CNN's Piers Morgan is by no means known as a conservative-- to the contrary, many viewers find a decidedly left-leaning tilt to the British host's evening show.
Now, however, Morgan has shocked many with an article in the U.K. Daily Mail that stops just short of an explicit endorsement for Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
To be sure, the man somewhat contradicts himself for the first half of the article. After saying there is likely no politician in England who doesn't drink, use swear words, smoke, had an affair, or taken drugs, Morgan proceeds to say Romney is "one of the least principled politicians" he has ever encountered.
"Principles" in this context, however, appears to deal exclusively with political convictions. After highlighting how Romney's stance on abortion changed, etc., Morgan concludes that such issues don't really matter in the current election.
The main concern for Americans right now is the economy, after all. I asked Bill Clinton recently if he felt Romney was a ‘principled man’ and Clinton smiled: ‘That’s not the issue to me.’
And I suspect it’s not for most voters either. They just want to know which man, Romney or Obama, is going to revive the economy faster.
Obama is not a hated figure among most Americans by any means, which is why he may still scrape home. But there’s definitely a distinct disillusionment about his performance, even among many of his diehard supporters.
The great messianic tidal wave of optimism Obama swept in on has been replaced by harsh reality.
Though the allegation that Romney is not "principled" has appeared to be cropping up with increasing frequency lately-- and is somewhat peculiar considering the man's personal history-- Morgan continued to drive the point home that the economy is really what matters.
After relating what Obama has accomplished after his first term, like killing Osama bin Laden and implementing an overhaul of the American healthcare system, Morgan continued:
But – and it’s a big but – unemployment is still running at a scarily high 7.8 per cent, meaning 23 million Americans are out of work. Meanwhile, the country’s national debt has risen to a staggering $16 TRILLION, up $5 trillion from when Obama took over. Factor in a still severely deflated housing market, and petrol prices double what they were in 2008, and it all adds up to a pretty miserable economic picture.
That’s where Romney can win. His track record as a businessman is better than almost any presidential candidate ever. He also almost single-handedly turned round the fortunes of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002, after the organising committee turned to him desperate for help.
He sees America as a struggling company, and himself as therefore the perfect person to rescue it.
Morgan concluded by harkening back to the excitement of 2008, when America elected the first black president. Saying "the first Mormon president" likely won't bring as much enthusiasm, the CNN host said, "that may not be such a bad thing, for him, for America, or for the world."
He added: "Especially if he actually gets stuff done."