Candy Crowley is no stranger to injecting herself into political debates. Readers of NewsBusters will remember that her worst offense was during a 2012 presidential debate when she teamed up with President Obama to attack Mitt Romney over Benghazi.
Despite Ms. Crowley’s past offenses, Ms. Crowley continued to show her dislike of the GOP during her February 16 State of the Union program. Speaking to her panel, Crowley invoked the famous song from “The Sound of Music” to ask “How do they solve a problem like Ted Cruz in the Republican caucus in the Senate?” [See video below.]
At issue for the panel was the latest debt ceiling extension, which included no spending cuts. Senator Cruz (R-TX) has repeatedly argued that any increase in the debt ceiling include substantial spending cuts. Despite Cruz’s decision to not filibuster a “clean debt ceiling” increase, Crowley compared Cruz to Maria in “The Sound of Music” and called the Tea Party Senator a “loose cannon” that the GOP cannot control.
Unsurprisingly, such an attack on a conservative like Ted Cruz is not unusual for the CNN host. Below is a list of Crowley’s worst GOP hit jobs:
· Asked ‘Why would I become a Republican’ If I’m unemployed or on Minimum Wage?
· Told Ted Cruz That He’s Blackmailing Harry Reid
· Asked if IRS Didn’t intend to Harass the Tea Party
See relevant transcript below.
State of the Union with Candy Crowley
February 16, 2014
9:42 a.m. Eastern
CANDY CROWLEY: Let me ask you a question about Ted Cruz. I’m reminded of that song in Sound of Music “How do you solve a problem like Maria?” where the nuns were trying to figure out what to do with this loose cannon. To me that’s kind of, how do they solve a problem like Ted Cruz in the Republican caucus in the Senate?
COREY DADE: I mean, there was no plan, you know he obviously wanted to continue to fight this debt ceiling debate but there’s no plan after that, there’s no where do you go from here. They had to tell him to just go sit down. I mean they just pulled rank on him slapped him, and said to him sit down.
CROWLEY: Well, he forced their votes.
DADE: He forced their votes but really you have several senators who are in purple states where shutting down the government, where leading us to the brink of economic ruin is not playing well for them. They are this close, they think, to retaking the Senate. They don’t want to toy with that.