Thursday, September 02, 2004

Zell - over the top, over the cliff

Oh, my. I nearly spit out my kibble reading Zell's reviews today. Seems like he might get an appointment in the new administration: Ambassador to Bellvue Mental Hospital. (Once they let him in, he can be president, king and queen).

I guess Howard Dean will be playing him in the movie version of the RNC. Or Christopher Lloyd, the mad scientist from Back to the Future.

Georgie's laughing his head off. Apparently ( I overheard this when Rove was here earlier refilling my water bowl), Zell was part of the plan. When Georgie speaks tonight, he will, by comparison, sound like Ray Romano. Zell was Norma Rae.

I'm just happy no one has slammed by RNC video with such vitriol. Whew!

The Hotline (I was reading over Card's shoulder) today compiled a list of of the Zell reaction :

  Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), on Miller: "That's the most vicious speech I've ever heard at any convention. I half expected him to wield an ax. It was over the top" (Hunt,, 9/2).
      DNC spokesperson Jano Cabrera likened Miller to an "angry, rapid elephant": "Though three years ago he called John Kerry a friend, one of the greatest leaders of our time and an authentic hero, tonight, for political and personal gain, he adopted the smear tactic refrains of the Bush administration" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 9/2).
      NPR's Liasson: "Who would have thought that the harshest face, the angriest face of the Republican convention would belong to a Democrat?" (FNC, 9/1).
      Univ. of GA's Charles Bullock said Miller "may see himself as something in the role of Old Testament prophet. Those were angry men too" (Houston Chronicle, 9/2).
      ABC's Stephanopoulos: "I wonder if it was smart to have him out there in such a hot fashion. As he was talking I was getting e-mails saying 'this reminds me of Houston in 1992.' ... Now Zell Miller is no Pat Buchanan but it was a very, very hot speech. Not likely to convince ... many of the unconvinced" (9/1).
      New York Times' Brooks: "It was prosecution night and Zell Miller delivered a stem winder that was like Harry Truman giving 'em hell" ("Nightline," ABC, 9/1).
      CBS' Rather: "Miller came out to stronger stroke passions, stirring delegates to boo at John Kerry's name" (9/1).
      New Republic's Cohn writes, "In an address originally billed as a critique of John Kerry's national security credentials, Miller essentially branded the Democrats as traitors because they haven't fallen in line with President Bush on all matters of national security. It was one of the most vile political speeches in recent American history, every bit as offensive as Pat Buchanan's infamous call in 1992 for 'religious war' and, perhaps, a little more disturbing. Buchanan's speech, after all, was an assault on decency. Last night Miller declared war on democracy" (9/2).
      FNC's Kondracke: "I thought that Zell Miller went over the line into demagoguery, frankly, when he implied that the Democrats are defaming American troops and have been doing so during the Cold War and the Korean War by declaring them to be occupiers and not liberators. That is something that the Democrats have not done" (9/1).
      NBC's Russert: "It's one of the strongest worded speeches I've ever heard at a convention" (9/1).
      CNN's Greenfield: "It's kind of a throwback to the kind of speeches that were routine at conventions decades ago, when ... the keynoter, which is what Zell Miller was, was supposed to come out and basically beat the other party upside the head" ("NewsNight," 9/1).
      Time's Klein: "I have been doing this for a fair number of years, and I don't think I've ever seen anything as angry or as ugly as Miller's speech" ("NewsNight," CNN, 9/1).
      Ex-WH adviser David Gergen: "I was reminded that Zell Miller began his career by working for Lester Maddox, a man of hate. And he unfortunately capped his career tonight by sounding like Lester Maddox" ("LKL," CNN, 9/1).
      NBC's Mitchell: "Zell Miller's speech was a red meat speech, in fact, a raw meat speech, which, in fact, misstates a lot of Kerry's record, but draws very tough conclusions" ("Hardball," MSNBC, 9/1).
      NBC's Gregory: "I was speaking to the governor of New Hampshire, to Governor Benson, who was saying particularly about Zell Miller's speech, that, yes, it might have been tough. It even seemed over the top. But it's the kind of thing that's really going to motivate not just the base, but the workers in these states, in these swing states that have to get out that vote. That's what is going to decide the election. Those kinds of speeches have got people pumped now" ("Hardball," MSNBC, 9/1).
      GOP-turned Independent Sen. Jim Jeffords: "This convention has portrayed the president as inclusive and moderate, as someone who respects varying points of view, as someone who is willing to compromise and find common ground. Sadly, that is not the president I have come to know. If this were an Olympic sport, the president and his handlers would win the gold medal for political gymnastics. They say one thing and do another" (Hulse, New York Times, 9/2).