Former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN), who is rumored to be weighing a Senate run in New York, has penned an Op-Ed in today’s New York Times, prodding Democrats to "Get Down To Business."  In the wake of Senator-Elect Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts, as well as the Republican gubernatorial wins in New Jersey and Virginia earlier this year, Mr. Ford asserts the Democratic party needs to redirect its focus "toward a bold effort to create jobs, improve the economy and rein in the size of government."  He believes:

America’s primary job-creating machine — the private sector — needs to be rejuvenated. Democrats must lead now on job creation or risk forfeiting Congressional majorities in November.

In an interview on a similar theme with the Wall Street Journal last week, regarding the Employee Free Choice Act, Ford was blunt :

Asked if pending legislation that imposes compulsory union arbitration on employers would help lower the unemployment rate, Mr. Ford says it won’t. "And card check"—as the bill is known—"should not be the focus right now. If that’s at the top of the agenda, we’re not going to move forward on a job-creation agenda. I do support the unions in this country. And I support the right to organize. But I don’t believe that this is the right time to advance card-check legislation." 

(h/t: WorkforceFrdm’s Twitter feed)