Acquiescing to Democratic Party bosses, Harold Ford Jr. announced
last night he won't challenge New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in the
fall primaries. He explained his decision in a New York Times column
that slams Democrats for pushing a national political agenda out of touch with local constituents. Despite Ford's differences
with the party, he said he wanted to avoid a "brutal" primary because
it would only help Republicans. While liberals are glad to see him go,
conservatives are ruing his departure, as some hoped he might dilute the Democrats' agenda.
- Good Riddance, writes Nathan Empsall
at left-leaning MyDD: "Thank God. Between Ford's awful
roll-out and Gillibrand's solid leadership on repealing DADT, it's
clear who is the superior politician and the superior policymaker here.
At the end of the day, Ford has done little more than to boost
Gillibrand's numbers against likely general election opponent, former
Gov. George Pataki. And that's a good thing - we need Gillibrand in the
- You Can Say That Again, nods Adam Bink
at Open Left: "This [primary] would not have been a good investment for
progressives- and there was always the chance that Ford could have
ended up as the Democratic nominee from the State of New York. Stranger
things have happened in the history of American elections. In this
case, it's good that there won't be a chance at that."
- Ford's Betraying His Moderate Beliefs, charges The Lonely Conservative: "It's party before country. Ford's perfectly willing to leave the Senate in the hands of the radical left of the Democrat Party. Some moderate."
- Seems Neither Honest Nor Loyal, notices No More Mister Nice Blog:
"He spends most of his time attacking fellow Democrats, while seeming
to recall only at the last minute that he's supposed to regard
Republicans as the bad guys...That's party loyalty, Democrat style."
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