Skip to comments.Dick Morris: Here comes the landslide
Posted on 10/31/2012 2:28:40 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Voters have figured out that President Obama has no message, no agenda and not even much of an explanation for what he has done over the past four years. His campaign is based entirely on persuading people that Mitt Romney is a uniquely bad man, entirely dedicated to the rich, ignorant of the problems of the average person. As long as he could run his negative ads, the campaign at least kept voters away from the Romney bandwagon. But once we all met Mitt Romney for three 90-minute debates, we got to know him and to like him. He was not the monster Obama depicted, but a reasonable person for whom we could vote.
As we stripped away Obamas yearlong campaign of vilification, all the president offered us was more servings of negative ads ads we had already dismissed as not credible. He kept doing the same thing even as it stopped working. The result was that the presidential race reached a tipping point. Reasonable voters saw that the voice of hope and optimism and positivism was Romney while the president was only a nitpicking, quarrelsome, negative figure. The contrast does not work in Obamas favor.
His erosion began shortly after the conventions when Indiana (10 votes) and North Carolina (15) moved to Romney (in addition to the 179 votes that states that McCain carried cast this year).
Then, in October, Obama lost the Southern swing states of Florida (29) and Virginia (13). He also lost Colorado (10), bringing his total to 255 votes.
And now, he faces the erosion of the northern swing states: Ohio (18), New Hampshire (4) and Iowa (6). Only in the union-anchored state of Nevada (9) does Obama still cling to a lead.
In the next few days, the battle will move to Pennsylvania (20), Michigan (15), Wisconsin (10) and Minnesota (16). Ahead in Pennsylvania, tied in Michigan and Wisconsin, and slightly behind in Minnesota, these new swing states look to be the battleground.
Or will the Romney momentum grow and wash into formerly safe Democratic territory in New Jersey and Oregon?
Once everyone discovers that the emperor has no clothes (or that Obama has no argument after the negative ads stopped working), the vote shift could be of historic proportions.
The impact on Senate races could be profound. Give the GOP easy pickups in Nebraska and North Dakota. Wisconsin has been a roller coaster. Once an easy win for Republican Tommy Thompson, then a likely loss as Democrat Tammy Baldwin caught up, and now Republican again, it will probably be a third pickup. Romneys surge in Virginia is propelling George Allen to a good lead for the first time all campaign. In Montana, Republican Denny Rehberg holds and has held for some time a small lead over Democrat incumbent Jon Tester. And, in Pennsylvania, Smith has powered his campaign to a small lead over Democrat Bob Casey Jr.
The GOP now leads in these six takeaways. But it is also within easy striking distance in Ohio and Florida, where incumbents are under 50 percent and Republican challengers Connie Mack (Fla.) and Josh Mandel (Ohio) are only a few points behind. It may even be possible to entertain daydreams of Rhode Island (Barry Hinckley) and New Jersey (Joe Kyrillos) going Republican.
Republican losses? Look for a giveback in Maine and possibly in Indiana and Massachusetts. In Indiana, Republican Richard Mourdock had established a 5-point lead over Democrat Joe Donnelly. But his comments about rape knocked him back to a tie. With Romney carrying the state by 15 points, however, Mourdock could still make it. In Massachusetts, Brown has been in hand-to-hand combat with Elizabeth Warren. Down by five a few days ago, hes now tied, but the undecided usually goes against the incumbent.
The most likely outcome? Eight GOP takeaways and two giveaways for a net gain of six. A 53-47 Senate, just like we have now, only opposite.
Barack Obamas parting gift to the Democratic Party.
-- Dick Morris, a former adviser to Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and President Clinton, is the author of Outrage, Fleeced, Catastrophe and 2010: Take Back America A Battle Plan. To get all of his and Eileen McGanns columns for free by e-mail or to order a signed copy of their latest book, Revolt!: How To Defeat Obama and Repeal His Socialist Programs A Patriots Guide, go to dickmorris.com.
I think Morris is right on this one that Condi Rice will win in a landslide over Hillary Clinton.
