On the night after the election, CNN's Piers Morgan buttered up Obama
aides and supporters while trashing the Tea Party and the "extreme
right" for being "intransigent" and pushing "archaic" policies.
"I think he [Obama] won a very convincing victory," Morgan told Newark Mayor Corey Booker after the President won just 50 percent of the vote and received 9 million less votes than his 2008 total. He laughably praised Vice President Biden as "one of the unsung heroes. I thought his vice presidential debate was terrific."
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"David, you must be feeling pretty chaffed," Morgan gushed to Obama
adviser David Axelrod. "Four more years, well done," he congratulated
the Vice President's son, Beau Biden.
Axelrod, Booker, and Biden all enjoyed the softest of interviews. Morgan tossed softballs like "Were you pleased about the level of the turnout?" and "What was the mood like as victory became a reality?"
Meanwhile, Morgan spat on the Tea Party. "I think that there's no doubt that what you saw last night was a repudiation of the Tea Party faction of the Republicans, the more extreme members of the Tea Party," he sounded.
"[Y]ou just see a total disconnect, don't you, between what is going on in terms of marijuana being legalized, gay marriage being legalized, the first gay senator, and so and so on, on one level. On the other level, you have still got Republicans, you know, who want to try and reverse Roe vs. Wade and all that kind of thing. And it sounds to me so sort of archaic," Morgan said derisively.
He also hit Romney's VP pick of Paul Ryan, asking if it was a "mistake" to choose "another white guy with pretty far-right social issue views, certainly?"
"They [Republicans] have got to be and they have got to be less driven, I would argue, from the result of this election, by the Tea Party, by the more right-wing members of the party. They've got to try and bring themselves a little bit more to the middle, haven't they?" Morgan asked former GE CEO Jack Welch.
-- Matt Hadro is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center