Ex-Clinton adviser supports Tipton
Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District is one of a handful that Republicans need to recapture the U.S. House, political analyst Dick Morris said.
Morris, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, is working on the Republican side because “I’m just very upset at the direction of my country,” he said.
Without a change in control of Congress, 2010 will set the stage for a period much like the 1930s, Morris said.
“We’ll be in for a decadelong depression,” he said in an interview with The Daily Sentinel on Monday.
Morris will appear today at a fundraiser for Republican Scott Tipton, who is challenging U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., in the November general election.
The Colorado Democratic Party denounced Morris as a “disgraced former White House aide” who has “proven himself morally questionable time and time again.”
Salazar spokesman Ronnie Carleton said he had no comment on Morris.
Morris hasn’t given up on Democratic Party ideals such as balanced budget and elimination of the federal deficit, he said.
His problem is that his beliefs hark back to an era “when there were such things as conservative Democrats,” Morris said.
Now the only difference between a liberal Democrat and a moderate “is the asking price,” he said.
“While my party labels have changed, my ideology has been consistent,” he said.
The roots of his discontent, though, are economic, Morris said.
The Obama administration is repeating the social-engineering missteps of the 1930s Roosevelt administration, he said.
Constantly changing the rules for businesses “paralyzed efforts at recovery throughout the 1930s,” and the Obama administration is following that pattern, he said.
In supporting Tipton, Morris is taking aim at John Salazar, “and the fact that his brother (Ken Salazar) is secretary of interior makes it all the more delicious,” Morris said.
Morris took a direct slap at John Salazar, calling him “a puppet” who sides 98 percent of the time with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat.
With that record, “What do you need a congressman for?” Morris said. “Just send a voting machine.”
More information about Morris’ fundraiser for Tipton today in Palisade is at http://www.votetipton.com.