HAROLD FORD HAS ‘ISSUES’…. Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D) of Tennessee continues to move forward with his plans to run for the Senate in New York, less than four years after losing a Senate campaign in his home state, 800 miles away. Yesterday, he chatted with the New York Daily News, under some unusual preconditions.

The interview — granted under the condition that the questions be limited to his rationale for running, and not issues — comes at the end of a rocky first week of buzz surrounding his potential candidacy.

The NYDN noted that Ford “gets regular pedicures, takes a chauffeur-driven car to work on most days and had been to Staten Island only once — by helicopter.” Two paragraphs later, we learn from Ford, “This race isn’t about feet, it’s about issues.”

It’s about “issues” … which Ford won’t discuss with reporters?

I suppose this shouldn’t be too big a surprise. Ford discussed issues with the New York Times last week, and his answers — on health care, gun control, taxes, abortion — were a bit of a mess.

But if Ford wants to inspire confidence, this probably isn’t the way to do it.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.