September 08, 2004

Jimmy Carter blasts Zell Miller in letter

In a letter published in this morning's Atlanta Journal-Constitution, former President Jimmy Carter excoriates Senator (and fellow Democrat) Zell Miller for his participation in the Republican National Convention last week. Miller was the keynote speaker.

In Miller's speech, he took the Democratic party to task for becoming too rabidly and radically leftist, and alienating many around the nation. Carter's letter accuses Miller of being motivated by greed.

It was a loyal Democrat, Roy Barnes, who appointed you as U.S. senator when you were out of office. By your historically unprecedented disloyalty, you have betrayed our trust.

Everyone knows that you were chosen to speak at the Republican National Convention because of your being a "Democrat," and it's quite possible that your rabid speech damaged our party and paid the GOP some transient dividends.

Perhaps more troublesome of all is seeing you adopt an established and very effective Republican campaign technique of destroying the character of opponents by wild and false allegations.

Zell, I have known you for 42 years and have, in the past, respected you as a trustworthy political leader and a personal friend. But now, there are many of us loyal Democrats who feel uncomfortable in seeing that you have chosen the rich over the poor, unilateral pre-emptive war over a strong nation united with others for peace, lies and obfuscation over the truth, and the political technique of personal character assassination as a way to win elections or to garner a few moments of applause.

Carter signs the letter, " Sincerely, and with deepest regrets."

I don't think Carter regrets a damn thing. I think he's more pissed off that he -- and the remainder of the Democratic Party -- got caught with their collective pants down.

Posted by mhking at September 8, 2004 08:48 AM

If Zell had actually said something of use I could see your point, but Millers rant was nothing more than an old man used as a mouthpiece for more campaign garbage.
Americans often speak of loyalty and to see someone give up his ideals and toss a grenade in the mule camp, can be nothing less than disapointing.

Posted by: cire at September 8, 2004 09:33 AM

Oh God. Mr. Girly Man Supreme - The Ultimate Failed U.S. President all of a sudden has grown a pair?

Can stand up to a principled Zell more than he EVER did the killers & hostage takers of Americans - the Khomeini-ists, themselves?

All of whom grew cahones when Jimmy was asleep at the wheel, and for whom we can thank this miserable failure of a president?

The man who would defend his country - to include our WOMEN and CHILDREN - with Spitballs, Rocks, And Slingshots?

Put a sock in it, Jimmy. You are soooo weak.

Posted by: Bo at September 8, 2004 10:23 AM

I remember feeling shame for my country when this man was our President. Is that normal for a grade schooler?

And then Ronald Reagan came along and I felt real pride.

The Democratic Party has forgotten one of the great lessons taught this nation by FDR: the people don't need self-infatuated intellectuals who "know better" than them; they need men of character who act with decisiveness and get the job done. Carter's liberal hypersensitivity to Miller's righteous anger only reminds me of what happened when our nation was led by people who essentially distrust the power for good that we possess. FDR and Reagan knew who we are; Carter never has.

Posted by: Toby Petzold at September 8, 2004 10:44 AM

As if loyalty to a political party comes before family, God or country. I too remember growing up confused by gas lines, inflation, failed diplomacy, et cetera. He is the poster child for Oxygen Thieves. Cuck Farter.

Posted by: ccs178 (Chris) at September 8, 2004 03:16 PM

This country has not seen a worst President yet Jimmy Carter continues to stay visible as a symbol of what is wrong with the Democratic Party.

Posted by: Dan at September 22, 2004 05:03 PM
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