I generally have a skeptical attitude toward Dick Morris’ prognostications and advice to Republican candidates, in no small part because he is generally wrong and his partisanship is always in question to my mind. There is, however, one area where I believe him with absolute certainty and that is in his assessment of both William Jefferson Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton as human beings and as candidates.
Morris, on Hannity & Colmes Tuesday night and again in this column state the following:
"In fact, an army of detectives, hired at the behest of Bill and Hillary and their lawyers, defamed and outed "the opposition" (both politicians and witnesses) during the impeachment battle. Earlier, similar energy went into savagely containing "bimbo eruptions" (and not just during the 1992 campaign). The same "secret police" may be on duty again in Hillary's '08 campaign.It leads me to wonder how much of the MSM’s apparent mania for the ever shifty and dishonest Clintons is inspired by genuine love for this pair of grifters and how much is inspired by genuine fear?
"But Bill's warning also seems aimed at the media themselves. Noting that "the people that are doing it" [accusing the Clintons of scandal] have escaped "the same scrutiny . . . in the past," he says they won't get a "free ride" this time.
"His GOP critics surely did not escape scrutiny - but journalists largely did. Of course, in the interests of the First Amendment, reporters should escape the kind of scrutiny inflicted on politicians. But that's not the Clinton playbook - where item one is "deny the allegation" and item two is "shoot the alligator."
"Clinton's warning has a broader meaning, too: He will be unto Hillary as Hillary was unto him - the attack dog. The former president will bare his fangs against any and all who attack his wife."
In any event, it’s something worth thinking about.