Gretchen: “Not About Discussing My Marriage”

Deja vu: “Screwed” by Dick Morris. Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson appeared quite uncomfortable today when Fox News contributor Dick Morris used her view of the future of her marriage to sports agent Casey Close as a political metaphor. However, Morris seemed oblivious to Grechen’s apparent discomfit but her co-anchor Steve Doocy and her guest co-host Eric Bolling certainly seemed acutely aware of it.

In Morris’ political segment this morning, Gretchen queried, “Will [President Obama's recent controversial small business comments] actually affect the voters in the swing states? Because I think a lot of people are amazed that it’s still a neck-and-neck race nationally. And, quite frankly, in the swing states President Obama’s winning right now.”*

Seemingly exasperated at Gretchen’s questionable recall of his past appearances, Morris replied, “Gretchen, we’ve been through this a hundred times together. He’s not winning: he’s losing by a lot. The polls of likely voters show a close race but the undecided always goes against the incumbent. ” Then, perhaps, piquing Gretchen more than was prudent, an impishly smiling Morris remarked, “Um, we talked about your marital history with that in mind. I said, ‘Are you going to be married to the same guy next year? And, you said, ‘Yes.’”

Grimacing, Gretchen softly responded, “Okay.” Meanwhile, Eric and Steve turned their gaze from the camera and looked away: Eric blindly into space and Steve warily off-set.”

Perhaps, sensing Gretchen’s discomfort and that of her co-anchors, Morris quickly commented, “And, I said, ‘Are you undecided?’ And, you said, ‘Not in the least!’” Seemingly still irked, an unamused Gretchen chuckled and looked down. Yet, Morris continued, “But, if you were undecided, it wouldn’t say good things about the marriage!”

Arching her eyebrows and shaking her head side-to-side, an apparently perturbed Gretchen stammered, “I’m only concerned about the, I’m just concerned about the election–not about discussing my marriage! But, anyway!”

As Yogi Berra might say, it was deja vu all over again: ironically, three months ago, Gretchen and Morris had virtually this same conversation. Last time, Gretchen was equally evasive in her response to Morris’ metaphor about her being undecided as to the future of her marriage. Then, she responded, “Not a good thing to say on national tv even if you were thinking it!”

But, perhaps, she just did. Again. Stay tuned.

Fox & Friends – 07/18/12 (@ 6:39 a.m. ET)

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6 Responses to “Gretchen: “Not About Discussing My Marriage””

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Bravo to Gretch, her personal life is nobody’s business but her own. Very unprofessional and way out of line for Mr. Morris to use marriage as a metaphor when discussing politics.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Morris just made his point. Great job Morris.

  3. fla city Says:

    No Gretchen’s personel belongs to her and her family.Dick was out of line.

  4. Al Says:

    Mr. Morris has used his analogy of marriage several times and in several forums including every FNC programme he has appeared on over the past year, and he first used it in one of his recent books. His question is a rhetorical one that has nothing whatsoever to do with Ms. Carlson’s personal life. I am reasonably certain from both her body language as well as from comments made by her during a recent guest-hosting of Kilmeade & Friends that she was entirely aware of that.

    I’m no fan of Dick Morris but that is, actually, a fitting way to describe how most “undecideds” will likely vote this November.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    To stay in a marriage is a very complex, personal, and private decision based on several factors. Choosing and supporting a political candidate does not compare to that at all. Dick Morris was way out of line, especially if this was the second time he has done this comparison with Gretchen. Hope the powers that be make it clear to Dick not to do this again.

  6. Al Says:

    Jay Leno or Jesse Watters would have a field day with this crowd. Dick Morris did not equate marriage to politics. He is a political (read: social) scientist who used an analogy that most everyone should be able to easily relate to. That is:

    “Do you want Barack Obama to be your president one year from now?” There are three simple responses to this:
    1) A firm “Yes”.
    2) A firm “No”.
    3) “I don’t know.”

    Assuming those who answered “I don’t know” will make up their minds and vote this November, Mr. Morris believes that most of them will ultimately choose “No”, and vote for Romney.

    Why does he believe that? Well, answer this:
    “Do you want to still be married to your spouse one year from now?
    There are three simple responses to this:
    1) A firm “Yes”.
    2) A firm “No”.
    3) “I don’t know.”

    Mr. Morris contends that, when it comes to someone whom you have staked your future to and you answer “I don’t know”, then you’ve probably already concluded that this isn’t working out and just haven’t come to terms with that decision yet.

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