Harman Retires; Opens Way for Code Pink Candidate?

By Jeffrey Goldberg

Well, I don't know if Marcy Winograd was actually the candidate for Code Pink, but if you read my interview with her from the last time she ran for Congress, you'll see she conforms both the Code Pink's politics and to its aesthetic.

But I get ahead of myself.  Jane Harman, the centrist Democratic congresswoman from California, is quitting Congress -- shortly after beating Winograd in the Democratic primary for a second time -- to take over the presidency of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Harman has had a good run in Congress, and her leaving opens the way for Winograd (Dave Weigel is checking whether Winograd is thinking of running in the special election; hard to imagine that she won't, but who knows?) which is not a good thing if you support President Obama's foreign policy and also think that Israel isn't the most evil country in the world.

This is a good thing, however, for the Wilson Center, of which Goldblog is a graduate. One of my favorite people in Washington, Lee Hamilton, has run it for many years, and Harman is a worthy successor. More to come.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/02/harman-retires-opens-way-for-code-pink-candidate/70884/