On yesterday's Happening Now, liberal Alan Colmes appeared with his conservative sister-in-law, Monica Crowley, for a debate designed to focus on Obama surrogates straying off the campaign message and/or breaking with it. But Colmes immediately took control of the debate and made it about Mitt Romney. And guess what? The segment ended suddenly, when host Jon Scott was obviously prepared for it to go longer.
Crowley got the first word in which, with her customary smugness, she sneered that President Obama's surrogates "refuse to accept this wholesale attack on capitalism, which is what President Obama is essentially running on."
Colmes began by pointing out that Romney's surrogates are his former political enemies who blasted him and his policies (no mention of birther boy Donald Trump, though!). Then, before anyone could stop him, Colmes went on to say that the "non-liberal media" is getting it wrong. The surrogates are "not putting down capitalism" but saying that just because Romney did well in business, (Colmes fought off an interruption from Scott) "That doesn't make him, necessarily, the best candidate for President of the United States... That's what the issue is."
Then, after Crowley said, "This campaign is going to be a referendum on Barack Obama" rather than Romney's "leadership" at Bain Capital or as governor of Massachusetts, Colmes pounced. "You hear that?" he asked. "Monica Crowley doesn't want him to run on his record." Before anyone could stop him, he added that Romney "won't even talk about" his record as governor. "He won't talk that he's 47th in job creation. Why isn't he talking about his record as governor of Massachusetts?"
Crowley said that Romney is doing that, saying that he had talked about bringing down the unemployment rate in Massachusetts from 5.6% to 4.7%.
Colmes shot back, "At the time, the context was that the national average was actually much lower than that... 4.4%. He was getting more unemployment than the national average. His record was worse than almost every other state in the nation."
See how Colmes completely changed the subject of conversation away from defending Obama to attacking Romney? This is something every single Democrat and/or liberal should do on Fox but, sadly, most of them don't.
Nobody had a comeback for that. So Scott said, "Well, let's talk about - Well, I guess we can't talk about it 'cause I'm gettin' the wrap from the producers."
As the segment ended, Scott said, apropos of nothing in the discussion, "But today's unemployment numbers not so good for the President."
So, did the producers decide to scrub the segment once they realized it wasn't going in the planned-upon anti-Obama direction?
I report, you decide.