Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A Ford in New York's Future?

Posted By on Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 10:26 AM

click to enlarge Ford's new book: We can't wait to read it!
  • Ford's new book: We can't wait to read it!
So Harold Ford is thinking about trying to steal Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand's New York Senate seat. It's an open secret, and there's lots of buzz. Political reporters are working themselves into tizzies over it. Sound familiar? It wasn't so long ago that Ford was thinking about running for governor of Tennessee, remember? Lots of very important people were urging him to do it, and Ford was playing it coy just like he's doing now. He loves the spotlight, doesn't he? We bet it'll take him a really long time to make up his mind about this New York race

We always thought Ford was probably unelectable statewide in Tennessee, not because he's black but because he carries too much family baggage. But Democrats here couldn't afford to disrespect Ford because it would piss off Memphis blacks whose votes are absolutely essential to any Democrat's winning statewide. So for every statewide race, potential Democratic candidates were forced to sit tight while he weighed his options. It was painful to watch.

Ford figured out he couldn't win in Tennessee after losing his Senate race in a big Democratic year, and then he tried to fix this little problem by moving to New York.

In New York, they don't know about Ford's father and his uncle and all the rest of his family. Junior's memoir, More Davids than Goliaths, is due out in September. We doubt it'll go into great detail about his father's fraud trials, or his uncle's envelope full of bribe money, or his aunt's difficulties staying on that barstool across the street from the Legislative Plaza. But something tells Pith that New York soon will learn about all this anyway, as well as all the conservative positions that Ford took in his vain attempt to make himself electable in Tennessee, and then it suddenly will occur to Junior that maybe it's not such a great idea to run for the Senate again at this time in his life. Update: I told you so. This blogger reports Ford's interested only in "creating buzz" for himself. So back off, New York scandal sheets. No need to drag out the Ford family skeletons. He was just kidding. Update II: "In conversations with leading Democratic strategists, there seems to be little belief that Ford will ultimately get into the race for several reasons."

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