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Harold Ford WILL NOT run against Kirsten Gillbrand for the New York Senate……

In a decision that does not surprise the Dog one bit…..Former Tennessee House member Harold Ford, Jr. has chosen to NOT RUN against Current junior Senator Kirsten Gillibrand this September for the Democratic nomination…..

While the Gillibrand people have to be very happy to have beat back another challenge to her nomination as the Democratic running for her current job……The Dog joins those who look at this development as a set back….

Kirsten Gillibrand has never ran for her job…she was appointed to it by Governor Paterson in a haphazard move after Caroline Kennedy couldn’t figure out if she wanted the job…then how she could get it…..

Gillibrand has been under the wing of the senior Senator from New York Chuck Schumer until recently when he discovered that her early running mistake were dragging HIS numbers down…..

She remains a weak candidate…..Pataki the former three term retread Governor of the state consistently out polls her…But I haven’t heard a pip out him…..and I just can’t forget all the red ink he left us taxpayers with when he left office…..But the problem is ….he could very well beat Gillibrand even with his lousy record…that how bad she is……(and Steve Israel listened to the White House and didn’t run…Ugh!)

Harold Ford Jr…..A transplanted Tennessean…..Never developed any sort of base from the jump…..In addition, it turned out that everything...EVERYTHING (job, money, wife, money ) about him was wrong for the New York City base he needed to outplay Gillibrand who owns the vote outside the city…..

From the very beginning…the progressives and left went after him…..While Gillibrand was allowed to shed her ‘Blue Dog’ policies…Ford was not…..The reaction was swift and strong……The media  sensing a fight defended his entree into the arena..but after a few they got the message…..Ford was the bad ‘brother’ with money…..And they joined the choir…..

Right now the Dog does not see anywhere Ford could go with the Democratic party in New York….nNokidding…he’d have better luck running for the Mayor of New York City as a Republican since the Mayor of the City has been a Republican for the last five terms…..That’s 20 years…….

Here’s the New York Times piece on the unmove……

This from SE which concludes with my sentiments exactly…..

Thank you SE……

IMO, Primary races actually strengthen a candidate because, if it’s an issue based campaign, the candidates can differentiate themselves from the other. It promotes healthy debate, and I would have loved to see that radical Gillibrand get knocked out. Your thoughts..

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March 2, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , | 2 Comments

Politicians don't do the Colbert Show…..But Obama would do the Jon Stewart Show……

Obama Fine to Face Jon Stewart, Will Avoid Stephen Colbert

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs–who recently joined Twitter–told Time‘s Swampland blog that putting President Obama on Letterman and Leno last year were “two of the easiest decisions” he and David Axelrod ever had to make.

So what about “The Daily Show”?

“I think the President would love to, just maybe not Colbert.” He went on to explain:”I have yet to see a politician best Stephen Colbert in an interview on his show,” Gibbs said, laughing. “I mean, he’s really, really good.”

Perhaps someone should have told Harold Ford Jr. that.

Yep…..

February 18, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Political Satire, Politics, Updates | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Politicians don’t do the Colbert Show…..But Obama would do the Jon Stewart Show……

Obama Fine to Face Jon Stewart, Will Avoid Stephen Colbert

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs–who recently joined Twitter–told Time‘s Swampland blog that putting President Obama on Letterman and Leno last year were “two of the easiest decisions” he and David Axelrod ever had to make.

So what about “The Daily Show”?

“I think the President would love to, just maybe not Colbert.” He went on to explain:”I have yet to see a politician best Stephen Colbert in an interview on his show,” Gibbs said, laughing. “I mean, he’s really, really good.”

Perhaps someone should have told Harold Ford Jr. that.

Yep…..

February 18, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Political Satire, Politics, Updates | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The New York Times rolls out Harold Ford Jr.'s wife……

In the carefully scripted Harold Ford, Jr. possible run for the New York  junior  U.S. Senate seat….. this was to be expected……

The New York Times meets and does a story on the ex-Tennnese’s House member’s wife……showing her to a good human being, who love’s her husband and  is behind him …..The piece also get’s her face out to the public (what else, also?)…..and finally, lets everyone know that her family is gung-ho for her husband and all right with him……

Good deal…….

