The Democratic Party is "approaching panic" because of Hillary Clinton's email scandal, leaving it without a strong candidate if she's forced out of the race, Dick Morris tells Newsmax TV.
Morris, a Newsmax TV
political analyst and best-selling author of "Power Grab: Obama's Dangerous Plan for a One-Party Nation,"
appears on "The Hard Line" Monday and tells host Ed Berliner Democrats may be left scrambling for a candidate in next year's presidential election.
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"It's approaching panic," Morris says. "It's not like they have a large bench waiting to step in and take over. If Hillary falters, they have a 70-something-year-old Bernie Sanders, then they have an old worn out Joe Biden, and an Elizabeth Warren that won't get into the race and probably is too liberal if she does."
"What do they have? This lack of a bench is very bad when your starter has arm trouble and back trouble and leg trouble and looks like they're headed for the DL."
Clinton has been dogged by a scandal surrounding her use of a private email address and server during her time as secretary of state (2009-2013). Court documents
filed Monday showed federal investigators, who are combing through Clinton's email server, have flagged more than 300 emails that passed through her email account that may have contained classified information. That number is expected to climb, as only 20 percent of roughly 30,000 emails have been screened.
Morris thinks the Democrats will have a hard time coming up with an electable candidate.
"They're not on the on deck circle. If you use the metaphor, they're not even on the dugout. In fact, they're not even in the town where the game is being played. It would be a large stretch," Morris says when asked if a younger Democrat could step up and take the reins. "Deval Patrick, the former governor of Massachusetts, Sherrod Brown, a relatively young senator from Ohio, a very radical one. You have a few that are on the wings. Claire McCaskill might, who knows but they're very far from frontline and it would take a real surgeon to bring them forth."
Morris says the other issue is that Clinton won't go away quietly.
"The other problem is that Hillary won't die easily. The lesson of 2008 makes that clear when months after it was clear she was going to lose the nomination, she still ran and Obama at one point said, 'when will this woman go home?'" Morris says. "That's a question everybody is going to be asking and until she actually gets rid of her delegates and says, 'I'm finished' and steps out, you can't move on."
"No quiet persuasion is going to work. What will work is if she gets indicted."
Last week, Morris told Newsmax TV
he believes Clinton will be indicted
for passing classified information over her private, non-governmental email server.
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