The Hill today is defending itself against a plagiarism incident involving columnist Juan Williams.
Williams is among a few high-profile names among The Hill’s stable of opinion columnists. Others include Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas and political strategist Dick Morris.
Dick Morris! That guy still has a platform? After predicting a landslide for Mitt Romney prior to last November’s presidential election, Morris lost his contributorship at Fox News. CNN’s Piers Morgan pinned him down on just why he was exiled:
MORGAN: What people are asking is why FOX is not interested now on your views or whether Republicans want you to go?
MORRIS: Hey, I don’t — I don’t know what FOX is interested in or not.
MORGAN: But they must have told you, isn’t it?
MORRIS: Well, I had a wonderful talk with Roger Ailes, who I really respect, a week ago. And he said in this business, you’re up, you’re down, nothing is final or fatal.
MORGAN: But why are you down now as far as –
MORRIS: Because I was wrong, and I was wrong at the top of my lungs.
Morris cruises along in the pages of The Hill, however. In a recent column, he posited a secret reason why President Obama was happy to welcome the sequester:
He knows the economy is tanking. He realizes that we are headed for a double-dip recession. He expects unemployment to soar. He understands that his almost $300 billion in tax increases this year will drive us into recession. So he needs an out.
That’s where sequestration fits in: If it goes into effect, he can blame Republican budget cuts for the economic disaster that will probably unfold this year.
Bold text added to note that today’s unemployment numbers appear to have contradicted those alleged expectations of Obama.
In another recent column, Morris dug into polling numbers to break down the political prospects of Republicans:
Asked about an immigration reform proposal that would “grant illegal immigrants legal status and a green card and then, after a wait of several years, they could apply for citizenship if they pay back taxes, pay a fine, learn English and have no criminal record,” Republicans were supportive 66 percent to 30 percent. The proposal got 30 percent strong support, while 36 percent somewhat supported it, 10 percent somewhat opposed it and 20 percent strongly opposed the measure.
Morris has a dramatic takeaway from the data that he examines: “Anyone looking at the numbers has to conclude that, without a change in the Hispanic bias toward Democrats, the entire Republican Party could become a thing of the past.”
Landslide for the Democrats!
When asked whether Morris is still in good standing at The Hill, Gurdon responded, “There were several people who predicated the election results wrongly. Predicting election results wrongly does not seem to be a reason for getting rid of somebody.”
Morris himself tried this same argument, telling the National Review, ““I was not alone.” He cited polls by CNN and Gallup as being right there with him in the “wrong” column. They, however, didn’t see a landslide for Romney.