Here’s conservative commentator Dick Morris saying something ridiculous:
I’ve got egg on my face. I predicted a Romney landslide and, instead, we ended up with an Obama squeaker.
The key reason for my bum prediction is that I mistakenly believed that the 2008 surge in black, Latino, and young voter turnout would recede in 2012 to “normal” levels. Didn’t happen. These high levels of minority and young voter participation are here to stay. And, with them, a permanent reshaping of our nation’s politics.
Before we go on, I’m just going to say that anyone predicting a Romney landslide before last night was either A) lying to themselves or B) lying to you. I suspect Morris falls into the second category, along with most of his colleagues up there on Bullshit Mountain.
But Morris isn’t content with egg on his face, he wants egg all over his body:
But the more proximate cause of my error was that I did not take full account of the impact of hurricane Sandy and of Governor Chris Christie’s bipartisan march through New Jersey arm in arm with President Obama. Not to mention Christe’s fawning promotion of Obama’s presidential leadership.
It made all the difference.
A key element of Romney’s appeal, particularly after the first debate, was his ability to govern with Democrats in Massachusetts. Obama’s one-party strident approach, so much the opposite of what he pledged in his first national speech in 2004, had turned voters off. But by working seamlessly with an acerbic Republican Governor like Christie, Obama was able to blunt Romney’s advantage in this crucial area.
Here that folks? Dick Morris was wrong because Chris Christie said nice things about Obama. Absent Sandy and that awful, no-good RINO Christie, Romney would have won by a landslide, and Dick Morris wouldn’t have that runny yoke dripping down his chin.
I really admire the things Christie said in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. I’ve always had a soft spot for the New Jersey governor despite my deep disagreements with him on political issues, partly because he isn’t cowed by conservative media—a media which has pretty much taken the Republican Party hostage (as I go to great length on over at Mother Jones.)
This is naturally going to upset the folks within conservative media who see Christie as a threat. I mean, a moderate, squishy Republican like Scott Brown isn’t that big of a deal. He might not be a perfect red-blooded conservative, but he’s not going to tell Fox and Friends off either. Christie, on the other hand, if he goes rogue well…that’s cause for concern.
So Dick Morris is going on the offensive. Blame acts of god and the sharp tongue of one New Jersey Republican who had the audacity to say something nice about the president on the reverse-landslide Romney just suffered. It’s stupid, yeah, but it’s also smart. Because this is the stuff that gets people all fired up and keeps eyeballs glued to Fox News and clicks clickety-click-clicking their way to conservative blogs.
It’s all about the money, you know? It always has been.