Congratulations, President Romney!

A good sign for the Republican hopeful: Dick Morris is writing him off

Published December 3, 2009 2:40PM (EST)

We've got good news and bad news for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Bad news first: Dick Morris says Romney's got no shot to capture the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

"Romney, I think, is virtually out of this race because he proposed healthcare reform in Massachusetts very similar to Obama's. It passed, and it's a disaster in Massachusetts now," Morris said in a recent interview. (Hat-tip to GOP 12.)

Fortunately for Romney, the good news is very good: Given Morris' recent history of prognostication, it's probably best to now consider Romney the front-runner for the nomination, if not a lock to win in the general.

Most people have probably forgotten by now -- or, at least, that's probably what Morris is hoping -- but the former strategist for Bill Clinton turned professional Clinton-hater was the author of a book, published in 2005, titled "Condi vs. Hillary: The Next Great Presidential Race." In it, he and his wife, Eileen McGann, wrote:

[A]s of this moment, there is no doubt that Hillary Clinton is on a virtually uncontested trajectory to win the Democratic nomination and, very likely, the 2008 presidential election ....

But her victory is not inevitable. There is one, and only one, figure in America who can stop Hillary Clinton: Secretary of State Condoleezza "Condi" Rice.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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