Dick Morris. Still Wrong.
Dick Morris has made a cottage industry out of a) Clinton-bashing and b) always being wrong. Remember way back when in 2009 when he wrote the article, The Incredible Shrinking Clintons, which essentially stated that Hillary Clinton had been duped by Obama in that she essentially had no power, no insider status in the White House and her career was over, blah, blah, blah. He also claimed that Bill Clinton would have no visible role in anything having to do with the administration and that he wouldn’t be able to make any money. Wrong on all counts. But that doesn’t stop Dick from going dumpster diving yet again, this time in response to events which hardly have the significance he attributes to them:
A little bit of daylight has begun to emerge between the Clintons and President Obama. As the president’s ratings drop — recently, particularly among liberals — the first signs are beginning to show of distance between the former rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination.
As always with the Clintons, the signs are made evident by a carefully choreographed two-step in which they fill their separate roles, one as an outsider and the other as a loyal insider to the Obama Administration. But never doubt that everything these two do is coordinated and orchestrated.
On Bill’s end, there emerge faint signs of disagreement with the president. Commenting on the Gulf oil spill, the former president warned against ratcheting up the rhetoric against BP noting that it is that firm’s expertise upon which the administration must rely to end the spill and terminate the slide in his ratings that it has triggered.
More confrontationally, Bill has endorsed Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff for the Democratic Senate nomination in Colorado even as the Obama White House is strongly backing Michael Bennet, the Democratic senator appointed to fill the seat vacated by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.
Hillary, as befits her position — but not necessarily her personality — is more demure. While she takes no shots at her boss and does not cross him in any way, she is gradually expanding her purview beyond the foreign affairs mandate of her job.
It was Secretary of State Clinton who first released to the media the fact that Obama’s Justice Department would be suing the state of Arizona over their new anti-illegal immigration law. And it was also the Secretary of State who noted that she felt that rich people were not paying their “fair share” of taxes in the U.S., while carefully explaining that she was only expressing her personal views.
Would Condi Rice have thusly spoken out? Or Madeleine Albright? Or even Colin Powell?
Hillary’s forays into domestic policy issues come through her role as a former presidential candidate, not the most comfortable of hats to wear while working in the White House of one’s former adversary.
So . . . where will this lead?
If Obama recovers his popularity and keeps control of Congress it won’t lead to anything. But should his drop continue and the Republicans win the 2010 elections, a groundswell could emerge for Hillary for the 2012 nomination.
The Clintons’ moves indicate that they are fully aware of this possibility and want to be in a position to exploit it should the opportunity arise.
The more immediate impact, however, will likely be harsh and swift retaliation from the Obama White House, particularly against Bill for his Romanoff endorsement.[emphasis added]
Wow, a lot of speculation wrapped in negative stereotypes about the Clintons. He kind of makes it sound like they are just waiting in the wings for Obama to fail, at which time they will spring forth and pounce on the weakened President. In paranoid Dick Morris World the Clintons are always up to something devious and he will go to any lengths to twist and turn facts to make it appear so. I guess the article also serves the perhaps more important purpose of giving voice to the people Dick Morris hears talking in his head (you know, the ones which no one else hears).
The reason I even bring this up is because the fact that Dick Morris is floating the “Hillary in 2012” theme should give true Hillary supporters pause. While most of us would love nothing better than to see Secretary Clinton on the 2012 ticket either as a candidate for POTUS or VP, many of the people talking this up have been hard core conservatives who are trying to stir up trouble for the entire Democratic Party. In fact, I rarely see an article which claims that Hillary is going to challenge Obama for the Democratic nomination that isn’t from a right winger or Fox News lacky. The troublemakers on the right have been visibly disappointed that Obama and Clinton have demonstrated a strong, professional, effective working relationship.
The other problem with Morris’ claim, well, other than the obvious problem of it being advanced by Dick Morris, is that he ignores common sense and context in order to paint a picture of those devious Clinton! Yes, Hillary brought up the likelihood of a legal challenge to the Arizona immigration law because she was asked about it in Latin America. To hear Morris tell it you’d think she called a prime time press conference out of the blue to announce it. Then the bit about her saying the wealthy aren’t paying their fair share of taxes. And? I don’t see the big problem with her giving her opinion on a domestic issue, particularly if she’s asked about it. She always tries to politely steer clear of being lured into obvious media traps when commenting about certain issues (like health reform, for example), but that doesn’t mean that she has, or should, give up ever commenting on domestic political events at all. I am sure Dick is aware that she also has noted that our deficit is a problem, as is the Congressional infighting, but notice he didn’t point that out because it was entirely appropriate to bring those things up because they have an impact on our image and our foreign policy abroad. The same thing goes for the immigration remarks.