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Harold Ford on the Colbert Report

Election days are notoriously slow -- with nothing to do but sit around and wait for the polls to close, which they will do in eight hours in Illinois. It's moments like these that we thank God for Stephen Colbert. (And yes, we do that once a day or so.)

Former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford Jr. appeared on the "Colbert Report" Monday night in an uneven -- to put it kindly -- appearance that is the latest leg of an decidedly odd semi-announcement tour of Ford's planned run against appointed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Colbert -- in serious mode -- pressed Ford on his seeming flip-flops on abortion and gay marriage and even brought up the now infamous interview Ford gave to the New York Times in which he said he had visited all five boroughs because he once touched down in Staten Island on a helicopter. "Are there other places in New York you designate as helicopter-only?" Colbert asked.

Here's the whole, painful -- yet strangely captivating -- interview:

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By Chris Cillizza  |  February 2, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
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Colbert also called Obama a son of a b*tch on that episode too.

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 2, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

You didn't say what party he's with.

I don't feel like looking it up, and I'm not watching the video without knowing.

Bad journalism.

--faye kane, homeless brain
Read more of my smartmouth opinions at

Posted by: Knee_Cheese_Zarathustra | February 2, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Sometime back when they were honest?

I don't remember it either

Posted by: Noacoler | February 2, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone tell me when have Republicans EVER been fiscally responsible?

Posted by: JRM2 | February 2, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it illegal to funnel money from your PAC for your personal wealth?

Posted by: JRM2 | February 2, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

"Retarded" is descriptive, "Retard" is derogatory.

Posted by: JRM2 | February 2, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't Palin the one who was calling Trig "My little retard"? At least that's what someone living with her claimed.

On the actual topic: In this interview Harold Ford reminds me of Blago for some reason.

Posted by: JRM2 | February 2, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Why I'm speaking at Tea Party convention

By Sarah Palin


I love giving passionate speeches to empty seats in my little girl voice

send money,
xxx Sarah

Posted by: Noacoler | February 2, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Why I'm speaking at Tea Party convention

By Sarah Palin

Later this week I'll head to Nashville, where I'll have the honor of speaking with members of the Tea Party movement. I look forward to meeting many Americans who share a commitment to limited government, common sense and personal responsibility. This movement is truly a grassroots, organic effort. It's not a top-down organization; it's a ground-up call to action that already has both political parties rethinking the way they do business.

From the town halls last summer to the protests and marches in the fall to the game-changing recent elections, it has been inspiring to see real people — not politicos or inside-the-Beltway professionals — speak out for common-sense conservative policies and values. As with all grassroots efforts, the nature of this movement means that sometimes the debates are loud and the organization is messier than that of a polished, controlled machine. Legitimate disagreements take place about tone and tactics. That's OK, because this movement is about bigger things than politics or organizers.

The soul of the Tea Party is the people who belong to it — everyday Americans who grow our food, run our small businesses, teach our children how to read, serve the less fortunate and fight our wars. They're folks in small towns and cities across this nation who saw what was happening to our country and decided to get involved. Thank God for them. Many of these good Americans had never been involved in their government before, but now they attend town hall meetings and participate in online forums. They write letters to the editor. They sign up to be precinct leaders and run for local office and support other independent patriots. They have the courage to stand up and speak out.

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 2, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I accept your apology!

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 2, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Jake, our esteemed host has asked banned posters to ignore other banned posters. Please comply.

since the ped has no shame, it is only his teetering sense of self that will eventually nudge her into leaving. Lack of attention in all other aspects of life is what sent her here. Let us all try to maintain that good sense on this blog.

Posted by: drivl | February 2, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Budget numbers from CBO:

Caution Libs, you are entering a fact zone.

2001 +128 billion
2002 -157
2003 -377
2004 -412
2005 -318
2006 -248
2007 -162

compare to Obimbo

2010 -1350


you libs should simply stay away from numbers. the whole global warming fraud should have taught you.

Posted by: drivl | February 2, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Jake, a typo. Sorry it was enough to confuse you.

Palin's 15 minutes went in longer than anyone expected but her relevance was over election night and now we're is the "desperation and denial" phase of her exit from public life. So she exploits her (?) mentally retarded child to get attention. You may eat that stuff up but most would regard it, and her, as despicable.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 2, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse


Donny Most, Donny Most, he was Ralph on Happy Days

Donny Most, Donny Most, now he rises from the haze

(Courtesy of "Family Guy" © 2010)

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 2, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I agree that "Mist" wouldn't.

