Video: Dick Morris rips Alan Colmes for being Alan Colmes, basically

posted at 11:07 am on October 3, 2008 by Allahpundit

Proof positive that not everything he says is wrong. Just almost everything.

Exit question in which I’m fairer to Colmes than he’d be to me: Is AC really the worst offender here among the dynamic duo in terms of spewing talking points? “Sarah Palin’s shock and awe”? C’mon.


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In other news: Obama Website calling for people to protest Palin at Dallas hotel event today.

carbon_footprint on October 3, 2008 at 11:10 AM

I’m thinking they should step up security for Governor Palin. Obama’s crowd are using a combination of Chicago and Kenyan political tactics, imo. Just like his uncle. Street thuggery.

nyrofan on October 3, 2008 at 12:09 PM

Buy Danish on October 3, 2008 at 12:05 PM

I have to admit that I normally like to listen to folks who can teach me something. A local station just picked up Glen Beck at 3 so I have been giving him a listen. Unfortunately I think the station is on auto pilot and don’t have the commercial times synced correctly. Lots of dead air. They also can figure out if the want to carry Medved or Levin at six.

Cindy Munford on October 3, 2008 at 12:09 PM

Sean Hannity is a blowhard. I agree with most of his ideology but he is beyond irritating and is far more guilt then AC of carrying the flag for his Party. I’m not defending AC in this spot — I think Morris is dead-on. But, if you are going to rip AC, don’t use SH as an example of the way this should be done. They both are partisans on the far fringes.

grdred944 on October 3, 2008 at 12:10 PM

I’m thinking they should step up security for Governor Palin. Obama’s crowd are using a combination of Chicago and Kenyan political tactics, imo. Just like his uncle. Street thuggery.

nyrofan on October 3, 2008 at 12:09 PM

Why am I laughing so hard at “Kenyan political tactics?”

grdred944 on October 3, 2008 at 12:11 PM

I have to admit that I normally like to listen to folks who can teach me something. A local station just picked up Glen Beck at 3 so I have been giving him a listen. Unfortunately I think the station is on auto pilot and don’t have the commercial times synced correctly. Lots of dead air. They also can figure out if the want to carry Medved or Levin at six.

Cindy Munford on October 3, 2008 at 12:09 PM

Streaming radio is far better …

Glenn Beck (9AM – 12PM): http://streamingradioguide.com/radio-show.php?show=212

I listen to the Richmond, VA feed which goes right into Rush from Noon – 3PM.

Makes any work day a breeze …

IrishSamurai on October 3, 2008 at 12:14 PM

Did anyone watch Dennis Miller’s spot on BO the other night. He said basically that the center and center right pundits and thier supporters better start stepping up to the in-the-tankers or this election is over. Dennis in particular chastized Bill for going easy on Obama about the Wright church sermon years.

I think Bill took that to heart based on his lambasting of Barney Frank yesterday, and I see more evidence of a clear push-back from, while not necessarily McCain supporters, but guys like Morris who are just sick and tired of the overt DNC campaigning by jackasses like Colmes who claim to be objective.

Dennis’ clear message to the McCain camp and even others interested in a fair contest, is that the media is your enemy and you’d better acknowledge that fact or you’ll have no one to blame if Obama wins.

Waterboy on October 3, 2008 at 12:14 PM

Why exactly would someone protest Palin?

cannonball on October 3, 2008 at 12:16 PM

IrishSamurai on October 3, 2008 at 12:14 PM

They won’t let us stream at work. I stream Hugh Hewitt when I get home. I listen to WAY to much radio but my job is trained monkey work so I don’t want my brain to shrink.

Cindy Munford on October 3, 2008 at 12:17 PM

Hannity spews GOP talking points everyday.

Conservative talking points … he’s upfront about it and proud of it. I never tire of hearing commonsense principles, especially when the media blasts leftist doctrine 24/7.

Let’s roll.

ex-Democrat on October 3, 2008 at 12:18 PM

I’m right down the street from the Fairmount, and don’t see the protesters.

Rick on October 3, 2008 at 11:57 AM

Please do keep us abreast of the ongoing events, will you?

