Ah, shucks. I bet those edgy right-wing Republicans who were trashing Gwen Ifill’s role in last night’s debate are totally disappointed. For those who are not familiar with Ifill, she is the moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and senior correspondent of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
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She also supports Obama and is releasing a book, “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.” Republicans questioned her selection because of those reasons and screamed that she couldn’t possibly show any professionalism and neutrality in moderating last night’s debate. Local right-wing blog rags were off the wall with outrage and derogatory comment.
Well, guess what. She came through just fine.
Ifill was charged with preparing the questions, and, as she stated last night, no one had pre-approved the questions or even knew what the questions would be. Her handling of the entire debate process was above reproach. She was attentive and respectful to both candidates. She addressed both candidates by their titles – Senator and Governor – and she never showed one bit of partiality.
So now the vindictive right-wing bloggers and Republicans have nothing to whine about. Their vice-presidential gal was treated professionally, and she was given ample opportunity to make clear her and McCain’s positions on a range of issues. Too bad Palin didn’t take advantage of the occasion.
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