Dick Morris' New Mission

How important has enigmatic Republican political consultant Dick Morris become to President Clinton? Important enough to help his new boss cut a budget deal with Hill Republicans. The publicity-shy Morris has been conducting quiet talks with Senate Majority Whip Trent Lott (R-Miss.)--whose 1988 Senate campaign he helped run--in hopes of forging a bipartisan accord. Other Clintonites are irked by the Connecticut-based consultant's rising influence.