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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Wow, the race card so soon?

When you see Harold Ford, the NRSC wants you to see him

NRSC website assails ‘Fancy Ford’

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Rep. Harold Ford (D-Tenn. ) is taking flak for attending a Playboy Super Bowl party and spending thousands of campaign dollars on flowers and “lavish hotel stays. ”

A website being launched by the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) repeatedly refers to the fifth-term congressman, running for the seat being vacated by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn. ), as “Fancy Ford” and includes pictures of expensive restaurants, hotel facilities, cigars, tulips and Playboy bunnies.

“It makes you wonder … what would the folks back in Tennessee think? ” the site asks

NRSC spokesman Brian Nick said: “The overall theme of the site points out how Fancy Ford has become a Washington insider who is very out of touch with Tennessee values. ”

Nick added that the site is linked to the NRSC website and will target activists across the country on the Internet. The NRSC will also buy Web ads to drive traffic to the site, he said.

The Ford campaign declined to comment.

So why use the word fancy?

Well, according to Encarta:

fancy man

1. woman's lover: the lover or boyfriend of a woman, especially a married woman (dated informal)
2. Same as pimp

There's no reason to make an issue of his spending in this way. You can bet that the picture of the Playboy bunnies, all white, is about more than his high living.

It's about station, class and race. How can this high toned negro live so well and chase white women. The more you click the links, the worse it gets.

The fact is that Ford is doing the exact same things all the other Congressman do. What? Is he supposed to have a senatorial fundraiser at McDonalds?

There is a clear racial subtext here, because of the use of the word Fancy. There's more than alliteration here. Because there's a tone that Ford doesn't deserve this kind of lifestyle, that's getting above himself. And in the South, that has a racial connotation. Because no one gave a damn about Bill Frist and his hightoned living habits. Anyone sneer at him going to Harvard and being rich?

I doubt it.