This is about the race for U.S. Senate in Tennessee, so I hope we hear from Ruby and DADvocate for some on-the-ground insight.
I always wonder why a Democrat who acts reasonable is "running to the right," as Glenn suggests. Metro Pulse echoes this sentiment, and is the link that Glenn provides.
The positions Ford Jr. has on the campaign trail are as follows (quoting from Metro Pulse):
Ford said he supports the Second Amendment right to bear arms, he is against partial birth abortion, he argues we have to stay in Iraq until we get the job done and he says he was encouraged on his most recent of four visits to the war zone. He wants to end pork barrel spending and balance the budget by making every department cut spending, and he wants to reform the tax code.
That don't sound like a right wing point of view to this liberal. That sounds like Jr.'s tapping into a piece the American Consensus.
I'm going to file this in the 'most of us Americans really agree on a lot more than you think' folder. None of those positions are the exclusive territory of the right wing, no matter how much the right says about them.
-The Second Amendment is part of the Constitution, and is far more important to us on the left now after the Ashcroft/Gonzales justice department and NSA eveasdropping. Oh yeah, and the fact that the Administration won't do anything about criminals coming across our nation's southern border.
-Find me any person in this country who thinks Partial-Birth Abortion is a good idea, or any woman who enjoys getting one, and they will be the first I've met. Ever. Safe, private, rare. I already explained my position on that, and remain abstinate to do my part in keeping 'em rare. (Cause the most Republican men I know like their cake and eat it too...)
-Finishing the job in Iraq is the only sensible option (but ol' Dubya has lost his war powers privilages from now on...)
-Pork barrel spending is a bigger drain on our middle class tax base than any entitlement program, and helps only the status quo - and the status quo should not be helped.
-The last folks who balanced our budget were Democrats and Libertarians from Georgia who were masquerading as Republicans.
-Our tax code sucks. Find me one person who thinks current U.S. Tax Code is a good idea, and you'll be showing me a Tax Lawyer. Now, I ain't a big fan of Boortz, I ain't a big fan of Forbes, but at leas they're comin' up with ideas. Republicans have been in control of the U.S. House for 12 years, and they haven't been able to open the book on tax code. Do I need to repeat the definition of insanity?
-Social Security and Medicare are going to face very serious problems in the future if Baby Boomers continue to live and my generation can only get crappy service industry jobs.
Jr. seems to be just one example of how Southern Democrats and Liberals don't share all the same ideas as our 'Northern' and 'Western' brethren who get all the airtime. 48% of the voters in 2004 didn't vote for Kerry, they voted against ol' Dubya & co. (Imagine if we'da had a real Presidential candidate, instead of a really tall Yankee Oompa Loompa.)
I'm really glad to see a Democrat running for Senate saying these types of things. I hope that the Democratic leadership doesn't ask him to leave the Senate race in favor of a more liberal, less known candidate (like they did in Ohio). I hope, when he gets elected, that he actually believes in many of those things, and better yet, works with other Democrats (and the really real Republicans who howl at this administration's largesse) to make them reality. What really gets my hackles up is that right punditry is saying that Jr. is just saying all of those things to get elected.
Well, I guess right punditry would know: The current U.S. House, U.S. Senate, Presidency and Judiciary sure don't seem to be delivering....