Viewpoints: Ford Jr. on Obama

Monday, January 25, 2010 at 1:12am

 

From Harold Ford Jr.'s commentary Sunday in the New York Times:

"Scott Brown's victory last week in the Massachusetts Senate race, following the Republican gubernatorial triumphs in New Jersey and Virginia, marked the third time in three months that the Democratic Party has lost the support and trust of independent voters.

"The message these voters sent was clear. With one out of five Americans unemployed or underemployed, President Obama and the Democratic Party need to shift attention away from health care and toward a bold effort to create jobs, improve the economy and rein in the size of government.

"... To be sure, President Obama has achieved some important successes. His policies prevented the financial system from collapsing, saved America’s auto industry from extinction and avoided a depression. But that extreme crisis is over — what our country needs now is better, not more, government.

"A Democratic Party refocused on revitalizing our economy, protecting the United States from terrorism and re-establishing itself as the party for the middle class is what Americans are demanding. If we do this, victory at the polling booths will take care of itself."

 

 

Harold Ford Jr. was a United States representative from Tennessee from 1997 to 2007.

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158 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 1/25/10 at 7:20

Refocus yes, deliver on action rather than words! So far, it's
only been words and those shift like sand.

By: dargent7 on 1/25/10 at 8:24

Is this the "letter" we're going to work off, for today? This paper cannot keystroke/ cut 'n paste a LTE 5 days a week? With all the holidays, they have to do it only 4 days a week. They went from 3-5 LTE's a day, to 1 a day. A print edition, 2 days a week to 1 day a week. Now, 1 LTE 3 or 4 times a week. Need a life preserver?

By: Loner on 1/25/10 at 8:33

The incredibly ambitious Harold Ford junior is being exploited by a Mr. Davidson Goldin, his NY "spokesman" and political advisor. Mr. Goldin's sparkling resume leaves no doubt that he is intelligent, knowledgeable, articulate and well-connected. With that in mind, it seems that Goldin is either delusional or else he's scamming junior Ford.

Big name carpetbaggers can succeed in New York, if they get the support of key constituencies. Carpetbaggers with no name or a soiled name have little chance of success. The black vote, for whatever reason(s), is not key to winning a US Senate seat in the Empire State. The Jewish vote, however is vital. Hillary Clinton knew that and secured that vote by way of lobbying for a Clinton pardon for Marc Rich. The quid pro quo worked.

The encumbent US Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, has secured the support of all the major Jewish lobbying groups and she has secured the backing of most, if not all the Jewish NY politicians, like Sen. Schumer and Mayor Bloomberg.

Ford's chances of success in unseating Gillibrand in the primaries are very slim at this moment in time. If Ford manages to outdo Gillibrand in his support for Israel, he could have a shot....Junior Ford should emulate all the other successful federal level politicians, he needs to don a yarmulke and publicly go to the Wailing Wall in occupied Jerusalem, right now, or he may be wailing in silence later.

By: Loner on 1/25/10 at 8:37

Mornin' D7. I reckon this board will have to suffice for us old roosters. I'm taking up my position in the pecking order. Standing by....

By: gdiafante on 1/25/10 at 8:45

Speaking of old farts, gotta love Favre's choke last night.

By: house_of_pain on 1/25/10 at 8:45

This topic won't hold us for long.
I wouldn't worry too much about Ford, Jr., Loner.

By: house_of_pain on 1/25/10 at 8:46

I was halfway hoping the Vikings would win it all, just so we wouldn't have to hear about Favre for at least 5 years.

By: VinnyT (not verified) on 1/25/10 at 9:00
dargent7: I'm afraid that other than your efforts on a weekly basis, The City Paper just is not receiving enough LTEs to simply "cut 'n paste" on this site. Perhaps you can encourage your compatriots who gather here each day to send comments in to the CP. Otherwise, excerpts from other published pieces will have to suffice if you want to keep what is essentially this chat room. (the M.E.)
By: Loner on 1/25/10 at 9:06

Favre did not choke. His battered and tiring frame took about 15 major hits, yet he came back to rally his team through example. He atoned for his errors, he tied the score and forced overtime. NO won the toss and elected to receive; as I recall, Favre never got his hands on the ball in overtime, how can one honestly say that Brett Favre "choked"?

