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Dick Morris Calls Joni Ernst A 'Smarter Sarah Palin.' Which Isn't Much!

Morris not only tossed Sarah Palin off a cliff, he damned Joni Ernst with very faint praise.

Sometimes those Newsmax headlines over on the right are just too funny to ignore. This is one of them.

In an interview with Newsmax TV, Morris declared Joni Ernst to be "one of the superstars of American politics." He went on to say she was "Sarah Palin, but with much, much more in the way of gray cells."

Oh, ouch. Sarah Palin just got slapped, and right after she launched her exploratory fundraising campaign by saying she might run for office again.

Earlier, Morris also slapped Palin, by saying aloud on right-wing TV that she wasn't going to run for anything again, but she probably needed to raise some funds.

"A possible Palin campaign for anything … would be a seismic occurrence in both press and politics," The Washington Times declared.

"Nah," said Morris, laughing. "I don't think she's going to run and I don't think it would be all that seismic.

"She didn't run when there was an open seat for president," he said. "In '12, she could've run against Obama. But she's not going to run, and this is an effort to get more speaking fees, probably."

So is Morris wrong as usual, and if so, who is he wrong about? Palin or Ernst?

Ernst is as radical as they come. She shares that DNA with Palin, for sure. But I'm not seeing all the savvy political acumen they're all claiming. Hillary Clinton took a swipe at her for ditching all of her editorial board interviews, saying it disqualified her. (Take note, Chuck Todd.)

And Rachel Maddow unpacked Ernst's extreme views, particularly her second amendment extremism. Tell me again why we should view her as someone qualified to represent Iowa in the Senate?

Also, a protip for Dick Morris: Some Visine and a hairbrush might improve your appearance.

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