WE CAN FINALLY REST EASY…. In a classic episode of “Seinfeld,” George Costanza comes to realize that all of his instincts are completely wrong, all of the time. To improve his life, Costanza starts doing the opposite of everything he would ordinarily be inclined to do, and his reverse judgment pays off.

Conservative personality Dick Morris reminds me a lot of Costanza, except Morris hasn’t quite learned that he’s always wrong, so he doesn’t realize that he shouldn’t trust his misguided instincts.

In his latest column, for example, Morris insists that Obama will turn the United States into a quasi-socialist state in which the government “determines private-sector priorities,” and will “create a permanent electoral majority that does not pay taxes, but counts on ever-expanding welfare checks from the government.” It led Morris to conclude:

…Obama’s name will be mud by 2012 and probably by 2010 as well. And the Republican Party will make big gains and regain much of its lost power.

Helping drive GOP gains, Morris explained, will be Obama’s decision to … wait for it … re-impose the Fairness Doctrine, which he said would help undermine the growth of the Internet. There was no evidence Morris is kidding.

Morris’ piece is obviously sky-is-falling hysterics, not to be taken seriously, but keeping George Costanza in mind, it should offer hope to the rest of us. Indeed, perusing Morris’ recent columns, we learn that independents would break late for McCain; Sarah Palin would drive voters to the Republican ticket; Hillary Clinton would undermine the Obama campaign; ACORN was committing fraud and would drain support from Obama; and a weak economy would improve the Republicans’ election chances. And that’s just his print column — it doesn’t include how strikingly backwards Morris has been on television.

And now, the scandalous conservative commentator believes Obama will destroy the country, abandon capitalism, and lead to a historic resurgence for the Republican Party.

It sounds to me like Americans can rest easy.

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Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.