“'Southern voters are interested in solutions,' said Harold Ford Jr. in 2003. 'They can spot a fake.' Perhaps this explains Ford’s subsequent decision to decamp from the South in search of a more gullible electorate. . .
“All politicians, to varying degrees, have pliable beliefs that must bend and twist to mesh with political surroundings that change over time. Ford’s distinguishing trait is that his principles are not merely pliable but completely liquid--they have no form of their own, taking the shape of whatever surrounds them. . . The notion that Democratic primary voters in New York will embrace Ford may be more fantastical than the wildest investment scheme that predated the crash.
“Harold--don’t call me. We’ll call you.”