February 7th, 2013
08:58 AM ET
10 years ago

Dick Morris: 'I was wrong at the top of my lungs'

(CNN) - A political analyst who predicted that GOP nominee Mitt Romney would win the White House in November says Fox News may have ousted him from their payroll to make him a "poster child."

Fox did not renew its contract with Dick Morris, he said on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" on Wednesday. The conservative pollster said the reason is "because I was wrong, and I was wrong at the top of my lungs."

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The long-time television commentator described the break as a friendly parting and suggested he is hopeful the network would have him back in the future.

"Fox has given me the opportunity of a lifetime - 15 years, 3,000 interviews. And at some point a great marriage has to come to an end," he said. "The divorce isn't final, but I am seeing other people."

A spokeswoman for Fox did not respond to CNN's request for comment.

Morris referenced polling showing a close race between Romney and President Barack Obama in justifying his prediction that Romney would pull out a win.

But he didn't: Obama won 332 electoral votes to Romney's 206.

"The question really is why Obama won by such a margin," Morris said. And I think the answer is that here has been a fundamental demographic shift in the United States.

"I thought it surfaced in '08 because of a charismatic candidate. Then I thought it would go back down again … and it did in '10, they didn't show up. But in '12, they showed up again in huge numbers. Eight million whites stayed home in 2012."

Morris said the "Republican Party has to change in fundamental ways otherwise it will never win another election."

He joined other Republicans in prescribing a way forward for the GOP. Morris' prescription included advocating for pragmatic positions on abortion and a focus on "holding down spending and debt."

He listed many correct electoral predictions he had made over the past two decades, as well as his own record as a political consultant for hire by candidates: "I have gotten 30 senators and governors elected. Fourteen presidents and prime ministers.

The president of the United States twice. And - one and a half, I worked with others in the first go around. So I'm OK on that score."

- CNN's Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Morris said the "Republican Party has to change in fundamental ways otherwise it will never win another election."
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    "Say 'good night', Dick." They are chainging, or least trying to change they're image. That's why you're out at Fox along with Palin. Don't feel left out, though. More heads are sure to roll, like they "Hillary face lift" guy. Fox would do well to update its' "Fox and Friends" and "The Five" lineups. You're just cut in a surgical face lift at Fox, Mr. Morris.

    February 7, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  2. Larry L

    Morris was wrong because the population of drones watching Fox News wouldn't have accepted the truth. If he returns to Fox he does so knowing the media outlet has no connection to actual news or journalistic ethics. Fox is simply "Pravda" with better graphics and hotter looking women. A real pollster or journalist would never stoop that low.

    February 7, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  3. Peace

    Oh! dear, Fox is holding now a big broom and cleaning out every dirty in every corner. So who is next??

    February 7, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  4. Martha in CF

    This guy, Dick Morris, just likes to spew venom just like the rest of the cronies on Fox News. I wonder if those people ever sit back and see and hear how ridiculous they are!!!!!!!!!! But, I guess that is what people like,,,,that is sick as well....
    Also, Rush Limbaugh has also become the Baby Huey on the air instead of the cartoon character............

    February 7, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    pragmatic positions on abortion and a focus on "holding down spending and debt."
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    Obviously republicans haven't learned the lesson. Stay out of womens wombs. Roe v. Wade is the law of the land. Get over it!

    February 7, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  6. reacharound

    Loud and wrong.
    "Eight million whites stayed home in 2012.” Dick, Is this a race card you are pulling out? How do you explain the whites who did vote for Obama, or the other shades of color who didn't?

    February 7, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  7. Nathan

    This guy has never been right about anything. He is a blow hard, a cheat, a prostitute lover. His last name shouldn't be Morris it should be HEAD.

    February 7, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  8. plain&simple

    His ego remembers his days of past glory. Time has past him by....and so has FOX NEWS.!!! Where do extreme political analysts go to fade into oblivion? Some expensive retreat? Where they all pat eachother on the back and say how all the "white voters" stayed home and It's their fault we got it wrong!

    February 7, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  9. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Humm,
    Well Dick you were wrong of who was going to be elected and the Country was wrong of who they elected. The people aren't too bright out there but it is they who will pay the bill. Who would have thought there would be no Budget the last 4 years and the National Debt is nearly 17 Trillion now nd nearly 50 million on Food Stamps and unemployment near 8 Percent and the budget deficit isn't half of what it is as promised by our feerless leader.

    February 7, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  10. fiftyfive55

    Everybody knew romney couldnt win because the gop is not for the working man,who happens to make up the bulk of America,instead they are strictly,and I mean STRICTLY for big business .The gop acts as if the American people are nothing more than an expensive annoyance to them.How very sad these arrogant people are.

    February 7, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  11. Randy, San Francisco

    Dick Morris was wrong because he believed in his own propoganda and failed to analyze election poll data objectively.

    February 7, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  12. VEW2012

    So what's new! He has been wrong for years.

