Former presidential adviser, current TV commentator in town to support Tipton

Scott Tipton, his wife Jean, right, and daughter Elizabeth listen to political analyst Dick Morris at a fundraiser in Palisade on Tuesday.

The way voters react to several Obama administration initiatives will make the difference in the 2010 elections, political analyst Dick Morris said Tuesday.

Those reactions will work against Democrats seeking re-election, Morris said in a visit to Palisade, where he headlined a fundraiser for Scott Tipton, a Republican running for the 3rd Congressional District seat now held by Democrat John Salazar, who is seeking his fourth term.

The district, which covers most of the Western Slope and much of southern Colorado, is one of several that Morris has targeted as part of his effort to force a change in the leadership of the House.

The Senate, however, also is in play, Morris said.

Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck has an advantage over incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, because of Bennet’s support of those Obama initiatives, Morris said. Bennet’s votes “are going to sink him,” Morris said.

The reason, Morris said, is voters already identify Democrats with terms such as “the failed stimulus package, cap and trade, Obamacare. This year, you don’t need adjectives” to describe incumbents, “you only need nouns.”

A Republican takeover of Congress helped Morris advise President Clinton to triangulate and capture a second term by campaigning against the Republican Congress.

President Obama, however, won’t have the advantage of being able to tack to the political center even if Republicans are implacable, Morris said.

“Obama will not be able to emulate that,” he said.

Part of that is because Obama has moved so far left that “what was the right has become the center,” Morris said.

Obama also will be hostage to the side of the party headed by Hillary Clinton.

And Hillary Clinton, “with her strong sense of integrity and loyalty,” would never challenge a weakened Obama in the Democratic Party primary, Morris said with a sarcastic guffaw.

After speaking in Palisade, Tipton and Morris were to attend a fundraiser in Aspen.


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