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CAN’T EVEN HANDLE THIS NEWS: “Under intense pressure from Democratic Party officials, Harold E. Ford Jr., the former Tennessee congressman, has decided not to challenge Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand in the primary this fall, according to two people told of his plans.” This is just an extreme disappointment for comedy, one for which there is no comprehensive one-liner at the moment. [NYT]

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  • Polisurgist

    Dude, if the Democratic Party can push you around like that, I’m not sure you’re qualified to run.

  • Troubledog

    Fortunately, Murtha’s demise opened up a spot for itinerant carpetbagging in Pennsylvania. You’ll love it there.

  • Potater

    Aw, fuck, does this mean he’s coming back to Tennessee?

  • Zadig

    [re=522332]Potater[/re]: Please don’t, we don’t want you here. And that’s even considering the OTHER people who live in TN.

  • Jim Newell

    [re=522332]Potater[/re]: Only his taxable income.

  • Cookie Guggelman

    He wanted more time to explore all the NYC restaurants in his Zagat.

  • DickTaterPeeNoShay

    PLEEEEEEZZZZZE HAROLD, Don’t move back to to Tennessee.

    Signed affectionately,

  • norbizness

    Gas up the helicopter, let’s see if there are any other states who need that special brand of corporate whoredom.

  • Harvey Birdman

    Gay Power. [fist in air]

  • Zadig

    [re=522338]Jim Newell[/re]: A good call, actually, as TN has no state income tax, instead opting for a high sales tax. Fuck you, poor people!

  • Hooray For Anything

    This should definitely open up a hole for Governor Paterson to run.

  • rocktonsammy

    Must want to spend more time with family or something.

  • hailripley

    This is good news… for Scott Brown!

  • Hunger Tallest Palin

    Who wants a stinky old Senate office when there’s a governor’s mansion up for grabs!

  • Single Player

    Thank God that Merrill Lynch has its Vice Chairman back again! Strategic synergies will soon be ramping up and the economy will recover! Thanks, Harold!

  • Texan Bulldoggette

    [re=522350]Zadig[/re]: Ditto for TX (8.25% in Austin) & of course our property taxes are un-freaking-believably high. Oh, & I hate Rick Perry…

  • Oldskool

    He’s taking on the John Edwards aura of loserdom.

  • Zadig

    [re=522365]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: I recall the first time I bought something in a state with no sales tax. “You mean… you mean this costs what it says it does?” *tears of joy*

  • Buttery1000

    Get ready for more shitty appearances on Morning Joe.

  • rocktonsammy

    May be a joo should step in and run beings they’re good with money and in NY.

  • Socialist hip replacement

    The world is literally his oyster.

  • SayItWithWookies

    “I refuse to do anything,” he wrote…

    Noted for future reference. Merrill-Lynch will just have to buy themselves one on the open market like the’ve always done.

  • progressiveinga

    He asked his Magic 8-Ball if he should run and it said “Outlook not so good”. No brainer really.

  • Lionel Hutz Esq.

    But who will represent the people of Tennessee who move to New York now?

  • S.Luggo

    Harold, we’ll always have Syracuse.

  • SayItWithWookies

    [re=522379]progressiveinga[/re]: If he really wanted to run, he’d’ve asked again. What do you think that dipshit Palin is bugging The LORD

  • SayItWithWookies

    (ahem — sorry) What do you think that dipshit Palin is bugging The LORD about three times a day?

  • Come here a minute

    Try Kentucky, Harold.

  • dr.giraud

    The comedy will resume in Tennessee, when he returns to run for [insert office here] and repudiates ev’rything he said in New York because the drinking the New York water made him a little gay.

  • progressiveinga

    [re=522388]SayItWithWookies[/re]: Jesus has a Magic 8-Ball?

  • southern mark smith

    [re=522398]progressiveinga[/re]: Jesus could have turned vitamin pills into amphetamines, if he wanted to. No wonder there are so many Christians.

  • progressiveinga

    [re=522404]southern mark smith[/re]: Word.

  • SayItWithWookies

    [re=522398]progressiveinga[/re]: It’s probably the other way around, but you get the idea.

  • southern mark smith

    [re=522408]SayItWithWookies[/re]: The magic 8-Ball has Jesus?

  • SayItWithWookies

    [re=522410]southern mark smith[/re]: Exactly.

  • kungfusheriff

    Headline: Spoiled Prick Anticipates Hard Work, Preemptively Quits
    If only Dubya had had that much quittin’ in him. Later, bro!

  • Surfeit O’Hubris

    Today we are all chickenshit flip-flopping carpetbaggers.

  • marioninnyc

    He made the sacrifice for us because he knew it would get ugly. What a brave, pure, noble soul. Just too good for the cynical, dirty old town of New York.

  • S.Luggo



    How Reagan ruined conservatism

  • Smoke Filled Roommate

    This feels like Democracy..

  • SayItWithWookies

    [re=522491]S.Luggo[/re]: That’s quite a trick that FT writer tried — criticize Reagan’s followers for being shallow, unprincipled idiots while calling the original shallow unprincipled idiot a successful president. It would’ve looked silly even if it had been done well.

  • Scooter

    And thus the Ford-Imus-Scarborough love-triangle is free to resume its peculiar style of wankery.

  • Long Form Def Certificate

    This is actually a genius move on Ford’s part. He can skip the formality — & cost — of a primary in NY (which would be considerably more expensive than the general in TN in ’06) & get on the November ballot via signature collection as an Independent. Just like his mentor, Joe Liebermann.

    Those two Social Security bamboozlers can get adjoining Capitol offices after the inevitable “insurgent” win for HFJ.

  • AnglRdr

    Betcha he comes back to Tennessee to run for Governor.