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Dick Morris: Anyone Obama Nominates Will Pass the Senate

Friday, 23 Jan 2009 05:39 PM

By Jim Meyers

Political analyst Dick Morris tells Newsmax that "anybody" President Barack Obama nominates for a high-level position will be confirmed by the Democratic-controlled Senate.

He also said incoming Treasure Secretary Timothy Geithner’s failure to pay taxes was an “aggressive effort to cheat the IRS” — and declared that Obama’s choice for attorney general, Eric Holder, has a “scary” attitude toward terrorism. [Editor’s Note: To See the Full Morris Interview, Go Here Now]

Morris, who has a new column on Newsmax, "The Obama Presidency: Here Comes Socialism," was asked by Newsmax’s Ashley Martella if Obama’s order to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay showed that he is pandering to far-left financiers like George Soros.

"I think he is," Morris responded.

"But on the other hand, he closed it but then he didn’t close it. He said that it would stay open for at least a year, and he then would have to figure out what he would do with the 250 inmates who remain there — half of whom are from Yemen, which is a hotbed of terrorism.

"The New York Times ran a story that one of the people who had been released from Guantanamo returned to Yemen and became one of the leaders of al-Qaida. What’s significant is that the New York Times ran that story. The Times has always been behind getting rid of Guantanamo, and to run a story like that indicates perhaps they’re having second thoughts about that.

"I think what Obama did was to sign the order to close it with great flourish, but then kept it open. That really indicates, I think, that he felt he needed to get the left off his back, but on the other hand those people are not walking the streets any time soon."

Martella noted that Geithner has easily won approval from the Senate Finance Committee to be Treasury Secretary even though he failed to pay all the taxes he owed for four years.

"It’s a little worse than that," Morris observed.

"It’s not just that he didn’t pay taxes … When he started to undergo the confirmation hearings, he paid two years of tax, but not four, because two were outside the statue of limitations. And then when it became evident that this would become an issue, he paid all four.

"In addition to that, he tried to deduct as a business expense his child’s summer sleep-away camp. How many millions of parents know that they can’t do that? So this is not just a guy who had some oversights, this was an aggressive effort to cheat the IRS, which he will now be the head of."

Martella cited Holder’s role in Bill Clinton’s pardoning of Mark Rich, the only fugitive from justice ever pardoned, and asked Morris if the GOP would try to block Holder’s confirmation as attorney general.

"I think they’re trying," Morris told Newsmax.

"There’s a one-week hold on his nomination. But I think the problem is that anybody will be confirmed by this Senate. Mark Rich is the least of the problem. That was horrific enough … But he pardoned the FLAN terrorists, advocated their pardon. It indicates an attitude toward terrorism that is, frankly, scary."

Editor’s Note: To See the Full Morris Interview, Go Here Now.

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