CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Dick Morris, the Clinton White House strategist who moved Bill Clinton to the political center for the 1996 presidential campaign, says Sen. Hillary Clinton is a master at the the "politics of personal destruction." Morris said she has employed private investigators to snoop for mud that could be thrown back at critics of her husband.
'Hillary, smilingly, waves to the crowds and opines against the politics of personal destruction. She's an expert at it. She was among the first to hire private detectives to dig up dirt on women who had been linked to Bill, on Linda Tripp, on other Clinton accusers, and on virtually anyone else who stood in the way of her ambitions for her husband," Morris said in a Newsmax.com column he writes with his wife, attorney Eileen McGann.
Morris left the White House in disgrace after the 1996 Democratic National Convention. This Time Magazine profile has a lot of the background about his role in the Clinton years. He was the architect of triangulation, the strategy that put the White House in between the GOP and national Democrats, a move that made Bob Dole quip that Clinton had turned into a Republican for the 1996 race. Morris is no fan of the New York senator and said Barack Obama, for now, should stick to his gameplan, which is to portray himself as a fresh figure in politics. "The ranks of those who are willing to point out her obvious shortcomings are so legion that Obama doesn't need to add to the chorus," said Morris, who left no doubt he is a member of that legion.
The first caucuses are nearly 11 months away, and the campaign already looks to be turning fetid on the Dem side -- if Morris is right.