Ford: You know, Booker was right about Obama’s campaign

posted at 1:21 pm on May 21, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Cory Booker giveth, Cory Booker taketh away … and Harold Ford giveth back again. Telling the Morning Joe crew that Booker’s “clarification” of the Newark mayor’s criticism of the Obama campaign’s attacks on private equity was understandable and perhaps inevitable, the former Congressman said that he would not have retreated one step from the criticism:

Former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford Jr. said Monday that he would not have walked back New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker’s surprising comments criticizing the Obama campaign for attacking private equity.

“I would not have backed off the comments if I were Mayor Booker,” Ford, a Democrat, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “The substance of his comments on ‘Meet the Press,’ I agree with the core of it. I would not have backed them out… private equity’s not a bad thing. As a matter of fact, private equity is a good thing in many, many instances.”

“Having said that, I understand as a surrogate for the campaign, you have to have one of your key and most eloquent and most effective surrogates at least clarify or at least bring context to his statements,” continued Ford.

Actually, I agree that Mitt Romney’s record at Bain is fair game in the presidential election — as long as we’re talking about Romney’s record.  The first Bain attack ad talked about something that took place two years after Romney had already left, but during the tenure of a current Obama bundler who worked at Bain later.  The same day that Team Obama launched the Bain attack, Obama held a fundraiser hosted by Tony James of Blackstone, another private-equity firm that occasionally partnered with Bain on projects.

The problem with these attacks is both accuracy and hypocrisy.  Obama has no trouble raising money from private-equity firms (or perhaps he does have trouble doing so), but then demonizes and demagogues the private-equity industry.  That’s what Booker found “nauseating” during his brief moment of candor, and what bothers Ford and everyone else.

Update: The RNC is wasting no time in capitalizing on the rift:

Yesterday New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker, a surrogate spokesman for the Obama campaign called the president’s attacks on the free market “ridiculous”. That’s right Mr. President, we aren’t going to let you destroy free enterprise. Stand up for America. Stand up for job creators.

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Bishop!

herm2416 on May 21, 2012 at 1:27 PM

…when everybody on one side lies…it’s hard to keep sh!t straight!

KOOLAID2 on May 21, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Obama has no trouble raising money from private-equity firms (or perhaps he does have trouble doing so), but then demonizes and demagogues the private-equity industry.

Why would any capitalist donate to this marxist?

rbj on May 21, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Harold Ford……….coulda been a somebody.

But they found someone a little more “clean and articulate”.

PappyD61 on May 21, 2012 at 1:31 PM

…a SLUT is a SLUT…no “clarification” is needed!

KOOLAID2 on May 21, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Action:

Demonizes and demagogues the private-equity industry.

Reaction:

Obama has no trouble raising money from private-equity firms (or perhaps he does have trouble doing so),

Look for Obama to outlaw Newton. :D

cajun carrot on May 21, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Booker’s walkback reflects poorly on him, and looks crappy on the Obama campaign. If I were a Democrat I’d be pretty pissed at the incompetence all the way around.

flipflop on May 21, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Those “red bones” sure don’t like Bacracka lately.

SouthernGent on May 21, 2012 at 1:34 PM

…a SLUT is a SLUT…no “clarification” is needed!

KOOLAID2 on May 21, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Why you talking about Sandra Fluke?

msupertas on May 21, 2012 at 1:36 PM

OT, did anyone see the FOX story of a teacher who yelled at a student for criticizing Obama? She said she wouldn’t tolerate that in her classroom. Warned him he could get arrested.

keep the change on May 21, 2012 at 1:37 PM

The problem with these attacks is both accuracy and hypocrisy.

Ed, that’s something Barry and Company have NEVER worried about.

“Facts” are what Obama says they are.

GarandFan on May 21, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Why would any capitalist donate to this marxist?

rbj on May 21, 2012 at 1:31 PM

I would say ask Hot Air’s own capitalist liberal troll, ElenaKagan, but she never seems to show up in threads of this nature.

keep the change on May 21, 2012 at 1:37 PM

You can listen to the entire exchange at The Right Scoop.

Flora Duh on May 21, 2012 at 1:38 PM

OT, did anyone see the FOX story of a teacher who yelled at a student for criticizing Obama? She said she wouldn’t tolerate that in her classroom. Warned him he could get arrested.

keep the change on May 21, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Exhibit 3,403,253,426,994 in “What if this was a Bush supporter” vis a vis media coverage.

