A Ford in Maher's Future? 

Those Harold Ford Jr.-watchers who have wondered what might compensate the former 9th District U.S. representative for the loss of his steady perch with reliable TV bud Don Imus (who actually cited his fawning nonstop support of Ford’s 2006 U.S. Senate race as a defense while under fire for the now infamous “nappy-headed ‘ho” remark) , need wonder no longer. Ford turned up last week on “Real Time With Bill Maher,” looking for all the world like a regular-to-be.

In any case, Ford has made his move, he has sprung his sprung. He is on the national stage, evidently to stay, a back-bench congressman from backwater Memphis no more. And for those who Democrats who worry about his party-renouncing rhetoric of the 2006 U.S. Senate campaign (“I’m not a Democrat…running up to Washington yelling ‘Democrat, Democrat, Democrat’!”): at least he now heads an organization, the “Democratic Leadership Council,” which, however rightward-tending, has the word “Democrat” in its name. So he needn’t yell if he doesn’t want to.

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