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Segami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:28 AM
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Is Obama Just A (Way) Smarter VERSION Of Harold Ford?
Obama one year later.



Harold Ford is a joke. His pandering, flip-flopping and sizzle-to-steak ratio are all legendary. But in the end, his politics are unremarkably neo-liberal, with nothing special to distinguish them. Take away his black skin, and he'd be a dime a dozen. Which reminds me of a certain President I know, who has either reappointed or replicated George W. Bush's team on national security, economic policy, and education, and Bill Clinton's team--at best--on most other top issues.


With Obama's resume, there's no doubt that he's a very smart individual. But with the great financial meltdown there's no doubt that tons of smart people can get together to do very stupid things. So the question is, "What purpose is Obama's intelligence devoted to? And is the end result going to be smart or stupid?"


The answer I propose is simple, perhaps too simple, but I think it serves as a good-enough first approximation: His intelligence is devoted to being a smarter version of Harold Ford. Okay, a lot smarter version of Harold Ford. But still, Harold Ford.


.........So, too, today, when Republican rule has culminated in every conceivable form of disaster, Obama comes along to preach the virtues of accomodation with the purveyors of sweeping and systemic failure, and all of their failed philosophies and schemes: the failed deregulatory philosophy, the failed trickle-down economics, the failed war on terrror philosophy, the failed standardized testing and school privatization philosophy, etc., etc., etc.


And so I have to ask, in all seriousness: Is Obama just a (lot) smarter version of Harold Ford? Or is he something more? Because if he is something more, I'll be damned if can see it.



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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:31 AM
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1. He's Harold Ford with a killer head feint.
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Segami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:49 AM
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8. The impression I get from Obama is that he intentionally fumbled the football back
over to the republicans but still squeaked out a win BUT intentionally lost the game against the spread.
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boobooday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:32 AM
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2. This analysis has a stench about it
Why compare the two? "Take away his black skin," and there's no comparison.
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impik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:33 AM
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3. Obama is a lot smarter than the idiot who wrote this crap. That's for sure
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MiniMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:40 AM
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6. +1
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Kurt_and_Hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:34 AM
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4. I would prefer a non-black comparison
Edited on Sun Jan-17-10 09:34 AM by Kurt_and_Hunter
There are probably better analogs than Ford if we set race aside.

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countingbluecars Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:39 AM
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5. Unrecommended n/t
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hileeopnyn8d Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:45 AM
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7. This article is pure trash
What the fuck is the purpose (agenda?) of comparing Obama to Harold Ford, Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver?

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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:52 AM
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11. The fucking idiots have come out of the woodwork since Obama took office.
I swear, I thought this level of moronism was limited to the RW. I was wrong.

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lazer47 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:51 AM
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9. Pres. Obama talking to Ford is like a professor teaching a first grader
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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:51 AM
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10. This is just racist
Let's compare the two because they are both black. How racist.
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Paladin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 10:02 AM
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13. Oh, It Gets A Lot More Racist Than That.

On another thread last week, one of our good Democrats stated that Ford was only suited for handing out towels in the restroom of a private mens' club. The post was deleted, after enough stomachs turned.....
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hileeopnyn8d Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 10:04 AM
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14. Oh, the snipped part
of the article is even worse. That's where he compares Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver and Obama all based on his elementary school knowledge.

In the comment section of the article he admits that he has no more knowledge of those two men based on anything other than what he learned in grade school.

Racist fucking bullshit is all this article amounts to, it isn't particularly profound or enlightening, nor does it rely on any facts, just some white guys opinion of black men, and his conclusion is that they're inferior. Unbelievable. At least the racists at Stormfront own their racism.



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DevonRex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 12:50 PM
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20. Agreed. Racist flame bait for sure. nt
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 10:00 AM
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12. racist
Edited on Sun Jan-17-10 10:02 AM by KittyWampus
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Enrique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 10:05 AM
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15. He doesn't resemble Obama in the slightest.
Ford was a child of privilege. His father was a Congressman. Harold Jr. himself failed the bar exam and went right into politics without doing anything. Then when he lost the Senate race he went to Wall Street to cash in, big time.
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boomerbust Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 10:25 AM
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16. Yep
And Glenn Beck was comparing George Washington to Sarah Palin. Brilliant!!!!!!
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firedupdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 10:25 AM
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17. The rw definitely doesn't have a racism, the more the president
does, the more they are coming out of the woodwork. Can't stand to have a black man in leadership, it's eating away at these assholes.
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freddie mertz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 10:26 AM
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18. He's head and shoulders above Ford in every way.
Yeah, I've been frustrated by him.

But let's not get carried away.

Harold Ford is pond scum.
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DevonRex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 12:49 PM
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19. Woah. You might want to check their resumes, for one thing. Racist BS, for another. nt
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Codeine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 12:51 PM
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21. Racist fuckwittery.
Shame.
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Hansel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 12:54 PM
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23. +1
Could it get more blatant?
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Sebastian Doyle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 12:54 PM
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22. While I certainly have a great deal of disappointment in the Obama administration so far
comparing him to that fucking douchebag HarolDLC Ford is completely ridiculous. Ford is nothing but a younger Lieberman.
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 01:02 PM
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24. locking this
considered flamebait .
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