In any case, Ford has made his move, he has sprung his sprung. He is on the national stage, evidently to stay, a back-bench congressman from backwater Memphis no more. And for those who Democrats who worry about his party-renouncing rhetoric of the 2006 U.S. Senate campaign (Im not a Democrat running up to Washington yelling Democrat, Democrat, Democrat!): at least he now heads an organization, the Democratic Leadership Council, which, however rightward-tending, has the word Democrat in its name. So he neednt yell if he doesnt want to.