When President Obama was elected, it only took a few weeks for Ty, Inc to start producing Sasha and Malia dolls. The little clones were taken off the market as soon as Michelle Obama objected, but it appears that the Democrats are now producing clones of Michelle's husband, Barack.
Meet Harold Ford Jr.., a former Congressman from Tennessee who has now become the next Barack Obama, at least in the eyes of enthusiastic Democrats. Ford has recently moved to New York and may be positioning himself to fight for the Senate seat currently held by Kirsten Gillibrand, a New Yorker who hasn't exactly won over her constituency. Ford has the horsepower to win, and can raise the money to do it. Such a move would represent a significant step in his quest to become President of the United States. Yes, I did say "President."
As the next "Great Black Hope" of the Democratic Party, Harold Ford Jr. gives many of his supporters both the visual and political cues necessary for them to think that he should be the next Barack. Both Obama and Ford are light-skinned. They are both "articulate and well-behaved" black men who attended Ivy League institutions. They are both prototypical politicians: the guys you neither like nor dislike too much. And to be quite honest, neither Ford nor Obama take tough stands on much of anything unless it happens to be the fashionable thing to stand up for at that particular time. Then again, these men are not black leaders, they are black politicians. The job requirements are different.