Could Harold Ford Jr. Really Have Had No Idea His Gay Marriage + Abortion Positions Might Be Campaign Problems?

Now that Harold Ford Jr. has given up hope in challenging Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, is it okay to start calling this man the cutest thing ever?

We refer not to his handsome good looks, but to his naivety, which makes us want to drape one arm around his shoulder, pull him close to our chest, and pinch his cheek. Ignorance isn’t usually something to celebrate, but on Mr. Ford, it’s just charming. Like the part where he has no idea why constituents and power brokers might have a problem with his flip-flopping. Today’s Times: “Mr. Ford knew that some liberals would attack his relatively conservative voting record but, those he spoke with said, he was taken aback by the depth of the anger he encountered from advocates for abortion rights and gay marriage. After reporters found examples of Mr. Ford calling himself pro-life during his time in Congress, Mr. Ford vehemently pushed back, saying he had always supported a woman’s right to choose. He assumed that would put the matter to rest. It did not. ‘He was dumbfounded that it kept tripping him up,’ a friend said.”

Haha. Dumbfounded. How apropos.

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