Dick Morris: US Must Counter Russian Power in Europe

Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 03:57 PM

By Lisa Barron

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The Obama administration should take action to counter further aggression by Russian President Vladimir Putin in the wake of his annexation of Crimea, political consultant Dick Morris says.

"There are three steps we ought to take. Put the missiles in Poland and the Czech Republic that Obama pulled out in the first couple of months of his presidency and canceled plans to deploy. Secondly, pass legislation lifting the administrative bureaucracy on exporting natural gas. And finally, complete construction of the 27 planned liquefaction facilities to transform gas into a liquid," he told Newsmax TV's John Bachman and J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Tuesday.

"Once it's in a liquid, you put it in a tanker, and you send it anywhere in the world. Russia's power in Europe is not military, it's based on the fact that they provide Europe with a quarter of the natural gas and eastern Europe with half of it. If the United States made good on a threat to begin to sell gas to Europe, it would break Russian power and put Putin out of business."

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Morris, who was an adviser to President Bill Clinton during his first term, minced no words in criticizing a new ad campaign launched by the Republican Party on Monday featuring a young "hipster" named Scott Greenberg in an effort to woo younger voters.

"It's stupid. First of all, gas prices are going down, the other ad is about gas prices. It doesn't rank in the top five or six worries of young people. The issues that do work, Obamacare and the NSA, they are not touching," he said.

"Secondly, it is a myth to believe that the Republican Party is in trouble with white young people. Among the millennial generation 18 to 33, the whites in that generation were just as strong for Romney as the whites over 33. The reason that Obama carried the millennial by a very large margin is that 43 percent of them are non-white, compared to about 28 percent of the general population. It's a racial issue, ethnic issue, not an age issue."

Asked why Republicans don't talk more about what the party is doing to create jobs for young people, Morris replied, "That would be very effective. Far more effective would be for someone to say, 'This is my new car, I need it to get to work. It's not new, it's second-hand, third-hand . . . but I bought it rather than get that stupid health insurance that Obama wants me to buy.'"

Instead of trying to get young people to identify with someone in an ad, the GOP should address the issues that affect voters on a daily basis, Morris argued.

"Take Obama's quote, 'You have to choose between getting rid of your credit card, your cellphones, and your cable TV and instead buy health insurance.' And have somebody talk about how 'I need my cellphone for work. Or get rid of cable TV, is he kidding? I use that every day. I won't use the health insurance in my lifetime, you know, in the next 10 years.' Take aim at his vulnerability, which is Obamacare being a tax on young people to subsidize everybody else. Hit young people in their area of vulnerability, their pocketbook," he said.

It is precisely because of Obamacare that the GOP has a unique chance to appeal directly to young people, Morris said, adding, "This is the first time the millennial generation has been in play politically. Not just because some pollster puts them in play, but because they are being asked to subsidize this entire healthcare system. The whole thing is balanced on their backs. What an opportunity to reach them and talk to them about it, and the Republican committee is blowing that."

"Don't talk to them about us, talk to them about them," Morris said. "Don't talk about how great we are, talk about how hard it is for you to afford all of the things you need, and on top of it now you're being forced to pay for Obamacare. Use that issue to win them. Party identification only follows after you go along with the party on issues.

"It's like the decision to marry only happens after you fall in love. It has to be driven by issues. The issue that will connect with them at this point is the burden that's being put on them by Obama," he said.

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