May 12, 2005

Zell Miller, Ralph Reed & Clueless “Democrats”

Ralph Reed is running for Lt. Governor of Georgia. Sean Hannity and Senator Zell Miller are the
featured speakers for Ralph Reed Family and Freedom Rally.

"Sean Hannity and Senator Zell Miller are patriots and good friends. Senator Miller stood by President George W. Bush's side at a critical moment in the history of our nation. Sean Hannity is one of the most effective and articulate spokesmen for freedom and conservative principles in America today. I am deeply honored to have the support of these two great Americans and I invite Georgians and their families to join us for an unforgettable evening," said Ralph Reed.
The Family and Freedom rally take place on Friday, June 17, 2005. $15 per person / $30 per family children attend free, VIP Reception: $1,000 includes photo with Sean Hannity and Senator Zell Miller.

The New Donkey is stunned that Zell Miller this former boss is raising money for Lt. Governor candidate Ralph Reed.

With the retirement of my old boss Zell Miller, I thought perhaps his outrageous political behavior of the last couple of years would come to an end. I mean, what's the point of insulting your party when nobody really cares any more? Ah, but it now appears the fires of Zell's odd rage still burn: along with Sean Hannity, he will be the featured speaker at a fundraiser for none other than Ralph Reed, candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Georgia, and the past master of hypocritical political sleaze.

There is, of course, a peculiar historical echo here: Ralph's very first campaign, before he got religion, and before his notorious stint as deputy to Jack Abramoff in the College Republicans, was with Zell Miller's unsuccessful 1980 race for the U.S. Senate. Miller lost the Democratic runoff to incumbent Herman Talmadge, who basically beat Miller by calling him too liberal for Georgia. Ironic, huh
Ed Kilgore called it the “The Final Descent Into Zell”.

The final descent? The final descent of Zell Miller happen a lot time ago. I can not pin point the exact moment of descent, but this was the pinnacle of Zell Miller the DLC Democrat to the right wing nut.

Today, at the same time young Americans are dying in the sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan, our nation is being torn apart and made weaker because of the Democrats' manic obsession to bring down our commander in chief.

What has happened to the party I've spent my life working in? I can remember when Democrats believed that it was the duty of America to fight for freedom over tyranny. It was Democratic President Harry Truman who pushed the Red Army out of Iran, who came to the aid of Greece when Communists threatened to overthrow it, who stared down the Soviet blockade of West Berlin by flying in supplies and saving the city.

Time after time in our history, in the face of great danger, Democrats and Republicans worked together to ensure that freedom would not falter.

But not today.

Motivated more by partisan politics than by national security, today's Democratic leaders see America as an occupier, not a liberator.

And nothing makes this Marine madder than someone calling American troops occupiers rather than liberators.
DLC Marshall Wittman wonders whether Zell Miller has no shame for raising money for Ralph Reed.

The Moose wonders whether a certain Democrat has no shame.

Given his background, the Moose is the last to cast judgment on someone who has a political change of heart. While it is one thing for former Senator Zell Miller to have endorsed President Bush, it is entirely another matter for him to lend his support to Reverend Ralph Reed's campaign for Lieutenant Governor of Georgia. The Moose's colleague, the New Donkey who knows Zell well, shares this view. [..]

To borrow from another era, the Moose asks, Senator, have you no shame?

Speaking of "Deficit of Decency", Senator Miller, you are now promoting a candidate who was an architect of a vicious attack on your fellow Georgia Democrat and war hero, Max Cleland in 2002. You are now flacking for a fellow who undertook the vile campaign in the South Carolina primary against John McCain in 2000. You are a backing a fella who was a collaborator with Casino Jack Abramoff in the Indian Gaming Scandal. Or do you buy Ralph's line that he was only the piano player at the Republican bordello? Senator, you were born, but not yesterday.

Senator, you did much good for the people of Georgia as their Governor. There are many fine, upstanding Republicans for you to support, if you must. But, be a little discerning... or is there really a "deficit of decency."
Ed Kilgore and Marshall Wittman are clueless.

Marshall Wittman has to wonder if Zell Miller is shameless. Please, Zell Miller is beyond shameless and he did not start to become shameless just recently.

Bob Brigham of Swing State Project is right, again.

In reality, it was not, "outrageous political behavior" that Zell Miller has displayed, rather it was just the DLC's Third Way (triangulation) strategy.

The Triangulation tactic is a simple one: tear down others in your party to try to make yourself look important to those in the other party. It is a self defeating strategy unless you are rooting for the other team. Ralph Reed must be delighted.


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