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February 06, 2013 4:45 PM Farewell to Dick Morris?

By Ed Kilgore

Has any dismissal from a media gig ever been as richly earned as that of Dick Morris? He was officially dropped from the Fox lineup yesterday after a lengthy absence from the airwaves. But man, did he ever go out with a bang during the 2012 cycle, as summarized by Dave Weigel:

No single human made as many wrong, botched, bogus, and stupid predictions about the 2012 election as Dick Morris. Making fun of them, by campaign’s end, hardly seemed fair. The once-relevant strategist predicted a Romney landslide and a Republican Senate for reasons that seemed ludicrous at the time. My personal favorite Morris “analysis” was that Tom Smith, the already-forgotten energy company magnate who ran against Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, had “powered to a small lead,” when no credible poll ever, ever gave a lead to Smith.

Having mocked Morris myself now and then during the cycle, I have to say I never for a moment believed the man believed his own “predictions.” At most he was an overzealous believer in the creed of self-confident spin actually affecting the results, a delusion that seemed to seize most conservatives (other than Sean Trende) at some point in 2012. But more likely he just figured he’d tell his viewers and readers exactly what they wanted to hear, and thought there would be no consequences.

Expect to hear some blather about Fox “moving to the center” because it’s gotten rid of Morris and Sarah Palin. Truth is, both of them are just eminently replaceable. You don’t need the kind of money Fox was paying Palin (and probably Morris) to get someone to spit venom at the president and/or predict total victory for The Cause.

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.


  • zandru on February 06, 2013 4:55 PM:

    Hasn't Dennis Kucinich joined Fox? This allows them to attack the President and other Democrats from the left, too!

    But it's still all attack, all the time.

  • K in VA on February 06, 2013 4:58 PM:

    Never fear: If Hillary actually runs, Morris will be re-hired to be, well, a Dick, 'cause nobody hates Clintons more than he.

  • c u n d gulag on February 06, 2013 5:07 PM:

    Jayzzos H. Keerist, in a line-up on the other end of the extreme, with Isis, Zues, Akhenaten, Zoroaster, Mithras, Buddha, Confucious, and Mohammed, there is an endless list of feckin' morons who could have taken the place of Morris and Palin.

    What's amazing to me, is not that Palin and Morris got released.
    It's that they were where they were at FOX as long as they were, being totally, and emphatically, wrong, is what takes my breath away.

    But on FOX, if being totally and emphatically wrong was cause for having the network terminate your contract, or not re-sign you, FOX's news studio would look like a Western Ghost Town, abandoned for over a century.

    Being flushed by FOX, is the least that turds like Morris and Palin deserved.

    I feel no pity.

    And I feel that I can laugh myself silly, and roll on the floor laughing, helpless, because I have just invented a new way to notify officials, that I've laughed myself incapable of getting back up:
    "Laugh Alert!"

    Watching the GOP both implode and explode in the next few years, will make me a fortune!!!
    If you fall on the floor laughing - just press a button,
    and relief is on the way!!!

    Operators are waiting for your calls!

  • martin on February 06, 2013 5:22 PM:

    Say what you want about Fox, it seems to be the only big-media outlet which has gotten rid of pundits for being wrong, wrong, wrong. Yes, they have many more who should go, but so do ABC, CBS, NBC not to mention the Washington Post and the New York Times.

    Maybe all those other bastions of the So-Called Liberal Media will once again try to be like Fox and jettison some of their pundit barnacles.

  • MuddyLee on February 06, 2013 6:59 PM:

    CNN deserves a lot of scrutiny and criticism - they have been terrible in recent years. Was in 2012 or 2011 they spent the WHOLE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND covering Sarah Palin's bus tour to nowhere and interviewing people who were waiting for her to show up somewhere (was it DC?) to do something (what - talk about her reality shows or her books or talk about Bristol being on dancing with the so-called stars?). Rachel Maddow makes all the Fox and CNN people look like idiots (based on what I read - I prefer public radio). Someday I hope Nikki Haley will be as irrelevant as Sarah Palin is now.

  • Th on February 07, 2013 9:24 AM:

    Most of the people going on FOX would do it for free just to get the exposure. Ailes should start auctioning the slots instead of paying for them.