Through the Looking Glass

I know, I know: everybody knows Dick Morris is a lying, spin-mad hack, so why would I pay any attention to what he’s saying? Here’s why: everybody does not know (or more likely, care) that Morris is full of it, which is why he has a column in a respectable publication like The Hill, why his columns are regularly linked to by aggregators, and why he’s only the leading edge of a GOP spin machine that seems convinced that predicting ever-more-certain victory will actually produce the desired results.

I say all this by way of mentioning that Morris’ latest fantasy is a Romney landslide, winning all the swing states and threatening Obama in New Jersey and Oregon, and also–get this–giving Republicans a 53-47 margin in the Senate. Many Republicans are going to read this stuff and begin their victory celebration quite early.

You might wonder if this sort of crap might run the risk of convincing some happy conservatives that they need not bother to vote, or can afford to indulge their resentment of Romney’s refusal (on occasion, at least) to back a Personhood Amendment or spend the remaining days of the campaign “vetting” the president’s background. But just as they did with the Iraq War, a lot of Republicans seem to think it is psychologically critical to protect Total Success in all their endeavors.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.