Ford is a "clown bringing his act to New York," according to this guy who probably tortured kittens as a child.
As the GOP imploded, and Democrats got elected in places like Virginia and Montana, Ford ran in Tennessee on the What-A-Friend-I-Have-In-Jesus platform and got race-baited out of the job by an non-entity named Bob Corker. So much for being a Rising Star and all. James Carville sure can pick 'em, can't he? (More than one person has told me that Ford looks at Barack Obama the way Salieri looked at Mozart.) Now, though, with some Wall Street grifters behind him, and his support running from one side of the MSNBC green room to the other, this clown is bringing his act to New York.He'd make such a bad candidate that a grateful Gillibrand probably hopes he'll run as the one sure-fire way to unify Democrats behind her, according to this blogger.
You really have to wonder if this is going to concern the campaign staff of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, or make them really, really happy. It looks like Tennessee transplant Harold Ford Jr is staffing up for a potential Senate bid. In something that is sure to play well with the Democratic base, it appears that two of his first three major hires came from the campaign squad of NYC's Republican Mayor, Michael Bloomberg.
Lots of New York's power players are trying to talk Harold Ford Jr. down from the ledge regarding his potential primary challenge to Kirsten Gillibrand, starting with Gillibrand's mentor Charles Schumer. Rep. Jerry Nadler, who came around late to supporting Gillibrand but is firmly in her column now, also joined in the chorus telling Ford (who's been huddling with advisors from Michael Bloomberg's coterie) to back off. The campaign against Ford almost seems to write itself, starting with his pro-life proclamations and the fact that he's been registered to vote in New York for only six weeks.
To imagine Ford might represent New York as a Democrat is such a grotesque proposition it took me a while to be convinced that I even needed to address the story.He appeared like a UFO in New York's sky:
You can't run against an incumbent with the slogan: "Vote for me, I'm a more fascinating personality." Gillibrand's weak spot had always been that she shifted to the left only when it suited her political needs. But she shifted with extreme ardor. And she was not as far to the right as Ford to begin with. It's hard to conceive how he could pull the trick off.This blogger gets right to the point: "He's an opportunistic asshole."
This has all of the indications of an elaborate shakedown of the Democratic Party by Ford who will no doubt want some form of "compensation" or "consideration" for not running a divisive campaign that he can't win considering his conservative voting history. He just wants to be treated like the political royalty he thinks he is. So, asshole.Update: On the Today Show, Ford backs gay marriage. Asked by Matt Lauer if he was changing his position, Ford replied, "Maybe in the language."