The ideological divide within the Democratic Party was alive and well during a keynote session at this year's Netroots Nation convention between DailyKos.com founder Markos Moulitsas Zuniga and the Democratic Leadership Council’s Harold Ford Jr.
The meeting between two men at opposite ends of the Democratic spectrum was meant to address party unity, but the attitude of the crowd was less than welcoming to political centrist Harold Ford.
Although both men agreed on the necessity of Democratic unity to elect Senator Barack Obama, the crowd showed that it was farther to the left than Ford after he praised FOX News.
During a question and answer with the audience, one man asked Ford why he was on television "smearing Democrats" if he sought party unity.
"I no longer work for FOX News, I did for about a year," Ford said, which brought clapping from those in the audience who didn't wait for Ford to finish his sentence.
"And I have great respect and admiration for my former colleagues there," Ford said, drawing immediate jeers and shouts of "Why?"
Ford added that he now works for the NBC and MSNBC news networks.
The split between Ford and Moulitsas continued with a discussion of the 2010 Democratic primaries, The Wall Street Journal reported.
"Harold will not applaud this, but in 2010 we’re going to have some Democrats we mean business to in some primaries," Moulitsas said, referring to Netroots activists who attempt to oust Democrats they dislike.
Ford countered this view by adding that some Democrats can't always be liberal in more conservative districts.