Skip to comments.Dick Morris: How to Win the GOP Nomination
Posted on 08/26/2011 6:11:21 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Joining us is Dick Morris, former adviser to President Clinton, author of the book "Revolt." Dick, I wanted to talk to you. I want you to tell me the different strategy for the different candidates because it's so varied, if you were advising. Let's start with Governor Rick Perry. If you were advising him, what's his path to victory to get that nomination?
DICK MORRIS, DICKMORRIS.COM, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Well, first of all, it feels so weird to be talking politics with this disaster unfolding. I hope the viewers forgive us.
Rick Perry is fighting a two-front war. On the one hand, he's opposing Bachmann for the votes of the evangelical religious right. And on the other hand, he's fighting Mitt Romney for the votes of the Club for Growth economic conservative job-creating people. And those are very different constituencies. They overlap in their ideas, but they're -- as main voters, they're different.
And what Perry has got to do is to make inroads into Bachmann's social conservative vote -- not an easy thing to do against a woman -- and to make inroads into Romney's fiscal conservative vote. Also, his big test is that he's gained enormously after announcing, probably artificially. When people actually see him performing for an hour-and-a-half or two hours three times during the month of September, they might have second thoughts about him. And what he has to guard against is a drop that would deflate his momentum and have people feel that he's a has-been.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right, let me turn now to Representative Bachmann, who -- who won the straw poll in Iowa.....
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Ignoring Dick Morris would be the first step. ;-)
Almost all of the ‘12 GOP Presidential candidates have dismal grades on, both, illegal immigration issues and legal immigration issues, according to NumbersUSA. Michele Bachmann could help herself out by, often, showing herself as having the best grades on illegal/legal immigration issues. Rick Perry needs to be hammered, over and over, on being an open borders globalist, and all of the ‘12 GOP POTUS candidates, combined, need to be hammered, over and over, on being so poor on illegal/legal immigration issues. Amnesty for illegal immigrants will ruin the entire U.S., maybe forever.
So does Obama. So if there is not a lot of differnece among the candidates on illegal immigration then I don't think it will be a big factor one way or the other in this election.
Obama just declared what is efectively amnesty didn’t he?
Bachmann is the only one tolerable on ths issue. I gave her months to prove herself on the campign trail as the candidate. She never could topple Romney.
Sorry, but that is the bottomline for my part. If given a choice between someone that holds several conservative positions I support and one lousy position on illegal immigration but has promise to beat Romney and Obama I’ll choose that person. Of course if Bachmann could somehow surge back again and start showing she had promise to beat Romney and Obama I’ll re-consider.
In the meantime I do support creting pressure around all the candidates on the issue. Make it untenable to continue their prior positions. Make it clear support for them does not mean they have support to pursue amnesty if elected. Should have done that in 2000.
Had a fund raising call from Morris last week. After the taped message and conversation with an operator they asked how much I’d like to donate. Said “I’m not giving one dime to that toe sucker”. Of course the operator was speechless.
Loved ever moment of that.
This argumen—that we must support someone who is abysmally weak on an issue of national survival like immigration, because he (meaning Perry) is “the only one who can beat Romney & 0bama”— is ridiculous. Even Ron Paul polls competitively against 0bama! Rick Perry, gov. of a huge state, polls about the same against 0 as Michelle Bachmann, formerly little-known Congresscritter.
And the threat of Romney is greatly overstated. The evangelicals and Tea Partiers will never support him. He may win NH, and that’s about it. He will not be nominated.
I love to listen to Dick pontificate but he’s wrong so much of the time that Bill O’Reilly hasn’t bought a steak dinner in years.
You'll never make it through a single interview without getting a nice buzz, and occasionally, you'll be unfit to drive.
I can’t imagine the Club for Growth is a crowd excited about Romney. I think the Wall Street and typical non-engaged fiscal conservative voter had defaulted to Romney previous to Perry’s entrance, and that he already took a chunk of those votes (as indicated in his double digit lead over Romney in multiple national polls).
Other than that, this commentary by Morris seems like a pretty likely scenario. If Perry does well in the next couple debates, he’s looking awfully strong. If not, he’ll fall back into the pack.
No kidding. Toomey is running Perry’s biggest super pac.
I don’t think Morris has really understood post-Tea Party realities. The fiscal/social conservative dichotomy doesn’t make a lot of sense these days (if it ever did) - in what sense is Romney more fiscally conservative than any of his serious opponents? Like ilgipper says, Perry has already made inroads into Romney’s fiscal conservative vote, by virtue of being fiscally conservative and demonstrably electable.
The real divide has to do with what sort of premium different primary voters put on sheer electability. And also, to do with the self interest of various party establishment figures (if a tea party candidate WERE elected president, the “centre-right” establishment types would be surplus to requirements. Their careers depend on conservatism not being too successful.)
Got that right!
I'm sick of his Palin = nice BUT can't win cra*pola.
He's obviously backing another horse and is hoping to influence voters away from Sarah.