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Dick Morris to CPAC: Stop Talking Balanced Budget, Roe v. Wade, Entitlement Reform

The prognosticating consultant admits "we lost," says he has winning formula. (Don't miss Next Generation's members-only coverage of CPAC 2013 — featuring former Congressman Allen West and Michelle Fields. Click here to learn more.)

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Bill Straub

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March 14, 2013 - 5:24 pm

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Dick Morris, whose once rock-solid political reputation has taken a shellacking in the wake of some questionable recent analyses, said Thursday that Republicans need to acknowledge “we lost’’ the last presidential election and make the changes necessary to get back in the game.

“Republicans can come back,’’ he said. “They must come back.’’

Morris, the former political consultant turned network talking head who has worked on both sides of the political aisle, is somewhat notorious for confidently predicting that Republican Mitt Romney would defeat President Obama in 2012 by a landslide, garnering 325 electoral votes.

That, of course, didn’t come to pass. The Romney prognostication, along with several others of dubious wisdom, led some Republicans who would normally embrace his conservative message to disregard his take on the political scene.

Morris refused to discuss the issue with reporters after a presentation before a sparse crowd of about 60 CPAC delegates on Thursday, where he outlined the steps he believes the GOP has to take in order to return to relevancy on the national political scene.

The onetime adviser to President Bill Clinton recommended that Republicans stop demanding cuts in popular entitlement programs like Medicare and instead train their sights on welfare and Medicaid, which don’t carry overwhelming public support. He said the party should stop emphasizing a balanced budget and, like others, said it should do a better job of reaching out to Latinos, insisting that polling shows the group leans Republican on most issues outside immigration reform.

“The Republican Party has a tremendous ability to make inroads’’ in the Latino community, he said.

His most controversial comments came on the subject of abortion, asserting that Republicans should abandon the effort to overturn Roe v. Wade – the 1972 Supreme Court decision that guaranteed abortion rights – and instead work toward reducing the number of procedures through programs like adoption, the use of tax incentives, promoting birth control and abstinence, and requiring parental notification for minor girls.

Overturning the decision, he argued, “is a case we’re never going to win.’’

“Single white women run screaming from the Republican Party, largely because of our pro-life position,” Morris said.

Several attendees expressed interest in some Morris ideas but acknowledged that they are not impressed with his political insight.

“I’m not really a Dick Morris man,’’ said Patrick Wohl, of Chicago. “He’s a big talk and I didn’t believe him when he said all that about the presidential election and others but I did like some of his points.’’

Wohl said he agreed with Morris’ view that the party “needs to change the way it looks at things,’’ especially in the effort to attract Latinos.

Peggy Finn, of Rockland County, N.Y., who considers herself pro-life, said she disagreed on the Roe v. Wade points but otherwise agreed with his basic message.

“But I don’t really care much for him,’’ Finn said. “He’s worked for Democrats in the past and I’m not for that.’’

Vernon Mattesen, of Ham Lake, Minn., said he receives regular missives from Morris and generally supports him despite his less-than-stellar track record.

“I think he overdid it when he said we should stop talking about a balanced budget and we should get rid of that phrase,’’ Mattesen said. “I don’t think we should spend it if we don’t got it.’’

Regardless, the public is going to be hearing a lot more from Morris. Later this month he will begin hosting a talk-radio program out of Philadelphia.

Washington freelancer Bill Straub is former White House correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service.

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Republicans...whatever you do, do not, I repeat do not, appeal to your conservative base. In fact, you should insult them at every opportunity. Young college age libertarian conservatives should always be treated with ultimate disdain. If necessary, change your convention and primary rules ex post facto to emphasize how much you disrespect them.

The road to success is to be even more progressive than the progressives. After all, the conservative base is just a bunch of bitter gun and religion clinging hicks who live in flyover country. The base is so dumb that they will vote for you simply because you have an (R) after your name on the ballot.
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Following Morris's advice would be like hiring the Capitan of the Titanic.

And a question to the powers-that-be on PJM - why the hell can't I use Dic's first name when it's spelled properly? Talk about being overly cautious! I get the little message "Your comment currently includes words that are not allowed."

You guys are getting dumber looking all the time...
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I rather like Dick Morris. I felt sorry for him and Coulter after the election, but Coulter - judging by the CPAC reaction - seems to have sone all right, and I hope he does also.

Of course, I don't have to agree with him.
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The Republican Party needs to field a presidential candidate that is not a rino like McCain and a pansy like Romney who has been all over the map on issues during his political career.
If they desire to capture the Hispanic vote they need to remain strongly pro-life, pro-family, and adopt a pro-worker stance. The Hispanics are still strongly Christian when it comes to morality.
They need to shed their stuff shirt image and mingled with the working class.
And above all, they must convince women that they are being used by the Democrats to further the godless religion of Human Secularism that is destroying the moral fabric of our society. The Democrats are accomplishing this by convincing women and men that there is no psychological difference between women and men. They want to achieve a genderless thinking society with no sexual differentiation. A so called sexless utopia where anything goes.
Lenin said religion is the opium of the people and he tried to destroy religion. Now the Democrat cultural communists are taking a new approach by shaping society into accepting unbridled sexual freedom as the opium of the people in order to destroy religion.
And Dick Morris either knowingly or unwittingly has been slowly, with incremental precision, steering the conservative masses into the arms of secular humanistic leaders by abandoning the philosophy of our Founding Fathers.
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So the path to political victory is to abandon morality and run the same kind of candidate as the opposition? How about if we just put their candidate on the ballot as both a Democrat and a Republican? We can claim victory if the candidate gets more Republican votes than Democratic votes. We may not get anything that we really care about, but at least we won the election eh?

