I don't really know Representative Harold Ford Jr., who is the Democratic candidate for the seat now held by retiring Bill Frist. But I've met Ford, and friends of mine in Tennessee admire him. National Review's Rich Lowry grasps that he is one smart politician.
Moreover, he's actually close to his constituents. He is a churched man, and national defense is not a matter that he hopes won't come up in questions. Doubtless, as Lowry concedes, Ford is handicapped since his state hasn't elected a black man to the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction. If Ford wins and if Lieberman wins and if a few other centrists win, this may be the end of the left's hijacking of the party. Or, as my mother used to say in Yiddish, "From your mouth to God's ears."