Dick Morris is still struggling to explain why his predictions for a Romney landslide on election day were so flagrantly wrong. And during an appearance on the Sean Hannity show, he made what I think is an important admission, even while claiming that he really believed it:
“I called it as I saw it from the polling, and I did the best I could — and I also worked very hard for Romney…I spoke about what I believed, and I think that there was a period of time when the Romney campaign was falling apart, people were not optimistic, nobody thought there was a chance of victory. And I felt that it was my duty at that point to go out and say what I said. And at the time that I said it, I believe I was right.”
I believe him when he says that he made those predictions in order to help the Romney campaign, but I don’t believe him when he says he really believed what he was saying. Why? Because Morris was a campaign manager and strategist, and a pretty good one. There’s no way in hell he could actually have believed that. In an identical situation where he was actually being paid as a strategist, there’s no way he would have told his client that he was going to win in a landslide.
I can guarantee you that Romney’s campaign managers did not believe that they were going to win in a landslide. They probably did believe that they could win a very narrow victory if everything broke right for them, and the polls were close enough for that to be a realistic possibility, but only someone completely blind to reality and borderline delusional could have believed it would be an easy win.
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