What was DM’s prediction in 2008?
It is a Jimmy Carter-moment. You can rattle off forty mistakes for the administration, and how they really never understood the system. Even after losing the Nov 2010 election...when they could have done some things to clean up the mess...they just continued to screw-up.
DM is a funny guy, and I “get” what he is trying to do. Truth is, the polls are showing a tightening of the race, probably storm related. Luckiest man in politics? Maybe. Its going to be another nail biter.
Dick, from your toe ornamented lips to God’s ears.
Look who’s smoking Hopium now.
He may be right......I went to early vote in Florida....the line was out the door and around the building.. It has never been like that.. Not in 2008
It always scares me when Morris predicts our side will win.
Still not seeing it at this point, Dick, although I do think a close Romney victory is very possible.
Sure hope you have the last laugh.
I don’t know what he predicted in 2008, but in 2010 he predicted that the GOP would gain about 70 House seats. The GOP won 63 and Morris was way closer than a lot of analysts.
During the 2008 primaries he predicted Hillary would be our next President. He was almost telling us to bank on it so I take what he says with a grain.
Yeah. It's like the kiss of death.
I meant Colorado has 9 instead of 10EVs per Morris.
You got to admit, the guy has doubled down on this prediction he made months ago. Now it’s in writing and he’s basically bet his entire political clout. Can’t imagine he’d do that if he wasn’t pretty confident.
I’m not a fan, but I hope to God he’s right.
Did it remind you of Chick-Fil-A Appreciation day? :=)
Morris is very politically astute and knows what he’s talking about. Believe it.
He was amazingly accurate as the net gain was indeed 63 seats. The GOP actually won 66 seats total as three of those seats were GOP held retirements which were retained.
I think Wednesday morning Nov. 7th is going to be a shock to Conservatives everywhere ... like we just saw our dog run over by a truck.
I am surprised that the pundits are going out on a limb to this extent. Either Dick Morris or Nate Silver are going to end up with egg on their face. They can’t both be right.
I think if the truth were known, Hillary won the primary against zero. The Obama team stole the election from her - bought off her delegates. That’s my viewpoint anyway. And, had she won the nomination, she would’ve been elected.
Dick Morris is pretty much an expert at being wrong ....
Photos of long CONSERVATIVE lines will be needed to offset what Rush called, “lawyer planning” going on behind closed doors now...gotta prove the landslide wasn’t manufactured or stolen since the polls MUST BE RIGHT,right?
People world-wide pay Mr. Morris millions of dollars to run campaigns, advise them and poll/analyze. There’s a reason for that. No one bats 1,000.
It’s like handing candy to a baby. Dog goes woof-woof. It’s not that October is about to end that concerns me but October will be back again before we know it. But before then, lot’s of good things will happen in between.
Voters have figured out that President Obama has no message, no agenda and not even much of an explanation for what he has done over the past four years.He has an explanation, he just doesn't want to say, "I'm your enemy and I'm trying to destroy you." And even if he were to spell it out that starkly, the next days would see his Partisan Media Shills trying to spin it some way.
I like Morris and do put some trust in what he is saying. He has been saying this for a while and has not backed up.
I like when he told Hannity that it was his job to come up with the numbers.
Actually, it is going to be a landslide for Romney and we will win back the Senate.
Independents will break heavily for Romney.
And who saw Obama coming into the picture?
Be here on Nov.7th and eat some crow.
I know. Like when he assured us at around 11pm on election night in ‘06 that Senator Allen was going to eke out a victory over Webb based on what he had seen up to that point. Baloney. Dems turned out more than expected (by Morris) in Richmond and that was that.
We were tired of that damn ole dawg anyway. He just pee’d in the fireplace, chewed my boots and threw up in the living room.
But he has a maxed-out race card, doesn't that count for something?
Hard to believe Dickie made so many errors in the states’ electoral votes. My guess is that he hired some nitwit to write this column for him, or is starting to suffer from a little dementia after being absorbed in this business for months now.