How about just telling the truth about the opposition? Explain the pitfalls of their belief in moral relativism and their arbitrary lines of demarcation between right and wrong. Explain how their morality is based solely on who they feel most sorry for at any given moment and what it means when they no longer feel sorry for you, or worse, start feeling sorry for your enemy. Show how their high minded ideas to help you lead to their need to control the minutia of every part of your life. Show how their ideas lead to counterproductive behaviors and how ours lead to self reliance and freedom. There is no need to be vulgar about it, but that doesn't mean we need to be nice.
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I agree with Dick Morris. Too many (obviously) voters don't know the difference between (for ex) progressive vs regressive taxation. Keynesian vs Supply Side Economics, etc...but they sure understand having their future social security checks reduced and being FORCED to undergo a crisis pregnancy.
Dick Morris is right. Understand that or continue to lose elections! Social conservatives need to take their issues back into their churches where they belong! SoCons can influence their fellow church members. But they will NEVER change the electorate's minds. All they will do is continue to make us lose elections!
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Yes, there's nothing we can do for the Jews in Europe. We just have to win the war.

Of course, they were all dead by then.
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New conservative motto? "Go with the flow." You have no rights in the political realm, you Christians and Jews. Go hide in your churches and synagogues and keep your mouths shut. There you will find peace, at least for a short while. Not only that, you will find the approval of a woman who speaks for MENSA.
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Precisely!!!
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Maybe it's the "Morris" part...

Let's see, does Penis More Ass (Donkey) pass?

Interesting how PJM now looks and smells like new Vinyl Upholstery.
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I cannot employ normal English words, used for centuries, like nigg*r, wh*re, b*st*rd and dic* on this website, but I can freely use ethnic slurs like redneck and honky. What is that all about? Anyway, Dic* Morris has always been a revolting bit of sh*t. He is a scam artist. It is time for us rednecks and honkies to take back our government from little dic*-sucking pieces of sh*t like Dic* Morris.
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Sometimes one wishes there was a "dislike" button.
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I'm frankly SICK of those telling us we need to be more like the other side of the ideological spectrum to be viable politically.
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Losing elections doesn't seem to get it across for you, so people gently telling you WHY you're losing is... rejected. Clever.
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The left only won the presidential election by a narrow margin, failed to re-take the house, failed to improve its position in the Senate, and lost big in most state and local elections, so spare me your low IQ take. The problem is solved by becoming aggressive in attacking the policies and morality of the left and portraying them as something that the majority of people would find despicable and don't associate themselves with. Then we just remind everyone how the problems we face today are the direct result of decades of progressive policies like those championed by our opposition and we use pictures of Detroit and Chicago to illustrate the future of this country if our opposition gets elected. Finally, we clearly articulate how conservative policies and morality are really more in line with the way that most people live their lives and illustrate how those simple principles can solve the problems we face today. We will win in a landslide.
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First you have to get millions of the under 40 crowd to vote with you, and you will never do this whinging about gays and abortion. Do try to pay attention. I realise this is hard, but... do try.
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I covered that strategy in my post without even mentioning gays and abortion. However, when you see the word "morality", your programming kicks in and you regurgitate "gays and abortion". Reading comprehension is clearly a major weakness of yours.
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So, rand, you are trying to help conservatives win more elections by offering advice? Why don't I believe in your heartfelt interest? You want us to lose elections, but you advise us in how to...win them. Clever?
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Hi Fred. Losing 2 presidential cycles in a row tells Morris et al that the so-con message is derailing the fiscal one. Meanwhile to so-cons like you it means merely that the so-con screech dial needs to be set to 11. Rejecting Morris and what he says is not clever: if the dial set to 10 didn't do the trick, setting it to 11 isn't going to help.

By all means pontificate and blather on as "conservatives" are wont to do. Then note that nobody is listening. Morris and the GOP advisors are doing precisely what *I* have suggested, i.e. the people actually calling the shots here are on top of things.
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Clinton also won two elections. It's called incumbency and the MSM. Meanwhile the polls are moving in our favor.
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" ...is somewhat notorious for confidently predicting that Republican Mitt Romney would defeat President Obama in 2012 by a landslide, garnering 325 electoral votes."

How could he have foreseen the MASSIVE VOTE FRAUD that occurred?
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I agree with Dick Morris that the pro-life position is a losing strategy for Republicans. It is capitalism that is on the line, as I wrote after the election. See http://clarespark.com/2012/11/07/capitalism-is-on-the-line/. But the populism that infects both Right and Left is anticapitalist, and I might add, antisemitic.
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As a religious Jew, I do not see anti-semitism in the tea party. There is some in some of the the paeleos, that is, the "true conservatives". The Left's tolerance of anti-semitism - and I mean the mainstream left, not the extreme - opened the door for this to return on the RIght.

As far as social conservatism is concerned, the question is - is money (Capitalism) more important than human life (abortion)?
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Some of us don't give a dip-sh*t whether a pro-life position is a winning or a losing strategy for Republicans in the next election. What do I care if some overfed SOB is worried about whether his daughter-in-law will be hired to bring a Republican sensibility to Obamacare? Being pro-Jew was clearly a losing proposition for German politicians in 1933. Pro-life is morally right, and to hell with those who say that protecting life is ipso facto antisemitic.
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A charge such as the latter needs to backed up with examples.
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Dick... if you're listening....

SHUT THE HECK UP AND GO AWAY!!!
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