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    January 26, 2010

    Colbert hikes his leg on Harold Ford

    Posted by: Chris

    Harold Ford, Jr., and I go way back. OK, not personally, but his dad (that would be Sr.) represented Memphis in Congress for pretty much all of my childhood there, and his uncle John was repeatedly arrested during my stint in Nashville for college and ultimately went to prison a few  years back. Harold Jr. famously ran for Senate in 2006 and almost won, derailed by a blatantly racist commercial that featured a white, blonde Playboy bunny saying, "Harold, call me!"

    It was during that Senate run that Junior veered sharply to the right, pledging not just his opposition to gay marriage and most other gay civil rights legislation, but his support for a federal constitutional amendment banning gays from marrying nationwide. I shed no tear when he went down to defeat, however despicable th race-baiting tactics of his Republican rival.

    Since then, Junior took on "centrist" Democratic Leadership Council and moved back to NYC, where he had lived till Senior left Congress in disgrace and Junior swooped in to take the family Congressional seat. is making noise about challenging Kirsten Gillibrand's Senate seat. Leave it to Stephen Colbert to slice and dice this opportunistic carpetbagger extraordinaire as his "alpha dog of the week":

    The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
    Alpha Dog of the Week - Harold Ford Jr.
    Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorEconomy

    I wouldn't be quite so harsh on Ford for switching sides on gay marriage, considering Kirsten Gillibrand made the same switch in time for her appointment to take Hillary Clinton's Senate seat last year. I'm more pleased that the politics of gay marriage have shifted such that a viable Democratic candidate for statewide office in New York must be on record supporting full marriage equality.


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