Skip to comments.Zell Miller: See Y'All in New York – Why I skipped the Boston convention.
Posted on 07/30/2004 9:09:24 PM PDT by quidnunc
Twelve years ago, I delivered one of the keynote addresses on the first night at the Democratic National Convention in New York. It was a stinging rebuke of the administration of George H.W. Bush and a ringing endorsement of Bill Clinton. This summer I'll again be speaking in New York, but it will be to the Republican Convention that renominates George W. Bush.
Many have asked how I could have come so far in just over a decade. Frankly, I don't think I've changed much at all. At 72, I don't feel much need to change my opinions. Instead, the reason I didn't attend the Democratic Convention in Boston is that I barely recognize my party anymore. Most of its leaders including our nominee, John Kerry don't hold the same beliefs that have motivated my career in public service.
In 1992, I spoke of the opportunity and hope that allowed me, the son of a single mother growing up in the North Georgia mountains, to become my state's governor. And I attributed much of my success to the great Democratic presidents of years gone by FDR (a hallowed man in my home), Truman and JFK. The link these men shared was a commitment to helping Americans born into any condition rise to achieve whatever goal they set for themselves.
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I can't wait to see him speak!
Go Zell Go!
When I worked on the Hill a few years back I had the pleasure of having a nice chat with Zell. I told him he was my favorite Democrat and I found we shared the same passion for traditional bluegrass music. He is a real American and an all around decent nice guy.
Too bad the Democrats would never nominate him for President. I'd have voted for Zell Miller in a heartbeat and needless to say, its a pleasure welcoming him to address OUR convention next month in New York City.
Zell by himself, is a more effective speaker than anybody who showed up in Boston last week.
Give 'em hell, Zell!
Actually, I'm glad he's not going to change parties. That old gentleman will die a Democrat. I understand the phenomenon. He's a Southern Democrat. Even though his party was highjacked by wackos, he sure as hell ain't leaving. He was there, first, after all. He's not going to let them kick him out of his own house.
I heard him speak during the non-filibuster filibuster last year. He sounds just like a preacher.
Come September instead of reflecting on the foolishness that led them to toss aside Zell, they'll be refering to him as a traitor.
Dems know he is an effective speaker, otherwise he wouldn't have delivered a keynote address for Clinton.
I'm looking forward to the debates to see G.W. & Cheney annihilate Kerry & Edwards, but the convention to restore my spirits. I know the Dems will trash it. I know the anarchists will create havoc. Doesn't matter. My President will be receiving his due -- finally.
This is exactly what he should say in New York. It is great.
I think if you called him a Truman Democrat to his face, he would take it as a compliment.
Dude, where's my party?
Zell sold Clinton to America. He's that believable. The promise of a young President was wasted by tacking to the hard Left and then falling into the shadow of corrupt dealings ending in the impeachment of the President himself. Clinton had a once in a lifetime opportuniy to remake the Democratic Party for the greater good of the country and simply blew it. Now Zell's going to sell President Bush and Bush has already succeeded where Clinton tried and failed. If there's any one practicing the politics of disunity and division in America today, its the Democrats.
He is a real American and an all around decent nice guy.
A Marine with an honorable discharge to boot
To bad the other Democrats can't figure that out.
They've all sold out and their spines are gone.
Zell is the last of what was.
The sad truth is that the Democrat party has not changed at all: It is MIller that has changed, he just cannot admit it.
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President Bush is on C-span 2 right now!!!
My granddaddy thought Truman was the worst president we ever had and he thought Ike was the best we ever had, and that Nixon was set up, that's how Republican he was. But he would have liked Zell Miller.
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