Thank god for Harold Ford’s ill-advised lunge for the NY Senate seat; national politics has gotten mighty depressing as of late, but this shit is comedy gold. Check out the ironic juxtaposition here.
From the Times (emphasis mine):
Mr. Ford, a five-term congressman from Tennessee, has given himself until the end of February to decide whether to challenge Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand in New York’s Democratic primary, but in the first week of a statewide tour, he is quickly revealing what kind of candidate he would be: an effortless retail politician, equally at ease in baroque restaurants and Baptist churches, who makes instant, Clinton-like connections with voters.
The two bantered about the difference between New York and Tennessee, with Dicker poking fun at Ford for pronouncing “smear” (as in: “I’ve been the victim of a smear campaign on my position on choice”) as “schmear”, prompting this exchange:
Dicker: “I think schmear is something you put on a bagel.”
Ford: “I’m a little country. I apologize…It’s “smear”, s-m-e-a-r. Y’all talk funny.”
Effortless! Instant, Clinton-like connection!