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Radar: Harold Ford to head DLC

The fundie-courting centrist Democratic Leadership Council, according to, is going to tap former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford head up the think tank, replacing Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack (Vilsack has announced his 2008 prez candidacy).

Boy, that’s no surprise. Vilsack has no name recognition, and Ford is right up the DLC alley, a real wet dream for CEO Al From. Ford, in his close loss to Bob Corker, had no problem kneeling before the right wing, carrying business cards with the Ten Commandments on back, and bleating his head off about the evils of the NJ marriage equality ruling.

“I do not support the decision today reached by the New Jersey Supreme Court regarding gay marriage. I oppose gay marriage, and have voted twice in Congress to amend the United States Constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage. This November there’s a referendum on the Tennessee ballot to ban same-sex marriage – I am voting for it.”

And here’s more “centrist” blather, that must have won over From’s heart.

“People who are giving me this money know that I’m for the Second Amendment, they know I’m against same-sex marriage, they know I’m for the display of the Ten Commandments in public places, they realize I’m not for abortion on demand, and they also understand that I don’t want to see the flag desecrated.

Radar has obtained an amusing memo from Ford, where is is doing some serious sucking up to From. It also previews that the DLC will back sHillary over Vilsack (big surprise there, huh?).

After interviewing a number of high-profile candidates for the job, DLC honchos decided that Ford would be the ideal choice to run the group. In the Jan. 8 memo obtained by Radar, Ford seemed to eagerly anticipate the prospect. “I have enjoyed our conversations and am excited about becoming the Chairman of the DLC,” Ford wrote to Al From, the DLC’s CEO. “Your stewardship of the organization over the years has made the DLC one of the premiere Democratic think tanks.”

…”I assume there will be an effort to help Senator Clinton’s campaign, and I would support such an effort,” Ford writes. “But the bottom line is that we will need a competitive candidate to endorse some or all of our policy agenda.”

These folks deserve each other.

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