IMO, Ford is currently being played for a fool by his principal NY advisor, Davidson Goldin, a man who ought to know better.

By: gdiafante on 1/25/10 at 9:13

Um, yes, he choked Loner, or do you not remember the interception he threw with 13 seconds left and in long field goal range?

By: Loner on 1/25/10 at 9:14

Thank you, VinnyT. I'm an outsider, posting from western New York. Are my comments also welcome at the NCP? You have published two of my submissions recently, but others did not make it. I'll gladly submit more, but I need some kind of assurance that my LTE's will not be ruled out simply because of their place of origin. My zip is 14559.

BTW, I appreciate the free and open forum that you host here. Please keep it going.

Jim Knight, Spencerport, NY

By: Loner on 1/25/10 at 9:23

OK, he goofed, by throwing back across the middle when running wide, out of the pocket. The intended receiver shares some of the blame as well as the offensive coordinator on that regrettable play...in my humble opinion. I was never a "football jock" in the normal sense, I played in HS Football Band....that was enough for old loner.

In college, I had a brief stint as a coxswain, calling commands and cadence as a frosh...... 8-man(heavyweight) men's crew @ Cornell. READY ALL TO ROW...STROKE!...STROKE!...STROKE...

By: gdiafante on 1/25/10 at 9:27

No, that was all Favre. First, they got the 12 men in the huddle (in which then Favre called a timeout...after having just called a timeout...a no no), so five yards further back, you knew they'd have to pass to get back in the kickers range. So, with about 3-5 yards clear in front of him, he threw back across the field, to a receiver that was covered.

House, it wouldn't have mattered if they won, we're still going to get the Favre watch 24/7 until August.

By: MamaG on 1/25/10 at 9:36

Good morning everyone!
I'm glad the Saints won and hope they win the Super Bowl, too! Peyton Manning is an excellent athlete and deserves the accolades. No one can take that away from him. Tony Dunghy (sp?) is a great coach and I think they have a wonderful team. I'm just over the Colts winning all the time! lol

How's everyone been? I feel like I've been gone an eternity and it was only 2 days last week! Anything good happen while I was away? BTW, we think it is going to be Oglethorpe University, in Atlanta for son's college! We really liked it and he felt at home there instantly. Not too far from home and we have family about an hour away from there, in case of any emergency.

By: DustyU on 1/25/10 at 9:40

Morning Mama - Howdy ya'll
I guess I'm going to have to write a couple ltrs as a RR R to give everybody more cannon fodder :)

By: DustyU on 1/25/10 at 9:42

By: VinnyT on 1/25/10 at 9:00
dargent7: I'm afraid that other than your efforts on a weekly basis, The City Paper just is not receiving enough LTEs to simply "cut 'n paste" on this site. Perhaps you can encourage your compatriots who gather here each day to send comments in to the CP. Otherwise, excerpts from other published pieces will have to suffice if you want to keep what is essentially this chat room. (the M.E.)

d7 - who's this guy? - is he with NCP

By: gdiafante on 1/25/10 at 9:43

Dungy isn't the coach anymore, Jim Caldwell is, Mama. Congrats on the college choice, sounds good.

I'm not sure who I'm going to be for, I like both.

By: slacker on 1/25/10 at 9:44

Dusty, I think VinnyT is an enforcer for nemo.

By: gdiafante on 1/25/10 at 9:44

Here is my submission for LTE:

In regards to cranial amputation, I find it offensive and messy.

Gdiafante. 00666

By: DustyU on 1/25/10 at 9:47

slack - yeah the capt needs one sometimes :)

gdia - I don't know - cheney/rush/patpalin could use one :)

By: slacker on 1/25/10 at 9:48

Loner, sorry but he choked. He choked in his last game with Green Bay.
He needs to fast track the opening of that bait shop in Mississippi.

By: DustyU on 1/25/10 at 9:51

My only comment on the article is on the bright side TN gets rid of him :)

By: gdiafante on 1/25/10 at 9:51

Very similar to that OT loss to the Giants, isn't it slacker?

He looked tired and beat...and that was in pre-game warm-ups. He needs to retire.

By: slacker on 1/25/10 at 9:57

gdiafante, yeah he's destroyed his legacy. He actually looks older than 40 to me.
Has to have attention, he will probably run for congress and be elected.

