Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Open Letter to Harold Ford Sr.

Dear Harold,

The game you walked away from a decade ago is not the same game you walked back into a few weeks ago. One of the most important differences is that the Ford name simply no longer means what it used to. Once upon a time, someone with Jake’s name could have shown up and blown through the primary process (Or for that matter, Joe Jr.).

Between Harold’s voting record alienating many Democrats, John’s indictment for bribery, and the cemetery vote turning out solidly for Ophelia, the name has lost much of its former luster. Being a Ford helps when all other things are equal, but means little when things are as radically unequal as they are in Jake’s race.

I doubt seriously that I have to recount the qualifications of Steve Cohen any more than I have to yet again point out the absolute dearth of qualifications in your son. If Jake wasn’t carrying your DNA, you wouldn’t be voting for him either.

But running him is your prerogative. It’s how you run him that is going to give you trouble, though. If things continue as they are now, you’re going to sink the campaign of Harold Jr. just to help Jake.

I’m hearing from sources inside the campaign that working for one Ford brother means you’re working for both Ford brothers at this point. This creates a massive problem--- Part of the money that is providing office space for Harold’s Democratic and Jake’s independent campaigns has been filtered through the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, with the intention of getting Democratic nominees elected to office.

More has been given directly by donors wishing to send someone to the US Senate who, whether I agree with all aspects of his voting record or not, has the knowledge, experience, and gravitas necessary to hold higher office. They didn’t donate with the knowledge that they were buying a package deal that included sending a dropout to Congress and paying for his attacks on the rightful Democratic nominee in the 9th Congressional District race. I’m already hearing the first rumblings of a donor revolt, so you’ve no doubt heard them too.

You’ve got to put some distance between these two campaigns, or you send them both over a cliff. I know this dooms Jake, as none of the well-heeled donors are willing to line up behind him. But that distance will save Harold Jr.’s campaign. If he’s got a chance of winning this fall, this is it.

Jake doesn’t just lack gravitas. He’s the black hole of gravitas. He actually sucks it off of the people that stand next to him. They look like lesser candidates simply for being near him.

I know you have some joint appearances planned for the future. As someone who disagrees with Harold Jr. quite often, yet would like to see the Senate under Democratic control, I implore you to reconsider this strategy. The only way to save Jr. is to separate him from Jake.

Perhaps over the next two years, Jake can go back to school and earn some of the gravitas that he’s lacking now. He can learn what “insurgent” means before going to a place where he would vote on ways to combat insurgents.

Right now, he simply does not have what it takes. And if you continue on the path you tread now, you jeopardize Harold Jr.’s Senate bid.


LeftWingCracker said...


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Rubes said...

It's amazing, that just because Jake is Sr.'s son he is willing to back him, even though he is obviously unqualified. A word of advice to anyne who wants to run for a position such as this, go out run for local offices, get some experience being an elected official and then run for an office such as this. Please don't tell me that just being the son of a former congressman (even though that has worked for some) is enough to qualify you to represent over 600,000 voters. Even here in Cajun Country, where everyone is related, people who share the same last name don't just support someone due to nepotism, they support someone because they believed they are qualified and can perform at the level expected of them.

That is all for now

Freedonian said...

Thank you Cracker, Princes Dabness.

Please don't tell me that just being the son of a former congressman (even though that has worked for some) is enough to qualify you to represent over 600,000 voters.

Apparently, that's precisely what Harold Sr. believes. Again, although I disagree with large swaths of his voting record, Harold actually has the gravitas to do the job. Maybe having a son with the capacity to do the job screwed up Sr's perceptions somehow.

Maybe it made him believe that all of his sons were capable, simply because one son is and the other one doesn't fart at the table during family dinner.

Timewalker said...

Yeah. If I'm not mistaken, that is exactly what Jr. did to get in this seat - finished law school, passed the Bar, and didn't practice a day nor hold any lower elected seats, just ran for his Daddy's seat and won it.

But even that sense of entitlement is nothing compared to his brother who is nothing but a dropout, and not even a DINO.

Anonymous said...

correction: Harold Jr. has not YET passed the bar.

Anonymous said...

made one try and flunked the exam. never has retaken it.

Freedonian said...

I can relate. I tried to pass the bar one time. But I kept hearing the pint glasses calling my name. I don't know if you've ever heard that, but it can be quite deafening.

English Rose said...

The Final Word on the Campaign Rally

Memphis Flyer reporter Jackson Baker took the loose threads in our story about Jake Ford’s possible collusion with his brother, untied the knots, and found the single straight line:

Subsequent to the event, the impression got out in some quarters that it had been an affair for College Democrats (it wasn’t - though they, like other Democrats, had been invited and responded) in which, according to a widely circulated email from a University of Memphis student:

“Apparently, after Junior was done speaking, his fucktard brother got a chance to speak to the volunteer base that we acquired for Junior.”

Hearsay of this sort begat further hearsay, and soon an honest blogger or two had picked up on a gathering outrage among supporters of 9th District Democratic nominee Steve Cohen that the “fucktard brother” (i.e., independent congressional candidate Jake Ford) had benefited from what had now, in some tellings, become a “handoff” at the rally from Rep. Ford.

Actually, nothing of the sort occurred.

Jake Ford had been no more than one member of the large and milling crowd. He had no role in the proceedings, which ended after his congressman brother left to go join the Rev. Ben Hooks for the dedication of a Whitehaven Job Corps center in Hooks’ honor.

If Jake Ford “worked the crowd” afterward (as a revised version of the ever-shifting story had it), then so did anybody else who had been in the throng.

It was just a case of a large gathering breaking off into isolated conversational clumps as people made their way out the door.

[Jackson Baker]

This conflicts with our previous reporting, and we owe our readers an explanation.

Our sources, who were eyewitnesses to the event, maintain that Jake Ford “worked the crowd” and furthermore, “held court.”

However much we stand by our sources, we are also aware that multiple eyewitnesses to the same event will percieve it differently according to their own biases.

We defer to Jackson Baker’s account of the campaign rally, and we are grateful to him for his correction.

The purpose of this website is to provide voters with the information they need to make good choices at the ballot box.

We contend that the corporate news outlets do not take their role in politics as seriously as they should in order to preserve a healthy democracy.

We hope to attain to the high standards of journalism set by Jackson Baker at the Memphis Flyer, Marc Perrusquia at the Commercial Appeal, and a precious few others in the Memphis media.

But we have much work to do before we get there, and we will undoubtedly make mistakes along the way.

We ask that you, our dear readers, bear with us as we find our footing, and please keep in mind that this website has not even been officially launched yet.

Once we broke our first story, the site took on a life of its own, and we were caught unprepared for what came next.

Original reporting is only one part of our manifold mission, and we have much more in store for you as time passes.

We hope that you will check back with us after our official launch, at which time we will have all of our regular features in place.

Jake Ford was indeed present at the rally, he was indeed speaking to those present, but we have no concrete evidence to support the claim that he was “working the crowd.”

We do not know exactly what Jake Ford was doing there, but before we say anything for sure in the future, we are going to base our reporting on more solid data that can withstand greater scrutiny.

We apologize to our readers, and to Jake and Harold Ford Jr., for presenting unconfirmed conjecture as verified fact.

We will not make that same mistake again.

Derek Haire
Editor and Administrator
River City Mud Bugle

Freedonian said...

You know Rose, this isn't about the same incident. I know for a fact that there are joint appearances booked soon, and I don't think we need Jake stinking up Harold. Way to keep up.