Mcguyver on October 3, 2008 at 12:19 PM

Cindy Munford on October 3, 2008 at 12:09 PM

Glenn Beck veers from great to awful. He is definitely “unique”.

As for teaching ability, Robert Bennett’s Morning in America can be very interesting, Rush is a great teacher, and I love Hugh Hewitt’s interviews but unfortunately my radio signal inevitably starts to fail when he comes on.

Medved can be good on some issues, but whiny and annoying on others. I was a Mitt fan quite early on, and I hated the way he dismissed Mitt while raving about how great McCain was. I usually listen to him if I’m stuck in the car at 3:00 because there’s nowhere else to go at that time, until Hannity comes on at 4:30.

Buy Danish on October 3, 2008 at 12:20 PM

Shock and Awe…

Palin: “You also said that Barack Obama was not ready to be commander in chief. And I know again that you opposed the move he made to try to cut off funding for the troops and I respect you for that. I don’t know how you can defend that position now but I know that you know especially with your son in the National Guard and I have great respect for your family also and the honor that you show our military. Barack Obama though, another story there. Anyone I think who can cut off funding for the troops after promising not to is another story.”

Biden: Homina – homina – homina….

AP?…YOU “c’mon”

franksalterego on October 3, 2008 at 12:20 PM

Dick Morris getting up in Colmes’ grill for his use of talking points? That’s rich. Hannity is the human talking point. Even if he doesn’t get his talking points from somewhere else, he repeats the same laundry list of liberal misdeeds on every radio and TV show.

I don’t fault him for his views, but he’s so repetitive. He’s like a politician giving a stump speech in city after city. It’s like he has this list, that he goes back to all the time. No other radio talk show host dose that. Don’t regular listeners find it monotonous?

YYZ on October 3, 2008 at 12:22 PM

Sean Hannity is a blowhard. I agree with most of his ideology but he is beyond irritating and is far more guilt then AC of carrying the flag for his Party. I’m not defending AC in this spot — I think Morris is dead-on. But, if you are going to rip AC, don’t use SH as an example of the way this should be done. They both are partisans on the far fringes.

At least Hannity will point out his disagreements with Repubes (and he has many: spending, campaign finance, shamnesty, etc.)….when have you EVER heard a lefty pundit slap its own Party as consistently? Never. Because in their minds, they’re never wrong.

They are ideologues.

They cannot afford disagreements because their leftist house-of-cards would come tumbling down.

ex-Democrat on October 3, 2008 at 12:26 PM

She already is elected Alan – without any help from her husband.

I strongly dislike Dick Morris but he just dismissed AC as a child here. November 4th the adults have to send the children to bed.

DeweyWins on October 3, 2008 at 12:27 PM

Colmes got his backside completely kicked by Morris. Just a complete shutdown. Nice.

JeffB. on October 3, 2008 at 12:28 PM

Buy Danish on October 3, 2008 at 12:20 PM

I work four tens. I start off with Dr. Bennett, rotate between Laura and Boortz (depending on who get off on some weird stuff), then obviously Rush. The three to six time frame is in flux and then I stream Hugh Hewitt when I get home. Like I said too much time listening to talk radio and hanging out at HotAir. But I do like to learn.

Cindy Munford on October 3, 2008 at 12:28 PM

Exactly. Hannity spews GOP talking points everyday

Incorrect. He’s more of a Conservative than a Republican. There have been plenty of times where he’s disagreed with the GOP position.

Ally never deviates from the script the DNC/Daily KoS sends him every day.

Asher on October 3, 2008 at 12:30 PM

Exactly. Hannity spews GOP talking points everyday
Incorrect. He’s more of a Conservative than a Republican. There have been plenty of times where he’s disagreed with the GOP position.

Ally never deviates from the script the DNC/Daily KoS sends him every day.

Asher on October 3, 2008 at 12:30 PM

This is a very good point. There are plenty of conservative pundits who, while happy to criticize the DNC anytime, will often hammer Bush, Cheney, etc etc. Well, maybe not plenty but there are SOME.

