Fox News political commentator Dick Morris has ended his contract with the network and has not been asked to return considering his failed prediction of a landslide Mitt Romney victory in the 2012 Presidential Election. So not only did he predict a Romney win, but Morris was saying it would be a big win. Considering President Barack Obama was re-elected for his second term, Fox has kept Morris off of the network ever since the election. Following his failed prediction, Morris commented on his failure, saying:
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"The key reason for my bum prediction is that I mistakenly believed that the 2008 surge in black, Latino, and young voter turnout would recede in 2012 to normal levels."
Chief White House correspondent for Politico, Mike Allen, broke the news last night on Twitter:
SIREN: Dick Morris's contract with Fox News is up and Fox News will NOT renew it, according to an industry official
— Mike Allen (@mikeallen) February 5, 2013
About an hour before Allen's Twitter announcement, Dick Morris' own account tweeted about the first step he will be taking after losing his job:
Watch Dick On CNN'S Piers Morgan On Wed. At 9 PM EST! dickmorris.com/watch-dick-on-… #cnn #piersmorgan @cnnbrk — Dick Morris (@DickMorrisTweet) February 5, 2013
Dick Morris, now 65 years old, made his political debut as former President Bill Clinton's campaign for re-election as Governor of Arkansas. Clinton won this election and Morris has been credited as the engineer of that victory. Though Clinton did not have Morris for his first Presidential campaign, he called on him for his 1996 re-election campaign. Morris resigned after rumors of his affair with a prostitute came into the media. Since leaving the Clinton administration, Morris has become their hardest critic, especially during Hilary Clinton's presidential bid. He also wrote the book Behind the Oval Office in 1997, which detailed an altercation with Bill Clinton. Apparently, after a heated discussion, Morris was tackled by Clinton and almost punched. Hilary stopped her husband saying he only reacted that way because he cared so much about Morris.
Dick Morris was the Republican scapegoat for the Democrats, along with Karl Rove, after the 2012 election. Both correspondents had similar predictions on Obama losing the election to Romany, so they were easy targets after the opposite occurred. Perhaps the backlash of these bad calls was reason enough for Fox to reevaluate the need of the correspondents. Well, at least one of them, because Karl Rove kept his job.