Sounds like the beginning of a joke: “What do I have in common with Karl Rove and Dick Morris?” We are three conservatives that boldly predicted a big Romney win in the last Presidential election. The differences are pretty obvious as well: they are nationally known conservatives, have had huge roles inside the beltway, are consulted for their ideas at the highest levels of government, are widely respected for the opinions and both have been banned from being used as commentators, at least for a while, by conservative Fox News and I have not. There are certain advantages to simply having a small conservative political blog with a modest (though growing) following – you can’t be fired.
As reported in the Daily Beast:
Turns out they’ve been sidelined, at least temporarily, by Roger Ailes. Rove, regularly introduced as George W. Bush’s architect, and Morris, a onetime Bill Clinton strategist who moved to the right, are a reminder of Fox’s faulty forecasting.
New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman reports that Ailes has issued an edict: Neither man can be booked without the approval of top management.A Fox spokesman confirmed this to the magazine with the words: “The election’s over.”
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Rove drew national ridicule for challenging Fox’s own projection that Obama had won Ohio, and with it a second term. In that moment, he became a symbol of a partisan operative not willing to accept an uncomfortable reality.
Morris got so carried away in his cheerleading for the GOP ticket that he predicted Mitt Romney would win in an electoral landslide.
I would love to have been a fly on the wall to hear the discussion that went on behind the scenes at Fox News. I have been around a lot of really smart people in the last few weeks and all of us admit one thing – we all were wrong about this election. No one on the right (that I am aware of) saw the strength of the Obama win and how that trickled down to the local offices. ”Safe” Republican seats were lost in election in which neither party was either monitoring or funding. It was a strong national and local statement – of what I am still not sure, but it was a statement.
I think it unfortunate that Morris and Rove are paying the price. They were certainly not alone in their opinions and were two of the more articulate conservative voices of reason. I am sure that they will return to the airwaves once things have settled down a bit, but for now they are emblematic of a conservative movement that had it wrong, very, very wrong.