On the other hand, can anyone name me a so-called “liberal” who’s a regular on the MSM circuit who doesn’t dutifully stick to DNC talking points? Seriously, when’s the last time you’ve heard any self-described liberal criticize Obama and/or the DNC? If there are any, the ratio’s about 10:1 versus conservative “maverick” pundits.

Waterboy on October 3, 2008 at 12:37 PM

At least Hannity will point out his disagreements with Repubes (and he has many: spending, campaign finance, shamnesty, etc.)….when have you EVER heard a lefty pundit slap its own Party as consistently? Never. Because in their minds, they’re never wrong.

They are ideologues.

They cannot afford disagreements because their leftist house-of-cards would come tumbling down.

ex-Democrat on October 3, 2008 at 12:26 PM

I also agree with Asher. Skeletor’s answer to any question or comment regarding a Dem’s wrongdoing is to ignore it and say “well what about [fill in the name of a Repub]?” He never never never admits a Dem is fallible. Hannity will admit when a Repub. is wrong.

HawaiiLwyr on October 3, 2008 at 12:37 PM

[Sarah Palin's] way of formulating sentences is nothing like Ronald Reagan’s. Take her answer on global warming, for instance – I’m quite certain that Reagan’s answer would have been far more direct. I just think it’s premature to put her in a league with Reagan at this point in time.
Buy Danish on October 3, 2008 at 11:29 AM

Governor Palin is NEARLY on-par with Reagan when it comes to the ability to speak directly with the people – going over the heads of the liberal media (in last night’s case, literally so.)

But when it comes to command of the facts and technical performance in a debate – there is no comparison whatsoever. Sarah Palin is infinitely better at that than Ronald Reagan ever was.

Yes, Ronald Reagan was able to speak more plainly. But you can’t really make that comparison fairly, because a Vice-Presidential candidate CAN’T just speak her mind without restriction. Given that Governor Palin has to keep within the parameters of John McCain’s position – and given that McCain’s position often contradits itself – Sarah Palin’s performance cannot be faulted in any way.

logis on October 3, 2008 at 12:41 PM

Governor Palin is NEARLY on-par with Reagan when it comes to the ability to speak directly with the people – going over the heads of the liberal media (in last night’s case, literally so.)

Bang on. I remember listening to Reagan. He connected NOT because of some spectacular gift of oratory, nor was he a walking thesaurus. (Youtube his speeches, nothing fancy or tear-jerky) He was effective because he had the same style as Palin: more-or-less plain speaking. He (and she) also exhibited something you cannot fake, learn or train for: the ability to project to the masses that you are talking to them instead of at them.

Joe may have “grown up” in a steel town or whatever his website says, but poeple listen to 2 seconds of this mouth and don’t buy it.

Waterboy on October 3, 2008 at 12:46 PM

Colmes got his backside completely kicked by Morris. Just a complete shutdown. Nice.

JeffB. on October 3, 2008 at 12:28 PM

Not as good as O’Reilly’s smackdown of Barny Frank last night. I can’t stand bill but sometimes it’s nice to have a raging lunatic screaming at criminals like Congressman Frank.

P.S. Barney looked terrible.

highhopes on October 3, 2008 at 12:48 PM

Any moment, I expected Morris to send Colmes out back to cut a switch.

Conservative_SAHM on October 3, 2008 at 12:50 PM

I can’t decide which was more fun: Morris -vs- Colmes, or O’Reilly -vs- Barney Frank.

Bill O’Reilly was hoarse after his exchange with Barney; Bill would have no truck with Barneys’ feeble claims that he was a hero and not a zero in the Fannie/Freddie/subprime debacle.

electric-rascal on October 3, 2008 at 12:50 PM

Ooops… I see O’Reilly -vs- Barney Frank has its own topic.

electric-rascal on October 3, 2008 at 12:55 PM

I caught it last night and thought Morris was a little over the top with Alan, he usually is. I don’t believe this is the first time he ripped into Alan. I don’t hate Alan like many do, in fact, I don’t take him seriously and ususally feel like he’s made to say some of the things he says and may yell at the tv and say shut up Alan but don’t get seriously mad. Morris appears to have a truely deep disdain for Alan that he doesn’t mind showing the world.

