Giving Tingles a run for his money, here. Maybe they’ll give him a sit-down.

I mused on Twitter today that the strength of recent British dramas— “Downton Abbey” the best example— is that the elegant accents make the ludicrous plot twists seem more plausible and dignified. The same is not true of Morgan whose cartoonishness cannot be made dignified.

In this segment, a perfect storm of tabloid body trashing disguised as a “health” segment, Morgan’s mean spirit finding a predictable and Republican target, a reference to “Scandal’s” Olivia Pope as if she were a real person, and among the most fawning statements about President Obama ever made in public.

PIERS MORGAN, HOST: Chris Christie, is his weight a genuine issue for the American people after a fit athletic president who turned out to be not quite what people thought? Does it matter that Chris Christie is a big guy?

JUDY SMITH, CRISIS MANAGEMENT EXPERT: You know what? I think that, I would hope that the public would focus on selecting a president based on where they think the country should go, what the policies and practices of the president, and not really based on weight.

MORGAN: But if you were advising him, would you say, right, he’s obviously lost a lot of weight in the last few months. Would you say to him, “Right, you’ve got to have a proper game plan by the time you launch a run, or don’t launch a run, in the next couple of years, you’ve got to be down to this kind of weight, otherwise forget it?”

SMITH: No, I wouldn’t say that.

MORGAN: You wouldn’t have that conversation?

SMITH: No, I wouldn’t say that.

MORGAN: Olivia Pope would, wouldn’t she? She’d say, “Cut it.”

SMITH: I think what you want to say is that you want to be as anybody would be, that you want to be healthy. And each person decides that for himself.

MORGAN: But you have to be presentable?

SMITH: Absolutely, you have to be presentable. Of course you have to.

MORGAN: But does it [unintelligible], after the perfect Barack Obama – who’s a perfect physical specimen to many people’s eyes – does it matter? Or is it actually somebody very different, somebody who’s much more of a regular kind of guy who likes cheeseburgers and beer and, but appears to be a straight talker? Somebody who is perhaps more of a straight talker than it appears Barack Obama turned out to be?

I suppose Morgan felt the need to pad (no pun intended) his intimation that Obama might not always be telling the perfect truth with a truly generous compliment.

But perfect specimen? Come on. Not even the best in the Senate.

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Two can play at this tabloid game, Piers.