The first three moves made some sense, especially the two firings. Palin's fling with fame was over, and the sleaze attached to Morris had reached the point where it was seriously hurting the Fox brand.
But the hiring of Cain, which was reported Friday, feels like an act of desperation, a move made in reaction to sinking ratings rather than one done as part of a larger vision.
Talk about ethical baggage with Morris, Cain had to end his presidential run after several women alleged that he had either sexually harassed or had a relationship with them -- and that they had been paid not to talk about it.
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In his own way, Cain is more a red-hot ethical mess than Morris. And the former pizza executive has shown none of the mental dexterity and nimbleness of mind Morris demonstrates when he is on his game.
Admittedly, there were not many of those good days left with Morris, who had become a poster boy for the ravages of dissolution -- talent gone to seed and suet. But, at least, when Morris talked policy or theory, you knew he had once been in the room where big political decisions were made -- and he could follow the arguments, if not lead them, once upon a time. At least you didn't want to laugh out loud because his ideas and sense of American political history sounded like those of a cartoon character -- as Cain's regularly did during the campaign.
In fact, as I write this, I am actually thinking Cain might be the only major party candidate I can think of who had a worse sense of American political history than Palin -- and that's something post-Katie-Couric-interview and "Game Change" that I thought I would never say.
I have held off on making too much of
But I'll tell you this: