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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

FIRING THE FIRST SHOT


MEET THE CONTENDERS FOR BILL FRIST'S SENATE SEAT

According to the Tennessee Chattanoogan, Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. fired the first shot at his Senate competitors, in tying them to the ever growing scandal of Jack Abramoff.

Unfortunately, he didn't expect they would SHOOT BACK.

I think some Democrats are going to go down in this scandal, too, but as long as for every Democrat that goes down, that 10 corrupt Rethugs go down, I'll settle for the loss of DLC-type Democrats.

Why do I say DLC-type Democrats? Cause, more than likely, they were feeding at the corporate trough, instead of standing up for the core values of the Democratic Party.

I said in an earlier blog that Harold Ford needed to take up his own gauntlets he throws down in an effort to look like a tough politician. It's like Popeye trying to whip Bluto's butt without eating his spinach first. From where I sit, this race is only going to get uglier for Ford, and it's not even the end of January yet.

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clearly, Corker wants to win 'by any means necessary'. They've put a spin on this one, but the truth will out.

Well within the public domain, there is a list of every lawmaker known to have received monies from Jack Ambramoff; Congressman Harold Ford Jr's name is not on this list.

I posted details of this on Corker's blog and, not surprisingly, my message was swiftly deleted.

For anyone interested in the truth:

www.capitaleye.org/abramoff_recips.asp?sort=N

3:40 PM  
Blogger The Christian Progressive Liberal said...

Just like Junior deletes any information that waxes negative against him.

Your boy had better learn how to play the political game before he gets eaten alive. This is the first campaign where he's being warned that he's not campaigning in Memphis, but the whole state of Tennessee, and not everyone in the Volunteer State is drunk on his kool-aid.

Identify yourself, Chris Jackson or David Bander,,,

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am neither. My only concern is that you, and others, actually visit the site:

www.capitaleye.org/ambramoff_recips.asp?sort=N

PS. " ... learn how to play the political game ..." Given the current climate, what an unfortunate turn of phrase.

5:09 PM  
Blogger The Christian Progressive Liberal said...

Maybe "Play the Political Game" was an unfortunate choice of words.

I probably should have said:

"He needs to learn how to really campaign for a Senate Seat".

My statements were made to emphasize that Ford is gambling for big stakes, and his campaign is acting like he's running for re-election to his House seat, without any real competition.

Corker is letting him know that he's going to have to fight for the seat - his daddy's not going to hand it to him on a silver platter.

8:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK. Thanks for your clarificiation. I understand the points you are making; we are all entitled to our own views. I have to respect another's comments, even if I don't happen to agree with them.

I am not sure how and when politics became so mean-spirited and deeply personal. If we are not mindful, we perpetuate this, even on blogs, by constantly referring to personal issues - oftentimes, making throw-away remarks that are not relevant, at all.

Yes, I agree that Corker is letting him know that he is going to have to fight for the seat. However, the Marquis of Queensbury rules will not apply, as Corker seems determined to fight dirty.

I think Congressman Ford Jr is a decent, fair-minded young man and has perhaps underestimated that his opponents' lust for power (particularly Corker), will cause them to try and destroy him, however they can.

In marked contrast, I recall seeing Congressman Ford Jr on Fox and being asked about Tom DeLay. He did not gloat or try to score any cheap political points, he stressed that the matter is being dealt with in the correct manner, by the courts. He concluded by saying that he was praying for Mr DeLay and his family. This showed how gracious Congressman Ford Jr is. I cannot say the same about Corker.

All I have simply tried to say is that the web link I posted initially, is readily accessible in the public domain. Therefore, Corker too, must be fully aware that when he decided to attack Congressman Ford Jr on this particular issue, it was based on a bare-faced lie. So, whilst you have honed in on Congressman Ford Jr, I think the character and conduct of Corker, is highly questionable.

If this particular incident is transparent and Corker went for it anyway, emboldened by non-existent journalistic ethics and lack of integrity from the Chattanoogan - it does not bode well for the rest of the campaign.

Perhaps this is wishful thinking; I hope that the campaign is fought on the 'issues' - those that will, ultimately, impact the lives of Tennesseans.

1:21 AM  
Blogger autoegocrat said...

Anon, I share your desire for a campaign on the issues, but if Ford runs on the issues that affect tennesseeans, he's toast. Ford doesn't understand the issues like a normal Democrat. If Ford were running on the issues, he'd be Corker's primary opponent.

