Monday, February 08, 2010

Harold, Please

Like Tom Robbins, I thought MoDo's recent column fluffing Harold Ford was pretty comical. Not to mention eventually nauseating, which is what I blame for reading right past the dumbest part.

But the best line was a headscratcher about Eleanor Roosevelt and Bobby Kennedy...

Ford summoned up the spirit of the great Eleanor Roosevelt and insisted she had opposed Robert F. Kennedy when he successfully carpetbagged his way into a New York senate seat back in 1964: "I'm not comparing myself to Bobby Kennedy by any stretch, but he was opposed by the liberal establishment, too," Ford said. "Eleanor Roosevelt was the biggest opponent to him running."

This one caused great head-scratching among readers, and the Times online edition has this addition:

Editor's Note: Harold Ford was quoted in this column as saying that Eleanor Roosevelt opposed Bobby Kennedy's New York Senate run. But as many of our readers pointed out, Ford was mistaken; Mrs. Roosevelt died two years before Bobby Kennedy's run for the New York Senate.

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