From Chuck Todd:
Is Commerce Dept. Built Ford Tough? Posted: Friday, February 13, 2009 6:01 PM by Chuck Todd
From NBC's Chuck Todd
Harold Ford Jr. for Commerce Secretary? It's something a few Democrats around town are pushing and, according to sources, the idea of appointing the former Tennessee Congressman is being given serious thought by folks high up in the Obama administration.
On paper, Ford checks a lot of boxes for a an easy-to-confirm nominee for this post: He's a pro-business Democrat (remember, this is Commerce Secretary so the job is to be a promoter of business); he's a former member of the Congressional Black Caucus (you'll recall this whole kerfuffle over control of the census under a Judd Gregg-led Commerce Dept. was started by complaints from the CBC); and he's a practiced spokesperson on TV (the Geithner rollout this week is a reminder that the administration doesn't have enough solid media savvy members of his team who can sell the administration's policies.).
Mr. President, I know I don't need to tell you this. I know you're smart enough to know that appointing Harold Ford, Jr. to ANYTHING is a mistake. He is a snake that can't be trusted. There are enough Black folk who were actually loyal and supportive of you that you could nominate - HERE IS A POST GIVING YOU A LIST - than for you to nominate someone who had nothing good to say about you, and repeatedly- throughout the ENTIRE ELECTION SEASON - did nothing but try and undermine you at every turn.You loved your grandmother; he LIED on his for votes.
Reward those that supported YOU, Mr. President. Harold Ford, Jr. would never be YOUR choice. You could NEVER doubt that he'd be trying to undermine you at every turn. While I and others would welcome an African-American in the position of Secretary of Commerce, I'd rather someone honest, than a complete, untrustworthy snake like Ford. Besides the 'character' question, how is he remotely qualified?