By: slacker on 1/25/10 at 10:02

MamaG, your sons future looks bright, results of your good parenting.
The Colts will win the Superbowl, and no doubt Petunia Manning will be MVP.

By: house_of_pain on 1/25/10 at 10:02

Good thing he was wearing his LifeAlert bracelet.
The refs were letting the Saints have their way with him.
"Help, I'm taking late hits, and can't get a flag..."

By: DustyU on 1/25/10 at 10:04

morning house - lol

By: MamaG on 1/25/10 at 10:04

Yeah G, I knew he wasn't the coach anymore, but he was for so long and took them to where they are today, really! Yes, both teams are good but love the Saints more.

And thanks about the college thanks! LOL

Dusty, what's shakin' with you? How's your blood sugar doing? Have you made your appointment with Matthew Walker center yet? Dr. Patricia Weaver is excellent and so is Dr. Gaskin--both in adult medicine.

By: DustyU on 1/25/10 at 10:05

oh-oh slack is reading the tea leaves again :)

By: slacker on 1/25/10 at 10:08

Dusty, I had a great season, but lost it all on Jerry Jone's booger puller's. I will always hate them.

By: DustyU on 1/25/10 at 10:08

Mama - I don't seen to have the same luck as you with them - one big run-around :(
I pick up my test strips tomorrow :)
OgleU is quite the party place :)

By: DustyU on 1/25/10 at 10:10

Slack - didn't you notice the same last name as Jimmy the coolaid king? :)

By: gdiafante on 1/25/10 at 10:12

Told you not to believe the hype, Slack.

By: slacker on 1/25/10 at 10:16

gdiafante, true. Never again.

By: DustyU on 1/25/10 at 10:17

until next time :)

By: DustyU on 1/25/10 at 10:18

hope strings eternal - like charlie brown ? :)

By: gdiafante on 1/25/10 at 10:18

With Dallas, never believe they won anything until the day after they win something. Always.

By: DustyU on 1/25/10 at 10:22

d7 - do you submit ltrs and such online?

By: DustyU on 1/25/10 at 10:23

d7 - sorry - where .... ? :0

By: bfra on 1/25/10 at 10:23

Article in the Peyton biased paper made it sound like he would be facing the Saints, all by himself! Guess they think he is so good, he won't need the team. Joe Montana, in his time, made Payton look like a high school QB. GO SAINTS!

By: DustyU on 1/25/10 at 10:26

bfr - Broadway Joe was pretty good and looked real cute in his pantyhose too :)

By: house_of_pain on 1/25/10 at 10:28

I hope the Colts get crushed. Geaux Saints!

By: slacker on 1/25/10 at 10:29

I intend to submit an LTE on the terrible parking conditions at Kroger on old peoples discount day. Large Mercury's and Ford's, parked irregularly.
Step up to the plate Mayor Dean.

By: bfra on 1/25/10 at 10:30

Dusty - Now that was my guy! It would be a toss up between Namath & Montana, but they each had their own style and of course Montana had Jerry Rice. That was a combination worth watching, any time.

By: house_of_pain on 1/25/10 at 10:32

slacker, one of those vehicles may belong to Favre.

By: gdiafante on 1/25/10 at 10:33

I like the Colts chances. Saints D didn't impress me. They were lucky the Vikes turned it over so much...and it still took OT and some favorable calls.

The Colts adjusted to the Jets rush and they were able to run or pass at will...against the number one defense.

Right now, I'd take the Colts 35, Saints 21

Ask me again in 10 days...

By: DustyU on 1/25/10 at 10:34

Jerry Rice and Mean Joe Green - two of the greatest to ever play the game :)

By: slacker on 1/25/10 at 10:38

pain, ''Chilly'' does Favre's shopping.

By: brrrrk on 1/25/10 at 10:38

As far as the Vikings/Saints game last night... well first of all, as they say around here, "I don't have a dog in the hunt". I really didn't have a preference one way or another. But having said that, one must consider that it took 5 turnovers AND what I considered a few questionable calls from the refs in order for the Saints to win last night.... and even then they won in overtime by a field goal. To me, it doesn't say much about their chances against the Colts.

By: brrrrk on 1/25/10 at 10:40

gdiafante, seems that great minds DO think alike! :-)