Chad harpy strikes again

Katherine Harris continues her reign of malevolent vacuity.


Rebecca Traister
August 29, 2006 5:00PM (UTC)

Our favorite Florida chad harpy, Katherine Harris, currently running for a U.S. Senate seat in Florida, got in a mess of trouble last week for telling the Florida Baptist Witness that "if you are not electing Christians, then in essence you are going to legislate sin." As Tim Grieve ably reported in War Room yesterday, Harris has gone to considerable trouble to back off from that statement, letting everyone and their bubbe know that she loves each and every one of Florida's many Jews, along with Israel; her team even released a statement clarifying her belief in "Judeo-Christian values," heavy on the Judeo.

As it would turn out, in all the fuss about the Christains, some of Harris' other choice comments to the Witness have been ignored. More's the pity. So, while I'm sure none of this will shake Broadsheet readers to their core, I thought now might be a good moment to recap some of the other gems that dripped from the re-countess's mouth, just so we all know where she stands. She told the paper that she does not support gay marriage or "any civil rights actions with regard to homosexuality." Naturally, she supports a constitutional amendment to define marriage as being only between one man and one woman because "we should not undermine the uniqueness of an institution that continues to serve as an essential thread in the fabric of our society." That's funny. I think of the U.S. election process as a unique institution that continues to serve as an essential thread in the fabric of our society, but Harris didn't seem to hold it in quite such high regard.

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When asked if abortion is "a moral evil," Harris responds in the affirmative, because (sing along if you know it): "It's a life, it's a life. Life begins at conception." And, since she loves her some zygote life, she believes the best way to prevent its destruction and show it the utmost respect is by teaching abstinence in schools. Because teens love not having sex. Harris especially likes the Promise Keepers, "and some of the things that they've been able to do with dads and their daughters." (For a rather different perspective on what the Promise Keepers have done with dads and their daughters, check out Lynn Harris' earlier thoughts here.)

As for Katherine Harris' feelings about her own body, she clarifies that "clearly ... from a public policy standpoint, I would limit abortion to rape and life of the mother and incest, but for my personal standpoint, I would not have an abortion for any of those cases." Clearly.

So there you have it. Sorry to disappoint any of you rabid Katherine Harris supporters out there.


Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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