Dick Morris: Dodd, Dorgan Departures Means Tsunami Aimed at Democrats in 2010

Thursday, 07 Jan 2010 05:22 PM

By David A. Patten

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A stunning wave of Democratic retirements and defections signals a "tsunami" of voter discontent that will hurt President Obama's ability to deliver on his ambitious legislative agenda, Fox News political analyst Dick Morris told Newsmax in an exclusive interview Tuesday.

See Video: Dick Morris talks about the coming wave of Democratic losses - Click Here Now

And Morris says the worst is yet to come for the Democratic Party.
"I think that what's going to happen now is a series of [Democratic] retirements," Morris told Newsmax.TV's Ashley Martella. "Next to the H1N1 virus, the most contagious disease in Washington is going to be retiring."

In a single day Tuesday, three Democrats announced they would not run for re-election: Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn.; Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D.; and Gov. Bill Ritter, D-Colo.

Their decisions followed closely on the heels of the announcement by Alabama blue dog Rep. Parker Griffith that he would switch parties and become a Republican.

The Democratic setbacks are expected to make it much more difficult for President Obama to persuade skittish Democrats to enact his legislative agenda, including energy cap and trade, pro-union "card check" legislation, and immigration reform.

Yet Morris, who has predicted Republicans will recapture both houses of Congress in November's midterms, says Democrats are just beginning to recognize the political damage caused by their acquiescence to President Obama's initiatives.

"I think that the more they retire," Morris told Newsmax, "the more it sends a message to other Democratic incumbents for them to switch parties or retire, to Democratic campaign donors that the Democratic Party's probably going to lose, to Republicans who are thinking of jumping into the race to challenge Democrats to go ahead and do it because they have a good chance of winning, and most of all it sends a message to Democratic voters that the Democrats they might vote for are basically admitting defeat."

The best-selling author told Newsmax that the retirements also indicate moderates are an endangered species within the Democratic Party.
"I think the tide is just irresistible… this marks the end of the moderate Democrat," said Morris.

Democrats contend that Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, the new Democratic senatorial candidate, actually has a better chance of winning than Dodd did.

Morris agreed. But he adds that he no longer considers any Democrat, incumbent or otherwise, a safe bet to win in 2010.

"When it's the year before a tsunami hits," Morris told Martella, "you can't tell exactly how high the water's gonna go… I don't think it's a healthy time for any Democrat to run."

Turning to national security, Morris predicted that voters will see through the president's apparent attempt to blame the intelligence community for not keeping Americans safe from terror, following the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a Northwest Flight 253.

"Obama has the hunters being hunted," Morris said. "The intelligence officers that are supposed to find terrorists, are themselves terrorized by being subjected to the likes of Eric Holder and to criticism within the United States."

Morris says the administration has discouraged CIA officers from taking the intuitive leaps of judgment needed to "connect the dots" and prevent terrorists from striking the United States.

"Now if when you take that leap you're going to be second guessed, and somebody's going to come and say, 'Oh, you shouldn't have done that, you violated that guy's rights.' There goes your job, there's goes your pension -- you're not going to take that leap.

"So when Obama says it's a systemic failure, yeah it is," Morris told Newsmax. "But it's one that he caused by the policies that he's been espousing. It's the logical consequence of all the things he's said ever since he started to run for president."

See Video: Dick Morris talks about the coming wave of Democratic losses - Click Here Now

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Rep. Smith: Coverage for Abortions Exposes Latest ACA 'Big Lie'

Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 17:14 PM

A government report that health plans sold under Obamacare cover early termination of pregnancies puts the lie to Presid . . .

Rick Perry Demands Mexico Control 'Criminal Element'

Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 16:53 PM

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has called on Mexican President Pena Nieto to control his country's "criminal element" in a letter . . .

Dick Morris: 'Benghazi Problem' About to Blow Up for Hillary

Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 16:51 PM

The House Select Committee on Benghazi held its first hearing Wednesday and political analyst Dick Morris tells Newsmax  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved