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Of Course Dick Morris Might Join The Trump Campaign

It'd be the best team-up since Scylla met Charybdis.

[Updated, below.] Recent reports suggest the campaign of Donald Trump, presumptive GOP nominee and irate cartoon volcano, just might be a vastly disorganized mess. Too small to surmount basic challenges, yet riddled with toxic infighting, Trump's organization is reportedly struggling to create a cogent narrative for the candidate and corral his noxious public impulses. Trump himself has countermanded directives issued by his top staff, and seems to not even have met some of the more critical figures in his employ.

Clearly, something needs to be done. So it looks like they might bring on... Dick Morris? Yeah, that should definitely solve everything.*

Rumors of a Trump-Morris alliance stirred to life on Monday after New York magazine's Gabriel Sherman, citing "two sources with direct knowledge," reported that the Trump team is talking with Morris about bringing him on board as a campaign strategist. This news comes days after it was revealed that Morris' latest stop on his downward spiral would be serving as the chief political correspondent for the National Enquirer.

Morris, the patron saint of below-average white guys, most recently made a name for himself as the most unerringly erring pundit from the 2012 election cycle, in which he predicted that Mitt Romney would win in an epic landslide, among other wrong things. Since then, Morris has attempted to get in on the scam investment game, pitching penny stocks to unsuspecting rubes in sponsored email blasts.

It's been a good long while since Morris was a valued political strategist to President Bill Clinton, and his relationship with that family-slash-dynasty isn't as cordial as it once was. In 2004, Morris penned Rewriting History (a rebuttal of Hillary Clinton's 2003 memoir Living History), placing him firmly within the subculture of Clinton conspiracy-fiction auteurs that The Daily Beast's Olivia Nuzzi reports has formed the delicious creamy center of Trump's inner circle. 

And by Sherman's reckoning, while it's not certain that a "deal" between Trump and Morris is "imminent," Trumpland seems to be where Morris would feel right at home:

There are signs that Morris has been moving into the Trump orbit this campaign season. In recent days, the National Enquirer, which has been a loud pro-Trump outlet, named Morris its “chief political commentator.” And Morris has told people he’s been a longtime acquaintance of Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Morris has been looking for a high-profile perch since being dropped by Fox News in 2013.

In previous election cycles, Morris has vowed to leave America if Hillary Clinton ever won the White House, so you can't really say that a Hillary Clinton presidency would be entirely free of upsides.

UPDATE, 3:25pm: Newsweek is reporting that Trump's camp is denying that they're in talks with Morris. Per Taylor Wofford:

Donald Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks tells Newsweek there is “no truth” to a report by New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman that the GOP front-runner may hire former Clinton confidante-turned-antagonist Dick Morris for his presidential campaign.

We'll see if this is a position to which Trump sticks.

* NOTE TO MILLENNIALS: Dick Morris was a key adviser to former President Bill Clinton in what was called "the '90s," an era today best remembered as the origin of many classic "Rocko's Modern Life" gifs.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

 

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Jason Linkins edits “Eat The Press” for The Huffington Post and co-hosts the HuffPost politics podcast “So, That Happened.” Subscribe here, and listen to the latest episode below.

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