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Sunday, December 26, 2004

What is Harold Ford doing?

He has already announced he is going to run for the U.S. Senate in 2006, and clearly has ambitions for higher office (such as the presidency). But Harold Ford should know better than to say shit like this if he wants any future in the Democratic Party. Seriously. Joshua Micah Marshall gives Congressman Ford a Holiday Smackdown on TPM. The point is that social security is an issue that Democrats should own, and we have in the past, and there's no reason to think that we won't in the future ... unless good men like Ford continue to act like jackasses. I am usually impressed and inspired by Ford, but if he continues this behavior than he will lose me completely. If you don't support social security, you are pretty damn close to a DINO (Democrat in name only). It would be understandable if Ford, who is trying to position himself for a statewide run in a conservative state, to be against other Democratic issues such as gay rights, abortion, etc. Marshall makes that argument as well. But why abandon us on social security? That is the question that we should be asking Harold Ford, Jr (D-TN). Here is (via Eschaton) is Ford's contact information:
Harold Ford, Jr. DC: (202) 225-3265, Memphis: (901) 544-4131, East Memphis: (901) 766-8121
Call him and give him a piece of your mind on social security. But remember, Ford usually is with us when it counts and he was a strong supporter for John Kerry. So remind him that he is wrong now, but you are with him if he changes his fucked up position on social security.

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