Adios, Dick Morris
Thank goodness Dick Morris was cut from Fox News' roster. Just think about it: Here is a pundit who got things so wrong not even Fox News could handle it.
It's not that Morris botched his 2012 election predictions with such grandiloquence. It's more that he botches anything and everything with similar grandiloquence, and has done so consistently for the past decade.
Consider these five classics:
1. Bush II is going to “show how [disaster relief] is done” in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
2. Bush's approval ratings will stay in the high 80 percent range, so long as our wars in the Middle East continue.
3. Sarah Palin clearly won her 2008 Vice Presidential debate against Joe Biden.
4. Obama will secretly sign a U.N. gun control treaty on July 27, 2010, and begin seizing arms.
5. Donald Trump will run for president in 2012.
If you need more evidence of the man's cluelessness, the website PunditTracker has tallied thirty assertions made by Morris over the past two years. Of these, only six of those were right—and those six were gimmes. (Wait, Obama won't take Missouri in 2012? Way to put it all on the line, Dick.)
The 2012 Elections sealed Morris's fate as an ex-talking head, since he had predicted a “Romney landslide.” After November 6, he apologized and chalked up his error to misread demographics and Obama's positive P.R. from Hurricane Sandy.
And with that, Fox threw up its hands and put him out to pasture.
Morris's departure was preceded by Sarah Palin's. Sending two pundits packing is not a bloodletting, but it does make me wonder if Fox is house cleaning.
Perhaps the network has realized that its brand, much like the GOP's, is untenable. Its vacuous, ill-informed and conspiratorial blather can't continue to be its bread and butter. In that case, Karl Rove, you need to be very, very worried.
P.S. Jon Stewart's impression of the “King of Wrong” was sheer comedy gold. As a sendoff, watch a Daily Show clip that distills Morris' legacy at Fox perfectly.
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