DICK MORRIS: A Romney blowout
"It will be the biggest surprise in recent American political history ... It will rekindle the whole question on why the media played this race as a nailbiter where in fact Romney's going to win by quite a bit." -Nov. 5
The onetime architect of Bill Clinton's "triangulation" strategy used to be highly sought after by both parties for his textured understanding of the U.S. electorate. That may no longer be the case after the Here Come the Black Helicopters! author and TV talking head predicted Romney would win 325 electoral votes. He wasn't entirely alone in bucking the conventional wisdom that, if Romney did win, it would be close. Washington Examiner political analyst Michael Barone had 315 for Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich -- citing the "Carville rule" -- thought he would go over 300.
NEWT GINGRICH: I got this in the bag
"I'm going to be the nominee. It's very hard not to look at the recent polls and think that the odds are very high I'm going to be the nominee." -Dec. 1, 2011
Speaking of Gingrich, remember this confident assertion by the former house leader? After winning the Florida primary, Gingrich was slightly more cautious, saying, "It is now clear that this will be two-person race between the conservative leader Newt Gingrich and the Massachusetts moderate'' -- though he would eventually come in a distant third behind Rick Santorum.
JIM CRAMER: Obama superblowout
Obama: 440, Romney: 98 -Election prediction, Nov. 5
The voluble CNBC host went to the other extreme with an election map giving Obama wins in such liberal bastions as Texas, Georgia, and South Dakota. To be fair, Cramer may not have been entirely sincere in his prediction, tweeting, "No one is going to recall the guy who picks Obama by 10 electorals if it turns out to be 150 margin. Believe me." Maybe not, but they'll remember the guy who had it at 342 and not in a good way.