Gawker is reporting that a bunch of big money big wigs are backing Pretty, Pretty Princess Harold Ford Jr. for Senate in New York. Seems they want him to take the seat that Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand was appointed to by Gov. David Paterson.
The Times reports today that Steven Rattner, Merryl Tisch, and Mike fucking Bloomberg are encouraging Ford to make his move against Gillibrand.
Peachy ... but, it's complicated and we all know why.
If Ford does run for Senate in New York this will test a long-held theory of mine that it is PRETTY DAMN HARD to get elected if you're a black politician with a white wife. Not only do you have to deal with crap like the racist TV ad campaign that torpedoed Harold Ford Jr.'s senate dreams in Tennessee, but there's that little problem with that usual Democratic lock -- the black vote.
Ford has proven to be a rather mediocre Democrat. He's safe. Boring. At times too conservative to even BE a Democrat. He's more of a Blue Dog than anything. And while there are lots and lots of black people who are socially conservative, but liberal on justice and economic issues, Harold Ford Jr. has long left the world's most nasty, self-loathing taste in people's mouths. And having a white wife DOES NOT HELP HIM. This is just a reality. While most of the folks who hang out in Snob Blog country are pretty cosmopolitan in their thinking (I believe most of you just dislike Harold for being a crappy politician), we all know that there will be more than a few folks who will question his loyalties to the community and nothing raises a giant red flag to these folks like not marrying one of your own.
What Ford DOES have working for him is that this is not the conservative South where interracial sexual relations are a double-edged sword that can kill you with both black and white voters. New York might be "hipper." Maybe they don't give a shit about who Ford is schtupping and wifing up.
Plus, he's running for Senate. The black vote is important, but this isn't the same as trying to run out of Charlie Rangel's congressional district and getting your ass handed to you in a hat. Ford needs a boarder coalition of voters, not just black ones.
The PROBLEM would potentially be the Democratic primary where the black vote will be pivotal in putting a candidate over the top. Ordinarily a decent, smart and likeable black candidate would pretty much have this vote locked up by now, but Ford isn't particularly likeable and AGAIN has that whole white woman issue going against him. So ... um ... best of luck to the Pretty!
P.S. Also a problem? He's a carpetbagger. Yeah, you can say that Hillary Clinton was too, but she was Hillary Fucking Clinton. She was a former First Lady and did I mention that her last name was "Clinton?"