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September 07, 2004

Zell Miller, Servant of the Dark Side

Ok, first off, here is a snicker-worthy juxtaposition: Zell Miller and Emperor Palpatine (that would be the evil emperor from those Star Wars movies). [via Defamer]

For those who haven't been keeping up, follow the link to watch Zell Miller's speech at the Republican National Convention. Or read the text of the speech, although I don't think the text alone provides the full impact . I venture to guess that even the Republicans - some anyway - regret having him deliver such a big F.U. to his party. He's further evidence for my theory that every time Georgia makes national news, it's never good. Maybe most Georgians don't care how they're perceived by the national media - but this is the kind of thing that makes other people wonder whether we have paved roads in Atlanta. And Atlanta isn't even the Deep South, if you go by what people in the rest of the state believe.

Poor Zell. He used to be a governor, the chief executive for his state. Then he became a legislator, one of a hundred U.S. senators, many of whom had at least equal if not greater standing than he during their terms in the Senate. He found himself in the distasteful position of having to negotiate with other legislators instead of being the head honcho big-shot executive of his state branch. Perhaps he didn't feel he was getting his due from his fellow Democratic colleagues. So he pimped himself out to the other side, who trotted him out at their national convention - and what did they get? The rage of Satan banished from Heaven, the wrath of a scorned woman politician. It played well to the delegates in Madison Square Garden, but what about the television audience? He and his wife were supposed to be sitting in the Bush family box when Dubya later gave his acceptance speech, but they weren't there with Laura and the twins. Perhaps they were disinvited - completely unofficially, of course. Can't imagine why.

Side note: here's an article by Frank Rich in the 9/5 NYT "How Kerry Became a Girlie-Man" that addresses the theatrical setup for how the Republicans wish to shape the opinions of the feebleminded undecided. Ok, that's not fair. People feel torn by principles and have to decide who is going to least screw them over in the next four years. I just hope they're actually thinking about these things and not letting the spin - from both sides - persuade them. Because if Arnold "I'm a Fucking Clown" Schwarzenegger is going to win you over by calling the opposition "girlie men" then I don't know that we can have an intelligent debate. But I guess that's not the point, is it?

Yours, &c., LC | 01:40 PM | Politics | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

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Did you see/hear Zell Miller telling Chris Matthews that he wished he could challenge Matthews to a duel? Bizarre. And, of course, "The Daily Show" made fun of it. Love that show.

Posted by: Justin Steiner at September 8, 2004 10:40 AM

Yeah, I did! What an angry man.

I usually read the news, either online or in the paper. But sometimes "The Daily Show" is about all I can handle, because the news is too horrible to process otherwise. For me, Jon Stewart is one of the few saving graces of television.

Posted by: Lady Crumpet at September 8, 2004 11:06 AM

Chris Matthews was on last night and it was the first thing Jon Stewart asked him. It's hilarious.

Posted by: LTR at September 8, 2004 12:17 PM