This is the beginning of the piece ….

Since early January, when Harold E. Ford, Jr. announced he was considering a bid for a Senate seat from New York, his wife, Emily Ford, has been hounded. Her friends call almost daily to ask if she has read the latest gossip about the couple. Mr. Ford can’t seem to stop talking about his wife, either, recently telling a columnist that he walks her favorite Chihuahua, Fabby.

So it is no wonder that last week, the normally publicity-shy Ms. Ford tucked into a corner table of a cafe near Gramercy Park and expressed surprise that there is so much interest in her. “I have no skeletons in my closet,” Ms. Ford, 29, said while picking at a muffin.

She is keenly aware of how cruelly the political game can be played. What some people may best remember about her derives from an advertisement directed at Mr. Ford during his failed Senate campaign in Tennessee in 2006, when he was derided for dating white women.

The N.A.A.C.P. and others immediately protested, saying the ad, featuring a seductive blonde asking Mr. Ford to call her, played to racist fears. “Everyone knew he had a white girlfriend,” said Ms. Ford, who was dating Mr. Ford at the time. Asked later if she thought Mr. Ford’s foes were taking aim at her (the ad was paid for by the Republican National Committee ), she said, “Kind of.”

“People will say things that are untrue and harsh,” she added. “That’s part of it.”

Ms. Ford, dressed in a powder blue J. Crew sweater, jeans and a mottled Nina Ricci scarf, looked less like a possible senator’s wife than an eager legislative aide, someone she said she was once mistaken for at a political event with her husband. She supports Mr. Ford’s ambitions, but she has interests of her own. Now working at home as a marketing consultant, she recently held one of the fashion industry’s glamour jobs, dressing celebrities for the red carpet on behalf of the designer  Carolina Herrera..

Despite gilded-class assumptions raised by Ms. Ford’s fashion pedigree and her mother’s wealthy third husband, Anson Beard, Jr., a former Morgan Stanley senior executive, Ms. Ford quickly points out that she grew up in Naples, Fla., playing paddleball as a teenager and perfecting her tan.

“I am not an Upper East Side heiress,” she said emphatically.

She is circumspect about the role of political wife, knowing she will have to steel herself for the scrutiny to follow if Mr. Ford decides to challenge Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand in New York’s Democratic primary on Sept. 14. “I didn’t desire it, that’s for sure,” Ms. Ford said of the recent attention. “I’m going to have to define this as I go along. Everything is all coming so fast right now. There is this momentum. It’s press, press, press.”

more……

Oh, yea…do not be surprised to see a Kirsten Gillibrand family piece pop up somewhere shortly……

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , , | 12 Comments

The New York Times rolls out Harold Ford Jr.’s wife……

In the carefully scripted Harold Ford, Jr. possible run for the New York  junior  U.S. Senate seat….. this was to be expected……

The New York Times meets and does a story on the ex-Tennnese’s House member’s wife……showing her to a good human being, who love’s her husband and  is behind him …..The piece also get’s her face out to the public (what else, also?)…..and finally, lets everyone know that her family is gung-ho for her husband and all right with him……

Good deal…….

This is the beginning of the piece ….

Since early January, when Harold E. Ford, Jr. announced he was considering a bid for a Senate seat from New York, his wife, Emily Ford, has been hounded. Her friends call almost daily to ask if she has read the latest gossip about the couple. Mr. Ford can’t seem to stop talking about his wife, either, recently telling a columnist that he walks her favorite Chihuahua, Fabby.

So it is no wonder that last week, the normally publicity-shy Ms. Ford tucked into a corner table of a cafe near Gramercy Park and expressed surprise that there is so much interest in her. “I have no skeletons in my closet,” Ms. Ford, 29, said while picking at a muffin.

She is keenly aware of how cruelly the political game can be played. What some people may best remember about her derives from an advertisement directed at Mr. Ford during his failed Senate campaign in Tennessee in 2006, when he was derided for dating white women.

