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  •  I'll freely admit. I wasn't a Harman fan. (1+ / 0-)
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    But she did have the ovaries to show up and talk.

    So I wrote her this comment:

    Strong Competitive Primaries, Rep. Harman (10+ / 0-)

    Get used to them.

    They are the wave of the future in the Democratic Party.

    And quite frankly, one of them is about to decide yours.

    Now, perhaps you'll win. Fair enough. Clearly, you've got some chops. Congrats if you do, and take this close race as a reminder of what your job is: not to lead, such much as to represent. And for that reason, that the people have spoken and their word is law, you will remain Representative Harman.

    And yet perhaps you will not. That, too, will be fair. And if M. Winograd wins, she'll be expecting your support. For likewise, it will not be she who has spoken, but the people who have done so.

    Until then: I hope this visit hasn't proven too terribly traumatic. :)

    And Rep. Harman won the primary, and now she's scarred but smarter as to what she should be doing, and who the people are who decide that sort of thing.

    And I, for one, now wish her well, for the reasons I said to her a short while ago.

    I wonder what Tom Friedman will be wrong about next. :)

    by cskendrick on Sat Jul 29, 2006 at 03:31:09 PM PDT

    •  Harman's 'ovaries' were somewhat limited (0+ / 0-)

      Harman refused to appear on the same stage with Marcy for anything like a debate (and she tried to mislead people about how that came about).  There was a Westside Dem club forum on May 30, and Harman conditioned her appearance on Marcy not sharing the stage, but rather being permitted to have the stage to herself and then to leave the building after her Q & A with the moderator before Marcy got her moment (with absolutely no interchange between the candidates).   I know this is typical incumbent b.s. behavior, but the closest thing to a "debate" during the campaign were the dueling diaries that occurred here at DKos when Harman and Marcy each posted, and Marcy (unsuccessfully) tried to engage Harman in Harman's thread.

      "The true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love."

      by Budlawman on Sat Jul 29, 2006 at 04:34:48 PM PDT

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      •  It's done. The primary's over. (0+ / 0-)

        Anything else is sour grapes...or preparing for a Dem victory.

        Your choice.

        I wonder what Tom Friedman will be wrong about next. :)

        by cskendrick on Sat Jul 29, 2006 at 06:51:44 PM PDT

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        •  No kidding. But you were commenting on her (0+ / 0-)

          courage, that's still an issue, and I dissented.  While we're on the subject, here's what one California court had to say about qualifications of candidates:

             [D]eeply ingrained in our political history is a tradition of free-wheeling, irresponsible, bare knuckled, Pier 6, political brawls."  To endure the animadversion, brickbats and skullduggery of a given campaign, a politician must be possessed with the skin of a rhinoceros. Harry Truman cautioned would-be solons with sage advice about the heat in the kitchen.

               Like a tourist who runs with the bulls at Pamplona, a politician cannot complain should he be gored during the spectacle. Having survived an election, a public official must be prepared to accept the insults and invectives directed during the candidate's term in office.

          http://www.casp.net/...

          What Harman encountered here at DKos was mild compared to what this court somewhat generically describes, and what she herself may well have encountered in her political travels.

          "The true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love."

          by Budlawman on Sat Jul 29, 2006 at 10:15:58 PM PDT

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