Fighting Friends

21Apr10

Is California Congressman Jane Harman a confused Democrat? She wants crippling sanctions against Iran, but she’s also arguing for a weaker military.

Harman — who once proclaimed “I am proud to be introduced as the best Republican in the Democratic Party” — has been straining lately to present herself as progressive while she tries to fend off the Winograd challenge.

It’s not Harman’s fault that she’s sounding like a wacko. She’s a Blue Dog Democrat trying to hold off a challenge from the left, so she has to promote the destruction of the country. It’s just for the primary campaign!

Right now, Congresswoman Jane Harman is facing a serious primary challenge from a genuine progressive, Marcy Winograd, in Southern California’s 36th congressional district.

The media loves to do stories about the Republican Party trying to find its philosophical equilibrium. Why no stories about nasty progressives trying to drive reasonable Democrats out of congress?

Harman had to go to extraordinary lengths to win a party endorsement that is usually automatic for incumbent Democrats in Congress. She was able to do so largely because one-third of state convention delegates are appointed by elected Democrats — incumbents who are very rarely willing to support any primary challenge to an incumbent.

Ultimately, the Democratic establishment is ignoring philosophy and going with loyalty and friendship, frustrating the left. A frustrated left makes for a happy America, so we smile.

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