March 2nd, 2010
10:42 AM ET
5 years ago

Harold Ford's "I"

Harold Ford used the word 'I' 27 times in his op-ed.
Harold Ford used the word 'I' 27 times in his op-ed.

Washington (CNN) – There is, apparently, an "I" in Team Harold.

In his 764 word New York Times op-ed outlining his reasons for not running for the U.S. Senate in New York, former Democratic Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. used the word "I" 27 times. He averaged use of the personal pronoun about once every 28 words.

In that context, he uses the word "I" far more than he mentions "New York" (seven times), "New Yorker" (six times), "constituents" (one time) and "voters" (zero) - combined.

For reference, according to the website wordcount.org, the word "I" is the 11th most commonly used word in the English language.


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  1. PD in CA

    And there's a point to this? This strikes me as juvenile and petty ticker "news".

    March 2, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Mike

    Any one running for office could do the same thing, since elections are all about me (I), voters and constituents are no where to be found. Typical politician.

    March 2, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. todd

    uh, if you were paying attention to any of obama's speeches, you would have noticed he does the same. it's called narcissism, and this prez has it in spades. god forbid you ever say anything negative about the anointed one.

    March 2, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. Chuck in CSG

    Obama Complex

    March 2, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Must be a S-L-O-W news day. Geez Louise, he was after all stating HIS reasons for not running, not New Yorkers or anyone else's.

    March 2, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. MR AMERICA

    MR. AMERICA has an easy solution for this problem...simply refer to yourself in the third person. It worked for Bob Dole....

    March 2, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. Chris (Buffalo, NY)

    And once again we witness the failure of journalism.

    How about reporting what's actually in the health care bill, rather than the partisan bickering?

    How about reporting on the little boys and girls in Iraq who have gotten their faces blown off by weapons fire – and whose families have since vowed revenge on the US?

    How about reporting on whether or not climate change is a scientific fact, instead of the much-easier-to-report "he said, she said" between Democrats and Republicans?

    How about reporting on America's decision to fight both sides of the "War on Terror," by financing the enemy through gasoline consumption and then destroying the enemy through military spending?

    A part of me definitely wants to be a journalist, but I can't ever imagine working for CNN – the laziest name in news.

    March 2, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. Adam

    Normally, this sort of story would be a cheap, irrelevant potshot at a candidate, but in this case, it seems revealing.

    Ford's whole shadow-campaign theme has been his own ambition. Moving from Tennessee to New York and also suddenly expecting to be elected senator takes a special kind of ego.

    He's shown basically no intimate knowledge of state or local issues, and his campaign itself has shown few signs of teamwork. Ford'll have to develop a message and a concern in his potential constituents greater than his own ambition if he wants to get anywhere in New York or elsewhere.

    He's a lot more transparent than he thinks.

    March 2, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Annie, Atlanta

    Is there any doubt this was always all about him. If this man ever gets elected anywhere, it will mean voters weren't paying attention to how self involved he actually is.

    March 2, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Chanel

    Omg, who cares. Why is it that only dems get counted using the word "I"? Gimme a break.

    March 2, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The biggest "I" right now is Republican Senator Bunning of Kentucky who says "I" will not back the Jobs bill for millions of Americans who have no jobs, will not receive benefits nor do they have healthcare, but he will retire at the end of the year and will continue to be paid by American taxpayers. He and his family will not suffer.

    March 2, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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