Dick Morris: A GOP Senate Could Stop Obama in His Tracks

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 07:08 PM

By Sean Piccoli

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Political analyst Dick Morris told Newsmax TV on Wednesday that a Republican Senate majority in the next Congress, far from being meaningless, could check President Barack Obama and alter the country's trajectory on healthcare, judicial nominees and international treaties.

"A lot of people have asked me, 'Hey, come on, what good does it do if we win?' " Morris told "America's Forum" hosts John Bachman and Ed Berliner.

Morris ticked off a list of areas where the executive branch hasn't faced any pushback from a Senate run by his own political party.

"Obama has done everything he can to stack the judiciary with liberal and radical judges who will OK his expansion of executive power," Morris said.

"But once the Republicans take over the Senate, you're probably going to have close to 100 judicial vacancies . . . and you can either leave them vacant by refusing to confirm his nominees or get him to name some people who are just good judges without necessarily being good liberals," he said.

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Likewise, Morris said, a Senate Republican majority could help Congress chip away at Obamacare surgically — one budget item at a time.

"The smart thing to do would be a whole series of line-item cuts and adjustments, none of which rises to the level that would trigger a presidential veto and a [government] shutdown, but which nevertheless really go far to implementing Republican ideas — for example, defunding the death panel that sets up Medicare rules, defunding the tax on medical devices, repealing that," Morris said.

Lastly, he said, the Senate's role in ratifying treaties means Republicans there can repeal questionable deals— either those made by the Obama administration or older pacts that remain in force by default under international law because the Senate has taken no action.

"If we take the Senate, we can bring them up, vote them down and get rid of them,"  Morris said.

He said the country has come to sense Obama's weakness in an area where he used to poll strongly: foreign policy. He cited the president's withdrawal from Afghanistan and Russia's growing hegemony over Ukraine.

"He's in a terribly defensive position and he's trying to talk his way out of it," said Morris, adding, "In foreign policy we get an opportunity to understand our president's personality in a way we never do with domestic politics, and the view that people are getting of Obama in foreign policy, as well as in the VA, is not an attractive one."

Morris said the scandal of delayed treatment and rigged records at the Veterans Administration is "non-partisan" and "goes to lack of competence, lack of oversight, lack of involvement by the president with the second-largest agency of the federal government."

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