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Progressive’s and liberal’s will be torn on Harold Ford Jr. running for the Senate from New York….

While the Dog will happy to see Harold Ford Jr. mix it up with Kirsten Gillibrand…and so will minorities and voters in New York City, which has the most of the states population…..Liberal’s and Progressives will not be so happy…..Ford who held office in Tennessee has a record as a moderate democrat due to ne=cessity….running as black man in the south means not being a liberal period….ask Artur Davis, who’s running for Governor of Alabama……

I fully expect that if Ford runs in New York that he will carry the minority vote in the state and most of the New York City vote thus assuring him of a victory over Gillibrand….I aslo expect that Chuck Schumer and the White House are not going to get involved in this race…since it would be the second major BLACK candidate  trying to get a seat in the state (Gov Paterson being the first)…..

In addition, Schumer is not going to be happy camper here since Ford is really no rookie and can hold his own…..

The carpetbagger stuff in pure batshit…….

Here’s the counter piece from Nathan Empsall over at Mydd.com…….

Wow, talk about a newsworthy day. Cherry, Dorgan, Ritter, Dodd, the agreement not to have a health care conference committee, and now this oddball story from the New York Times: “Harold Ford Jr., the former congressman from Tennessee, is weighing a bid to unseat Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand in this fall’s Democratic primary, according to three people who have spoken with him.“ Fundraiser Steve Rattner says he would support Ford, who moved to New York three years ago, and Indepublican Mayor Michael Bloomberg hinted that he’s open to it as well.

Charles Schumer has been, as the Times puts it, “aggressively elbowing out potential primary challengers to Ms. Gillibrand,” but I doubt that will stop Ford. Remember, this is the guy who challenged Minority Whip Nancy Pelosi for the position of Minority Leader. He doesn’t seem to pay much attention to threats from above. My guess is if he thinks he can raise the money, he’ll run.

Still, I think it’s bizarre and, as much frustration as many progressives may have with Gillibrand, I doubt Ford would beat her. For one, yes, New York may have elected “carpetbaggers” Hillary Clinton and Robert Kennedy, but neither of them had ever held office in another state before. This reminds me more of former New Hampshire Senator Bob Smith, who is again running for the Senate, but from… Florida, where he now sells real estate. Despite his past credentials, he can’t even get pollsters to take him seriously enough to include his name in their questionnaires. Ford wouldn’t be quite that much of a joke, but his blatant opportunism could make past carpet-baggers’ ambitions look downright down-home. He also has quite the lengthy verbal track record to defend as an MSNBC commentator – lots of potential oppo research there. Throw that in with his status as vice chairman of Merrill Lynch (I wonder if he got a bonus in ’08 or ’09?), and the man’s got far more than a simple carpetbag for new baggage. I look forward to seeing a Gillibrand-Ford poll, but for now I think the best three words to describe this potential development are “bizarre,” “quixotic,” and “silly.”

January 6, 2010 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Women | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Progressive's and liberal's will be torn on Harold Ford Jr. running for the Senate from New York….

While the Dog will happy to see Harold Ford Jr. mix it up with Kirsten Gillibrand…and so will minorities and voters in New York City, which has the most of the states population…..Liberal’s and Progressives will not be so happy…..Ford who held office in Tennessee has a record as a moderate democrat due to ne=cessity….running as black man in the south means not being a liberal period….ask Artur Davis, who’s running for Governor of Alabama……

I fully expect that if Ford runs in New York that he will carry the minority vote in the state and most of the New York City vote thus assuring him of a victory over Gillibrand….I aslo expect that Chuck Schumer and the White House are not going to get involved in this race…since it would be the second major BLACK candidate  trying to get a seat in the state (Gov Paterson being the first)…..

In addition, Schumer is not going to be happy camper here since Ford is really no rookie and can hold his own…..

The carpetbagger stuff in pure batshit…….

Here’s the counter piece from Nathan Empsall over at Mydd.com…….

Wow, talk about a newsworthy day. Cherry, Dorgan, Ritter, Dodd, the agreement not to have a health care conference committee, and now this oddball story from the New York Times: “Harold Ford Jr., the former congressman from Tennessee, is weighing a bid to unseat Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand in this fall’s Democratic primary, according to three people who have spoken with him.“ Fundraiser Steve Rattner says he would support Ford, who moved to New York three years ago, and Indepublican Mayor Michael Bloomberg hinted that he’s open to it as well.

