Before the Mystic Dwarves Came Katherine Harris

By Mark Trodden | August 26, 2006 6:58 am

Remember the 2000 “election”? Remember the debacle in Florida? I know we’re often told that it is old news and that we should forget the travesty that led to the last 6 years and move on. But do you remember who ran the whole show before the final decision was handed off to the mystic dwarves?

Well, Katherine Harris, former Florida Secretary of State, is now a congresswoman for Florida’s 13th district and a candidate in the Republican primary for the U.S. senate. From The Orlando Sentinel, via The Washington Post

Rep. Katherine Harris (R-Fla.) said this week that God did not intend for the United States to be a “nation of secular laws” and that the separation of church and state is a “lie we have been told” to keep religious people out of politics.

“If you’re not electing Christians, then in essence you are going to legislate sin,” Harris told interviewers from the Florida Baptist Witness, the weekly journal of the Florida Baptist State Convention. She cited abortion and same-sex marriage as examples of that sin.

Isn’t this illuminating? Just to be extra clear, how might her view of reality affect other difficult decisions she might be, or have been, called on to make?

Harris, a candidate in the Sept. 5 Republican primary for U.S. Senate, said her religious beliefs “animate” everything she does, including her votes in Congress.

Ah! I see. By the way, this gem also sits on the Homeland Security Committee and the International Relations Committee. And we wonder why the country is in a mess.

  • Elliot

    In science, experimental confirmation is the ultimate arbiter.

    In politics, history plays that role.


  • Bob McNees

    Luckily, her Senate campaign has completely disentegrated. I would compare it to a horrible train wreck, but I don’t think train wrecks can generate that level of carnage. Her staffers leave the campaign as quickly as she can hire them. She advertises endorsements from prominent Republicans who then have to publicly announce that they don’t support her. Her campaign holds rallies where no one but paid staff and journalists (who probably drew the short straw) show up.

    Go to this webpage:

    Scroll to the bottom. Begin reading.

    Yes, it is okay to enjoy this. A lot. Her ability to do irreparable harm to her own campaign is breathtaking. This could not be happening to a more deserving person.

  • Blake Stacey

    That was a very depressing way to start my Saturday morning.

  • Joao Carlos

    It could be worse: the hurricane season could be comming along…

  • Philip

    Maybe physicists should start talking directly to God as Katherine Harris claims to do. It sure would save a lot of tedious, difficult work.

  • Thomas

    Bob, someone like Harris doesn’t *need* a campaign. Why bother getting votes when you know how to rig the election? (And if your conscience bothers you, just say it is the will of God).

  • Quasar9

    In particle physics, a higgsino is the hypothetical superpartner of the Higgs boson, as predicted by supersymmetry.
    The higgsino is a Dirac fermion and that is a weak isodoublet with hypercharge half under the Standard Model gauge symmetries.
    After electroweak symmetry breaking the Higgsino become a pair of neutral Majorana fermions called neutralinos and a charged Dirac fermion called a chargino.
    These states mix with the neutralinos and charginos from the bino and wino. A linear combination of the higgsino, bino and wino make up the lightest supersymmetric particle, which is a particle physics candidate for the dark matter of the universe.

    So I guess humans are just as varied as particles
    In hypothetical politics some humans can be supercharged and become candidates in mixed states.
    Sometimes annihilation takes places (internicine wars) and sometimes new humans are procreated, or parties of humans get a candidate elected, but as in any race for there to be a ‘winner’ there have to be losers, and most candidates are defeated.
    Politics or Physics, the only constant is change.

  • missVolare

    Maybe you could graph that for me?
    Oh wait, i was hoping someone might have an idea of where to find timewave (TM) for osX.4 or whatever?

    What bothers me about the wikedwitch Harris is her vast hyperpolarity; she seems liable to pull a DavidBrooks or invoke probability flux and become one of those superPositive LifeForce coaches and make even more $$. It’s disturbingly satisfying to witness such bile and naked insecurity become writ so large, but it also behooves me to remember that theodosia had her detractors too.

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About Mark Trodden

Mark Trodden holds the Fay R. and Eugene L. Langberg Endowed Chair in Physics and is co-director of the Center for Particle Cosmology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a theoretical physicist working on particle physics and gravity— in particular on the roles they play in the evolution and structure of the universe. When asked for a short phrase to describe his research area, he says he is a particle cosmologist.


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