Howard Dean Thinks Romney Could Carry Fewer States Than Goldwater

Could Howard Dean be the worst political prognosticator ever?  Could a former DNC Chairman really be this clueless about the electoral map?  Apparently.

On MSNBC's Ed Show this evening, Dean claimed it was possible that in a match-up against Barack Obama, Mitt Romney might win fewer than the six states Barry Goldwater carried in 1964.  Seriously, Dr. Dean? You see President Barack Obama carrying all of Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Nebraska and Idaho--all states Goldwater lost--plus some others that Goldwater won? Mississippi, maybe? Alabama?  Really, we'd love to learn.

View the video after the jump.



Watch Dean go off the deep end.

HOWARD DEAN: This is ridiculous, this campaign, this Republican campaign's the most disorganized. Usually they run much better campaigns than we do.  They're better organized, better disciplined.  I've not seen a Republican shambles like this since 1964. I think probably, it's not inconceivable, if the economy continues to get better, that Mitt Romney may set the record that Barry Goldwater set for how many states he gets.

Note: I'm no Jim Geraghty, Charlie Cook or Stuart Rothenberg.  But let's go out on a limb and say that in 2012, the following states would be near-mortal locks for the Republican candidate: UT, TX, LA, MS, AL, GA, SC, OK, NE, KS, ND, MT, ID and WY.  That adds up to 14, more than twice the six the first Barry to run for president picked up.

Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.