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Dick Morris appears on TV's FOX News channel.
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Dick Morris appears on TV's FOX News channel.

Dick Morris (born November 28, 1948 in New York City) is a political author and commentator who was once a successful pollster and campaign consultant. Morris is best known for managing Bill Clinton's successful 1996 bid for re-election to the office of President of the United States. His tenure on that campaign was cut short two months before the election, when it was revealed that he had had an extramarital affair with a prostitute and allowed her to listen to conversations with the President. Following the scandal, Morris turned his focus to media commentary. He now writes a weekly column for the New York Post and appears regularly on the Fox News Channel. Morris has emerged as a harsh critic of the Clintons and has written several books that criticize them, including Rewriting History, a rebuttal to Senator Hillary Clinton's Living History.

Morris makes it known that he is a bipartisan consultant. In addition to his work with Bill Clinton, he once worked for senators Trent Lott and Jesse Helms, as well as former governors William Weld of Massachusetts and Pete Wilson of California and current governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas. As early as 1988, he has said, he decided to work only for Republicans, a claim reiterated in 1995; his role in Clinton's 1992 campaign and presidency was kept secret from the staff. He is not believed to have worked as a U.S. political strategist since the scandal of 1996, possibly because of candidates' fears that their choice of consultant would cause bad publicity.

Morris says he became profoundly "disillusioned" with the actions of the Clintons in the late 90's, after his resignation. He has now formed a career of sorts as a political commentator and critic of the Clintons (primarily Hillary, whom he does not appear to care for at all, whereas with Bill he is more charitable), often appearing on talk shows such as Hannity & Colmes and the O'Reilly Factor.

Morris worked with the United Kingdom Independence Party in their campaign before the 2004 European Parliament election. The party, which advocates withdrawal from the European Union, won 12 of Britain's 78 seats.

Morris appeared frequently in the straight-to-DVD documentary FahrenHYPE 9/11, which offers an alternative viewpoint to Michael Moore's 2004 film, Fahrenheit 9/11. He also wrote the screenplay.

In 2004 and 2005, he and his wife acted as campaign consultants to the successful Yushchenko presidential campaign in Ukraine. Morris insisted on the use of exit polls as a means of potentially exposing ballot tampering. He argues this played a significant role in forcing the incumbent to acquiesce to a new poll when the official results of the first varied materially from the exit surveys.

Morris is well-known as a political commentator who appears regularly on The O'Reilly Factor and Fox News to predict candidates' chances of winning elections. He is currently promoting his newest book which argues that Hillary Clinton will face Condoleezza Rice for the presidency in 2008. Many, however, have mocked Morris's sureness on this issue, due to the fact that he has made predictions which have been lopsidedly wrong in past races. For instance, he said that "I don't give much for his chances", referring to John Kerry challenging Howard Dean for the Democratic nomination for the presidential run in 2004, a prediction that fell flat when Dean was sorely beaten in the race. Additionally, he predicted that Hillary Clinton would face a "nightmare" in her 2006 senate race against moderate Republican candidate Jeanine Pirro, whose campaign subsequently collapsed within a matter of two months after repeated crushing defeats in the opinion polls. He even went so far as to suggest that Clinton would "give up" and drop out to focus on her 2008 campaign.[2][3]

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