It was pretty painful to watch and it was obviously inappropriate for Crowley to intervene.
It is one of those things where you better be absolutely right on every aspect of the answer before you intervene.
Post debate and post debate analysis shows that Crowley was playing political hack. It may have been a mistake but that does not matter.
Like the NFL, the fact that the replacement refs were trying and made honest mistakes did not protect them from the angry rancor that they received after blowing calls that cost the Packers the game against Seattle.
And like the NFL, the people that watched this debate should be angry and unforgiving because this is more important than the NFL game and we need to have honest agents.