The N.A.A.C.P. and others immediately protested, saying the ad, featuring a seductive blonde asking Mr. Ford to call her, played to racist fears. “Everyone knew he had a white girlfriend,” said Ms. Ford, who was dating Mr. Ford at the time. Asked later if she thought Mr. Ford’s foes were taking aim at her (the ad was paid for by the Republican National Committee ), she said, “Kind of.”

“People will say things that are untrue and harsh,” she added. “That’s part of it.”

Ms. Ford, dressed in a powder blue J. Crew sweater, jeans and a mottled Nina Ricci scarf, looked less like a possible senator’s wife than an eager legislative aide, someone she said she was once mistaken for at a political event with her husband. She supports Mr. Ford’s ambitions, but she has interests of her own. Now working at home as a marketing consultant, she recently held one of the fashion industry’s glamour jobs, dressing celebrities for the red carpet on behalf of the designer  Carolina Herrera..

Despite gilded-class assumptions raised by Ms. Ford’s fashion pedigree and her mother’s wealthy third husband, Anson Beard, Jr., a former Morgan Stanley senior executive, Ms. Ford quickly points out that she grew up in Naples, Fla., playing paddleball as a teenager and perfecting her tan.

“I am not an Upper East Side heiress,” she said emphatically.

She is circumspect about the role of political wife, knowing she will have to steel herself for the scrutiny to follow if Mr. Ford decides to challenge Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand in New York’s Democratic primary on Sept. 14. “I didn’t desire it, that’s for sure,” Ms. Ford said of the recent attention. “I’m going to have to define this as I go along. Everything is all coming so fast right now. There is this momentum. It’s press, press, press.”

more……

Oh, yea…do not be surprised to see a Kirsten Gillibrand family piece pop up somewhere shortly……

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , , | 12 Comments

More on Harold Ford Jr……..

In his days at the University of Pennsylvania, Harold Ford won the Spoon Award for his leadership on campus.

[In his days at the University of Pennsylvania, Harold Ford won the Spoon Award for his leadership on campus.]

Harold Ford may be pondering a run for Senate today, but 19 years ago he mulled just about everything – in his “Say It Loud” newspaper column at the University of Pennsylvania.

Clarence Thomas‘ Supreme Court hearings? “Possibly, the only person, or legend, that benefited from the hearings was Long Dong Silver,” Ford wrote, referring to the porn star Thomas supposedly enthused over with a female aide.

On giving condoms to teens to combat AIDS: “Hell, if we’re going to distribute condoms, why not also just have a class on how … to actually use them and then how to properly remove them without causing pain?”

Even the lackluster 1991 New York Giants, a team Ford has lately professed to favor, drew his ire in The Daily Pennsylvanian. “Even with your beloved [quarterback] Phil [Simms] at the helm, you guys couldn’t even beat the Bengals,” wrote Ford, then an avowed Redskins fan.

These long-ago ruminations by Ford – then just 21 – can hardly be considered part of his official political record as he mulls a New York primary run against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Who needs to be held accountable, after all, for everything they said in college?

Taken together, the columns offer an unfiltered picture of the young Ford, now 39, and the political cross-currents in which he came of age.

Ford’s smarts and savvy were recognized early at Penn. He co-founded a publication called The Vision, focused on African-American life. As a senior he was awarded The Spoon, the top honor for campus leadership. In his columns, Ford always held true to his Democratic roots – his father, Harold Sr., was then a congressman from Tennessee.

But the younger Ford, who later succeeded his father, wrestled often with the larger issue of black empowerment, even wondering once whether African-Americans might be better off in the GOP. “We must remove the hood of political predictability that has stunted the growth of the black politic. We must venture into the Republican Party,” he wrote in September 1991.

Today, Ford’s aides bristle at talk of his old columns, although many pols – from Rudy Giuliani to Barack Obama – have had their college musings analyzed.

Ford spokesman Davidson Goldin fired off a statement: “Based on his work at Penn as a columnist for The Daily Pennsylvanian, as a co-founder of the campus black student newspaper The Vision and as an overall student leader, Harold’s classmates awarded him the Spoon Award – the top male honor given to a graduating senior. No serious newspaper would recycle out-of-context quotes from 20-year-old college students to make a political point.”

