Last night’s presidential debate moderator, Candy Crowley, should be the new role model for women everywhere. Not only did she take charge of the debate (finally, someone with balls), but she played by her own rules and wasn’t afraid to put either candidate (Romney, in particular) in his place. Quite simply, she kicked ass.
The 63-year-old CNN reporter was an assertive an active part of the debate–despite the fact that some said she was out of line (which she wasn’t). At several points Crowley interjected; she cut both Obama and Romney off when they interrupted or rambled longer than allowed; she asked pointed follow-up questions (thank you very much–does anyone just answer the damn question anymore?). And then…in perhaps the most memorable part of the night, she fact-checked Romney and basically called him an idiot. Live. On-air. In front of millions.
When Romney (who was speaking out of turn. Again. Sigh.), accused Obama of lying about the facts surrounding the Libya attack, insisting that Obama never used the word “terror” in connection with the killing of the four Americans, it was Crowley who corrected him:
He did, in fact, call it an act of terror.
Of course Obama ate that up and responded:
Can you say it a little louder?
It was a classic moment for Crowley. In that instant, she became a fantastic new role model for women. She didn’t back down, she wasn’t afraid to interject when necessary, and she didn’t think twice about communicating the real facts, despite critics saying she was out of line.
Too many women don’t say what’s on their mind because they’re afraid of being confrontational and looking bad. It’s that whole bitch versus nice girl persona. And for many of us, growing up we were taught to steer towards the right and be that nice girl. But, here’s the thing: You can be a nice girl who speaks up and says what’s on your mind. Just like Crowley did. Was she a bitch? No. Did she get all emotional? No. She was simply strong, aggressive and did what she needed to do–which is what more women need to do.
When the Daily Beast asked her about her performance, she was decidedly confident:
The debate “didn’t faze me as much as everyone seemed to think it did.”
And as for Republicans who cried that she was unfair, Crowley added:
I’m sorry they’re upset, but tomorrow they’ll be upset about something else, as will the Democrats.
Good for her. And good for other women who will hopefully see her as a positive, kick-ass role model who is unafraid to back down, speak her mind and correct a politician when he’s