By Tom Quiner

Dick Morris

Dick Morris is an interesting guy.

He was a political consultant for Bill Clinton who is credited with salvaging the Clinton Presidency through a political strategy characterized as “triangulation.”

Essentially, he convinced Mr. Clinton to move toward the center politically, embracing the best of Democratic and Republican ideas, after HillaryCare had damaged the President politically by pulling him too far to the Left. As a result, President Clinton eventually signed into law the NAFTA trade agreement and welfare reform legislation that his own party didn’t fully embrace.

From a conservative viewpoint, Dick Morris deserves behind-the-scenes credit for these legislative successes.

Mr. Morris was eventually disgraced and forced to resign after he let a prostitute, whose services he had engaged, listen in on his telephone conversation with the President.

Following his fall from grace, Morris emerged from the ashes as a conservative, becoming a fixture on the Fox network.  He can be seen on Sean Hannity’s show as well as The O’Reilly Factor on a regular basis.  He has been a vocal critic of both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in recent years.

I know conservatives who love him … and loathe him. Some call him brilliant.  Others call him “sleazy.”

Dick Morris has a keen political mind.  He articulates his positions in a highly entertaining way.  Love him or hate him, it’s hard not to listen.

That brings me to an e-mail I received today from Human Events.  The subject line was: “Dick Morris:  Do you hate Harry Reid as much as I do?”

It was an appeal to raise money for Sharron Angle who is running against Harry Reid for the Senate.  The letter, from Dick Morris, began:  “Dear Friend who Hates Harry Reid as Much as I do.”


I don’t hate Harry Reid.  I don’t hate Barack Obama.  I don’t hate Nancy Pelosi.  I disagree with them politically.  I will do all I can to see them defeated.  Their ideas on what is best for America are not mine.  Even more, I think their policies hurt this country I love.

But hate them?  No.

Morris sounds like a typical angry Liberal using rhetoric like that.  Have we come to the point where we have to hate someone if they don’t agree with us politically?

Shame on you, Dick Morris.  Republicans are better that.

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  1. Nick on August 12, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Great post!

  2. Vicki Stogdill on August 13, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Hi Tom;

    I appreciate you giving me a few moments of your time at the Beaverdale Post Office on Tuesday.

    I agree 100% with your article on Dick Morris. Occasionally when I hear my children (ages 8 & 11) using the term “I hate….(fill in the blank name) I explain that as Christians we are to love, not hate. Just as you stated, we can and should disagree when appropriate, but hate is a place they should never go. Then we have a review of the talks we’ve had on praying for our enemies, etc. It’s a good reminder for kids — and us adults too.

    You have a great web site here — very interesting! Our views are right in line with one another — and I’d love to get your feedback on my web site. [it’s very basic and I’m still learning how to build it, so any suggestions you have would be most appreciated.]

    As I shared with you on Tuesday, I have been a life-long Republican, and if elected Republicans would act like (R)’s — I’d continue to vote for them. I have attended the (R) Conventions for around 10 years making sure pro-life and pro-family planks stay in the Party Platform, only to see legislators “wimp out” once elected. It was a difficult decision, but when I saw our candidate for District 64 showing signs of this same “wishy-washy” behavior on issues very dear to me, I felt called to stand up and do something about it — even though I may lose some Republican friends in the process.

    Feeling truly called by God to get involved in this — I believe the issues are too important — and Eternty is too long — for me to stay silent and do nothing.

    Blessings to you and your family,


  3. BC on August 13, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    I wonder if part of the problem is that most people dont seem to understand “hate”. My daughter once told me that she “hated” some girl in her class. I decided to inquire further only to find that she simply didnt like being around this girl. I tried to explain to her that there’s a big difference between not liking someone and hating someone. She didnt really understand (she’s only 12) partly because i also know some adults that toss the word around like its no big deal too. “I hate ice cream…” Really??? The idea of ice cream makes your blood pressure raise, stomach boil, and you will do anything to destroy it?

    Its tough to teach people not to hate when the word is used casually and has been diluted to the point where it doesnt even mean anything anymore.

    Im sure that Dick really means “dont like”… At least, i hope thats what he really means.

  4. VCPenney on August 13, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Tom: Agree with your column pertaining to Dick Morris, as well. The mis-guided and confused folks of the angry left really need our love and compassion. Considering his tawdry past, perhaps Dick Morris needs to be reminded about Christian charity and mercy.

    To say that I disagree with Dingy Harry, Air Pelosi and Barry Soetoro, politically is a vast understatement. However, I will not state that I hate them. Someday they may be welcomed into the Big tent of the good guys.

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