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 2, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Did you read it, Jake? Or did the sight if Palin's name set you all a-dither with excitement so you read no further?

Once again Palin is waving around her Down syndrome baby by the leg and using him to get attention. You regard this as honorable? Mist wouldn't.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 2, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

The swamp gas addled fourth stooge arrives to misunderstand budgets again. Numbers really aren't your strong suit are they?

The numbers quoted are CBO numnbers and do include DoD numbers. the defense budget does not dissappear into smoke. It was simply not in the initial proposition. this must be very confusing for someone with only ten toes for counting.

Are you in possession of some magic, secret budget numbers that only liberals know?

Posted by: drivl | February 2, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Chris Fox:

I guess the good people over at "care"

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 2, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

lol@Bush deficits being only $450 billion.

Of course, these people think that the Iraq war didn't cost a single penny.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 2, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Palin on FaceBook?!? Who cares???

Posted by: Noacoler | February 2, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Never fear, drivl, Chris Fox is here!

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 2, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Finally, liberals and Palin agree on something: Fire Rahm

The former VP candidate issues a Facebook call for the White House to fire chief of staff Rahm Emanuel

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 2, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I see dribbl has run out of cut and pastes and being forced to resort to her own thinking, resorts to shovelling insults.

dribbl mentioning the plummeting IQ level is like berry announcing budget cuts.

the two are laughingstocks.

Without the sounding board of the rest of the moonbat mutual admiration society (aka the stooges), she is inept and blathering in the wind.

Posted by: drivl | February 2, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

The 3 Trolls are all here now -- I pronounce this thread officially brain dead.

Posted by: drindl | February 2, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Bayh, Evan (D-IN)
Bennet, Michael F. (D-CO)
Boxer, Barbara (D-CA)
Feingold, Russell D. (D-WI)
Inouye, Daniel K. (D-HI)
Leahy, Patrick J. (D-VT)
Lincoln, Blanche L. (D-AR)
Mikulski, Barbara A. (D-MD)
Murray, Patty (D-WA)
Reid, Harry (D-NV)
Schumer, Charles E. (D-NY)
Specter, Arlen (D-PA)
Wyden, Ron (D-OR)

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 2, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Deficit under bush:450 billion

Deficit under berry: 1.3 trillion

go figure. who knew Libs loved to spend their grandchildren's money.

Well, we did.

Posted by: drivl | February 2, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't that be amazing if EVERY Democrat, not just Gillibrand, lost in 2010?

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 2, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Harold Ford believes that because he has been to a few Manhattan restaurants and a few parties in the Hamptons, he knows New York.

OH, he said he visited the suburbs when he was a kid.

I just think that Harold Ford has no idea about the complexity of all the neighborhoods in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx - then add on top of that Upstate and the distances one has to travel to get up there.

Harold Ford is coming from a political family in Tennessee, with built-in contacts and built-in advantages. He has none of that in New York.

How is he going to get a group of supporters together in the cities Upstate ? How about in the various neighborhoods in Queens ??


Posted by: 37thand0street | February 2, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I flipped through the morning shows, and I can not believe that they are honestly quoting Republicans voicing concern about the size of the budget and the deficits.

Seriously. It is like the last thirty years never happened with our media. All the Republicans need to do is claim they are concerned about deficits and the budget, and our bobbleheads will repeat it without pointing out who caused the problem.

Posted by: drindl | February 2, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I think liberals will like him. After all he is clean, articulate, light skinned and doesn't speak in a Negro dialect.

Repubs won't like him because he is Liberal. Dems will call this racist.

Posted by: drivl | February 2, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I am no fan of Bob Corker, but I think the people of Tennessee might have gotten that election right. I thought highly of Ford and he seemed to be a pretty straight forward guy, but these interviews he is doing are almost painful to watch. Drindl I think your right that Gillibrand doesn't have a thing to worry about.

Posted by: AndyR3 | February 2, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

The jester serves the court at the pleasure of the king.
Reuters recently had its nose smacked, and the article in Newsweek should reveal more.
The Comedy Channel is safe for the time being, when they feel the sting, we will know that we have moved from the 'power of persuasion'.

Posted by: RayOne | February 2, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

If I had a "foot condition" I am sure I would get weekly pedicures too, just like everybody else.

Posted by: shrink2 | February 2, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 2, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse


He knows where the helipads are ; )

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 2, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Colbert on his Grammy win too!!

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 2, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I really fail to see what the appeal is with this guy. He comes off as pretty wooden.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 2, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Gillibrand will walk all over him -- he knows nothing about New York and it's painfully obvious.

Posted by: drindl | February 2, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

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