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.
And there's a point to this? This strikes me as juvenile and petty ticker "news".
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.
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.
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.
MR. AMERICA has an easy solution for this problem...simply refer to yourself in the third person. It worked for Bob Dole....
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.
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.
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.
Omg, who cares. Why is it that only dems get counted using the word "I"? Gimme a break.
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.