Harold Ford (D-Tenn) v. Harold Ford (D-NY)


Two years ago, while promoting a book, I was a guest on the worst TV show in America, the now-defunct Hannity & Colmes. I hated myself for appearing, because I agree with absolutely nothing Sean Hannity stands for, and consider him to be a racist, sexist twerp of a man.

Anyhow, while waiting in the green room to go on, I struck up a conversation with Howard Ford, at the time best known as the failed Democratic congressional candidate from Tennessee. Ford seemed like a nice enough guy. He gave me his business card, said he was working in New York for some financial firm, would probably run for office again one day.

Well, now he’s running for senator. In New York.


But officially.

Man, politicians like Ford give me the creeps. During the 2006 election in Tennessee, Ford was an anti-gay marriage, pro-gun, anti-immigrant moderate who perfectly squeezed into the suit he thought the state’s voters wanted to see. Now, however, in planning to run against Kirsten Gillibrand, New York’s junior senator (and a flip-flopping clown in her own right), Ford has done a complete 180. As A.C. Kleinheider wrote in Nashville’s City Paper:

Ford asserts that he has not suddenly become pro-gun-control, gay-friendly, pro-choice, and pro-immigrant. . .

I covered Junior’s campaign for U.S. Senate against Bob Corker. In 2006, Ford wanted desperately to leave voters with the impression he abhorred gay marriage and thought it offensive to his faith. He wanted voters to believe that his few votes to restrict abortion amounted to a pro-life record. He wanted voters to believe he had no intention of making any moves against the NRA on firearms legislation. And, more than anything, he tried to get to the political right of his opponent with a fierce advocacy of clamping down on “illegals.”

Earlier this month, Ford told the New York Times that he’s seen all five New York City boroughs “by helicopter,” and that he doesn’t take the subway much because he is almost always chauffeured for his various talking-head TV appearances.


Ford hasn’t officially announced his candidacy. But, rest assured, he’s running.

And, I hope, losing.

I love liberals. I detest frauds.

8 thoughts on “Harold Ford (D-Tenn) v. Harold Ford (D-NY)”

  1. I almost had forgotten Ford…always sounded like a good pitch man but in the back of my mind i knew this guy was up to something… his commercials were on television constantly..sorry to hear his opposition is his equal.

  2. The most self righteous man on the web went on Sean Hannity’s show to hawk his book?You felt bad about it but,hey, money is money,eh?

  3. As a Memphis native, I can tell you that Ford would never do well with white voters in the Volunteer State. He seems like a nice enough guy, but no one in my family (which consists mainly of a bunch of old school Southern Democrats) would vote for him, mainly because of the antics of his ultra-corrupt father and uncle, who made a mockery of both Congress and the Tennessee state legislature in the 70s.


    It may be a bit unfair to blame the actions of the father and the son, but, like Jeff has illustrated in his post, in a lot of ways, the apple hasn’t fallen too far from the tree.
    So, now, I guess, he is running with his tail between his legs to New York, where he doesn’t have near as much family baggage. Seems like a pretty despicable act to me…..

  4. “I hated myself for appearing, because I agree with absolutely nothing Sean Hannity stands for, and consider him to be a racist, sexist twerp of a man.”

    Funny how you didn’t say any of this to him. Coward much? You probably knew he would smack you around.

    Now you can’t even get on tv these days. Such is the life of a has-been who only a few people knew for writing about John Rocker 100 years ago.

    1. Uh, Del, though I appreciate you reading the blog, you seem somewhat angry. Just because I hate Hannity’s show doesn’t mean I should then go on and blast him. You either decide to accept or not accept the invitation—but the fact is, I was invited on to the show. So it would be wrong to go and then try and attack him. What would have been the point?

      Furthermore, I love the “you can’t even get on TV these days” line. A. Who the hell wants to be on TV unless he’s trying to promote something (in my case, a book)? Do you think I have some need to appear on Around the Horn and scream about the Mets? And does that sort of thing equal success for you? Truth is, I’m blessed. What I love to do is write books, and I’m on my fifth. Two have been best sellers, two, well, not-so-great sellers. But I’m living my dream. And that dream doesn’t involve being a celebrity of any sort.

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