Someone Buy Harold Ford A Clue

 

 

Earlier today on this week’s airing of Meet The Press,  Harold Ford had the gall to claim that the reason he had decided not to seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for senator from New York was that he was forced out by the party “machine”.  In the same segment on the show Mr. Ford went on to describe himself as an “Independent – Democratic”.  Mr. Ford must think that we the Democratic voters of NY are blithering idiots.   Mr. Ford no party machine had to force you out, we NY Democrats frankly couldn’t find one compelling reason to support your candidacy,  you’re voting record while in Congress was appalling by New York standards.  Something else Mr. Ford you might want to consider when seeking primary votes, we loyal Dems don’t vote for people who describe themselves as “Independent – Democrats”, just ask Joe Lieberman! 

  • Rated 30% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)

http://www.ontheissues.org/House/Harold_Ford.htm

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  1. nannymm

    I Am Angry
    I’m tired of pundits and know-nothing media gasbags. I’m tired of snarky “inside politics” programming. I am sick of the bigotry and hatred of “birthers” and faux patriotic cranks and their GOP puppet masters. And I’m really pissed at the Democratic Party that confuses having a plate of limp noodles with having a spine.

    I’m going to vomit if I hear the word “bipartisanship” one more time.

    It was “bipartisanship” that gave us this activist conservative Supreme Court. A Supreme Court that says money is free speech and corporations are persons except when real people try to hold them accountable for their greed and poisonous ways.
    “Bipartisanship” gave us the Patriot Act and FISA and illegal wiretaps and two wars and “free speech zones” and “no fly” lists. God bless bipartisan America.
    I get nauseated every time the Senate explains how it takes a super majority to do anything for the American people. Tell you what Senate Bozos, if it takes 60 votes to pass legislation than it should take 60% of the popular vote to get you elected.
    http://readersupportednews.com/opinion/75-politics/1174-i-am-angry

  2. nannymm

    That “independent democrat” made me gag the first time I saw it in his op-ed explaining why he was not going to run. He’s clueless if he doesn’t understand the reaction that provokes in Democrats, especially here in the Greater Metropolitan Area and the north east generally. It’s also rather odd that in his op-ed last week, Harold did not claim that he was “forced out” of the race. He claimed that he made the decision to avoid a contentious primary battle that would weaken the eventual Democratic nominee. He made himself sound like he was doing the altruistic thing. Funny how he’s changed his tune… Then again, maybe not. That seems to be his modus operandi.

    • dnd

      Here’s a few examples of the “failures” of bipartisanship:

      Social Security
      Medicare
      Civil Rights legislation
      Environmental legislation (Nixon)
      Watergate hearings
      Saving Social Security (Reagan and O’Neil)

      Each of these was accomplished through bipartisan accord.

      LBJ worked closely with Ike.
      Everett Dirksen worked closely with LBJ.
      Reagan worked closely with Tip O’Neil.
      Bob Dole worked closely with Jimmy Carter.

  3. I keep checking youtube for a clip from today’s Meet The Press but none is up yet.

  4. nannymm

    No problem, Brian. I saw it once; twice would be pushing it. 😀

  5. nannymm

    If Reform Fails
    “Here are some basic facts Americans need to know as Congress decides whether to approve comprehensive reform or continue with what we have:”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/07/opinion/07sun1.html?em

  6. nannymm

    The Up-or-Down Vote on Obama’s Presidency

    “The rise in credit-card rates, as well as the drop in consumer confidence, home sales and bank lending, all foretell more suffering ahead for those who don’t work on Wall Street. But on these issues the president, too timid to confront the financial industry backers of his own campaign (or their tribunes in his own administration) and too fearful of sounding like a vulgar partisan populist, has taken to repeating his health care performance.

    And so leadership on financial reform, as with health care, has been delegated to bipartisan Congressional negotiators poised to neuter it.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/07/opinion/07rich.html

  7. tonyb39

    Brian,
    Good post.I saw MTP,Harold,i never knew you.I was so put off by him still calling for bi-partisanship on healthcare,what planet do these guys live on??Also,literally being endorsed by likes of Orin Hatch,made my skin crawl.

  8. tonyb39

    Nanny,
    The Rich piece was good,wonder if anyone from the administration is listening..Also,check out Taylor Marsh,her latest piece as a political analyst is filled with some good points..

    • dnd

      Tony,
      Taylor Marsh is a “political analyst” in the same vein as Ann Coulter and Michelle Maulkin. They are not analysts, they are polemicists who throw red meat to their audience.

  9. tonyb39

    D,
    I like Taylor and she is nothing like Ann Coulter or M.Maulkin!Now,you may not like her analysis on the politics of the day,but she brings important points to the surface for me.I also like Ed Schultz as well.We all have are favorites,some like KO and Tweety and others such as myself go for Taylor or Ed,its all good..

    • dnd

      Tony,
      With all due respect, Taylor Marsh doesn’t bring anything important to the surface. She makes stuff up or gives half-truths. This is the red meat to her audience, a la Coulter, Maulkin, Schultz, et. al. If that’s what you like, that’s cool, but it is what it is.

