Harman: Congress ‘Wants This to Pass, They Just Don’t Want to Vote for It’

by Andrew Johnson

Former Democratic representative Jane Harman said she believes both Republicans’ and Democrats’ concerns about primary challengers are persuading them to not support military intervention in Syria.

“These folks think their reelection, in my view, matters more than perhaps taking a principled stand,” said Harman, who is currently president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, on Meet the Press this morning. “They want this to pass, they just don’t want to vote for it.”

“The base in each party is against this,” she added.

Harman recalled that she faced primaries three times as a California representative after she supported intervention in Iraq. She won each of her primaries and eventual elections before resigning from Congress in 2011 to head the Wilson Center.

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