Washington Nearsider on May 21, 2012 at 1:39 PM

The Progs are learning about fratricide when they don’t toe the Marxist line…

d1carter on May 21, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Mitt, save the campaign stash for the last 3 months, as these fools are writing their own right now…popcorn-olicious…

hillsoftx on May 21, 2012 at 1:42 PM

OT, did anyone see the FOX story of a teacher who yelled at a student for criticizing Obama? She said she wouldn’t tolerate that in her classroom. Warned him he could get arrested.

keep the change on May 21, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Yep, and allegedly she disciplined the student for saying something about 0bama after she had just criticized Romney.

Teacher: Pot
Student: Kettle

UltimateBob on May 21, 2012 at 1:42 PM

You see why they call him light skin Harry. Out of touch is not even good enough to call this idiot. He is a nonentity in the liberal community. Libs don’t hate private equity, we just hate the ones who load up companies with debt, ruin peoples lives and make out like a bandit afterwards.

Memo to LSH- Stop calling yourself a democrat.
You a bought and paid for puppet for the crooks on wall street.

Uppereastside on May 21, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Ford: “You know, I’m a young guy, and I’ve been thinking I’m never going to win office again as a Democrat, but I have to wait until Obama is gone before I can formally switch parties, lest I tarnish my future potential to win cross-over African-American votes, which would undermine my long-term value to the GOP.”

Lawdawg86 on May 21, 2012 at 1:43 PM

PappyD61 on May 21, 2012 at 1:31 PM

As an ordinary black American, Harold wasn’t exotic enough for the Oprah crowd to anoint him as The One. Plus, isn’t Ford married to a blond white woman? That’s probably an instant disqualifier, even if he’d had some “born in Kenya” creds.

AZCoyote on May 21, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Their revenue couldn’t possibly support $38/share. Here comes the short-sells!

Meric1837 on May 21, 2012 at 10:58 AM

If you’re a capitalist trying to sell something nobody wants to buy, and you need Government money, a la Solyndra.

Steve Z on May 21, 2012 at 1:44 PM

OT, did anyone see the FOX story of a teacher who yelled at a student for criticizing Obama? She said she wouldn’t tolerate that in her classroom. Warned him he could get arrested.

keep the change on May 21, 2012 at 1:37 PM

I didn’t see the Fox story, but I listened to most of the nearly 10-minute clip. It’s truly frightening that people like that teach our kids. And props to the student for standing up to the teacher(he also knew way more than her which was sad).

Back to the topic at hand, Harold Ford, Jr. is one of the few Dems I’ve actually liked and respected over the last few years. I almost(I stress ALMOST) felt bad for him when he lost his Senate race. Imagine if the Dems had put him forth as the first (half)black President instead of Obama. This country would be in much better shape today.

Doughboy on May 21, 2012 at 1:45 PM

…when everybody on one side lies…it’s hard to keep sh!t straight!

KOOLAID2 on May 21, 2012 at 1:30 PM

No no no, when everybody on one side lies… Guam tips over…

SWalker on May 21, 2012 at 1:46 PM

And Axelrod giveth even more!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/axelrod-calls-out-cory-booker-he-was-just-wrong#HTWF2

I think that’s the call to get back on the plantation.

MeatHeadinCA on May 21, 2012 at 1:47 PM

You see why they call him light skin Harry.

Uppereastside on May 21, 2012 at 1:42 PM

No, I don’t see why…

… Why don’t you try explaining that comment?

Seven Percent Solution on May 21, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Harold Ford, of course, is a top guy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Robert_Paulson on May 21, 2012 at 1:48 PM

You see why they call him light skin Harry. Out of touch is not even good enough to call this idiot. He is a nonentity in the liberal community. Libs don’t hate private equity, we just hate the ones who load up companies with debt, ruin peoples lives and make out like a bandit afterwards.

Memo to LSH- Stop calling yourself a democrat.
You a bought and paid for puppet for the crooks on wall street.

Uppereastside on May 21, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Ah yes, a mouthpiece of the oh so tolerant liberal party, evidenced by the way they disgustingly attacked Booker after his comments on MTP.

Flora Duh on May 21, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Libs don’t hate private equity, we just hate the ones who load up companies with debt, ruin peoples lives and make out like a bandit afterwards.

Uppereastside on May 21, 2012 at 1:42 PM

LOL. Yes, it’s evil and wrong when private business does that, but it’s great when liberal politicians do it.

