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ZzzzzzzzzzzzzzUgh, Harold Ford Jr. Remember this guy? Lost his senate bid in Tennessee because of the terrible racist ad that suggested he spent all his free time cavorting nude with loose white women, and then became head of the DLC, at which point everybody realized it was maybe not so bad he had not become a senator? And now he just goes on the cable news sometimes and affably mumbles whatever crap is required to get to the next commercial break? He is thinking about running for the Senate again — this time from the state where all ambitious politicians move and run for senator!

Ford is considering a run in New York, against Kirsten Gillibrand, because why not. Gillibrand currently has the fundraising advantage, but Michael Bloomberg doesn’t like her and Ford has many wealthy friends. However on the minus side, Ford does not support gay marriage. This may put him at a disadvantage in New York City, which is 98% homosexual.

Harold Ford Jr. Weighs a Challenge to Gillibrand [New York Times]

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  1. Fuck this hack. New York can get an actual progressive senator, not this anti net neutrality reverse carpetbagging blue dog corporatista.

  2. I think he’s got a better chance of winning a Derek Jeter look a like contest than the senate. It’s not like New Yawk would elect a carpetbagger…

  3. Isn’t Gillibrand’s problem that she’s seen as too conservative for New York? Running to right of her in the primary doesn’t seem like a good idea.

  4. But seriously, though. The co-chairman of “Broadband for America” as a senator? Do we really need to emphasize the corporate/government merger going on any more emphatically by putting an actual, in-the-light-of-day servant of huge telecom companies in our House of Lords?

  5. [re=489706]gjdodger[/re]: That really was the low point of the most obnoxious, race-baiting ads in a long time. But… Tennessee. It worked quite well.

  6. As I’m reminded of his “anti-neutrality, pro-telco” ness.

    All Kristen needs to do to know this lap dog off:

    Harold Ford Jr.: Wants you to pay big $ for internet Porn.

  7. [re=489701]ManchuCandidate[/re]: He could claim to acutally be Derek Jetter and run for Senate, which is good for at least a couple thousand votes.

  8. Any man who opposes gay marriage, even a male person of color for whom anti-gay bigotry is allowed to be accepted as a norm, has found the number one way to raise my index of suspicion that he likes it up the dumper. And put the Ugandan douchebag who said “Homosexuals have no human rights” at the very tip-top top of my list.

    If floating his candidacy is Bloomberg’s idea of exacting punishment on Gillibrand for her awful, AWFUL, tepid advocacy of tiny incremental reform in the area of HELTH, he is a more impotent bindlestiff than I had originally taken him for.

  9. All I remember about the cracker that beat Ford in that Tennessee senatorial election is that Wonkette performed the important public service of publishing a picture of his (Corker’s) daughter – and she it hot, hot, hot. Hot enough for Ford to want to call.

  10. [re=489715]dum librul[/re]: Telecom’s already represented — Mark Warner made his fortune in some sort of cell phone company. Yeah we don’t need another anti-regulation, every-improvement-is-a-tax-on-industry Democrat. Where are the commies?

  11. yeah, no on this guy. when Bob fucking Corker is your only other option down here in Retard-essee, then you do what you can. but NY can surely do better.

  12. I don’t think New Yorkers trust each other enough to actually elect a Senator from their own state. They realize they are all just the soulless, pole smoking whores of corporate interests or alternatively the inbred progeny of slack jawed bootleggers.
    They got a blind man for Governor, for goodness sake…what was the thinking there? “If he can’t see all the corruption going on around him, he’s less likely to jump right into the middle of it?”
    Harold should be right at home.

  13. [re=489824]dijetlo[/re]: “They realize they are all just the soulless, pole smoking whores of corporate interests or alternatively the inbred progeny of slack jawed bootleggers.”

    As opposed to candidates from the other 49?!

  14. Interesting dynamic – two candidates trying to run toward the center from each other. This could be a greater threat to existence than the Large Hardon Collider (or did I get that spelling wrong again?)

  15. I am so conflicted about Ford as he was the victim of a pretty nasty slime job. At the same time though, he is pretty nasty slime.

    Is there an option #3 that involves murder/suicide, wetsuits, and Joe Lieberman?

  16. [re=489832]chaste everywhere[/re]: True, but the question is, do New Yorkers realize that the rest of the country subsists in the same morally bereft hellscape?
    I think not, since along with the rest of the manifest faults, New Yorkers believe in their own exceptionalism, hence they insist on out of state representation.

  17. [re=489885]imissopus[/re]: Yea, we love us some Senator O’Ford, if nothing but for the continual comic relief she sends our way. In fact, we love her so much that when Ophelia’s last election was thrown out because of “voting irregularities” (a bunch of dead people — presumably her customer base — voted for her), the voters who had a pulse went right back to the polls and re-elected her anyway.

  18. [re=489720]queeraselvis v 2.0[/re]: That clip was so funny. I was born and raised in Virginia and she reminds me of one of my aunts. But my aunt would say, “What you’re saying ain’t hittin on a rusty nail.”

  19. Harold Ford spends too much time with Joe Scarborough. Plus, the nonsense that comes out of his mouth is so unimpressive. Sometimes he says stuff I know he can’t believe. On the night that Obama was nominated (you know, when he and Michelle gave that terrorist fist jab) Ford commented that McCain had given a good speech — remember, in front of the green background and the snoring supporters. He is so fake. New York can definitely do better.

  20. [re=489878]dijetlo[/re]: You’re probably right. Last time I was there, Cuomo Senior was in the middle of his “Oh pleeeeeez don’t nominate me for President, whatever you do pretty pleeeeeez don’t do that” routine. Ages ago, in other words, so I’m hardly qualified to judge.

  21. [re=489995]Suds McKenzie[/re]: Excellent!
    When Jim Doyle (“D”) got elected governor of Wisconsin in ’02, “ending” 16 years of Republican rule in this very odd state, I wrote to a friend: “Doyle ran a campaign so conservative he made Joe Lieberman look like Emma Goldman.”
    Which has nothing to do with degrees of blackness, come to ponder.

  22. I was hoping to see a headline about this here. Something like: Handsome Black Man selected by Crazy Billionaire Club for House of Lords. It’s not polite to link, but I did write about on Open Salon in case anyone wants to move the snark over there.

  23. Hahahah. As a former Memphis resident I find it funny that a guy whose whole family is basically an organized crime outfit in the city (run out of a funeral home!), I can’t help but think Harold is just trying to get away from his crazy high school drop out brother (who was in prison for non-political crimes) who keeps running for his former seats.

  24. Yea so I am from Memphis (but live in new york now as well!!) and I can tell you that this joker is indeed, a steaming pile of mess. But for real fun google Ophelia Ford of Harold Ford Sr or really any of his relatives. Then ask yourself, DOES he really belong in the Senate? The answer you are searching for is, probably.

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