      If you want unbiased political analysis, watch David Gergen.

  10. So who else going to be watching The Oscars?

  11. nannymm

    Dnd, you’re right about there having been bipartisan accomplishments in the past. But you’re way out of date. Bipartisanship died a very long time ago. Today, we can’t get the repugs to work with us. And I am sick of trying. It’s time to move on.

  12. nannymm

    Tony, I love Ed Schultz and Taylor Marsh, but that’s not surprising, is it? 🙂

  13. tonyb39

    “If you want unbiased political analysis, watch David Gergen.”
    D,
    Nope,Gergen’s ok,but Taylor and Ed give the left’s in your face opinion that keeps me interested.Oh,i like Tina Brown over at The Daily Beast too,ha ha, live on the wild side a little and check it out…

    • dnd

      Tony,
      “Taylor and Ed give the left’s in your face opinion that keeps me interested.”

      Whatever floats your boat. There is a cottage industry that caters to people who enjoy being pissed off. These firebrands stomp their feet, wave their arms, run around with their hair on fire and shout: “The country’s going to hell in a hand basket, and it’s all their fault!” Marsh, Schultz, Hamsher, Beck, Hannity, Ingraham, Limbaugh, etc., etc., etc. the message is always the same.

      These are not thoughtful, rational political analysts. They are entertainers. And that’s fine if that’s what you like. But if a demagogue is driving the bus, it’s not likely to be an excursion to critical thinking.

      • dnd

        Harold Ford Jr. wants to be the next NY pol to be involved in a scandal. He’ll claim it’s a “family values” thing 😉

  14. tonyb39

    Nanny,
    Its not surprising that i think your swell!

  15. nannymm

    Awww… the feeling is mutual, Tony. 🙂

  16. nannymm

    Brian, you’re too predictable.

  17. Birds gotta fly, fish gotta swim.

  18. nannymm

    Harold Ford, Jr. is NOT a NY pol, dnd.

  19. dog's eye view

    Agree with dnd’s 8:43 a comment about the “hair on fire” crowd, which I find shrill and polarizing.

    “My way or the highway” worked so well for us in the previous administration. Simplistic.

    Also, where did ANYONE get the idea healthcare or any major reform was going to be easy? It’s surprised and disappointed me how hard it’s been, but we cannot lose this chance. Got to press forward.

  20. dog's eye view

    Those votes look like ones taken by someone aspiring to a political career in Tennessee, which Al Gore did not carry in 2000.

    No surprise they’re anathema to New York voters.

    I never understood why Ford chose NY for his next Senate run. Or cared, frankly.

  21. What Nanny said, Ford is NOT a NY Pol!

    • dnd

      Yes, Ford is NOT a NY pol. But he wants to be. Why do you think the guy who “flew over Staten Island” spent two months touring the state and talking to voters?

  22. Well he’s sure off to a shitty start!

  23. nannymm

    I think that shitty start was also the end. Thus, I repeat, he is NOT a NY pol. Call him what you will, but please don’t call him a NY ANYTHING!!! We don’t want him.

    • dnd

      It’s my understanding that to break a contract, one party must buy out the other party, or both parties must mutually agree. Wonder what the case was here.

  24. nannymm

    That’s a perfect word to describe him, dnd.

  25. Who were they just talking about on MSNBC about someone’s parents being gay and having something to do with Rove? I was on the phone with a client.

  26. TempeBev

    Nanny – just read your rant from yesterday – way to go!! Yes, Brian, we have a room. LOL

  27. nannymm

    More insanity from the right wing homophobes:

    “Like many states, Florida offers huge tax incentives to movie studios in order to lure big budget productions to film locally. The Florida GOP and state Rep. Stephen Precourt don’t have a problem with that, they just want to make sure that no productions with gay characters get the tax break.”
    http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2010/03/florida-gop-no-more-tax-credits-for.html

  28. nannymm

    Thanks, Bev. I do my best. I am a cub scout leader, ya know. 🙂

  29. TempeBev

    I was a cub scout leader in my past life too, Nanny. Now I’m just known as a bitch, and proud of it!!!

  30. nannymm

    Well, Bev, I’ve been a Cub Scout leader for many years, as well as the Committee Chair of our local Boy Scout Troop. Like you, I am a bitch and damned proud of it. (Just ask my hubby) So, maybe we bitches make good scout leaders? LOL

  31. nannymm

    Eric Massa will be on Glenn Beck’s show tomorrow. Unbelievable!

  32. They seem made for each other nanny.

    • dnd

      I just got an email from a conservative friend. He’s uncertain about Obama, but he’s not a wingnut/birther/truther, nor does he think Obama’s a socialist from Kenya.

      He told me: “I’ll say this for Obama, this is the first time since the Carter administration that we don’t have a dysfunctional family in the White House.” Interesting insight…

  33. speaking of Birthers, LOL

  34. nannymm

    The problem with that thinking, dnd, is that the president’s family shouldn’t matter. What counts are his policies and his ability to get his agenda accomplished.

