Conservatives Can Learn Lesson From Katherine Harris

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Thursday, June 28, 2001

Conservatives Can Learn Lesson From Katherine Harris

One of the problems conservatives have is that they rarely strike back. That's why it was great to see Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris respond to the head of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, Mary Francis Barry, and her bogus investigation of the last presidential election. Barry had concluded that Harris and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush kept blacks from voting and engaged in other racist behavior.

Harris blamed Barry for engaging in racial division instead of helping to create a blueprint for an election system in which no American ever again doubts whether his or her vote counts.

Barry was a partisan Gore supporter, as were her liberal colleagues on the politicized civil rights commission. She refused to allow Republicans on the commission to see or comment on her report before it was leaked to the media.

Harris testified yesterday before a Senate committee. She is a principled, Christian woman and it is nice to see her answering the lies of her opponents. Maybe other Republicans will develop a backbone.