While sipping my morning coffee and watching my favorite news channel, MSNBC, Harold Ford, Jr. was speaking on the selection of Joe Biden as Senator Obama's VP. All was going fine until he made this out of no where comment. He said and I quote, "Pat Buchanan is a man I have a great deal of respect for." I nearly chocked. During Ford's term as Congressman there were concerns over how well he was representing the 9th District, but every elected official will have his good and bad points. There were concerns when he was running for the Senate and "conservatizing" his views while traveling through the Eastern parts of Tennessee. There were even concerns when he packed his bags and left Memphis, the City that had given him so much, to live in Texas. Now this. Mr. Ford the man you respect, Pat Buchanan, has suggested that McCain should use campaign attacks against Obama based on the social, economic and racial divisions in American. This man is well documented in his xenophobic attitude toward anyone different from him. Here are only SOME of his comments over the years:
In his syndicated column Buchanan said: "Jeremiah Wright ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an American." Buchanan then asserted that "no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans," adding: "We hear the grievances. Where is the gratitude?"
Buchanan, who opposed virtually every civil rights law and court decision of the last 30 years, published FBI smears of Martin Luther King Jr. as his own editorials in the St. Louis Globe Democrat in the mid-1960s. "We were among Hoover's conduits to the American people," he boasted (Right from the Beginning, p. 283).
White House advisor Buchanan urged President Nixon in an April 1969 memo not to visit "the Widow King" on the first anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination, warning that a visit would "outrage many, many people who believe Dr. King was a fraud and a demagogue and perhaps worse.... Others consider him the Devil incarnate. Dr. King is one of the most divisive men in contemporary history." (New York Daily News, 10/1/90)
Buchanan referred to Capitol Hill as "Israeli-occupied territory." (St. Louis Post Dispatch, 10/20/90)
In a 1977 column, Buchanan said that despite Hitler's anti-Semitic and genocidal tendencies, he was "an individual of great courage...Hitler's success was not based on his extraordinary gifts alone. His genius was an intuitive sense of the mushiness, the character flaws, the weakness masquerading as morality that was in the hearts of the statesmen who stood in his path." (The Guardian, 1/14/92)
"Rail as they will about 'discrimination,' women are simply not endowed by nature with the same measures of single-minded ambition and the will to succeed in the fiercely competitive world of Western capitalism." (syndicated column, 11/22/83)
I have been impressed with how Mr. Ford has carried himself as a commentator on MSNBC, and I was happy for him when he was made chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council, but in my opinion for someone in his position it would be wise to find a new mentor.