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Friday, August 11, 2006

Katherine Harris

Many of you outside of the state of Florida probably think of "chads" when you think of Katherine Harris, the woman who oversaw the Florida elections in the notorious 2000 Presidential election.

However, Katherine is now running for Senate and embarassing the heck outta the Republicans while she's doing it. She simply won't go away, and the more controversy she causes, the more the 2000 elections are brought up.

This is very embarassing to Bush, who's approval rating is only just beginning to rise. Additionally, "if the election were held today, 48 percent of Americans say they would vote for the Democratic candidate in their congressional district and 30 percent for the Republican candidate." *

Therefore, the Republicans are doing their best to throw her under the bus. As we see reported in an article in the St. Pete Times today, Katherine Harris is a tyrant to work for. She is mercurial, easily distracted, vicious, and manipulative. Sadly, I see this trait more in female executives than in males, incidentally, and there are interesting studies on this (another topic for another time). I have no reason to argue with these allegations, I'm sure that they're true.

But this used to be my playground. I'm very aware of what's going on behind the scenes. What's interesting to me is that anyone leaving a campaign keeps their mouth shut about why they left. To do otherwise is political suicide. You won't get a chance to work in any other campaigns.

So why are so many ex-staffers talking to the press about how difficult she is? The only way they'd do that is if they got the OK from some very major Republicans. They've been assured that they'll actually be doing the party a favor if they come out and speak publicly against Katherine.

Who are these major Republicans? Although any Republican running for office needs all the help he/she can get, these assurances must have come from higher up. They're assurances that really count. That means they're assurances that are coming from either the Florida Governor's office, or an even higher one.

Whoever said that politics is boring was a person that had never seen the inner workings of it all. Politics is far from boring.

* Fox News

20 comments:

Edge said...

I work for a "katherine Harris". Most of the women I have worked for ARE like that.

~Jef

Miss Cellania said...

You betcha! And the Florida governor's office gets it from the most powerful person in the US, Karl Rove.

Or is that Dick Cheney?

Mr. Althouse said...

Amen to that! Fascinating, frustrating, exacerbating, intriguing, but never boring! Even at the local level in tiny little Colfax, Population 1,700, there is controversy brewing for the upcoming city council election. I can hardly wait!

Grant said...

Can't they just have her whacked? What kind of wussified Republican party is this? :p

Reverberate58 said...

But does it always have to be so difficult? I have enough trouble understanding the true issues at hand to be worried about some chads left hanging! As we get closer to the "Big" election I feel I get dumber and dumber to what is going on!

mckay said...

I work for a female corporate vice president, and i have to say, she's the best boss i've ever had. everyone admires her. she's firm, fair and frank. she's honest, funny and must have a photographic mind. ...and on top of all that, she's beautiful, feminine and down to earth even though she's a millionaire.

maybe most female executives think they have to be shrews to climb the corporate ladder, but my boss proves that theory wrong.

Heather said...

Isn't quite the payback she was looking for, is it? I'm sure she was assured that she'd have a Senate seat by the same people who are now saying it's OK to rat her out.

Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

This woman is an asshat and a disgrace.

Burn her at the stake!

Notsocranky Yankee said...

She makes women look bad. But if she represents the republicans, I'm all for it!

Lee Ann said...

Seems there are bad candidates coming from everywhere!
Have a good weekend.

Senor Caiman said...

Saur,

You hit the nail on the head. I never go anywhere without a mean woman along. Mean women have certainly made my life a lot easier.

Ellen said...

From the looks of the article in the St. Pete Times, it really does appear that Harris is sabotaging her own campaign.
We had the same problem here in Georgia with Cynthia McKinney.... except her losing the bid for office had a lot to do with her little incident in DC, as well as some of the nasty things she says in public.

When will they learn?

uncle joe said...

I think the problem lies somewhere in her ability to put on makeup....

United We Lay said...

All I can say is that I'm thrilled not to be in FL anymore, as much as I love you guys.

Christine said...

She's a joke.
Isn't that something about the LOYAL Republican party? She put her ass on the line to get Bush into office.
Now the party abandons her. Oh, so typical.

Let her run. Let the voters decide. If Floridians are stupid enough to elect her, so be it.

mal said...

besides, look at her makeup! She should be wearing something that dramatic only if she working the streets ......Scaarrrrreeeyyyyyy

The Lazy Iguana said...

Did you HAVE TO include a photo of the beast?

I think Harris should mention in public VERY OFTEN how much the Jebster liked her in 2000. You remember all the glowing things said about her then! The Republican Party could not say enough good things about her!

She should remind the voters of Florida of this. Maybe we would all like her better!

And now my message to all other Republican Party potential patsys. YOU ARE NEXT! You do the bidding of the emperor one day, and the next day you are dog meat. So cut it out already!

Kathleen said...

LOL, Saur. Is that one of the old photos? I thought she had a makeup make over. After her frequently noted Tammy Fay Baker look I remember noticing a new face ... more dewey and natural. Oh that face! Yikes!

Note to self, NEVER seek public office.

Fred said...

This woman is a compete political disaster. What would really be interesting is if Jeb would run.

Eddo said...

I have had 3 female supervisors and 2 out of the 3 were awful, but Kazan, that was her name, she was amazing. She just let us be ourselves and she made you want to work hard for her. I really cared about and respected her and that is one of the most important things that is necessary in an employee/boss relationship - respect.

Politics are intriguing to a degree. I sometimes wish that I could see more behind the scenes stuff as opposed to what the telly is always throwing at us. You never really know what is true or what is biased.