Campaign Diaries has a pretty good run down of why Harold Ford isn’t really a Democrat and also why he might have a chance against Kirsten Gillibrand in a Democratic primary for the New York State Senate. The thinking is that he will get enough money from Bloombergians that he can be competitive.
Personally, I think it’s a bad time to be associated with Bloombergians — it’s a not a coincidence that both Corzine and Bloomberg himself had disastrous elections last November. So I don’t think Ford has much of a chance. In any case, his voting record is awesome to behold (from the article I linked to above):
- 2001: Ford votes for the Patriot Act. Democrats support bill 129-75.
- 2002: Ford votes to authorize Iraq War. Democrats oppose bill 126-81.
- 2003: Ford is one of 63 Democrats to vote for the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act.
- 2005: Ford votes for House Republicans’ tough anti-immigration bill, the Real ID ACT. Only 42 Democrats did so.
- 2005: Ford was one of 43 Democrats to back legislation intervening in the Terri Schiavo case.
- 2005: Ford votes for bankruptcy reform, along with 72 other Democrats.
- 2006: Ford votes to permanently repeal the estate tax, along with only 42 other Democrats.
- He repeatedly voted in favor of a constitutional amendment banning flag-burning (2005, 2003, 2001, 1999). In 2005, the amendment fell just one vote short of the 67 it needed to clear the Senate; needless to say, Democrats can’t afford to give up one of the New York seats.
I’m not an FDL-style Blue Dog hater, since a lot of the Dogs are from conservative districts and have to do what they have to do to get elected. Harold Ford is from a safe district in Memphis.