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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-07-05

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been turned off by hard-right agen-

das," he said.
Morris uses Gore as an unsuccessful
example of the "stand on principle"
strategy, saying he ran away from his
environmental beliefs and, as a result,
lost the presidential race.
"At a crucial moment, he walked
away from his defining political cause,
the environment, with which he was
most universally identified," said
Morris. "He repeatedly buried the
issue during the campaign. With it, he
could have deflated Ralph Nader, got-
ten more of the under-40 vote, and
possibly won Florida.
"Figures like Ronald Reagan,
Charles de Gaulle, Lincoln and
Churchill achieved power by sticking
to their guns. Woodrow Wilson
(League of Nations) and Republican
presidential candidate Barry
Goldwater were defeated after pushing
their points too hard."

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The Imperial Clinton

Morris points out that Clinton was
elected twice by leading his party to
the center (triangulation), fighting an
eight-year battle against the gravita-
tional pull of his own party's liberal
wing.
"Clinton hugged the center in order
to win the votes of independents," he
said. "On taking office, he moved left,
pushed by a liberal Democrat majority
in both houses of Congress. After the
Republicans took Congress in 1994,
he moved back to center to enable
himself to govern in the new climate,
getting re-elected.
"He closed his days in office forced
back to the left by his dependence on
the Senate Democrats, who helped
keep him in office after the Monica
Lewinsky affair."
Morris first met Clinton in the mid-
1970s while traveling the country in
search of promising political candi-
dates. He helped elect him in 1978 as
the youngest governor in the nation,
but Clinton then fired him "because I
wasn't well-known enough nationally,"
Morris claims.
After Clinton was defeated for re-
election in 1980 ("mainly because he
raised taxes"), he brought Morris back
to oversee his comeback win in 1982,
as well as re-election victories in '84,
'86 and '90.
Then it was on to the White House
for campaigns in '92 and '96.
Morris resigned his adviser role over
allegations of a relationship with a pros-
titute on the eve of Clinton's re-nomi-
nation in '96. They parted friends, but

that didn't last long. Morris soon began
pummeling the president on TV for
"selling pardons to finance his presiden-
tial library" and many other issues —
"although I was opposed to his
impeachment," Morris adds.
Morris, alleging that Clinton
throughout his career maintained a
"secret police" of local detectives to
"dig up dirt on women and smear
them in order to keep them quiet
about his love affairs with them," calls
the practice "revolting and disgusting."

In His Own Words

Here are Morris' opinions on a variety
of current issues:
• Middle East: "There's no moral
equivalency between Israel's right to
defend itself and suicide bombings by
the Palestinians. You can't trade land
for peace, and you can't deter suicide
bombers by threatening to kill them
and others on their side because
they're killing themselves anyway.
"The only solution is the barbed-
wire wall along the West Bank. And
that's difficult because Israel must
include all of the settlements inside
the wall to keep settlers safe."
• America's War on Terror: "President
Bush is handling it well, but he must
keep his eye on the ball. Iraq is next
— and I favor a full-scale invasion of
Iraq."
• Sept. 11: "You can't blame Bush for
what happened. 'He was president for
a short time comparatively.
"But there were a number of U.S.
intelligence failures that might have
made a difference. Clinton didn't work
hard enough during his presidency to
combat terrorism."
• Proposed Governmental
Reorganization: "There's no doubt
that several agencies need new man-
agement. It's time to switch priorities
by moving various organizations into
the areas where they belong."
• 2004 Presidential Race: "Bush, of
course, will run again — and
Lieberman has an excellent chance of
being his opponent. John McCain and
Bill Bradley shouldn't be involved next
time to cause division in the primaries."
• 2008 Race: "Hillary Clinton defi-
nitely will run for president." ❑

Political analyst Dick Morris will
speak on current issues and sign
copies of his new book starting at
7 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at
Borders Books and Music, 34300
Woodward Avenue, Birmingham.
(248) 203-0005.

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