Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Carter Duels Zell

I have to say, I was not surprised at all by Zell Miller's rude and offensive speech at the Republican coronation. I see this kind of behavior all the time here in the South, where white men are still convinced the 12% black and 4% Jewish populations are responsible for their lousy jobs and net wage loss (instead of the folks who are really to blame, Republicans). So his anger and vehemence was not surprising. But Zell's performance with the media after was surprising, because it was so stupid for a seasoned politician.

Anyway, Jimmy Carter has taken Zell to the mat, as reported by Josh Marshall.

"Zell, I have known you for forty-two 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 preemptive 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. These are not the characteristics of great Democrats whose legacy you and I have inherited."


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