Poor Fox News. Desperate for signs that Mitt Romney’s a winner, they turned to Dick Morris and then a 7-Eleven Coffee Cup poll. But when even the cup poll offered bad news for Romney, Steve Doocy laughably described the 16-point difference as “close” and Brian Kilmeade did his part to turn things around.
It started with Gretchen Carlson gushing this morning on Fox & Friends over a “big headline” that a new poll shows Mitt Romney winning middle class families by 55-41% over President Obama.
It wasn’t until a minute or so later that Brian Kilmeade acknowledged that polls still show “the president winning in almost every battleground state.” But not to worry! “Dick Morris answered that question.”
Yes, Dick Morris of the “Todd Akin Will Be A Big Plus For Romney” and “Katrina Will Be A Huge Positive For Bush” predictions. Kilmeade played a clip of Morris on Hannity last night in which he claimed that the polling samples were “worst it’s ever been… crazy.” The producers left out the part where Hannity completely dismissed Morris’ wildly optimistic projections for a Romney win in November.
“If you re-weight it according to the Rasmussen metric,” Doocy now argued, Romney has between a 5-11% lead. Nobody mentioned that the weighting of Fox News’ own recent poll gave Obama significant leads in three key battleground states.
Instead, Carlson went on to promote “wacky ways to predict the presidential election.” But unfortunately for her, they mostly came out in Obama’s favor, too.
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Then came the 7-Eleven "poll" where customers can choose either a red Romney cup or a blue Obama one. According to the graphic on the screen, President Obama was ahead 58% to Romney’s 42%. But Doocy said, “As you can see right there, President Obama slightly leading Mr. Romney.”
Kilmeade then prominently displayed one of the red cups on the table in front of the couch. “There’s a red cup!” he said enthusiastically.
Doocy sounded a bit deflated as he acknowledged having the blue cup - which he kept in his hand until the end, when he placed it on the table far behind the blue one.
Meanwhile, the camera zoomed in on the red cup as a banner on the screen read, CAMPAIGN FOR COFFEE: 7-11 candidate cups can predict a winner!