    February 7, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. nothing new here

    Dick Morris has spoken out against the extremist sect of the GOP, and is being ostracized for his efforts.
    I expect fo see more of this in the next few months, but of course, we already know about the GOP 'family feud'.

    February 7, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. GetOverIt

    CNN – can we please end the Piers Morgan experiment? Surely you can fill Larry King's shoes better than this. Is he really giving you everything you wanted?

    February 7, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Conservatives were so hoping for a win they started to believe their own propaganda. It is also possible that they didn't really look at what was going on and took such small polling numbers.

    February 7, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Eight million whites stayed home in 2012."
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    Really? Is THAT what happenned? If only eight million white people, NOT eight million more people but eight million WHITE people, if they had shown up to vote for the WHITE boy Romney would've won?
    I don't want to hear a w-o-r-d as to why we accuse jerks like this and the people he represents and belongs to of being RACISTS. You deserve to be called that and much more in the year of our Lord 2012.
    Idiot.

    February 7, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  17. Sniffit

    He's still a dillhole.

    February 7, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Okay 2013. Pardon me this jerk got me really worked up this morning....eight million WHITE people indeed.

    February 7, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  19. allison

    Piers just wouldn't quit interrupting and talking over Dick Morris. He's your guest, Piers, I'd like to hear what he has to say, not your nasal whine.

    February 7, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  20. Jules

    Dick Morris has been an idiot with an ax to grind since he was let go by the Clinton Administration. He just made up stuff to make his personal interpretation of the polls seem like Romney was actually going to win. Now he is on Piers Morgan saying it was the storm that caused the president to win reelction. Morris is as wrong about this as he has been wrong about everything else. He made Fox News look like a bigger fake news station that it has always been recognized to be. I can't imagine why anyone would hire this person and give him face time in front of a camera.

    February 7, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Obama won 332 electoral votes to Romney's 206.
    -------------------------------------------------
    Yes, and additional 4 MILLION plus people of ALL colors and backgrounds made sure that President Obama stomped the living daylights out of Romney......while your mythological "eight million WHITE people" sat at home and watched him do it.
    Put that in your pipe and light up!

    February 7, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  22. fiftyfive55

    The GOP must come out on the side of the working man or they will never see the white house again.It's obvious to evryone except them.

    February 7, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  23. Tom

    The Republican Party lost and will continue to lose because they are the party of EXCLUSION not INCLUSION. They poo-poo on everything, even their own.

    February 7, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. Jack

    I'd like to say that the reason this conservative left the republican and voted democratic; and I have been called traitor to the cause and just about everything in the book for abandoning the conservative cause; is because the Republican's allowed Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Micheal McVeved and numerous other lesser talk show host be the front man for the republican party. They followed the lead of these people that attract the old southern Jim Crowe crowd. WASP's as we are called, in slang the "The Good Ole White Boy Club" who because you walk and talk like they do; you sub human. The same is true of the the Religious Right.

    I am White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant, but don't hold to the strict philosophy of this group. I am an independent thinker. I don't believe that hunting, racing cars, golf and drinking are the greatest past times in the world. I may be stereotyping somewhat. But a number of times that I have had to choose between a night of drinking vs. going home to my wife instead of drinking, chasing women/gambling and being with my children to stay in the good graces of my superiors (The Good Ole White Boys) is too numerous to tell. Along with standing up for what is right, instead of lying to cover ones back (been unemployed for 3 times for that), but I could at least look in the mirror.

    Well, when the Good Ole White Boys started the Tea Party movement and Rush Limbaugh became their defacto spokesman, this conservative had had enough.

    That's one of the reasons you lost the election and will continue too! in my opinion

    February 7, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. A Kickin` Donkey

    The GOP will only have a chance at recovery when they stop telling poor & middle class Americans that they HAVE TO WAIT while the affluent, the rich, the business owners get to "go ahead of them" in the line for governmental benefits.

    The wealthy benefited from a TRANSFER OF WEALTH from Reagan through Baby Bush. Tax rates, loopholes, exemptions etc., were MANIPULATED to shift the burden away from the rich and onto the backs of the common man. All this was done under the explaination of a "TRICKLE DOWN" prosperity that NEVER CAME to the working masses. "Job Creators" were lauded as smarter, more constitutionally patriotic, better people who deserved tax cuts because thats why the hire people. Nothing could be further from the economic truth.

    The next step in the GOP resuscitation is to advance individual freedoms & liberties for EVERYONE This includes freedom to have an abortion [they can still work to limit teen pregnancy]. It includes the liberty to marry [governmentally] a gay partner [even while the GOP continues to oppose religious gay marriage].

    The can defend the right to bear arms as long as they reject the right to bear assault weapons [with high capacity magazines] on the public streets.

    Cut spending . . . and offer up a defense program FIRST and people may begin to trust the GOP again. Until such time as they can do these things, they are fooling themselves.

    February 7, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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