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Wednesday, January 13, 2010  

Fordmania!

If Kirsten Gillibrand's keynote accomplishment in her first truncated term in office is to keep Harold Ford Jr. out of the Senate, we will all owe her a debt of gratitude. I don't object to conservative Democrats per se, nor even to unprincipled ones, but Ford's lack of principle--his intense focus on his own ambitions to the exclusion of any other conceivable motive for doing anything--is so totally transparent that it's jaw-dropping.

I felt the tiniest sliver of disappointment that he lost his 2006 Senate race in Tennessee, but the fact is that if he'd won, he'd be falling all over himself to get to the right of Nelson, Lieberman, and anyone else in order to monkey-wrench the majority agenda. Obviously the more members your caucus has, the harder it is to play the pivotal shin-kicking role on any given issue. But that's exactly what he'd be doing if he were there now and it's more or less what he's promising to do if he wins the New York seat. Let's hope this disaster-in-waiting stays on the shelf.

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posted by Benjamin Dueholm | 1:32 PM
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