Send Harold Ford Home
What is important is that Ford is writing a political essay (rumors abound that he plans to run for Senate from New York) and the folks at The Times are giving him a pass. They identify him with this phrase: "Harold Ford Jr. was a United States representative from Tennessee from 1997 to 2007." They neglect to point out that since 2007 Ford has been an executive at Merrill Lynch and that he has headed the Democratic Leadership Council. Now, those two entities are in one or another way culpable for the political-economic mess we are in. The DLC has abetted the latent desire of many Democrats to cross-dress as Republicans. And Merrill Lynch is elbow deep in the financial shenanigans that gave us the current economic crisis. Any surprise that Ford is recommending that Democrats move closer to the center and give business more tax breaks?
For succinct political portraits of Harold Ford including lots of reasons why New Yorkers ought to send him packing I recommend this essay at The Nation and this one at Mother Jones.