AZCoyote on May 21, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Back to the topic at hand, Harold Ford, Jr. is one of the few Dems I’ve actually liked and respected over the last few years. I almost(I stress ALMOST) felt bad for him when he lost his Senate race. Imagine if the Dems had put him forth as the first (half)black President instead of Obama. This country would be in much better shape today.

Doughboy on May 21, 2012 at 1:45 PM

ROTFLMAO… Sorry, that would never happen in a million years, Harold Ford is an honorable man, the very last thing the DNC want’s is a genuinely honest and honorable man leading their Marxist establishment.

SWalker on May 21, 2012 at 1:49 PM

The Progs are learning about fratricide when they don’t toe the Marxist line…

d1carter on May 21, 2012 at 1:39 PM

We need to come up with a new name for the “Progressives” because them using the term allows them to “be for Progress” and that helps to frame those that oppose them as being “against Progress”.

When they are just the opposite. They want to stop people from eating what they want, driving what they want, getting the medical treatment they want, in short they want to drive us back to the freaking Stone Age when the earth was pure and unspoiled.

…..but what could we call them?

Something that would provide ridicule and scar them like a red ‘A’ on their foreheads.

mmmmmm….

PappyD61 on May 21, 2012 at 1:49 PM

How about “BIG DEBT Progressives”?

How about “Regressives”?

What about “Stone Agers”?

I know, I know, Communist is too obvious.

mmmmm

PappyD61 on May 21, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Libs don’t hate private equity, we just hate the ones who load up companies with debt, ruin peoples lives and make out like a bandit afterwards.

Uppereastside on May 21, 2012 at 1:42 PM

LOL. Yes, it’s evil and wrong when private business does that, but it’s great when liberal politicians do it.

AZCoyote on May 21, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Ding. Ding. Ding. Ten count. Lowerbackside exposed once again as a fool’s fool.

msupertas on May 21, 2012 at 1:54 PM

racist—> Uppereastside

MeatHeadinCA on May 21, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Once again, Twitchy goes for the throat:

#FreeCoryBooker: Live coverage of the Cory Booker hostage crisis
Posted at 10:25 am on May 21, 2012 by Twitchy Staff

#FreeCoryBrooker

petefrt on May 21, 2012 at 1:56 PM

..on another subject, seems SF to rename a street after Pelosi:

http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/san-francisco-rename-street-after-pelosi/554591

..um, I wonder if they can make a sign big enough to hold “BOTOXED LIBERAL COMMIE PILE OF SH!T HAG AVENUE”?

The War Planner on May 21, 2012 at 1:57 PM

..on another subject, seems SF to rename a street after Pelosi:

http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/san-francisco-rename-street-after-pelosi/554591

..um, I wonder if they can make a sign big enough to hold “BOTOXED LIBERAL COMMIE PILE OF SH!T HAG AVENUE”?

The War Planner on May 21, 2012 at 1:57 PM

It should have a picture of the Wicked Witch of the East on it as well…

SWalker on May 21, 2012 at 2:02 PM

This is why you don’t get to CAMPAIGN FOR A JOB in the ‘Real World’ – you only get to SUBMIT YOUR RESUME and interview(s) if you make it past that stage.

This is just another example of the warped ‘class warfare’ and ’2 Americas’ that exist in this country. The ‘political elite’ get to spend HALF of their terms raising money and campaigning for their next term in office, spending hundreds of millions of dollars on campaigning for jobs that don’t even pay $1 million but instead comes with the nearly un-challenged authority to dictate the terms of daily living for American citizens (without that same legislation pertaining to them). They hire huge PR & strategy teams to keep the nation’s focus OFF of THEIR records & resumes by running millions of dollars worth of hyocritical, condescending, commericals filled with half-truths & lies.

The rest of us? We get to submit a resume & hope for an interview….just for a minimum wage job.

easyt65 on May 21, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Yesterday New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker, a surrogate spokesman for the Obama campaign called the president’s attacks on the free market “ridiculous”.

Shouldn’t the RNC use “Newark Mayor”? Maybe Newark was too indefinite (more than one Newark, hey where’s Newark?), but it still sounds weird. Is it California Mayor Villaraigosa? Michigan Mayor Bing?

bobs1196 on May 21, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Harold Ford was always a pro-business Democrat. There used to be a lot of those in Congress. Not anymore.

rockmom on May 21, 2012 at 2:13 PM

You see why they call him light skin Harry. Out of touch is not even good enough to call this idiot. He is a nonentity in the liberal community.

