Dick Morris, the conservative analyst known for his constant grin, his certitude, and his bad predictions, is out of a job at Fox News, setting off chortles of delight from Democrats and liberals.
Morris is the second prominent conservative to part ways with Fox in recent weeks, as the conservative-leaning network apparently seeks to freshen its lineup and increase its credibility. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2008, also left Fox, apparently by mutual agreement. Palin was popular among many hard-line conservatives, but her approach to punditry had become predictable and more than a bit superficial.
Meanwhile, Fox recently hired former Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a noted liberal, anti-war activist, and past Democratic presidential candidate, as a commentator.
But Fox did renew the contract of GOP strategist Karl Rove, a former adviser to President George W. Bush. Rove got into a dustup with other Fox analysts on election night over internal Fox projections of President Barack Obama's victory, which turned out to be true despite Rove's doubts. But he retains more credibility than Morris or Palin, and is well connected to the GOP establishment.
Morris, the former chief pollster and senior political adviser to former President Bill Clinton, became a conservative pundit and was a frequent voice on Fox News shows during last year's election cycle. But he was wildly wrong in predicting that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would win in a landslide and that the GOP would re-take the Senate. Neither happened.
Morris is scheduled to appear on CNN's Piers Morgan show Wednesday night.
Media Matters, a media monitoring group that has been highly critical of Fox, called Morris "America's worst pundit." Slate's Dave Weigel says "no single human made as many wrong, botched, bogus, and stupid predictions about the 2012 election as Dick Morris." Morris also drew criticism for accepting ads on his website from candidates that he talked about on Fox.
During his stint with Clinton, Morris was known in the White House as a man with a creative mind who came up with many ideas, but who needed close supervision because his ideas were often far off the mark.
Ken Walsh covers the White House and politics for U.S. News. He writes the daily blog, "Ken Walsh's Washington," for usnews.com, and is the author of "The Presidency" column for the U.S. News Weekly. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Facebook and Twitter.