Derek Haire has written a terrific piece on it over at the River City Mud Bugle and posted the audio files.
Jake certainly exceeded all expectations of him during the interview. Of course, expectations were so low that he surpassed them by managing to get through the interview without urinating his pants or setting the station on fire.
Host Jennings Bernard did his best to make Ford sound good, but sooner or later, Jake had to speak for himself.
He did a commendable job verifying my eariler article about him campaigning in Harold's headquarters last week. All potential Ford donors would do well to consider whether or not they wish to be accomplices to Jake's smearing of the rightful Democratic nominee in the 9th District race. We've already connected the dots between Jake's campaign and an anonymously written website smearing Steve Cohen. If Harold is providing him with office space, how is your money being spent?
He stated that he doesn't believe candidates should be elected to lifelong seats. West Tennessee Liberal has already dryly noted the irony of someone named Ford saying such a thing, but here's something else to think about. How does it square with his statement that "I want what all Congressmen want. To be re-elected"?
He claimed that he didn't run in the Democratic primary because there were no debates or forums to talk about the issues, despite there having been close to a dozen. Of course, he also claimed that he didn't run because he wanted the race to be "about the people" rather than partisan issues. I'm sorry--- Was he against it before he was for it or for it before he was against it?
And when he tried to define "insurgent", all I could think was "Oh great. Yet another intellectually uncurious second generation politico wannabe that doesn't read the newspaper".
All in all, it's hard for me to describe Jake's performance. I want to use the phrase "Empty shirt", but I have a closet full of empty shirts at home that I think could have fared better.