Given the call-girl scandal that ended Dick Morris's career as Bill Clinton's chief political strategist, maybe they should have called this one "Under the Oval Office." The book is recommended because in Clinton's "Wilderness Years" of 1994 and 1995, when Newt Gingrich's Republican Revolution was in full flower, Morris undeniably had Clinton's ear. And what he was constantly whispering in it--that the president should effect a strategy of "triangulation," in which he would disassociate himself from both the Republicans *and* the Democrats in the Congress--proved winning advice. After all, Clinton was reelected even though both houses remained Republican. But perhaps it's a mistake to claim, as Morris does, that the scandal should be separated from his job performance. Wasn't it a case of not only compromising his position, but compromising principles as well? Isn't this the real danger of relying on nonpartisan political consultants?
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From Library Journal
Morris, President Clinton's former chief strategist, was called in after the Democrats lost control of Congress in the 1994 off-year elections. He had a long, successful career as a pollster and spinmeister for both parties. His book explains his role in the Clinton political storms, until Morris himself was brought down in August 1996 by tabloid revelations of his relationship with a prostitute. He takes full credit for Clinton's resurrection in the 1996 election campaign. In the atmosphere of the present public disenchantment with politics in general and Clinton in particular, its hard to say how enduring Morris's chronicle of his own brilliance is. He reads his own work in a high-pitched, confident voice that some listeners might find a little smug. Still, there seems to be an insatiable audience for inside political gossip. Purchase as public interest warrants.ABarbara Valle, El Paso P.L., TX
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