By now it should be well-known that the recent CNN/YouTube Republican debate featured questions largely from Democratic partisan plants. Ostensibly, CNN claims they didn't know that the questioners were staffers on various campaigns or left-wing organizations which only goes to show they simply aren't informed about the subject of their journalism. Shouldn't a newscaster know what are the likely issues a Republican wants to hear candidates speak on and not rely on what Democrats think the issues are?
If anything, this exercise was a good thing that should end discussion once and for all about the left-wing bias of CNN. Either they colluded with the Democrats or they simply are so steeped in bias they didn't know the difference. Either way, they've become a house organ of the DNC, and whether it is by choice or by ignorance doesn't matter. YouTube's anti-conservative bias is well-known and need not be cataloged here. How are we really surprised that this happened?
These debates have largely become programmatic with no new real information being conveyed. Newt Gingrich was right in calling these events "auditions". There can be no debate when answers are restricted to 40 second sound-bites. That's called a "campaign commercial".
More importantly, it is the height of hypocrisy that Erick Erickson and his friends are calling for a "do-over" when they are largely responsible for the train-wreck going forward in the first place. In July, after seeing the Democratic version of the debate that featured an inane talking snowman with a global warming sob story, it was obvious the YouTube debate was nothing but amateur hour.
Some Republicans started pushing back against doing it, when Erickson and his friends started having fits of hysteria. The Save the Debate coalition was born with the fist-pumping rage of a teenager yelling at his parents that he should be treated like a grown-up. Several bloggers got together to send petitions around such as Wizbang! and the aptly-named plagiarizing outfit Hot Air. "You can't write off the internet!" was the slogan of choice.