Dick Morris tells the Stupid Party to drop those square right-wing Christians
By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. (articles ) | October 22, 2003 12:00 AM
Dick Morris, the paragon of morality, the Clinton mercenary, advises the GOP to give two taps behind the ear to its Christian supporters. Seems the man once known as the toe-sucker and the guy on the other end of the line from Bill and Monica (don't ask), thinks the GOP ought to say "thankee" to the Christian right and then dump them like yesterday's underwear. You see, it's no longer convenient to be saddled with their embarrassing insistence on morals and all that pleasure-killing talk, because Arnold Schwarzenegger has proven that liberal Republicans can win big elections.
Of course, it's not as simple as all that; the California recall hardly being a good indicator of a normal election.
In any case, those icky Christians are dragging down the GOP, says Morris, causing the double-digit gender gap. I guess in Dick's world, all Christians are men and all women are pro-abortion. Why would anyone listen to this guy who's willing to turn a political trick for whichever political party waves a twenty in his direction? But what do you expect from a mercenary? High principles? Actually believing in what you say you stand for? No, it's doing whatever takes to win, because winning and the power you win is the only thing, baby.
Thanks, but no thanks, Dickie. And I hope GWB tells you the same thing.
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Posted by: extremeCatholic -
Oct. 22, 2003 5:11 PM ET USA
Dick Morris is a convert to the Catholic faith and speaks often with sincerity on his faith. I can't defend the 10/22 column. I hope that he's not backsliding. As Limbaugh and Hannity have pointed out principled conservatives win elections, many of whom are pro-life. I'll try to email him and get his own views on the morality of abortion.
Posted by: Pseudodionysius -
Oct. 22, 2003 10:18 AM ET USA
The easier approach would be to cause a 5% uptick in Catholic Democrats who simply announce unequivocal support to Republicans until the Democrats punt Abortion from their platform. Do that, and the feeding tube to the Pro-Death crowd disappears in one fell swoop. Some Bishops with more than trace amounts of testosterone in their systems to rebuke Kennedy, Kerry, et al would be of much help.
Posted by: patriot6908 -
Oct. 22, 2003 10:09 AM ET USA
WF has the correct analysis. Besides, the Christian Right is the backbone of Republican conservatism unlike Jesse Jackson's marginal flunkies. Alienate the Christian Right and expect to be the minority party. Arnold won an unusual race in a state known for its weirdness. His opposition, both political and social, were pretty viscious, but incompetent. Dick Morris loves to hear Dick Morris--only fools pay any attention to him.
Posted by: -
Oct. 22, 2003 7:48 AM ET USA
The Republicans are too smart to drop the "Christian Right" altogether. There are too many votes to lose. It's much smarter to soft pedal our issues, pretending that we are making progress on the social conservative agenda, while placing the real emphasis on economic and foreign policy concerns.