June 25, 2004

Sen. Zell Miller to speak at GOP convention; Dems are pissed

Retiring US Senator Zell Miller (D-GA) will be speaking at the Republican National Convention in New York later this summer.

The speech will be on Wednesday night of that week, and come 12 years after delivering the keynote speech at the 1992 Democratic National Convention that nominated Bill Clinton for his first term in office.

The announcement of Miller's speech at the GOP convention brought a sharp rebuke from fellow Democrats, including US House member John Lewis (D-GA).

"I think he has sold his soul for a mess of pottage," Lewis said, a reference to a speech Miller gave 40 years ago in which he argued that President Johnson was abandoning his Southern roots by pushing some civil rights issues. Pottage is defined as a thick soup or stew of vegetables.

Bobby Kahn, the chairman of the Georgia Democratic Party, said he wasn't surprised.

"Maybe I'll switch to the Republican Party so I can speak at the Democratic Convention and bash Bush," Kahn said. "It makes about as much sense."

Kahn was a top aide to Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes, who appointed Miller to the Senate following the death of Miller's predecessor, Republican Sen. Paul Coverdell.

"I advocated his appointment," Kahn said of Miller. "He said he would be independent and he was for a while, but he hasn't been lately. He's been in lockstep with the Republicans and I don't know what's happened to him. It's really kind of sad."

Miller has stepped away from the vindictive partisan politics that has characterized the attitude that the Democratic party has held toward the Bush Administration. Miller has also stood staunchly behind the President on matters relating to the war on terror.
Miller, who is retiring in January, has voted with Republicans more often than his own party and has been a key sponsor of many of Bush's top legislative priorities, including the Republican's tax cuts and education plan.

In May, Miller spoke at the Georgia Republican convention and criticized Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry as an "out-of-touch, ultraliberal from Taxachusetts" whose foreign and domestic policies would seriously weaken the country.

"I'm afraid that my old Democratic 'ties that bind' have become unraveled," Miller said.

Miller's recent book, "A National Party No More: The Conscience of a Conservative Democrat," is now a national best-seller. In it, he assails members of his own party, including Clinton.

An offical annoucement of Miller's speech will come from the Bush-Cheney camp later today.

Posted by mhking at June 25, 2004 12:32 PM

Always remember, John McCain, Arlen Specter and Olympia Snowe are moderates and independant voices, who put their principles above their party.

But Zell Miller is a sellout.

Posted by: Gib at June 25, 2004 02:35 PM

No, the good Senator is *not* a sellout. He has gone on record with why he believes the way he does. And he still takes issue on any number of things. BUT he places country above partisanship, morals above rhetoric. Read his book, read his statements (google is your friend).

As for the others you name, they may be moderates, but I would question as to whether they consistently are placing principle above party, vice going for personal aggrandizement, particularly in Specters case.

And to Michael, your new look rocks!!

Posted by: Guy S. at June 26, 2004 07:47 PM

Guy S., I think you need to retake Sarcasm 101. Gib is on our side.

Posted by: Chris at June 27, 2004 11:37 PM

That being the case I apologise. And rereading Gibs post in the light of day..with all five of my active braincells ™ , I see I did misread it. Gib, you ever get up around the northern Illinois hinterland, consider your adult beverages cost covered.

Posted by: Guy S. at June 28, 2004 07:30 PM

Any man of Miller's age and experience whose principles are so soft is no threat to anyone. Miller's attacks are not thoughtful or rationale; a fact which highlights the inherent profit motive in what he is doing. He will get the spotlight at the Convention and his book will get a boost, but the Republicans use of Miller at the convention is not going to help Bush get votes. The choice of Miller is actually going to help Kerry and the Democrats. I hope Miller is as shrill as he has been in the past. The more the better.

Posted by: Chris at August 19, 2004 08:45 PM

Well, I thought it was a great speech. I am glad that this Democrat has seen the light and is speaking against John Kerry. BUSH/CHENEY 2004!

Posted by: Marie at September 2, 2004 08:30 PM
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