Dick Morris visited the Hannity show for his regular Monday night gig last night and continued his wildly optimistic forecast for Romney’s electoral win in November. Normally, Hannity sits politely through Morris’ wacky predictions. But last night, as Morris forecast a Romney win Florida, Ohio, Nevada, Virginia and Pennsylvania and is currently “competitive” in Michigan, Hannity could not pretend to buy it.
Hannity said he could not predict who would win the presidential election in November. But he tactily acknowledged that Romney’s in some real trouble right now because he urged the Romney campaign to “act as though it’s the 4th quarter and they’re down a touchdown and they need no-huddle offense and they need to bring it into the end zone.”
Morris, on the other hand, said he could predict the winner and it’s Romney. “He’s at the moment in a very strong position,” Morris insisted.
Of course, Morris may be the only one who thinks so. Nate Silver, at The New York Times, notes that Obama’s poll numbers, in the context of the historic polling of incumbents in September, along with Silver’s own predictions and those of bookmakers all give Obama about an 80% chance of being re-elected. And conservative pundits such as Peggy Noonan, David Brooks and Bill Kristol would seem to agree.
But as Morris went on to predict that Romney would run the table in Florida, Ohio, Nevada, Virginia and Pennsylvania, Hannity could not keep quiet.
“Oh, come on,” he said.
In the case of his bizarre conclusions about the presidential race, I really have to ask what the man is smoking. On the same evening, in the prior hour, both Bill O’Reilly and Brit Hume grudgingly admitted that Obama is handily winning the swing states. Hume actually went far enough to establish his post-election excuse – that Obama is a better politician than Romney, who he called “inept”. Of course, Hume couldn’t resist showing a little anger when he groused that Obama was somehow resisting “gravity” by maintaining his lead over Romney.
But in the next hour, you have Dick Morris stubbornly singing on through the air raid…
That’s just because the little guy is so close to everyone’s feet.