I just got back from the Spectator’s Newsmaker Breakfast, in which Dick Morris was the guest.
Some of the main points:
Morris said that Barack Obama is a gift to Hillary Clinton, because he clears the field of potential competitors, and specifically keeps Al Gore from entering the race, who is the Democrat with the best chance of beating her. He described Obama as a “political stem cell” who can be made into anything you want “because he’s just been born.” Morris said that Obama is the certain VP candidate, because any Democrat who beats him will have to make amends with the black community by choosing him as the VP.
He said that the surge resolution as well as a vote to defund the Iraq War will replace the 2002 resolution to go to war as the new litmus test for Democratic candidates. Hillary will probably vote against defunding the war, thinking about the general election, but such a vote could conceivable doom her in the Democratic primary.
On the Republican side he said Giuliani’s social views, Romney’s reputation as a flip-flopper, and general conservative dissatisfaction with McCain lead him to believe that all of the top tier candidates will be disabled by the time the primaries roll around, leaving an opening for one of the “pigmies” such as Brownback, Hunter, and Gilmore-and he was especially high on Huckabee. When a lot of conservative journalists in the audience said that they thought Giuliani had a chance to win the nomination, he said he would reconsider his writing off of Giuliani.
Morris talked about his 90-minute anti-Hillary Clinton documentary set to come out in September, in which he uses video to expose her many faces to demonstrate her “essential, fundamental, phoniness.”
He said Hillary has been acting like a pragmatist to get elected, but unlike Bill Clinton who remained a pragmatist once in office, she would govern as a far leftist and be the worst president in history. “She’s the closest thing we have to a European socialist,” he said. She would also use the FBI, NSA, and all tools at her disposal to go after her enemies in a Nixonian way. According to Morris, Republicans will get “massacred” in 2008 Congressional races and Hillary will become president, but Republicans will win back Congress in 2010 and recapture the White House in 2012. But whoever is elected in 2012 will be the last Republican president in history because of a growing Hispanic population that Republicans permanently alienated with last year’s anti-immigration rhetoric.
Asked if he would leave the country if Hillary were elected, he said, “Either voluntarily or involuntarily.”