It's about the issues, but let's not talk about it
Jan 19, 2010 | 16875 views | 0 0 comments | 523 523 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ostensibly, any political race is supposed to be about the issues, but as is often the case, the issues get pushed to the back as attacks at an opponent's character, personal shortcomings, sexual trysts, or even sizable girth (remember that New Jersey governor's race?) come to the forefront the closer election day nears.

It's still quite a long time before voters will go to the polls on Primary Day and choose between incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and possible challenger, Tennessee transplant Harold Ford, Jr., but already Ford is taking the "take the issues out of it" approach to a whole new level.

According to some chatter among the Twitterati, Ford agreed to an interview with the Daily News, but on one condition: that the reporter not ask Ford any questions about the issues, despite the fact that Ford has said in the past that a potential race between himself and Gillibrand would be all "about the issues."

If we can digress here for a moment, saying that a race between Gillibrand and Ford would be all "about the issues" is a tad absurd in and of itself. Both the sitting senator and former congressman from Tennessee have established themselves as flip-floppers when it comes to the issues. Blame having to cater to an ultra-liberal constituency of presumably 8 million New Yorkers for that.

It was easy for Gillibrand to be staunchly in the pro-gun rights camp when your voting base is a bunch of redneck upstaters who like to shoot old Rolling Rock bottles off of wooden fences; it's another thing to be pro-gun rights when lax gun laws across the nation allow thousands and thousands of illegal guns to flood the streets of New York and end up in the hands of criminals.

Ford found this out recently as well, when he backtracked and suddenly supported gay marriage, coincidentally just as new began to circulate that he was contemplating a bid to unseat Gillibrand. It's easy to be against gay marriage when your supporters are Bible-thumping folks from Knoxville, entirely another when you have to campaign in the West Village.

But back to the Ford interview requirements - we could care less! There's nobody who cares less about the "issues" than us here at Pol Position - the muddier the slinging gets the giddier we get. That said, we think we can help out the Daily News reporter and give them a few fail-safe topics that will make for an entertaining interview while allowing Ford to sit comfortably on the fence.

• The Jets recent playoff victory over the Chargers. Note of caution: just stick to the game, i.e. Ryan's “confidence,” the “competent” performance of Mark Sanchez, and Reevis' "perfect” game. However, under no circumstances let Ford slip up and say that he stopped caring about professional football once the Titan's improbable end-of-the-season run came to end. Such a careless statement would totally alienate the Tailgate vote.

• Ricky Gervais hosting The Golden Globes. Wow, did Gervais ever stick it to NBC and every other bold-faced name sitting in that crowd Sunday night! Surely Ford has something to say about Gervais' performance, just avoid asking him about the Mel Gibson dig, which could lead to sticky issues like Israeli-American relations, anti-semitism, and drunk driving laws. Stick to James Cameron - Golden Globe voters and regular voters love James Cameron!

• Google pulling out of China. On second thought, this topic is fraught with pitfalls and traps on issues like international trade agreements, American foreign policy as it pertains to Communist nations, the Google phone vs. the iPhone, etc. Better just ask him how cool he thinks the Apple Tablet will be when it finally exists.

Well lucky Daily News reporter (whoever you are), that should get you started. If thing are going good and Ford is feeling a little gregarious, may we suggest other topics, such as the reliefs efforts in Haiti, medical marijuana, and the nation's reliance on foreign oil. Good luck!

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