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.