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Even as Dick Morris concedes that he messed up his predictions on the presidential election, he seeks succor for his ailing reputation. And in recent interviews, that succor comes from company: When pressed on why he’d made the off-base predictions, he simply says that there were others in his boat. Here’s what he told The National Review in a just-published interview:

As for Fox’s decision, “this business has ins and outs and ups and downs, and they were obviously upset because I was so wrong about the election, and wrong at the top of my lungs,” he says. In the end, his prediction was off, but he cites CNN and Gallup polls and adds, “I was not alone.”

Oh, yes, he was. Morris appears to have forgotten what he said on Fox News over and over, and who could blame him for blanking on this disgraceful episode. But here’s one of his preelection spiels:

[Romney’s] going to win by a landslide. The — it will be the biggest surprise in recent American political history. It will rekindle a whole question as to why the media played this race as a nail-biter. Where, in fact, I think, Romney is going to win by quite a bit. My own view is that Romney is going to carry 325 electoral votes.

Given Morris’s predictions and recent pronouncements, an archival search of CNN and Gallup polling should reveal that these organizations foresaw big pro-Romney margins in the presidential election. Eight-, nine-, 10-point gaps, at least. We’re talking landslides here, folks.

Only they didn’t. A USA Today/Gallup swing-state poll taken just before the election had the two contenders tied, 48 to 48. A write-up on the poll indicated that the numbers reflected something of a comeback by President Obama following his poor performance in the first debate. “Most of the interviews were completed before Hurricane Sandy hit, and the president’s disaster response may have bolstered his standing a bit since then,” notes the USA Today article.

Rasmussen and Gallup national polls indeed had Romney ahead. By one point — with margins of error greater than that.

Verdict: No landslide prediction. No comfort for Morris.

Moving to CNN, we see the same scenario. A CNN/Opinion Research poll conducted Nov. 2-4 had the candidates knotted up at 49 percent each. In other words, it predicted a landslide of nail-biting. (Morris appeared to reference this poll in his interview earlier this week with CNN’s Piers Morgan).

Asked about how CNN felt about being lumped into Morris’s Party of Wrong, a CNN spokeswoman stuck to the facts: “CNN had Romney ahead in its first January 2012 poll —but not since then. Otherwise the network’s polls showed a close race.” To the same question, Gallup Editor in Chief Frank Newport responded, “In our final analysis we reported a ‘very close battle in the national popular vote.’ We pointed out that 10% of likely voters were still not committed to their choice, and we pointed towards momentum for Obama over the last week, in part due to SuperStorm Sandy.”

Verdict: No landslide prediction. No comfort for Morris.

John McIntyre, founder of Real Clear Politics, insists there just weren’t any polls — at least reputable ones — that modeled a landslide election. Some “factions,” he says, griped that national polling models were under-counting Romney voters, when in fact those polls were doing the reverse. Perhaps that weakness was something to which a political pro like Morris could have alerted us all. Nah.

Enjoy other great Dick Morris malarkey, courtesy of Slate’s Dave Weigel.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.