Big Media Driving Ford

Former Tennessee congressman and current New York political heartthrob Harold Ford got the Big Interview Chair (and a nice cuddle) at the Wall Street Journal over the weekend, and today Ford gets a byline on the New York Times op-ed page.

In both instances Ford calls for tax cuts for businesses, more focused health reform legislation, and jobs jobs jobs. But in the WSJ he also gets to take a few whacks at interim Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-David Paterson).

Mr. Ford’s main criticism of Ms. Gillibrand—echoed by others—is that she’s little more than an acolyte of Democrat Chuck Schumer.

And so Ford is mulling over a primary challenge to Gillibrand in this fall’s Democratic Senate primary. From the Journal:

Anticipating criticism that a primary would be divisive and cost money better spent on the general election, Mr. Ford argues that it’s more important for voters to have the opportunity to choose the Democratic nominee. “In this race, the reality is that Senator Gillibrand was appointed by a governor who was not elected,” he said, referring to the fact that Mr. Paterson became governor when his predecessor, Eliot Spitzer, resigned in the wake of a prostitution scandal. “She is not the incumbent. New Yorkers have never had a chance to vote for her.”

One question: Will the Times and the Journal give Gillibrand a chance to whack back?

UPDATE: I forgot to mention the puff piece on Ford in the news section of Monday’s Times. It included this:

Mr. Ford has already lashed out at “party bosses” who, he says, are trying to protect Ms. Gillibrand from a challenge, and has latched on to the language [Massachusetts Senator-elect Scott] Brown used to describe a post in the Senate as “the people’s seat.”

What the Times big wet kiss did not include was this: Any response from those party bosses or Sen. Gillibrand or anyone.

It’s clear the Times wants Ford to launch a primary challenge to Gillibrand. But really, fellas, you’re gonna tear a ligament at this pace.

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2 Responses to Big Media Driving Ford

  1. Tom Degan says:

    I like Harold Ford. I really hope he is able to pull this off but I think he might have gotten in over his head. There are so many forces stacked against him (particularly Chuckles Schumer) that it would seem to be a herculean task before him. But if anyone can do it, he can. he’s a smart guy and a good guy.

    Carpetbagger? New York has a bit of a history there: Bobby Kennedy, Hillary Clinton…I don’t really think it’s a problem. Corporate Democrat? We shall see.

    That being said, a lot of people who should know better are predicting that 2010 will be a Republican year. They aren’t paying attention. The extremists within that party will only continue to destroy it. Anyone who thinks that 2010 is going to be a Republican year had better think again. The Tea Party knuckleheads are already taking credit for the Massachusetts upset last week and are set (they believe) to take over the party. When they are denied the opportunity to do that, they’ll splinter the vote with third or even fourth party uprisings.

    How am I so sure of this? It’s quite simple, really. These people are not only crazy, they’re dumber than doggy dung. It’s only a matter of months before their mad house of cards comes crashing down.

    Tom Degan
    Goshen, NY

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