I though Sarah did good and am routing for her but to say she was brilliant and Morris hasn’t seen anything like this since Reagan was a bit too much to me.

Conservatives R Us on October 3, 2008 at 12:55 PM

I walked down to the Fairmont to check out the scene and see if the Obama protesters were out in full force, as they were claiming on the O’s site. As I arrived, I noticed a large crowd in front of the main entrance to the hotel. It was at least 200 people. However, they were mainly McCain/Palin supporters. I overheard someone say that it was at least 3 to 1 in favor of McCain/Palin supporters. Personally, that number seemed a little generous for Obama’s protesters. I did see a few of the O’s people sprinkled in the crowd, but I had to look hard.

PALINMANIA IS ALIVE AND WELL IN BIG D!!

Rick on October 3, 2008 at 1:05 PM

My guess is that Morris is fed up with the way the media is acting and Colmes just happened to be there when Dick exploded.

I did this with two lib friends of mine last night. About 5 mins into the debate I got a text from a lib girl saying how she was geniunely sorry for conservatives that McCain made such a bad pick. Since I follow news obsessively like all of you, I’m waaaay sick of those kinds of snotty as hell remarks by these enlightened crats. I absolutely went off on her. Same thing happened afterwards when a lib informed me that Biden ‘whooped that ass!!!!11′ I politely disabused him of the notion I respected his political opinions and apologized for creating the misunderstanding in the first place.

Not entirely fair reactions on my part, and probably a bit unfair on Dick’s part. At some point the frustration boils over and gets dumped on whoever happens to be standing there, whether they totally deserve it or not.

hump1201 on October 3, 2008 at 1:09 PM

“Shock and awe” is way over the top. Palin held her own. I just wish she would have called Biden on his outright lies. I don’t think Palin did anything to change minds, she just won’t be the story as much now.

kongzilla on October 3, 2008 at 1:09 PM

I’d like to congratulate Morris for telling Colmes off.

His talking points seems to be gathered by an intern and most of the time they’re wrong.

I’ll never forget when a terrorism expert kicked his ass.

Colmes waved his paperwork above his head as a decree that it was set in stone but the other guy knocked his block off.

Domino on October 3, 2008 at 1:15 PM

She already is elected Alan – without any help from her husband.

DeweyWins on October 3, 2008 at 12:27 PM

…puts the Clintons in their place….

…go, Dick, go…go, Dick, go…Combs, ideologically constipated…Hannity, ideologically unhinged…not a pleasant team….

Puritan1648 on October 3, 2008 at 1:17 PM

Dude! Two in one day – this plus O’Reilly kickin Frank bu**.
Man, I am having a blast!! My first election season back in the US.
Thank you Dick Morris. +10
And thanks to Hot Air.

rishika on October 3, 2008 at 1:34 PM

Allan Colmes is an idiot and intellectually dishonest.

pukara61 on October 3, 2008 at 1:36 PM

I was starting to wonder if Morris was getting ticked at Alan because he was starting to make the Democrats look really, really stupid. Morris and KP seem to be similar Democrats… they’re willing to concede some few ideological things that they agree with the Republicans about, and can even acknowledge a good debate performance… but Alan’s problem is the same as Obama’s… he has no humility. He’s probably never said he’s sorry for anything, and he can’t ever say anything nice about Republicans.

It’s an elitist thing, and you just wouldn’t understand…

dominigan on October 3, 2008 at 1:44 PM

logis on October 3, 2008 at 12:41 PM

Absolutely agree. I’ve already been smacked down for mentioning the 2nd coming of Reagan. But I mean it. Not right now, no… she’s the VP, not the Presidential candidate.

But she has the same down-to-earth personality that you innately trust. If it was a choice, who would you rather hang out with on a weekend talking politics… her or Joe. There’s no contest!

Now I agree that she may have sounded a little too rehearsed in some areas… but if you look… those were the areas where it was very apparent she was carrying the McCain baggage. When it came to topics she is passionate about, such as education, she was on fire!

