Katherine Harris’s Campaign Makes FEMA Look Well Organized

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More hilarity from the the slo-mo tragicomedy that is Katherine Harris’s Florida Senate bid. She’s expected to win her primary today, visiting fresh torment on Republicans who’d rather she disappear like so many uncounted ballots. This from AP today.

“This campaign will go down in history as one of the most disastrous ever run in the United States,” said Jim Dornan, who helped launch Harris’ bid as her campaign manager. He left three months later.

“I don’t think anybody can envision any campaign being conducted in as poor a fashion as this one’s been conducted,” said Darryl Paulson, a University of South Florida political-science professor.

Her campaign shrugs off such criticism. “Our entire campaign team is looking forward, not backward,” said spokeswoman Jennifer Marks. “We’re energized and we’re excited.”…

“She doesn’t interview, she flirts. And it’s offensive to professional women and it’s embarrassing,” [Dornan] said. …

She recently called separation of church and state “a lie” and angered Jews and others by saying, “If you’re not electing Christians, then in essence you are going to legislate sin.”

Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush said Harris couldn’t win. Ditto state Republican Party Chairman Carol Jean Jordan.

But spokeswoman Marks says Harris is being greeted by “a tremendous wave of support” as she travels the state, focusing on issues instead of the controversies.

Can you say karma? Justice comes slowly, granted, but it looks like there may be order in the heavens after all.

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