  35. nannymm

    Best news I’ve heard all day:

    ‘Rush [Limbaugh] announced that he would “leave the country” after health care reform passes.’
    Rush announced that he would “leave the country” after health care reform passes.

  36. nannymm

    It just gets crazier and crazier.

    Limbaugh says Barney Frank is the reason shower curtains were removed in congressional men’s locker room
    http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/201003080019

    • dnd

      “Limbaugh says Barney Frank is the reason shower curtains were removed in congressional men’s locker room”

      Ok, seriously, does anyone think Barney Frank spends any time in the Congressional gym?

  37. tonyb39

    Thanks everyone for your welcoming e-mails..Nice place you got here..

    Just when you think Rush couldn’t sink any lower!
    Ah,another good reason for healthcare reform,Rush leaves the country…

  38. Tony in honor of your official induction into the group:

  39. “does anyone think Barney Frank spends any time in the Congressional gym?”

    Touche! And Barney would be the very first to laugh at that one d!

  40. nannymm

    LOL@dnd.
    Did you watch that clip? Rush’s remark about the shower curtains was in response to a rant by Massa. If you didn’t watch, please do. It’s hilarious.

  41. Ken Starr on Countdown, talk about making for strange bedfellows.

  42. tonyb39

    Brian,
    What a welcome,thanks.I have that on DVD from Donna’s HBO,Vegas show.Brings back memories of seeing Donna when i was a kid.It was 1978 in Detroit during the Disco hey days.Ha,seemed the the audience of 10,000 were all gay men,fabulous!! OMG,now I’m remembering “Love To Love You” and Donna’s sultry sexy dance with the mic stand…Thanks again..

  43. try to keep the Donna stuff under wraps, ok?

    haha

  44. tonyb39

    Just watched Ed Schultz and President Obama was great today! I wished he would show this kind of fire and backbone all the time.Maybe he’s finally done with the bi-partisan BS..

  45. tonyb39

    Will Do, i can get carried away! I did finally take down Donna’s “On The Radio”poster from my closet wall! So maybe there’s hope,LOL

  46. Surprised it didn’t fall off on it’s own.

  47. TempeBev

    I’m sure that if it were true about Barney asking for the shower curtains to be removed, he wouldn’t get a woody from seeing all the old farts with their hairy balls hanging down. Maybe Mr. Jr Sen. from Mass might give him a rise, but hey, he supposedly has that effect on both sexes. DADT is probably an unwritten rule of Congress which aids those who don’t want to come out of the closet.

    Ok, my mind is in the dirt and I’m thru ranting this evening.

  48. tonyb39

    Bev
    You Funny!
    U too Brian!

  49. nannymm

    “Maybe he’s finally done with the bi-partisan BS..”

    From your lips to God’s ears, Tony.
    As for the Donner Summer’s stuff, I love it! My husband does, too. He still plays his old Donna albums. He’s a romantic at heart. 🙂

  50. tonyb39

    Nanny,
    Me too.God help us if he gets back on that bi-partisan thing again anytime soon,enough.Yep,Donna’s music is so feel good.I have seen her in concert probably 10 times,always a good show.Donna also had a new CD out last year “Crayons’,very good..Good for your husband,being a romantic is a nice state of mind to be in.

  51. nannymm

    Tony, I may puke if he starts that bipartisan crap again. I’ve had about all I can stomach. (Yes, dnd, I know you’re all for it so let’s just agree to disagree.)

  52. nannymm

    Newsmax: Americans strongly prefer Obama — to Bush
    The right-wing site’s online poll may cheer the White House, a little
    http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/joe_conason/2010/03/08/online_polls

  53. nannymm

    Wow! This is amazing to fins on Newsmax.

    Bill Clinton Bests Former Presidents to Handle Crisis Today, Newsmax/Zogby Poll Finds

    “If Americans could have a former living U.S. president run the country and deal with the problems facing the nation today, they would pick Bill Clinton by a wide margin, a Newsmax/Zogby poll reveals.”

    “The exclusive Newsmax/Zogby poll also found that, if an election took place today between Barack Obama and George W. Bush or Hillary Clinton, Obama would beat both handily.”

  54. tonyb39

    http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/03/08/whos-the-leading-man-it-aint-rahm-or-ax/

    “Whos’ the Leading Man? It Ain’t Rahm or Ax.”

    “Still, the line seems to be drawn: Rahm vs. Ax. Take your pick — and keep that backbiting gossip flowing, for the politerati relishes it. But there’s someone missing from this picture: their boss. It’s true that people make policy. But Obama is a brainy president capable of rendering big and tough calls on his own. He didn’t need Emanuel to tell him that dumping single-payer would be a safe and conventional move. He didn’t need Axelrod to advise him that pushing for sweeping reform would define his presidency. It’s hard to imagine Obama being led along by either fellow.”

  55. Morning peeps, new thread

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