I am really looking forward to 2012 no matter what happens in this election. For the first time in a long, long time… this conservative has hope for the future of our country!

dominigan on October 3, 2008 at 1:51 PM

If words were a fist, Alan Colmes would need surgery to rearrange his face today.

either orr on October 3, 2008 at 11:16 AM

You mean Colmes CHOOSES to have that face!?

brushman on October 3, 2008 at 1:54 PM

Shock and Awe

franksalterego on October 3, 2008 at 2:04 PM

I am not a great fan of Morris but really loved his telling Alan off. Colmes is such a whiner and interupts at the most inappropriate times. I would like to see him replaced with someone like Kirsten Powers. She is able to convey the liberal side of things without being such a whiner. Hannity interupts but usually it is when someone refuses to answer a question and spins talking points instead.

Pat in NC on October 3, 2008 at 2:20 PM

The problem with Colmes, like with most liberals, is that the weaker his argument, is the quicker he interrupts the guest. Had he actually let Morris finish his thought he probably wouldn’t have been dressed down like he was. As for talking points Hannity is just as bad as Colmes.

mtbunji on October 3, 2008 at 2:25 PM

“Is it that you can’t think or that you only know how to read those talking points?”

Actually, these two things aren’t mutually exclusive…

Blaise on October 3, 2008 at 2:31 PM

…this conservative has hope for the future of our country!
dominigan on October 3, 2008 at 1:51 PM

In a way it’s kinda pathetic how easily satisfied conservatives are. Of course we WANT an unapologetically conservative Presidential candidate. But all we really NEED is hope. And Sarah Palin gives us that.

Before Palin, I saw a McCain Presidency exactly as Rush Limbaugh described it: the end of the conservative movement in America. We held our noses and supported George Bush’s “kinder and gentler” insults to the, apparently, “evil and harsh” conservatism that we all know and love. And then, in return for eight years of compromise what did we get? Someone even MORE overtly contemptuous of us and what we stand for.

Sarah Palin changed all of that. In four years (or perhaps even less than that) we’ll have something to look forward to – rather than just being held hostage forever to the slow decline of “at least he’s not as bad as the alternative.”

And that’s all we really need.

logis on October 3, 2008 at 2:53 PM

Alan Colmes is completely hysterical most of the time and nothing is off limits for him when he starts ranting about Republicans. Someone had to slap him back to reality. Morris did a great job and I would love to see more people slapping that little creep around.

UnEasyRider on October 3, 2008 at 3:00 PM

Cindy Munford on October 3, 2008 at 12:28 PM

Girl, you’ve got that talk radio addiction :)

logis on October 3, 2008 at 12:41 PM

I don’t think Sarah is better at it than Reagan, but you do have a point about Sarah being stuck with having to parrot McCain’s (often unfathomable) message.

Buy Danish on October 3, 2008 at 3:00 PM

If words were a fist, Alan Colmes would need surgery to rearrange his face today

Must I say it? Colmes needed surgery to rearrange his face yesterday.

DarkCurrent on October 3, 2008 at 4:24 PM

Wow. I know a lot of us disagree with Alan Colmes on pretty much everything, but Dick Morris was a bit too mean there.

SoulGlo on October 3, 2008 at 5:33 PM

Sarah is going to be in Burlingame ca sunday and who wants to bet the obamanuts are going to be out in force protesting .

I am going to try and make it down there to do a little videoing.

Mojack420 on October 3, 2008 at 5:40 PM

Sean may repeat himself too often, but he will at least allow lib guests to complete their talking points/statements, while Skeletor will talk over, under, around and through (aka interrupt) conservatives and non-lib:lockstep guests when, given the same circumstance, he’s about to get his ass handed to him, and he knows it.

Teddy on October 3, 2008 at 7:28 PM

You guys don’t get what their show is about. They both take the extreme positions because it delineates the stark differences between the issues. This is why Bill O is a one man show. Can you imagine two people on a show speaking the same populist message on most issues? Booooooorrrring!

csdeven on October 4, 2008 at 6:48 AM

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