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Harold Ford: Go Back to Bumfuck

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Glenzilla on our would-be US Senator from New York, running against the conserva-dem Kirsten Gillibrand (who, as much as I don’t like swallowing such pills, is not that the total crony and nazi that Ford presents):

So the rugged individualist Harold Ford — who inherited his father’s Congressional seat at the age of 26 — is a self-proclaimed “capitalist” who believes that people “should lose” if they don’t do well:  unless, that is, the people who “don’t do well” are his funders and controllers on Wall Street, in which case they should be propped up by the U.S. Government with bailouts and loans and Federal Reserve tricks until such time that they can pay themselves tens of millions of dollars in bonuses, at which point they should be left alone in the name of “free market capitalism” and keeping the Government out of the affairs of industry and away from their “rewards.”  What Ford is advocating, of course, is the exact opposite of free market “capitalism”:  it’s risk-free crony capitalism, warped corporatism, the essence of decaying emerging-market nations in crisis, in which the coercive power of the Government is harnessed by a corrupt financial elite for its own benefit and at everyone else’s expense, to ensure that people like Harold Ford can maintain their chauffeurs and pedicures and helicopter rides he strangely boasted of enjoying.

But, then again, is Ford any different a beast than Gillibrand? Well, he is transparently and viciously pro-life/anti-choice and made that clear in 2006 and is now doing a total and complete about face as though the words never came out of his mouth:

In addition to comments like these, what made Ford’s interview so stomach-turning to read was his willingness to say the exact opposite of what he so stridently said during his unsuccessful run for the Senate in Tennessee just three years ago.  He’s hardly alone in that regard — Ford’s primary opponent, Kirsten Gillibrand, instantaneously transformed from right-wing, lobbyist-serving Blue Dog Democrat into Good Loyal Doctrinaire Progressive upon being appointed to her Senate seat — but Ford is particularly unskilled in hiding his soullessness.  It’s just a reminder that most national politicians are so desperate for the petty perks of power that they’re willing to publicly humiliate themselves by making it clear that they believe in nothing and are willing to recite whatever will please those around them and those funding them.  It’s creepy and ugly and explains a lot about our political class.

The establishment is worried about losing its chosen one for this creature. All the actual progressive primary challengers were elbowed out by the Administration and the rest of the party, and so the only challenger we get is this Crony Capitalist and investment banker, and I think that’s what pisses me off the most. If New Yorkers elect this bastard, we all deserve it.


Written by Ben Franklin

January 13, 2010 at 9:24 am

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  1. Gillibrand came out in support of same sex marriage before the Nov 08 congressional election when nobody knew the Senate seat would come up for grabs – it just wasn’t big news at the time. Also, she has been a strong and active advocate for women’s reproductive and other rights since she entered politics. There are other areas where she deserves criticism but these facts set her apart from Ford clearly enough for me.

    Sam, NY

    January 13, 2010 at 10:15 am

    • Look you’re right. And I say this as a ny-er, we need Ford like we need a hole in the head (or own Joe Lieberman). I wa just bitching because I wish we had a more progressive challenger 😉

      Ben Franklin

      January 15, 2010 at 12:17 am

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