Jim Lehrer panned as ‘replacement ref’ of debate moderators

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We’re not worried about Big Bird’s future as much as we are the future of that other PBS fixture. Jim Lehrer’s phone won’t be ringing anytime soon with another offer to moderate a debate. Liberals in particular seemed to have counted on the usually reliable Lehrer to act as their surrogate on stage, but even Obama’s deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter admitted that Mitt Romney was steering the ship Wednesday night.

I feel badly for Jim Lehrer tonight.

— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) October 4, 2012

Jim Lehrer's thought bubble: I prepared 25 questions and have asked 3 of them.

— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) October 4, 2012

Jim Lehrer…be a mensch and get out of the way…These are big boys, you are Snooki.

— Dennis Miller Show (@DennisDMZ) October 4, 2012

Michael Moore and other celebs counting on Lehrer to tag-team with Obama against Romney were less than pleased.

Hey Lehrer, the man from Bain Capital just said he was going to fire you and all of PBS! Get your man thing on and take down his sorry ass!

— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) October 4, 2012

Was Jim Lehrer coached by Clint Eastwood? Can anyone out there in the Twitterverse make any sense outta what he's doing?

— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) October 4, 2012

Jim Lehrer: "excuse me, is this mic working?"

— Aubrey O'Day (@AubreyODay) October 4, 2012

Uh oh. Romney just fired Jim Lehrer.

— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) October 4, 2012

Mitt Romney: "STOP INTERRUPTING ME, WHITE DEVIL DOLL FROM HELL!" Jim Lehrer: "But, ah, habba-hubba budd-a gah…" #debate

— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) October 4, 2012

Well, now I pissed. Why did Jim L. Let Mitsy keep talking?

— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) October 4, 2012

Yes! RT @JawnMurray: The moderator doesn't have control. @IyanlaVanzant should've moderated so she could fuss, … http://t.co/WGuRaOrV

— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) October 4, 2012

Is Jim Lehrer running this debate or Mitt Romney?

— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) October 4, 2012

Even those not counting on Lehrer to sway the outcome were wondering if an empty chair would have been a step up.

The loser of this debate is Jim Lehrer. Dude is like a meek substitute teacher trying to break up a brawl in the lunchroom.

— Aaron Schatz (@FO_ASchatz) October 4, 2012

Jim Lehrer is like a grandpa who never should have been trusted to take the kids to the playground by himself

— jeremy scahill (@jeremyscahill) October 4, 2012

Jim Lehrer's contribution to this debate appears to be waving his cane and mumbling "you meddling kids!" every fifteen minutes.

— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) October 4, 2012

I like Jim Lehrer but he is running this debate like an NFL Replacement Ref–no control.

— Jay Paterno (@JayPaterno) October 4, 2012

Jim Lehrer is the Admiral Stockdale of 2012: 'Why am I here?"

— Matt Hayes (@Matt_HayesSN) October 4, 2012

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