I would warn you against taking anything you see on television seriously, especially if it's on Fox. A prayer for Tom DeLay and his family on the Fox News channel is a sign of grace? Is that now where we set the bar? If you make such prayers, God bless your heart, but I seem to remember reading that Jesus warned against public prayers made to enlarge the borders of your own garment.

I think Ford has underestimated his own lust for power. His votes in the House weren't made for my benefit, but for the benefit of this Senate campaign. I didn't vote him in office for the sake of his ambition.

6:05 AM  
Blogger The Christian Progressive Liberal said...

Anon, I'm in agreement with Autoegocrat on this one.

I can truthfully say, that if it were Harold Ford being forced out as Majority Leader, Tom DeLay would react the same way you say Corker would react. He would not be as gracious as you say Harold is, and remember, he said that on Fox Network, which, as far as I'm concerned, is not worth anything I can say on this blog in a tasteful manner.

You say Corker wants to win by any means necessary; well, so does Harold, and one means of desperation, is to "out" his white grandmother in an effort to demonstrate to those voters in East Tennessee that he has something in common with them (by alluding to the fact that he's 1/4 Caucasian). With his action, he just alienated Black voters he takes for granted, and when I say alienate, I mean he's so desperate to claim his "caucasian-ess" to the point that he's saying there's something shameful and negative about being African-American. Prove me wrong if it isn't.

He probably alienated white voters who don't want to vote for what those in the backward areas of the state consider a "half-breed".

If the state were California and not Tennessee, race wouldn't be an issue at all - hell, half the State's population (California) is Latino, and they're the largest minority. But, it's TENNESSEE, and some of you who live there are fighting to memoralize Nathan Bedford Forrest, the KKK founder. So, while I know there are a growing number of progressives in Tennessee, I fear there aren't enough to put Ford in office, no matter what they say to his face, it will be a different matter once in the voting booth.

Can you say "DIEBOLD", or "Forget to Vote for Ford?"

Cause that's the reality. And Ford's lust for power, to me, means he's NO BETTER THAN CORKER. As Auto said, Jesus does warn against public prayers to enlarge one's garment, because basically, that prayer is not offered in faith or for the personal goodwill of Tom DeLay. Real Christians will just pray for the man and leave it at that, because, unless otherwise noted, prayers are personal and individual communiciations to God, and are not meant to demonstrate what a "Christian" one is.

In fact, Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson have strived to give Christianity a bad name with their public prayers.

Thanks for visiting the blog.

7:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh dear. Must say, I am t-o-t-a-l-l-y speechless.

8:41 AM  
Blogger The Christian Progressive Liberal said...

Anon, I'm assuming you are engaging in your own brand of "snark" here.

Be advised, I can sling it as well as bring it. LOL

9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you may have somehow misunderstood my expression; I'm not quite sure what "snark" is, but from your tone, think I have an inkling.

Nevertheless, thank you for allowing me an opportunity to express my opinion.

Kind regards.

10:42 AM  
Blogger LeftWingCracker said...

Dear wonderful woman,

It is VERY distasteful for me to EVER have to defend Junior, but Howard Dean pretty much shot the Abramoff stuff to pieces the other day on Late Edition; he nearly had wolf Blitzer weeping.

I'll grant you, if any Democrat HAD taken the Abramoff money, it would have been Junior, but no one did, and we have to stop that stuff in its tracks, even if it (temporarily) helps him.

Otherwise, you're marvelous as usual and keep fighting!

3:54 PM  
Blogger The Christian Progressive Liberal said...

LWC,

Thanks for the props, and while I think Howard Dean shot at least 95% of the Abramoff scandal to hell, there's a 5% coverage we have to allow for. One example is Rep. Patrick Kennedy, who's taken some money from the Indian Tribes represented by Abramoff. He has publicly said he's not giving back the money (around $60K).

I don't profess to know anything about Corker, but would he really risk a slander suit from Junior if his allegations were true? Plus, Junior fired the first shot, and all I see Corker doing is what John Kerry should have done, and that's SHOOT BACK!

Unlike Junior, I'm perfectly willing to eat crow if Corker is wrong (just like he sits down to a plate of coon when it's not necessary, LOL).

Visit again, anytime, my brethren in the blogsphere.

5:05 PM  

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