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Dick Morris Compares Obama To A White Candidate Allied With Ku Klux Klan

Reported by Ellen - May 23, 2008 -

Earlier in the week, one of our readers thought we had a winner for the Outrageous Quote of The Week when Dick Morris said that a “growing fear of Obama will drag every last white Republican off the golf course to vote for McCain.” On last night’s (5/22/08), Hannity & Colmes, Morris almost certainly gave himself competition for the OQOTW award when he said, “There are a large number of voters that are turned off of Obama because of his connections to Rev. Wright, his connections to William Ayers, his possible connections to Louis Farrakhan. It would be as if there were a white candidate who was allied with the Ku Klux Klan and with the Aryan racial leagues.” With video.

In its usual fashion, Hannity & Colmes hosted Morris, who has made a career out of hating the Clintons, particularly Hillary, as the sole guest for a segment about whether or not she’ll be Barack Obama’s running mate. Could there be a single FOX News viewer who was surprised that Morris thought it a terrible idea?

Morris’ reasoning was that Clinton would not help Obama get elected. He claimed that those who voted for Clinton in the recent primaries “were either loyal Democrats who were going to support the Party no matter what or people who were just voting because they didn’t like that Obama was black and was close to Reverend Wright and all of that stuff. And if you put Hillary on the ticket, he’s still gonna be black and he’s still gonna be close to Rev. Wright and it’s not gonna make a big difference.”

Alan Colmes, a Hillary supporter, took issue with that. He asked if Morris wasn’t ignoring how well she had done with “a huge segment of Democratic voters who are not racists. They’re not voting because Barack Obama is black. She has a true core, a base of people who really would like to see her in the White House.”

Yes, Morris acknowledged. “But the support she picked up in the last two months are largely people who are turned off on Obama. And they’re turned off on Obama because of Rev. Wright and because of racially linked issues.”

A skeptical-sounding Colmes thought Morris was imbuing more racism into the Democratic Party than actually exists.

To my astonishment, Morris replied, “I don’t think racism is a derogatory term.” But I think he started to say, “I don’t think” and then changed his sentence to, “Racism is a derogatory term.” At least I hope so. But he went on to say, “It’s not really an analytical term.” So I think what he meant was that race is playing a big role but he would not go so far as to accuse the Democrats of racism. But it was pretty clear what conclusions he thought FOX News viewers should draw. “There are a large number of voters that are turned off of Obama because of his connections to Rev. Wright, his connections to William Ayers, his possible connections to Louis Farrakhan. It would be as if there were a white candidate who was allied with the Ku Klux Klan and with the Aryan racial leagues. And that would be racially linked.”

Morris added that the Rev. Wright issue had raised doubts that can’t be “dismissed as racist but I do believe that they’re linked to his race.”

Colmes pointed out that Obama is doing very well nationally, that he just did very well with whites in Oregon. But conceding that there is probably a segment of the population that thinks as Morris outlined, Colmes asked what Obama should do to reintroduce himself to those voters in the general election.

Morris thought Obama was on the right track when he “really laid into” and “really went after” Rev. Wright with positive and affirmative comments about the United States. “And I think that he can introduce himself, really, as the ‘Un-Wright.’” Morris continued. “Just as he originally was the non-Sharpton, non-Jackson black candidate, the black candidate who wasn’t like his predecessors, now he in effect can be the black person who is not a part of that black liberation theology view. And I think that can be very effective.”

In other words, he should make sure he’s not “too” black.