The background: Katherine Harris, the former Florida secretary of state, the woman who oversaw the 2000 recount, the one who buys mascara by the 55-gallon drum — yes, that one — is running for re-election. And she’s running off at the mouth. You can follow that link, but here’s the gist: While making a campaign stop in Florida, she said the U.S. has thwarted “at least 100 attempts” at terror attacks in this country since September 11, one of them just 100 miles down the road in Carmel, where “a man of Middle Eastern heritage had been arrested in the plot and that explosives were found in his home.”
Carmel’s a suburb of Indianapolis. The plot, Harris said, was to blow up the power grid of the whole area.
Anyway, as near as anyone can figure, no one knows the first damn thing about any of this, including the sheriff and the governor. Of course, as Harris said, this was “classified” information, “although obviously not classified to me.” (Or anyone else, at the moment.)
It seems to me there are a number of conclusions you could reach about this:
1) Katherine Harris is a damn fool; or
2) Blow up the power grid in Indianapolis? What, Louisville wasn’t important enough?
In other crazy-lady news at this hour, Mary Kay Letourneau is out of prison. “Free to love again,” one of my colleagues sighed today. Indeed.