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Re: “The Third Man

It is disappointing to see that apparently the "insider" members of press in Memphis and Democratics both in and out of TN - feel that to be a democratic, black, etc, you must conduct/vote only a certain way. Until members of both side of the aisle realize that it is about the issues Stupid, and there must some common ground- aside from walking up our backside, will we really change? Family and racism played a part in Harold Ford Jr’s failure to capture the last three percent. I would say so does the sentiment of those who demand litmus tests answers from their elected officials. The reality is that some of us who are Democratics but happen to be Christian as well, are happy to have a voice – when did it become shameful in the black community to praise God ~ I feel that is progress/assimilation we can do without. I agree completely that Jake and Sr. share a great deal of blame for this sad defeat. They put Rep. Ford between a rock and hard place ~ how does a son/brother choose between family and career. I was disappointed to read of the way the Cohen situation was handled with President Clinton was in town. But I also have yet to read anything that makes me feel that Jr is as unqualified as his brother, or as distasteful as his father. Until the final two weeks of his campaign he did an excellent job of distancing himself. I have re-read the three paragraphs related to the last rally. I am confounded as to why there is an implication that his statements are allegedly Republican. Possibly Mr. Davis knows of a Democratic/Republican way to deliver a tragic message to a grieving family or to pay for overpriced gasoline. Although Mr. Corker may be a “weak” candidate ~ he was also a very wealthy one, with very significant friends (Rove). So feel free to gloat over Mr. Ford’s defeat ~ perhaps you prefer the devil that you know instead of taking a chance on someone willing to try to move the Democratic and African American leadership in a new direction. Just as the Republicans and whites have a vested interest in keeping things status quo, it is well known that current regime of African American leadership were happy to see Ford fall short. I look forward to supporting Harold Ford, Jr. and Sen. Baraka on a national level someday. Presuming jealousy, pettiness, family issues and racism do not block the path of someone who is really trying to provide A New Generation of Leadership.

Posted by Ruth Ferguson on 11/14/2006 at 2:38 PM


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