Yet on the campaign trail last week, Ford seemed happy to talk about his old column. “When I was in college,” he said, “I thought I might [go into journalism].”

Finally…… a story that doesn’t diss the guy……..

February 7, 2010 Posted by | Education, Family, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , | 5 Comments

SE on Harold Ford Jr……

This from SE…….

U.S. Senate wannabe’s tour rider anticipates swarms of adoring fans

FEBRUARY 5–Like Jay-Z and Lady Gaga, Harold Ford, Jr. has a tour rider. The former Tennessee congressman, who is now trying to carpetbag his way to a Senate seat in New York, banks about $20,000 when he gives speeches booked by the Greater Talent Network agency. According to the below contract for an appearance Wednesday at a Missouri college, Ford demands that when his limo driver picks him up, the chauffeur must be carrying a sign reading “H.F..” Presumably, if the Democrat’s name was spelled out, hordes of fans/groupies would be alerted to his impending arrival and swarm him (something that has bedeviled the Jonas Brothers). On the security front, if he is appearing before a packed house, Ford, 39, needs an “alternate entrance & exit at the venue,” to, again, apparently avoid the crush of devotees. While the hospitality section of Ford’s rider does not address his backstage preference when it comes to M&Ms, it does note that an allergy keeps shellfish off Ford’s menu.

Counterpoint…..The Dog isn’t too hot about these kinda stories about Ford….Nobody does stories about Kirsten, or Chuck’s personal things……There is this left and right thing going on about none of the substantiate things about Harold Ford Jr….. Because he wants to primary Chuck Schumer’s pick for Junior Senator…..None of these same people want to talk about the fact that Kirsten Gillibrand was just as far to the right on the Democratic mainstream as Ford when she got anointed…all of the sudden…. she’s alright ……but Ford is a ‘rich and eccentric brother’ that is a carpet bagger?…what is this BULLSHIT?……Hillary, Robert Kennedy , and whole lot of other people have come to New York to work…why is it different for Ford?……Why?

Let him primary her….let her earn the vote from the current 40% of the voters who are undecided in the polling……


February 6, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, PoliticalDogs SE posts, Politics, Polls, Women | , | Leave a comment

The Gillibrand vs Ford Jr. fight is on……The Senator reluctantly jumps in…..

Harold Ford Jr. and Kirsten Gillibrand are pictured in a composite image by POLITICO.

The Dog has pushed for a fight for the seat Kirsten Gillibrand was given after Hillary Clinton left her Senate seat, to become Secretary of State…..

The Dog has felt along that Gillibrand is a weak candidate that the Republicans could easily pick off in November…while hiding behind Chuck Schumer got her this far….But the ‘Brown Effect ‘, along with the  Democratic loses in Virgina and New Jersey Governor races have shown that  weak Democrats can be beaten…..The Dog feels that it’s only fair that she be challenged for the seat… to toughen her up …or cast her aside, if voters find her not up to the job…..

Here’s some of the piece from Politico…….

…….several top New York Democrats — all supporting Gillibrand — told POLITICO that they have been unimpressed by her first year in office and discouraged by what many see as her excessively deferential style in private meetings with local power players.

That dissatisfaction has only grown in recent weeks, with many wondering why Gillibrand’s team didn’t move quickly to attack Ford in November, when POLITICO first reported that he was polling a possible race against her.

“Too little, too late,” said one Democrat who supports Gillibrand. “She needed to hit him hard and fast.”

Gillibrand’s persistent vulnerability is causing others to reconsider their earlier decisions to clear the field at the behest of Schumer and the White House. And it’s not clear whether Gillibrand’s most powerful patrons, Schumer and Obama, so rattled by the Massachusetts race, have much stomach to stop them.

Steve Israel, the congressman from Long Island and a Rahm Emanuel ally who is considered a leading candidate to replace Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is being pressed to enter the race, according to several Democrats with knowledge of the situation.

But Israel, a moderate liberal with $1.8 million in cash on hand for his reelection campaign, told Newsday on Monday that such a run is extremely unlikely.

