Has Dick Morris lost it? And, what’s wrong with Santorum?
I realize that the question will strike some as redundant, since they think that Morris is wrong so often that’s he’s already lost it. However, there is a difference between producing an endless stream of predictions, a good number of which don’t pan out, and acting as though Ron Paul poses a serious threat of winning the Republican nomination, a threat Morris sternly warns Republicans they must resist at all costs. Apparently he missed the point that half of Paul’s votes in Iowa came from Independents.
Also, Morris, speaking yesterday before the caucuses, oddly treats the contest as a two-man race between Romney and Paul, entirely ignoring Santorum. However, in this I can’t entirely blame him, since I too ignore Santorum. Perhaps this is unjust. There is nothing bad about Santorum. I don’t dislike the man. I just can’t take him seriously as a presidential candidate.
Also, Morris does discuss Santorum today. Santorum’s strong showing, he says, is very good for Romney, because it means that the anti-Romney vote will continue to be divided between Gingrich and Santorum, enabling Romney to win. At the same time, he makes it clear that he doesn’t take Santorum very seriously. My (somewhat rough) transcription:
Santorum didn’t win because he had a great debate like Gingrich or he had a great issue like Cain or had a lot of money like Perry or he had a unique demographic like Bachmann. He won because he was the last survivor. And this garbage we’re hearing about how he visited 99 counties and worked so hard—that didn’t matter when he was at two percent of the vote two weeks ago. What happened was that the anti-Romney vote first went to Bachmann, and then went to Perry, and then went to Cain, and then went to Gingrich, and then went to Paul, and finally ended up with Santorum. And so while he has momentum there’s no real substance behind that momentum and therefore I don’t think he’ll be the nominee and I think he probably will fade.
Catherine H. writes:
You say that you do not take Santorum seriously, but I cannot see that you explain why anywhere on your blog. Do you mind explaining your thoughts on this subject?Aaron S. writes:
You said:LA replies:
“Or perhaps, are you seeing something … just unpresidential in his appearance or demeanor?”
Posted by Lawrence Auster at January 04, 2012 08:06 PM | Send