Dick Morris Promises Never to Go Away

Dick Morris, one of the most loathsome and sleazy people in politics — and imagine the competition for that title — says that he’s not going to go away now that Fox News has cut him loose and taken him off the air. In an interview with National Review, he now says he wants to lead the GOP back to the top:

“My record of predictions is actually pretty good,” Morris says. “While I was certainly wrong this year, I haven’t been all that wrong in the past. . . . I’ll continue to call it as I see it. I’m not going to average the predictions [to arrive at a safe middle ground].”

As for Fox’s decision, “this business has ins and outs and ups and downs, and they were obviously upset because I was so wrong about the election, and wrong at the top of my lungs,” he says. In the end, his prediction was off, but he cites CNN and Gallup polls and adds, “I was not alone.”

Say what? Neither CNN nor Gallup even predicted a Romney win at all, much less the landslide that Morris not only predicted before the election but kept up as the election returns were coming in. CNN’s national poll immediately before the election showed a tie, while Gallup showed a one point lead for Romney. But neither of them was doing polls of the battleground states in the week or two prior to the election and the polls that were done showed Obama with a clear advantage — enough so that only someone absolutely blinded by wishful thinking could have thought that Romney would win at all, much less in a landslide.

The author, with Eileen McGann, of books such as Here Come the Black Helicopters!, Screwed!, and Revolt!, Morris says that he’s now fighting to do for the Republican party what he did for the Democrats during the Clinton years — moderate it.

“I’m trying to explore ways in which the Republican party can make itself viable nationally, so it can win national elections without sacrificing its basic principles,” he says. “That’s the mission I’ve set for myself.”

No, the mission you’ve set for yourself is to make money by continuing to fleece the public in as many ways as you can despite having an absolutely terrible track record of making predictions. The Guardian pointed out last year that he has the worst predictive record of any other prominent political commentator.

17 comments on this post.
  1. Trebuchet:

    I suspect the more he does to “help” the Republican party, the better for the rest of us.

  2. Pierce R. Butler:

    … he has the worst predictive record of any other prominent political commentator.

    Imagine the competition for that title.

  3. abb3w:

    Is his predictive record bad enough to be useful? That is, is he so consistently wrong on binary yes-no predictions that his assessment can be taken as a reliable indicator that things can be expected to go the other way?

  4. rabbitscribe:

    If Dick Morris predicted sex would remain popular, I’d short condom manufacturers across the board.

  5. d.c.wilson:

    Dick Morris is to political punditry what herpes is to sex.

  6. Nick Gotts (formerly KG):

    Neither CNN nor Gallup even predicted a Romney win at all, much less the landslide that Morris not only predicted before the election but kept up as the election returns were coming in. CNN’s national poll immediately before the election showed a tie, while Gallup showed a one point lead for Romney.

    Morris’s nonsense aside, that’s still not good: Obama gained 51.06% of the popular vote, Romney 47.21%. The pollsters must have been slightly oversampling idiots.

  7. Michael Heath:

    Dick Morris writes:

    I’m trying to explore ways in which the Republican party can make itself viable nationally, so it can win national elections without sacrificing its basic principles . . .

    Whoosh, disingenuously or oblivious, either way a whoosh.

    The Republican party is becoming increasingly unable to win a majority because of its basic principles, where the bulk of its current principles are not principles which are a legacy of the party. E.g., denial of reality, opposition to state and federal governments which protect equal rights on social issues, antipathy towards experts, theocratic-friendly, promotion of bigotry – including misogyny, racism, classism, sexism beyond misogyny, and I’m confident many other principles.

    This is why I see no viable pathway for their way out of the wilderness. The only way they can win is to cheat (e.g., gerrymandering, voter suppression, rules which require super-majorities on issues not related to individual rights), and learn to pander to groups who currently shun them. Pander to them in a way where they exploit those groups just like they exploit conservative Christians.

    It’s no surprise they’ve targeted Hispanics. And that’s not just due to their demographic trends but also because I think the GOP perceives Hispanics as susceptible to their demagoguery as the sheep that comprise conservative Christianity. E.g., Hispanics’ disproportionate fealty to the Catholic Church, a perfect environment to develop loyal GOP voters where the financial constituents exploit the voting base and the voting base is too deluded and deep into their nihilistic tribalism to notice.

  8. holytape:

    Isn’t the something we can do? I believe that if we use the right four leaf clover and holy water, he can force that leprechaun back to hell where he belongs.

  9. Raging Bee:

    Ed: Speaking of loathsome, sleazy Republicans, you may want to check out this bit about Sherrif Arpaio recruiting a posse of child-sex-offenders and violent abusers to “patrol” and “protect” schoolchildren:

    http://www.salon.com/2013/02/13/joe_arpaio_hired_a_convicted_child_sex_criminal_for_armed_school_%e2%80%9cposse%e2%80%9d/

    Hey, if he wants to put child-rapists in charge of children, to “protect” them from this or that imaginary enemy, all I can say is…

    “Dude, a real nice job just opened up at the Vatican — you may be a good fit for it.”

    OT?! Heaven forefend — I was just reminding y’all that Dick Morris is far from the sleaziest Republican alive.

  10. cottonnero:

    If Dick Morris promises to never go away, I think we can safely assume he’ll be out of a job in less than three weeks.

  11. Doug Little:

    so it can win national elections without sacrificing its basic principles

    Yeah, good luck with that. The only way they are going to win an election is to sacrifice their basic principles.

  12. Doug Little:

    Michael @7,

    Beat me to it.

  13. kevinsmith:

    The last Gallup poll only had Romney up by one, but they had him with 5-8 point leads in most of their polls from mid-October on, before they used the embargo time around Sandy’s landfall to tweak their likely voter model to bring them more in line with other polls. For most of the late campaign, Gallup was the poll conservatives pointed to for backup of their claims of a Romney landslide.

  14. democommie:

    “Dick Morris Promises Never to Go Away”

    And I promise to never waste time listening to him.

  15. Raging Bee:

    I guess Dick Morris is going to become the Charlie Sheen of Republican pundits. Whatever happens, to him or to his party, he’ll find some excuse to yell “WINNING!!”

  16. ragingapathy:

    Someone should compare his record with Bill Kristol. It should be really close as far as being spectacularly wrong, most of the time.

  17. paulwiele:

    Wow, I haven’t kept up with the pundit rankings. Last time I checked, Cal Thomas was the worst, with a perfect record of 0% right about anything.

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