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Harold Ford's big joke

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Until compelling evidence emerges to suggest otherwise, I think you have to believe that Harold Ford is just having a laugh with this Senate thing. How else do you explain an interview in which a seasoned politician responds to a question about visiting Staten Island by saying, "I landed there in the helicopter." Or explains that "I don’t really take the subway very often unless it’s wintertime and I can’t get a taxi on Fifth." How about one who says of his relationship with guns, "I do shoot them, and I shoot them at things that can’t shoot back. And will continue to do that. And by that, I want to be clear, I don’t mean children."

Got that? Harold Ford does not shoot children. And then there's this gem.

Q. Jets or Giants?

A. I had breakfast about every morning when I am in town, or I should say, several mornings, at the Regency. I see my friends the Tisches. Steve Tisch is my close personal friend. I have been to more Giants games. I spent the holidays, I had lunch over the holidays with Woody Johnson. We met for the first time. I am happy for his team.

Oh, and he draws his checks from Wall Street. Man of the people, that one.

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By Ezra Klein  |  January 13, 2010; 3:49 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Midterms  
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I live in Tennessee. I voted for Bob Corker instead of Harold Ford, Jr. If I had it to do over again, I'd vote for Harold Ford, Jr. He's a much more interesting politician.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | January 13, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Good lord. That interview reads like he's trying to persuade himself and the reporter he's credible, without even speaking to the public. All the insider lingo, the preemptive justifications of abandoned conservative stands, the confusing shorthand...either he didn't think he was going to be quoted at length, or he's way out of practice. Or, yeah, the elaborate practical joke thing.

Posted by: RobK_ | January 13, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

And people gave Caroline Kennedy a hard time for a little nervous tic ("you know").

Just, wow.

Posted by: theorajones1 | January 13, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Ford's becoming the Democrats' Alan Keyes.

Posted by: pseudonymousinnc | January 13, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

The only way this makes sense is that Ford thinks he is running for Senator of New York City.

Posted by: raisedbywolves1 | January 14, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

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