Dick Morris, the famed political consultant whose greatest triumph perhaps was the creation of the so-called “triangulation” strategy which enabled President Bill Clinton to gain popularity be mixing liberal and conservative policy packages into one package , will be receiving the first “In the Spirit of Thomas Paine” Award.
Sponsored by the Thomas Paine Cottage in New Rochelle, the award is given to a national broadcast or print journalist, commentator or author whose work captures the essence of the great Revolutionary War pamphleteer, who wrote:
“But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and it wants is the liberty of appearing.”
According to the organization’s press release, this is the first award. But some years back, there was another annual award given in Paine’s name that, if memory serves, went mainly to ^0 Minutes correspondents and columnists for The New York Times.
Morris, 61, was at one time an incredibly powerful force in Washington, D.C. But he had a serious falling out with the Clintons. In 1996, he resigned from the Clinton campaign when the tabloid newspaper, The Star, printed photographs allegedly showing Morris cavorting with a prostitute.
He is still a consultant, an author, a hard-nosed columnist and makes frequent TV appearances On FOX News and other channels.
The award dinner will be held on Nov. 17.