Thursday, February 7, 2013

Dick Morris gets a (sort of) sympathetic hearing with Piers Morgan

Posted By on Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 8:49 AM

You might recall that during the 2012 election I took tabs on some of the bold predictions made by certain pundits (mostly on the the political right) about the election. Well, nobody looked worse after it was all said and done than Fox News' Dick Morris.

Or ex-Fox News pundit Dick Morris, I should say. Although he wasn't the only commentator to wrongly predict that Mitt Romney would defeat Barack Obama (Michael Barone, George Will and Scott Rasmussen are also in the mix), he received the most airtime to voice it. This played a major part in his getting canned earlier this week by Fox News' head, Roger Ailes.

Last night, CNN's Piers Morgan hosted Morris on Piers Morgan Tonight to talk about his downfall:

How bad was Morris in his 2012 predictions?

Well, he predicted Romney would get 325 electoral votes, win the national election by four-to-eight percentage points, win Michigan, win Pennsylvania, win Nevada, win Wisconsin, win New Hampshire, and win Ohio. He also predicted that Republicans would retake the Senate.

None of those things happened.

It was painful watching Morgan recount (and show on video) some of Morris' greatest misses, prompting the pundit to joke, "You gonna sue me?"

Morgan was, well, not all that charitable. Then again, if you recall how confident he was when making predictions on Fox last year, it's all part of the game, isn't it? Morgan said people were laughing at him, rubbing in his face that there were analysts who did get it right — the most prominent being Nate Silver with the New York Times.

Morris said, "I was wrong at the top of my lungs," and commented on his departure of Fox, "at some point a great marriage has to come to an end."

When asked who he thinks is the next great hope for the Republican Party, somewhat surprisingly, Morris mentioned Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

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