Political Animal


October 31, 2012 11:54 AM Through the Looking Glass

By Ed Kilgore

I know, I know: everybody knows Dick Morris is a lying, spin-mad hack, so why would I pay any attention to what he’s saying? Here’s why: everybody does not know (or more likely, care) that Morris is full of it, which is why he has a column in a respectable publication like The Hill, why his columns are regularly linked to by aggregators, and why he’s only the leading edge of a GOP spin machine that seems convinced that predicting ever-more-certain victory will actually produce the desired results.

I say all this by way of mentioning that Morris’ latest fantasy is a Romney landslide, winning all the swing states and threatening Obama in New Jersey and Oregon, and also—get this—giving Republicans a 53-47 margin in the Senate. Many Republicans are going to read this stuff and begin their victory celebration quite early.

You might wonder if this sort of crap might run the risk of convincing some happy conservatives that they need not bother to vote, or can afford to indulge their resentment of Romney’s refusal (on occasion, at least) to back a Personhood Amendment or spend the remaining days of the campaign “vetting” the president’s background. But just as they did with the Iraq War, a lot of Republicans seem to think it is psychologically critical to protect Total Success in all their endeavors.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • Quaker in a Basement on October 31, 2012 11:58 AM:

    Many Republicans are going to read this stuff and begin their victory celebration quite early.

    To them I say, "Please proceed."

  • mrgavel on October 31, 2012 12:02 PM:

    Dick Morris is an example of how the right candidate can give a political consultant a reputation that is all out of proportion to his or her accomplishments. If Bill Clinton hadn't used him between 1994 to 1996 to position himself for his re-election campaign in 1996, he wouldn't be getting all of these establishment gigs. Clinton once said that Morris has about 10 ideas every minute and thinks that all of them are brilliant. He went on to say that actually only about 1% of them are brilliant and that he, Clinton, knew which ones were brilliant and which ones weren't.

  • Mad_nVt on October 31, 2012 12:11 PM:

    Other noteworthy GOP initiatives were "Shock and Awe." And "Total Information Awareness." Those didn't work out so well for people.

    One counter to the column:
    Evidently GOP voters increase their participation when there is likely positive GOP outcome-- so as to be on the winning team.

    And Dem voters seem to decrease their commitment to voting if they think that their team will win-- as they get themselves demotivated.

  • bigtuna on October 31, 2012 12:24 PM:

    Oregon!?? ROTFLMAO

  • Wisco on October 31, 2012 12:33 PM:

    It sounds like he just went over to unskewedpolls.com and stole the forecast from that lunatic poll truther Dean Chambers. That's pretty much exactly what Chambers is predicting.

  • LaFollette Progressive on October 31, 2012 12:39 PM:

    The point of all this -- the poll "unskewing" and fervid fact-free babble about certain landslides -- is to convince the armies of right-wing faithful that nothing but widespread fraud could bring about an Obama victory. So when Obama, in all likelihood, wins, they will proclaim his victory to be illegitimate and based on widespread fraud.

    As a result, there will quite possibly be post-election violence, and there will absolutely be four more years of ever-nastier obstruction and vote suppression. There will be no soul-searching or serious efforts to moderate the party's message to appeal to a broader base. There will be a further hardening and deepening of our country's ongoing cold civil war.

    More importantly for the likes of Dick Morris, there will be more and more right-wingers who detach themselves entirely from mainstream sources of news and information (which have proven their participation in the pro-Obama conspiracy by, you know, reporting poll results that turned out to be roughly accurate) and seek the warm, soft embrace of the Far Right propaganda mills that provide such a comfortable living for people like Dick Morris.

  • R on October 31, 2012 12:42 PM:

    Ed, must you remind me of this guy? We all got TMI about why he had to resign in 1996. Ick. Clinton's legacy is mixed indeed.

  • jjm on October 31, 2012 12:59 PM:

    Wasn't Dick Morris the guy who acted out his sexual fantasies, sucking the toes of his prostitutes?

  • Gummo on October 31, 2012 1:03 PM:

    What LaFollette Progressive said.

  • Cas on October 31, 2012 1:08 PM:

    "Many Republicans are going to read this stuff and begin their victory celebration quite early."

    Yes. Because Morris is only telling them what they ALREADY believe in their heart of hearts. If it does not come to pass, I fully expect a giant spike in radical anti-government orgs after the election in that case...

  • Zinsky on October 31, 2012 1:09 PM:

    I pretty much discount anything that is said by a man who gets his jollies by sucking on a whore's dirty feet. I would say that casts a rather large cloud over his judgment.

  • c u n d gulag on October 31, 2012 1:10 PM:

    I think it's a good thing that deformed, amoral, mentally and sexually damaged, sociopathic, troll, has a job at FOX News, or else he'd be living under some bridege overpass, BBQing children.

  • Speed on October 31, 2012 1:15 PM:

    LaFollette nailed it.

  • martin on October 31, 2012 1:35 PM:

    Hey, Zinsky, at least whores make an honest living!

    It's not what goes into Morris' mouth that disgusting, it's what comes out.

  • hells littlest angel on October 31, 2012 1:38 PM:

    It's the same tactic with which the Iraqis successfully crushed our attempted invasion. Baghdad Bob, super genius.

  • CB on October 31, 2012 1:41 PM:

    Where is your data? Oh, you didn't provide any. You just sound bitter bro.

  • citizen_pain on October 31, 2012 2:05 PM:

    I find solace in the fact that republicans are almost always wrong in all of their predictions.

  • Mimikatz on October 31, 2012 2:20 PM:

    It is both what La Follette said and trying to stimulate a bandwagon effect. They are trying to push Romney over or, if that fails, set up a conspiracy theory for why he lost, I.e., that the election was stolen. But who will be the villain in the new Dolchstoss theory? Romney, Obama or who?

  • Zorro on October 31, 2012 3:10 PM:

    Dick prob. knows that the black box voting machines are fixed. If you think that the GOP won't try to steal this election, you're either not very bright, overly trusting, or haven't been paying attention to the past 12 years.

    What, me worry?

  • g on October 31, 2012 4:28 PM:

    Sounds like Dick Morris is going to achieve another mark in his perfect record....of being wrong every single time.

  • Conrad Baylor on October 31, 2012 7:54 PM:

    "everybody knows Dick Morris is a lying, spin-mad hack, so why would I pay any attention to what he's saying?"

    Because you're Socrates?

  • IOKIYAR(ight-wing) on October 31, 2012 8:19 PM:

    Column headline today at TheHill.com regurgitates: "Romney aide: GM, Chrysler 'don't refute anything in our ads'." The first four paragraph/sentences regurgitate Romney's team's lies and don't get around to the FACTS, which are presented as the 'other side' by TheHill, until the fifth paragraph/sentence.

    It's typical right-wing lying/enabling without any journalistic investigation pointing out that Republicans are lying. Instead, it forces those that are lied about to make the factual counterclaim.

    Republican lies are printed first at TheHill.com, there's no journalistic integrity calling the Republican's lie a lie by TheHill.com, and only if those lies are called out by a third party are those lies even given a response.

    It's possible that the TheHill.com articles I read aren't typical of the publication, but from my reading TheHill.com consistently regurgitates Republican's outlandish lies. It's often pure right-wing stenography without even a hint of investigative journalism.

    That's not to deny the handful of opinion pieces from 'both sides' that TheHill.com prints. But opinion pieces aren't objective journalism.

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