As expected, Katherine Harris has won the GOP primary in Florida and will now be beaten senseless by incumbent Senator Bill Nelson. Harris’ campaign has been one disaster after another — Harris simply has absolutely no chance of winning much beyond the Republican base.
Granted, Harris did correctly apply the laws of the state of Florida in 2000, despite the cruel and infantile attacks made against her. However, none of that provides any justification for a campaign that has been ineptly run from the beginning and will invariably lead to a massive defeat. While Harris is the more conservative candidate and Nelson is wrong on many of the key issues of our day, many Republicans will see this candidacy as a lost cause which could perhaps have an effect on other races in the state.
When parties and principles collide, principles should take precedence. However, there is no principle in this race other than Harris’ own political ambitions — ambitions that go against the interests of other Florida Republicans. The voters of Florida will have the final say on all this, but it seems virtually certain that Harris’ candidacy is doomed to defeat. One should just hope that her actions don’t hurt other more viable candidates in Florida.