Harold Ford, Political Genius

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.

And now, from NY Daily News (via Weigel):

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!


One Response

  1. I like Harold Ford. I really hope he is able to pull this off but I think he might have gotten in over his head. There are so many forces stacked against him (particularly Chuckles Schumer) that it would seem to be a herculean task before him. But if anyone can do it, he can. he’s a smart guy and a good guy.

    That being said, a lot of people who should know better are predicting that 2010 will be a Republican year. They aren’t paying attention. The extremists within that party will only continue to destroy it. Anyone who thinks that 2010 is going to be a Republican year had better think again. The Tea Party knuckleheads are already taking credit for the Massachusetts upset last week and are set (they believe) to take over the party. When they are denied the opportunity to do that, they’ll splinter the vote with third or even fourth party uprisings.

    How am I so sure of this? It’s quite simple, really. These people are not only crazy, they’re dumber than doggy dung. It’s only a matter of months before their mad house of cards comes crashing down.


    Tom Degan
    Goshen, NY

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