Apparently, Florida Republicans have a Katherine Harris problem: she’s so divisive and hateful that she can’t possibly win the general election for US Senate… yet the GOP faithful are still so thankful to her for helping to steal the 2000 presidential election for George Bush, she’s nearly impossible to beat in the primary.
At least, that’s the analysis of the folk at The New Republic, who also reveal this breath-taking fit of honesty on the subject from a member of WA state’s GOP royalty:
Meanwhile, a Fox News analysis of the race this morning delivered a real gem. Former Republican Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn of Washington was sticking up for Harris, whom she described as a friend. Among her talking points was that Harris had done “yeoman’s service for president Bush”* during the 2000 recount. Of course, the official GOP talking point has always been that Harris served no one but the law. “I was just doing my job,” Harris likes to say. Nice to hear someone finally say what we know they’re thinking.
Oops. That’s the sort of thing you’re allowed to think, but not say. And Dunn used to be so shrewd.
Let that be a warning to other elected officials looking forward to a cushy, lazy semi-retirement as a high-priced lobbyist — it addles the mind.