Zell Miller at RNC

Peter Orne replies to Randy Black's charge that he has misquoted Senator Zell Miller's speech at the Republican convention: "In response to Randy Black, certainly I and most listeners may have understood "perils" (using the Senator's word) -- those facing his family and those of conventioneers -- to mean future non-state terrorist acts by Al-Qaeda and other terrorist cells and networks. I paraphrase. Yet given Mr.Miller's childhood reminiscence from Appalachia in 1940, and his many references to 20th-century geopolitical battles, I admit now that I am more confused by his remarks.

Thinking further about the speech, and especially since the report of the 9/11 Commission, I am more plainly concerned that the Bush Administration does not really know how to fight global terrorism networks and that it has only exacerbated the social and political tensions that fuel it worldwide. Zell Miller's rhetoric might be useful for boosting nationalism, but it's not 1940 anymore and terrorists dispersed in communities around the world
could not care less."

RH: Zell Miller is a Democrat, and angry Democrats, who view him as a traitor, tell him to go to zell.

Emory Law School Professor Marc Miller  v. Georgia Senator Zell Miller: "It is amusing to see Zell Miller accusing Kerry of inconsistency when during his political career Miller was widely know in Georgia as “Zig-zag zell.” The Kerry campaign has apparently picked up on this nickname, no doubt to emphasize the de facto switch in party affiliation, but Miller earned it “honestly” here in Georgia long ago".  RH: In the old days the Solid South was Democrat conservative.  Then, following the civil rights movement, the Southern Democrats morphed into Southern Republicans. Zell Miller did not change labels. In a new book, The Great Divide, John Sperling divides the US into retro and metro states. The retro states are conservative, and they include virtually all of the South. I concluded from its careful analysis of the data that beneath the surface and the labels, the South is still traumatized by the Civil War.
The Republican Convention at which Senator Zell Miller proclaimed his support for President Bush ended on August 2.  Robert Crow writes. "Talk about "Zig-Zag Zell!"  As of  August 3,  11:53 AM PDT, the following was still posted on  Zell's website:

"My job tonight is an easy one: to present to you one of this nation's authentic heroes, one of this party's best-known and greatest leaders – and a good friend. He was once a lieutenant governor – but he didn't stay in that office 16 years, like someone else I know. It just took two years before the people of Massachusetts moved him into the United States Senate in 1984. In his 16 years in the Senate, John Kerry has fought against government waste and worked hard to bring some accountability to Washington. Early in his Senate career in 1986, John signed on to the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Deficit Reduction Bill, and he fought for balanced budgets before it was considered politically correct for Democrats to do so.

John has worked to strengthen our military, reform public education, boost the economy and protect the environment. Business Week magazine named him one of the top pro-technology legislators and made him a member of its "Digital Dozen." John was re-elected in 1990 and again in 1996 – when he defeated popular Republican Governor William Weld in the most closely watched Senate race in the country. John is a graduate of Yale University and was a gunboat officer in the Navy. He received a Silver Star, Bronze Star and three awards of the Purple Heart for combat duty in Vietnam. He later co-founded the Vietnam Veterans of America".

RH: With friends like that...

Randy Black says: "I have a lot of respect for all WAISers, including Mr. Orne. But I must ask him is he was distracted during Mr. Miller’s speech and thought that he heard something that he did not? I listened to that speech and have read and re-read that transcript a couple of times, and while I may have missed it, I cannot find the statement that Mr. Orne attributes to Mr. Miller that the effect that 9/11 “was devastating to the future of his and conventioneers’ families.”
I am including the speech herein: RH: Here is an excerpt:

Senator Zell Miller

Since I last stood in this spot, a whole new generation of the Miller Family has been born: Four great grandchildren. Along with all the other members of our close-knit family -- they are my and Shirley's most precious possessions. And I know that's how you feel about your family also. Like you, I think of their future, the promises and the perils they will face. Like you, I believe that the next four years will determine what kind of world they will grow up in. And like you, I ask which leader is it today that has the vision, the willpower and, yes, the backbone to best protect my family? The clear answer to that question has placed me in this hall with you tonight. For my family is more important than my party. There is but one man to whom I am willing to entrust their future and that man's name is George Bush".
For the full text, see
: http://www.gopconvention.com/cgi-data/speeches/files/ie65ay1zuai2r6ttb19uj6s2y6q7930j.shtml


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