2. Note to Alcee Hastings: you don’t have to be a “hater” to oppose appointing as chair of the intelligence committee someone who either
(1) took a bribe as a federal judge; or
(2) pretended to take a bribe as a federal judge to help a lawyer-friend defraud a client.
3. Note to the “netroots”: The reason Jane Harman’s hawkish past makes her a good choice now is that she can help convince other people with hawkish tendencies (known as “swing voters”) that Democrats aren’t indifferent to their concerns. In particular, when she shreds Bush & Co. for incompetence, many of the people we need to vote for our candidates next time will be more likely to be persuaded that the current White House is run by a bunch of incompetent boobs than would be the case if the same job were done by someone known to have a “Visualize World Peace” bumper-sticker on his car.
To state the case more generally: those of us who prefer winning to losing also prefer converts to enemies. Harman, representing a swing district (which she took from a Republican incumbent) voted against torture and arbitrary detention. That ought to be enough to show that she’s on the side of the angels.