Political Animal


October 15, 2012 12:55 PM Vote For the Fraud. It’s Important.

By Ed Kilgore

Sometimes a candidate receives an endorsement that’s not exactly worth the collateral damage. That may be the case with infotainment celebrity Piers Morgan, whose assessment of Mitt’s Romney’s candidacy at the Daily Mail today had one of the more interesting headlines of Campaign /12: “He’s one of the least principled politicians I’ve met. But I believe Mitt Romney might just save America.”

If you actually read Morgan’s column, he spends a lot more time on the first proposition than the second. In fact, he never says anything about Romney “saving America,” but instead offers the usual lame combo platter of asserting that Obama’s failed on the economy, and Mitt did a real good job running the Salt Lake City Olympics. I know if I’m hiring someone to do the most important job in the whole world, a resume line from more than a decade ago is the first thing I’d look at, too.

In any event, the only precinct of the wingnutosphere that’s gone to the trouble of drawing attention to Morgan’s “endorsement” is Breitbart.com, where it was spun as a sorta-lefty (sic!) public figure succumbing to the irresistible logic of the GOP candidacy.

But if you think about it for a moment, Morgan is only offering a slightly exaggerated version of what is becoming the classic Beltway Centrist case for Mitt: the guy you’ve watched slavishly pandering to the conservative movement for the last five years (since his first presidential run began) is a complete fraud, a tower of mendacity so high that it peeks through the clouds. And that’s why he’d be a great president!

Some of you may remember the epic Edwin Edwards vs. David Duke gubernatorial runoff in Louisiana in 1991, often referred to as the “race from Hell.” Some Edwards backers, wanting to stress the enduring damage to the state’s reputation that would ensue from a Duke victory, distributed a bumper sticker that read: “Vote for the Crook. It’s Important.” Some of Mitt Romney’s more prominent fans, including Piers Morgan, might want to offer their own variation today.

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.


  • Leopold Von Ranke on October 15, 2012 1:07 PM:

    Sorta caught on to Mr. Morgan last summer, when I watched a fawning interview he did with Justice Scalia. Dedicated rightist with a British accent, kind of like Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor.

    PS. This won't be here long.

  • c u n d gulag on October 15, 2012 1:26 PM:

    Piers, dear boy, if you love Mitt Romney so much, let him run and win in England and see how you like it.

    I dread the thought of a Romney/Ryan win. Especially if they win in both houses of Congress.

    The turn-around into a complete 3rd World country with an expensive military and no social safety net, will be swift and sure.

    And people who don't realize that, are either rich themselves, or feckin' idjits!
    Throw in racists, too.

  • Robert Bailey on October 15, 2012 1:39 PM:

    I remember the 'race from Hell." I voted for the crook. It was important. I will not vote for the fraud.

    So....a liberal, a moderate and a convervative walk into a bar.

    HI MITT!!!

    Says it all.

  • stormskies on October 15, 2012 1:58 PM:

    Remember this self important pig worked for Robert Murdoch's paper in England. Editor in chief. Speaks for itself.

    So course he would endorse a pathological liar worth a quarter of a billion dollars.

    He wasn't even good on America's God Talent. In fact he was then, as now, simply a arrogant pig.

  • Sgt. Gym Bunny on October 15, 2012 2:07 PM:

    Right-o... You would also want to hire the most prolific cat burglar of the century to do the security on your house filled with valuable heirlooms and family jewels (he would totally now how a thief would still shit, wouldn't he?), and then hope to the high heavens he doesn't get a taste for the goods at a later date...

  • Damian Thompson on October 15, 2012 2:16 PM:

    Mittens is going win and Morgan doesn't want to be on the wrong side after the election, several other Hollywood types are doing the same, none of them wants
    to be left out in the cold ..........

  • jjm on October 15, 2012 2:42 PM:

    Piers Morgan was involved in the hacking scandal when he worked for Murdoch. I don't know why he's not been charged.

    That aside, the cynicism of saying to the people, "Look, we know the guy is a total fraud, but frauds will save us, by defrauding others (but not you, of course)" show that same kind of elitist disdain the Mitt showed Obama and all of the 47%: you're too dumb to know what we're up to, even when we make it very apparent.

  • TCinLA on October 15, 2012 8:14 PM:

    Let's just remember that everyone's favorite "Pommie Putz Abroad" is working at the CRETINS' NEWS NETWORK.

  • Ed Drone on October 16, 2012 12:01 PM:

    Morgan should have to answer why, if Willard saved the Salt Lake City Olympics, it took GOVERNMENT MONEY TO DO IT! A large slug of the money that "saved" the Olympics was from that same "non-defense discretionary spending" Rmoney purports to slash.

    A new Rmoney couldn't save the next Olympics under Rmoney's regime. There won't be money for it. Nor damn near anything else.