonds or pearls’ one, was just embarrassing. But wait!

“Diamond v. Pearl” Student Blasts CNN
Maria Luisa, the UNLV student who asked Hillary Clinton whether she preferred “diamonds or pearls” at last night’s debate wrote on her MySpace page this morning that CNN forced her to ask the frilly question instead of a pre-approved query about the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.

“Every single question asked during the debate by the audience had to be approved by CNN,” Luisa writes. “I was asked to submit questions including “lighthearted/fun” questions. I submitted more than five questions on issues important to me. I did a policy memo on Yucca Mountain a year ago and was the finalist for the Truman Scholarship. For sure, I thought I would get to ask the Yucca question that was APPROVED by CNN days in advance.”

A Truman Scholarship flnalist would certainly be embarrassed…

Didn’t CNN roundly criticize the Clinton campaign about possibly manipulating the questions coming from the floor?

And just in case you felt like the ‘moderator’ pendulum had swung back in Clinton’s favor, you could be right…

CNN debate moderator Wolf Blitzer did an ‘outstanding’ job in Vegas, a senior adviser to the Hillary campaign said early Friday. ‘He was outstanding, and did not gang up like Russert did in Philadelphia. He avoided the personal attacks, remained professional and ran the best debate so far. Voters were the big winners last night.’

A rival campaign insider charges: ‘Wolf turned into a lamb. No follow-up question on Clinton’s huge flip on drivers licenses?’ [Drudge via Marc Ambinder]

“Voters were the big winners last night.” Yeah. Right. We never win. We only hope to be screwed slighly less.

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