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Dick Morris - Pundit or Recruiter?

Reported by Janie - October 13, 2005

Yesterday (10/12) on Dayside, hosts Juliet Huddy and Mike Jerrick interviewed Dick Morris, author of " Condi vs. Hillary: The Next Great Presidential Race".

Morris, one of Fox's favorite pundits was invited onto the show, and rather than discussing issues, he was asked to promote his book and discuss the 2008 election, which he feels could be easily won by Hillary Clinton unless someone, namely Condaleeza Rice, will step up to the plate to challenge her. The majority of the interview came off as a recruitment ad for Rice.

DM: "But the only person that can defeat Hillary Clinton, that has a good shot to take away a large portion of the black vote, and to stop her from winning the female vote, is Condoleezza Rice. And, I don't believe she wants to run at this point, I don't think she has a burning ambition, but I think she has a sense of duty. I think she does an incredible job at anything she's asked to do."

Comment: Morris apparently lives under a rock somewhere, if he thinks Rice does a great job at anything she is asked to do. Her Iraq War policy is "stellar", and she did a fantastic job ignoring the Presidential Daily Briefing entitled "Bin Laden Determined to Attack inside the U.S." Not to mention shirking her duties by refusing to listen to former counterterrorism aide, Richard Clarke, on just how serious the threat of Al Qaeda really was, for purely political reasons.

He continued by discussing what he believes will happen in the lead up to the 2008 election, which came off as pure fantasy, including: "And I think what's going to happen is that Americans all over the country are going to form Condi clubs, draft-Condi movements, they're going to run their own slate of delegates, they're going to run people for delegate who are legally uncommitted but in fact are bound to Condi, and I think she'll start beating the candidates who are actually running."

He finished this ridiculous interview by stating: "I don't care if she wants to run. We have to get her into the race."

Comment: For someone that is typically used as a Democratic pundit on Fox, it is quite clear from his comments that Morris is nothing of the sort, and it's simply another ploy on the behalf of Fox to appear balanced.

Fortunately for this particular episode, the hosts also interviewed Susan Estrich, author of "The Case for Hillary Clinton", a pro-Clinton book, which did lend some credibility to the entire debate. Unfortunately, Morris refused to be on the same stage as Estrich, so the interviews were forced to be done at separate points in the show.

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