Uppereastside on May 21, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Nope. No racial bigotry here. (snicker) So tell us, if he had darker skin would he be taken more seriously in the liberal community?

CurtZHP on May 21, 2012 at 2:16 PM

..um, I wonder if they can make a sign big enough to hold “BOTOXED LIBERAL COMMIE PILE OF SH!T HAG AVENUE”?

The War Planner on May 21, 2012 at 1:57 PM

___________________________________________

Where do I send the bill for a new keyboard, ya bastard? :)

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on May 21, 2012 at 2:17 PM

You see why they call him light skin Harry. Out of touch is not even good enough to call this idiot. He is a nonentity in the liberal community.

Uppereastside on May 21, 2012 at 1:42 PM

________________________________________________

Libs keepin’ it classy as usual. Hey genius, don’t stop there, you left out “Uncle Tom”.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on May 21, 2012 at 2:21 PM

All of this fuss is over the words of an Obama operative who will be voting for Obama in November. The psycho-rage being exhibited by the left over what Booker said isn’t exactly breaking new ground for them, they’re doing what they always do. Not sure I see the benefit for us in any of this…

joejm65 on May 21, 2012 at 2:27 PM

FYI, Barclay’s is selling their $6.1 bil stake in Blackstone.

marinetbryant on May 21, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Why have the Dems purged themselves of pro business leaders..?

d1carter on May 21, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Maybe Democrats should abandon Obama and vote for Gary Johnson instead. I’ll join them.

FloatingRock on May 21, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Gotta credit Mitt for rapid response. Video just posted: Big Bain Backfire at
http://www.mittromney.com/embed/video/big-bain-backfire

petefrt on May 21, 2012 at 2:38 PM

“I would not have backed off the comments if I were Mayor Booker.”

But the WH thugs are worse than the Russian ones these days.

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Flora Duh on May 21, 2012 at 2:36 PM

I may be slow, but I’m reliable. :)

petefrt on May 21, 2012 at 2:39 PM

ford is an idiot (like romney).

NOMITTNOBAMA 2012.

Pragmatic on May 21, 2012 at 2:39 PM

OT, did anyone see the FOX story of a teacher who yelled at a student for criticizing Obama? She said she wouldn’t tolerate that in her classroom. Warned him he could get arrested.

keep the change on May 21, 2012 at 1:37 PM

…and that was right after she denounced Romney.

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Pragmatic on May 21, 2012 at 2:39 PM

You need to change your nom. You are many things, but “pragmatic” is not one of them.

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2012 at 2:58 PM

.on another subject, seems SF to rename a street after Pelosi:

http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/san-francisco-rename-street-after-pelosi/554591

..um, I wonder if they can make a sign big enough to hold “BOTOXED LIBERAL COMMIE PILE OF SH!T HAG AVENUE”?

The War Planner on May 21, 2012 at 1:57 PM

It would have to be the most crooked street in SF.

msupertas on May 21, 2012 at 3:14 PM

When it comes to losers like obama and romney, it’s impossible to be ‘pragmatic’.

NOMITTNOBAMA 2012!

Pragmatic on May 21, 2012 at 3:17 PM

OT, did anyone see the FOX story of a teacher who yelled at a student for criticizing Obama? She said she wouldn’t tolerate that in her classroom. Warned him he could get arrested.

keep the change on May 21, 2012 at 1:37 PM

…and that was right after she denounced Romney.

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Apparently, the teacher got suspended for her idiocy.

http://tinyurl.com/7l8vrdb

joejm65 on May 21, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Why would any capitalist donate to this marxist?

American capitalists made the Soviet Union possible and kept it alive until the dead weight of Marxism inevitably crushed it.

single stack on May 21, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Apparently, the teacher got suspended for her idiocy.

http://tinyurl.com/7l8vrdb

joejm65 on May 21, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Isn’t this the last week of school anyway? What are the odds her suspension ends in late August? Wait until her greedy union gets involved, it will be suspension with pay.

slickwillie2001 on May 21, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Pelosi street name…gee, I guess Lombardo St. was already taken..as the most crooked street in SFO..

Xango Annie on May 21, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Uppereastside on May 21, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Why is his skin color relevant?

mikeyboss on May 21, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Well, you know what they say: A gaffe in Washington (or anywhere else in government) is when someone accidentally tells the truth.

Pilgrimsarbour on May 21, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Can you say “implode”?

OccamsRazor on May 22, 2012 at 12:57 AM