Veteran political analyst Dick Morris tells Newsmax that voters are increasingly coming to view President Barack Obama as “incompetent” due to his “clueless” response to the Gulf oil spill.
He also says Obama’s troubles are likely to help Republicans in November — when Morris says the GOP will win both houses of Congress — and analyzes several key races in the upcoming elections.
Morris is a regular Newsmax contributor and best-selling author whose latest book is “2010: Take Back America — A Battle Plan.”
In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, Morris discusses a new Gallup poll showing that the percentage of voters who say they would vote for Republicans over Democrats is up three points from last week, to a 49-to-43 lead. It also shows that the enthusiasm of Republican voters is 15 points higher than for Democrats.
“I’ve been saying ad nauseam now, and I say it in my book ‘2010: Take Back America,’ that I believe we are going to win control of both houses,” Morris says.
“I think the problem that Obama is now facing is a kind of layer cake. At the basic layer there is the concern about his liberalism, his socialism, and all his problems with healthcare.
“Then the next layer of the cake is a concern about his competence as a result of his total inability to deal with this oil spill.
“And the top layer of the cake is that voters are looking at what’s happening in Greece and in Europe, and they’re seeing what happens when you contract too much debt, you spend money that you don’t have, and you become totally dependent upon the bond markets.
“All this is coming together in a kind of perfect storm that really is hurting Obama badly.”
In the poll results, “the most important thing is the enthusiasm index, because this is an off-year election and turnout in an off-year election is usually about 20 points lower than in a presidential year,” Morris observes.
“So the question is, who votes. I think Republicans will vote in massive numbers and I think Democrats can intend to say home.”
Asked what political price Obama will pay for his response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Morris responds:
“We’ve all been so focused on Obama as being a liberal or being a radical or socialist that we’ve neglected that he’s also incompetent.
“Fiorello LaGuardia, the mayor of New York, said there’s no Democratic or Republican way to clean the streets — you just clean them. And there’s no Democratic or Republican way to clean up an oil spill — you just clean it up. And he has proven totally helpless, clueless in the face of this disaster.
“I think this is eroding his ratings very significantly. Democrats are not saying I’m going to vote Republican, but they are saying I’m unenthusiastic about Obama and I might well stay home.”
Morris weighed in on several important races:
- In the California Senate battle, incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer is in serious trouble no matter who wins the GOP nomination, former Congressman Tom Campbell or former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, whom Morris has endorsed partly because she has signed a pledge not to raise taxes.
- Morris dismissed the “old concept” that only a moderate can win in California, and a conservative can’t, because he says it’s based on the old days when abortion was the key, whereas today the key issues are the economy, taxes, and immigration.
- In the California governor race, Democratic Attorney General Jerry Brown has a lead over former eBay CEO Meg Whitman because of former Gov. Brown’s name recognition, says Morris. But he believes the gap will close and “Whitman has a very good shot against Brown.”
- In the Nevada Senate race, Majority Leader Harry Reid has narrowed the lead of three potential GOP opponents, but he still trails and Morris declares: “I think he’s going to be doomed in November.”
- Republican Rep. Mark Kirk leads in the polls over Democratic State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias in the race to fill Obama’s former Senate seat from Illinois. Kirk has admitted to an inaccurate statement by his campaign that he received the Navy’s Intelligence Officer of the Year award in 1999 when the award actually went to his unit and Kirk received a different award. But the slip-up won’t hurt Kirk in the long run, according to Morris.
- In the Florida Senate race, Gov. Charlie Crist has seen a boost in his poll numbers after leaving the Republican Party to run as an independent, and he is now in a dead heat in some polls with the GOP candidate, former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio.
But Morris insists: “I think Rubio is going to clobber Crist.”
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