Dick Morris: McCain Needs to Scare the Hell Out of Electorate to Win!!!
So I was sitting around last night at about 11pm catching the second showing of Wednesday night’s O’Reilly Factor, and former Clinton Administration insider Dick Morris came on for his weekly segment.
Dick Morris is the individual who was behind Bill Clinton’s resurgence in Arkansas as governor, and eventually helped Clinton capture the White House by redefining the future President as a “economy first” moderate Democrat. In a nutshell, Morris was Karl Rove to Bill Clinton. Morris would later resign from his post in 1996 when it became apparent that he employed prostitutes in his free time, and enjoyed allowing them to listen in on personal phone calls between he and the President.
On Wednesday’s show Morris was discussing the upcoming 2008 Presidential election, and told O’Reilly that it was his belief that this election would be a referendum on Barack Obama not John McCain.
(For exact transcript please go to billoreilly.com, the following is a paraphrase)
Dick stated that “The American people know McCain, and its his job to define Obama as the liberal candidate that he is.”
O’Reilly then asked “So, how does McCain do that?”
Morris responded “By getting economist after economist to look in the camera and say if Barack Obama’s tax plan is enacted it will lead to a recession greater than the Great Depression.”
O’Reilly said “So he (McCain) needs to scare the hell out of the folks?”
Morris: “Yes, he needs to scare the hell out of them.”
Now I’m not one to criticize Republicans as subscribers to the politics of fear, but this is a major political consultant and New York Times bestselling author recommending that McCain raise American anxiety to win the election. In fact, he said its the only way McCain can win the election. The McCain campaign will most likely repudiate Morris’ comments, but their meaning does not go unnoticed. The McCain campaign is in dire straits if many commentators and pundits believe that there best tactics must include creating a culture of fear around the 2008 American electorate. If Barack Obama’s campaign has demonstrated one thing it is that the American people are starving for hope, opportunity, and change that the politics of fear cannot provide. I doubt in a post-Bush 43 Era that the American people could be scared into voting for more of the same, and if he employs this tactic John McCain’s open door to the White House will be closed forever.
Those that support McCain should take a moment to analyze the direction of the 2008 campaign thus far, and ask themselves what their man needs to do to turn this race around and share their thoughts with his campaign. Because if and when John McCain ascribes to the politics of fear, John McCain will be no more.
*****Side prediction — It is now 5:39 p.m. about 2 hours before Countdown with Keith O. comes on and I am feeling quite confidant to state that Morris’ comments will be singled out for Keith’s “Worst Persons in the World” segment. Just a hunch 😉
There’s my verse now you come in with the chorus.