Gillibrand, 43, who represented a conservative-leaning upstate district for two years before her Senate appointment, so far has been successful at expanding her base. She is the darling of two of New York City’s most powerful special-interest groups — gays and abortion rights groups — who have been vocal and caustic critics of Ford’s record on gay marriage and choice.

If she faces Ford — in a race polls suggest she’d win easily — Gillibrand could neutralize charges that she’s a flip-flopper, since Ford, too, is beginning to reverse his positions on some key social issues.

Some observers said that it makes more sense for some of these new Gillibrand allies to be the ones engaging in the sharply negative campaign against Ford.

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), who has endorsed Gillibrand, said the “surest way to turn people against you is try to negatively define your opponent when you haven’t positively defined yourself,” adding that the senator instead needs to sell herself as a “very capable and effective legislator.”

“I think there is some resonating of outside interference and getting people out of primaries, and I think people don’t like that,” Engel said. “I think that’s one of the reasons why she’s having some difficulty in projecting herself.”

And Ford’s team clearly senses that. Soon after the initial reports of Ford’s potential candidacy, Schumer and Ford met at Schumer’s Manhattan office, where he advised Ford not to consider a race. News immediately leaked out after the two met, and Ford’s spokesman vowed that his boss would not be “bullied or intimidated.”

For the piece…here’s the link…..…..

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0110/31993_Page2.html#ixzz0dmlyePxm

January 27, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

Harold Ford Jr. has not declared….but is running for the Democratic spot in the next U.S. Senate race from New York….

Harold E. Ford Jr. does not so much enter a restaurant as attack it. His eyes dart around the room as he figures out where to start. He systematically introduces himself to everyone: the waiters, the busboys, and then, the diners.

“Hi, I’m Harold Ford,” he said Sunday at Gigi’s, a soul food restaurant here, extending a hand across the table. Some recognize him from his appearances as a political commentator for NBC, and seem eager to talk; others shoot him befuddled, slightly embarrassed looks. In a disarming gesture, he asks a patron’s name, and then repeats it back. “Where you from?” he inquires.

He lightly rubs a back. He firmly clasps an elbow. He goes down on one knee to talk at eye level.

Mr. Ford, a five-term congressman from Tennessee, has given himself until the end of February to decide whether to challenge Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand in New York’s Democratic primary, but in the first week of a statewide tour, he is quickly revealing what kind of candidate he would be: an effortless retail politician, equally at ease in baroque restaurants and Baptist churches, who makes instant, Clinton-like connections with voters.

His travel schedule — he will be in Albany on Monday, Westchester County on Thursday and Long Island next week — is the latest indication of how seriously Mr. Ford is mulling a run. Friends who have spoken with him in recent days said that he was more likely than not to enter the race, and that they expected a decision well before his self-imposed deadline.

The Dog feels that once he declares and gets going that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will rapidly fall behinf=d in the polls and end up returning to her upstate home to lick her wounds….

Chuck Schumer and Paterson screwed up on the Gillibrand choice in the first place…and the Dog is happy that Ford has the balls to challenge this bad choice and push ahead…..

He will be a better and stronger candidate I don’t care what the left and local media types saw…they’re just scared…that’s all……

Let the voter’s decide…

January 25, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , | 2 Comments

In New York State…Rookie Sen. Gillibrand maybe turning into a liability for her mentor Sen. Schumer…..

The Dog has pushed for a primary between Harold Ford Jr. and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to the chagrin of veteran Senator Chuck Schumer…her mentor….

With Ford just about ready to in, against rookie Senator  Gillibrand (who never ran for her job, but was picked ), people are beginning to hear Fords argument, that he’s not beholden to Schumer, Reid…or even the White House…..( Brown’s win amplifies his message, and finally gives Ford some traction)

This is the beginning of trouble for Chuck Schumer, who has run interference for Gillibrand, since she arrived on the scene, and who is weak candidate, that does not poll well in a state, she has represented, since last year…..if  someone else besides Ford jumps in….things are going really to get messy and the seat becomes up for grabs in a democratic primary……

I wonder if Rep. Weiner  (NY-D) is available?….hum?

January 22, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment