Monday, March 13, 2006

The ignominious perseverance of Katherine Harris

From the Orlando Sentinel: "Rep. Katherine Harris fueled already rampant speculation about the status of her campaign for the U.S. Senate when she released a statement Saturday promising a 'major announcement' about her future this week."

Needless to say, I hope she sticks it out. Given her insidious role in the 2000 Florida recount, she has her rabid admirers among the Republican faithful, but she's pure poison for the Republicans state-wide. Indeed: "In the latest Quinnipiac survey, she trailed [incumbent Democratic Senator Bill] Nelson by 22 percentage points. And that was before a defense contractor admitted giving her illegal campaign donations while asking her to help him win $10 million in federal aid."

(Katherine Harris -- embroiled in controversy and scandal? Fascinating.)

Alright, so we'll have to wait for this "major announcement". But how about this doozy from Saturday's statement: "I will continue to look to our founding fathers, who pursued their vision with integrity and perseverance, to discern the best course of action for the state of Florida and our nation."

I'll give her perseverance, but integrity? I think not. And if the founding fathers had known of Katherine Harris, I suspect they would have shed a tear for the future of their noble experiment.

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