I was going to write a facetious column for April Fool’s Day, but deep thinker that I am, I couldn’t think of anything better than boring you with 2,500 words of scurrilous diatribe about how I’m damn well switching political allegiance to the Democrat party because it is more consistent with my political ideology than is the Republican party anymore. Hell, there’s actually some truth in that. However, that’s a column for another day. Instead, for the topic of today’s non-joke column, I’ve chosen Katherine Harris as Fool of the Year.
I won’t dignify the lib-duh-ral postulate that then Florida Secretary of State Harris threw the 2000 election to George W. Bush with more than a passing comment here. That isn’t my beef with Harris.
My beef with her is that she is a stubborn egotist, who is willing to go down in flames in hot pursuit of personal ambition, while screwing the rest of us in the ass.
Up against incumbent U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, she never had a chance. Nelson is pretty popular in the State of Florida, not only with Democrats. Nelson is a long-time politician, who was my congressman when I first got to Florida many, many years ago. In his district, consisting of parts of Brevard and Orange counties, the Republicans were never able to produce a viable candidate to run against him for the U.S. House of Representatives. Thus, even I, staunch Republican/Libertarian/whateverthehellelseIam, voted for Bill Nelson.
Although Nelson has somewhat substantially succumbed to the anti-administration bullshit of the Democrat Beltway powers that be in D.C., he’s still a cracker Democrat underneath it all. Cracker Democrats are significantly different from Northeast Liberal Democrats—they’re earthy, not spoiled filthy rich, and they actually care about people and business instead of merely paying lip service to them. Out of the mold of Claude Pepper came Bill Nelson, but I digress…
The subject here is Katherine Harris, who has defied her own party by running against Nelson. Now, her campaign is “imploding,” as most of her staffers have jumped off the sinking ship. The Orlando Sentinel reported this morning:
Harris, who is running against Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, is likely to lose her chief political strategist, her campaign manager, her spokeswoman, her director of field operations and even a traveling aide who helps hand out stickers at campaign appearances.
Harris has little support from the state Republican machine. Her staffers are are abandoning her. The polls show Nelson winning easily. Yet, Harris persists. She has already ruined Republican chances to gain a seat in the Senate. What blind-ass personal ambition drives her?
I wish Ed Rollins, Harris’ chief political strategist who is expected to resign this weekend, would open up his mouth about what motivates this woman, because her persistence is a mystery to me. It transcends bravery, crossing over into the realm of foolishly stubborn stupidity. And that characterization doesn’t even touch her contempt for those who told her not to run. What could she be thinking?
Come November, I will write in Donald Duck rather than cast my precious vote for Katherine Harris. I propose that she give up on this ridiculous pipe dream.
In the unlikely event that happens, there is only one man in Florida who could enter the race at this late stage and mount a successful campaign against Bill Nelson. Although he is apparently not interested, I can have my pipe dreams, too.
Anyone for a Draft Jeb movement?