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Dick Morris to GOP: Attack Obama on Competence

By    |   Thursday, 02 Oct 2014 03:43 PM

Republicans must do more than stake out ideological differences with President Barack Obama going into the midterm elections — they must "broaden" their public criticisms by questioning his competence and focus as commander-in-chief, says political strategist Dick Morris.

This presidency has given Republicans plenty of ammunition to turn competency and focus into campaign issues, Morris told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV Thursday.

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Morris, co-author with Eileen McGann of the best-seller, "Power Grab: Obama's Dangerous Plan for a One Party Nation," said that the president has demonstrated the capacity to focus — but only on the issues, such as Obamacare and illegal immigration, that advance his goal of making Democrats a permanent majority.

Morris cited two administration moves on immigration: allowing illegal immigrants to enlist in the military; and the opening of an office for asylum applicants in Guatemala, whose citizens were pouring across the border into Texas this summer.

Both decisions are designed to bring in and naturalize more non-citizens who will then vote Democrat, said Morris.

As for the issues that don't offer an opportunity to build up the party's base, Morris summarized the president's attitude as, "National security? Ebola outbreak? ISIS? Don't waste my time."

And these are the areas where the GOP can hammer Obama on the issue of competency, said Morris: the arrival of Ebola in the United States; and the spectacle of a president who has skipped more than half of his daily intelligence briefings blaming the intelligence community for the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS).

Morris said the manner of the daily briefing makes the president's low attendance rate even more stark.

"The national intelligence briefing is not something the president attends: It's something that comes to him," said Morris. "Every morning there's a guy who comes up to see him. I know the guys who used to do it. One guy comes in and knocks on the door and the president lets him in the residence … To miss the briefing, it isn't like [Obama] didn't show up — it's like he threw the guy out."

"The [president] says that we underestimated the ISIS threat. Well, for goodness sakes, his own ambassador warned about it on Jan. 23 of 2014," said Morris. "There was Congressional testimony, both in November and in February from his own administration officials about the growth of ISIS and the threat that it posed."

"On Ebola, he went on the television to say … there was very little chance of it spreading to the United States," he said.

Morris said that if the Republicans regain control of the Senate in the November elections — and he said that outcome looks likely — they may get an opportunity to replace Obamacare now that a judge in Oklahoma has thrown out a set of insurance subsidies in the health law.

"So this is a huge sea change that will really be possible if we win the United States Senate," said Morris.

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