Harold Ford has been accused of flip flopping on issues like abortion and gay marriage as he is apparently planning to mount a primary challenge to Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in New York. Stephen Colbert expressed his admiration for Ford’s wavering positions by awarding him “Alpha Dog of the Week” Monday.
The former congressman from Tennessee has tried to shed the charge of carpetbagger but Colbert applauded Ford’s “massive carpet bags.” Ford could have tried to ingratiate himself to the locals but when asked if he had been to Staten Island, he proudly said, “I landed there in the helicopter, so I can say yes.”
“You see,” explained Colbert. “Ford wants to represent all the people of New York, who, to him, all look like tiny, tiny ants.”
The Comedy Central comedian went on to praise the the audacity of Ford for changing his position on issues important to New York Democrats. “I gotta give Ford credit for having the musky sack to change not only his address but also his political views,” said Colbert.
Four years ago, Ford told then-Fox host Alan Colmes, “I was not pro-choice at one time.”
Just last week, the former congressman seemed to contradict himself when he said, “I am personally pro-choice & legislatively pro-choice.”
“He believes that every American has the right to choose when it is politically expedient to be pro-life,” explained Colbert.
And in 2006, when asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer about his position on gay marriage, Ford said, “Well, I’ve never flip-flopped on gay marriage, Mr. blitzer. I’ve always been opposed to it.”
Only last Monday Ford told Matt Lauer that he was in favor of “civil unions and same-sex marriage.”
“But what really puts Ford ahead of the butt-sniffing chain is that he’s not pulling this reversal in Clustermunch, Iowa,” explained Colbert. “He’s doing this in New York City: the media capitol of the world” where all the bits of video tape are saved and “there are whole newspaper pages dedicated to everything famous people do.”
“So, for lifting your leg on New Yorkers and telling us it’s just and egg cream, you sir, are my Alpha Dog of the Week,” exclaimed Colbert.
This video is from Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, broadcast Jan. 25, 2010.
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Host Jeanine Pirro noted the growing death toll and wondered how God could let that happen.
"Well, I don't think it's God's plan for this to happen," Graham said.
"It's because of the sin that's in the world, judge," he argued.
"Man has turned his back on God, we have sinned against him, and we need to ask for God's forgiveness and that's what Easter's all about," he continued.
"This pandemic, this is the result of a fallen world that has turned its back on God," he added.
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Years of resource exploitation and lax legislation have allowed most reservoirs in that part of the country to run dry.
"There are now 400,000 families, nearly 1.5 million people approximately, whose supply of 50 liters of water a day depends on tankers," Rodrigo Mundaca, spokesman for the Movement for the Defense of Water, the Earth and the Protection of the Environment, told AFP.
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As confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed 300,000 with more than 8,300 deaths, there was some encouraging news in Italy and Spain.
Europe continues to bear the brunt of the epidemic, however, accounting for over 45,000 of the worldwide deaths, and Britain reported a new daily high in fatalities.
There are now more than 1.17 million confirmed coronavirus cases around the world and there have been 63,437 deaths since the virus emerged in China late last year.