Video of the Day: Dick Morris Calls on Republicans to Unite Behind Romney


The former Clinton adviser comes out in favor of Mitt Romney. But is his backing really a stroke of good luck?

In his latest missive, strategist Dick Morris says that no one but Mitt Romney can win the Republican nomination, and that the ongoing fight is only helping Obama and reducing the GOP's chances at beating the president come November. Since it looks like Mitt Romney has the Republican nomination all but sewn-up, his plea isn't exactly a bold one. Still, it's entertaining to hear the former Clinton confidant railing against Barack Obama and praising the Republican field. In particular, he praises his old nemesis Newt Gingrich as "the smartest, most creative guy I've met in politics," which might offend Bill Clinton if he were paying attention. It's also pretty fantastic that he uses "Fanfare for the Common Man" as his theme music.

Morris has a somewhat checkered record, but given his Clinton ties he's been welcomed on the right as an apostate Democrat willing to take shots at his former teammates (consider it a fair trade: the left got the equally colorful and equally zealous convert David Brock, now of Media Matters and American Bridge). Romney has recently acquired a slew of unexpected backers, from Ted Nugent to Donald Trump. On the other hand, Morris' backing is lukewarm at best -- like his advice that Clinton triangulate, it's based on how to win, not what policy is most preferable -- and given Morris' history of predictions, a subject which The Atlantic Wire's John Hudson reviewed briefly last fall, maybe this declaration of their candidate's inevitability should send send shivers through Romney's Boston headquarters.

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David A. Graham

David Graham is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Politics Channel. He previously reported for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The National.

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