Charles Schumer has been, as the Times puts it, “aggressively elbowing out potential primary challengers to Ms. Gillibrand,” but I doubt that will stop Ford. Remember, this is the guy who challenged Minority Whip Nancy Pelosi for the position of Minority Leader. He doesn’t seem to pay much attention to threats from above. My guess is if he thinks he can raise the money, he’ll run.

Still, I think it’s bizarre and, as much frustration as many progressives may have with Gillibrand, I doubt Ford would beat her. For one, yes, New York may have elected “carpetbaggers” Hillary Clinton and Robert Kennedy, but neither of them had ever held office in another state before. This reminds me more of former New Hampshire Senator Bob Smith, who is again running for the Senate, but from… Florida, where he now sells real estate. Despite his past credentials, he can’t even get pollsters to take him seriously enough to include his name in their questionnaires. Ford wouldn’t be quite that much of a joke, but his blatant opportunism could make past carpet-baggers’ ambitions look downright down-home. He also has quite the lengthy verbal track record to defend as an MSNBC commentator – lots of potential oppo research there. Throw that in with his status as vice chairman of Merrill Lynch (I wonder if he got a bonus in ’08 or ’09?), and the man’s got far more than a simple carpetbag for new baggage. I look forward to seeing a Gillibrand-Ford poll, but for now I think the best three words to describe this potential development are “bizarre,” “quixotic,” and “silly.”

January 6, 2010 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Women | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

THE UNITED STATES SENATE PASSES THE HEATHCARE BILL…………

Early this morning the Democrats….alone…passed the historic Healthcare Bill by a 60 to 39 margin in the United States Senate……..President Obama spoke after the vote……

The President mentioned  that the bill was……“the most important piece of social legislation since the Social Security Act” was adopted and that it represented “the toughest measure ever taken to hold the insurance companies accountable.”

The bill would require most Americans to have health insurance, would add 15 million people to the Medicaid rolls and would subsidize private coverage for low- and middle-income people, at a cost to the government of $871 billion over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

While the Senate Bill must be reconcile the bill with the passed House version…..the Democrats with majorities in both houses, will control the process……and there still will be issues to deal with from different factions within the party……

The occasion brought frail, 92-year-old,  Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV)  to the Capital to cast his vote. And proclaim…This is for my friend Ted Kennedy,” Mr. Byrd said. “Aye!”

Vice President Joe Biden also was present in the chamber when the votes where cast……

While there still is considerable gripping going on…the fact remains that this country is on the heels of a major change in the way it offers its citizen healthcare…..And while everyone wanted their idea of a plan…the final bill contains  afar less ambitious measure……stay tuned for the winner and losers stories…you know the media…….

December 24, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Victoria Kennedy watched the Healthcare vote from the Senate in D.C….and gives her thanks….

This was the scene after the vote…….

Moments after the vote, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry embraced her on the third floor off the chamber.

“I’m so happy for you,” Kerry said, hugging her.

“I’m so happy,” Kennedy said.

In the reception room off the chamber, which became the site of an impromptu celebration, Kennedy stood in what was effectively a receiving line, getting hugs from Sens. Barbara Mikulski, Chris Dodd, and others.

“You all did such a phenomenal job,” Kennedy told them. “He’s smiling. You made history tonight.”

Sens. Chuck Schumer and Tom Harkin arrived moments later. “Where’s Vicky?” Schumer asked before enveloping her in a hug .

“I feel fantastic,” Kennedy told a small group of reporters. “This is an enormous victory.”

Kennedy then moved to just outside the chamber, where she and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid shared a hug.

from Politico Live Pulse…..

December 21, 2009 Posted by | Family, Government, Healthcare, Law, Politics | , , | Leave a comment

Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke is a lock……

The Senate Banking Committee, has approved sending his nomination to the full Senate for a vote,  for another five term, as the chair of the Fed by a vote of 16 to 7……The Time Magazine “Person of Year “ will be keeping his day job….

December 17, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Politics, The Economy | , , , , | Leave a comment