Just a couple of weeks after CNN happily acquiesced to a quickly improvised "town hall" meeting for President Obama to promote gun control, they once again agreed with the Democrats to provide a "town hall" event with Iowa voters. It was not a debate, where the candidates would spar, but an orderly event to allow all three candidates to promote themselves for a half-hour.
For the most part, it was a night of softballs. CNN carefully prescreened both the questions and the questioners and made it so. The closest thing to a hardball for Hillary Clinton came from young mop-topped Taylor Gipple, a Sanders backer. "I've heard from quite a few people my age that they think you're dishonest, but I'd like to hear from you on why you feel the enthusiasm isn't there."
After some blather about her chatting with young Iowans, out came the vast right-wing conspiracy talk. CNN enabled Clinton to brush the question with her usual bucket of whitewash. Nothing that's ever become a Clinton scandal is based on reality, she likes to claim, which she can say because the press doesn't push back.