Zellraiser

Today’s “oh, that liberal media” example has to be this jaw-dropper from Katharine Sellye in today’s NY Times:

Some Republicans are hoping that the rearrangement will also exorcise the ghost of Zell Miller, whose toxic speech Wednesday night left the party with a brutal hangover. They can only hope that Mr. Miller’s laceration of his fellow Democrat John Kerry will set in lofty relief Mr. Bush’s optimistic and forward-looking approach.

Uh, which Republicans are those, Ms. Sellye? I haven’t seen, heard, or read a single one today who didn’t love Miller’s speech. Other than David Gergen, I mean. You sure you’re not referring to your pals in the press corps who’d like to turn back the clock to the wimpy feel-your-pain focus grouped pablum of the 1990’s conventions?

I’ve been having a good giggle at all the “Georgia Democrats are shocked” stories in the press today. I live in metro Atlanta, and I’m here to tell you–Zell Miller could get elected God in Georgia this morning. The people you’re seeing quoted in the press are the remnants of a party that’s being systematically swept out of power after a hundred years of arrogant and corrupt dominance.

Ten years ago, Democrats ran the whole show down here. After the next couple of elections, they may not hold a single statewide office, or either branch of the legislature–Miller’s speech itself is going to swing untold thousands of former “yellow dogs” in south Georgia into the Republican column. I fully expect the remaining GA Dems to become close echoes of their Texas cousins (see Paul Begala, Molly Ivins, Jim Hightower, Ann Richards); just as nasty, just as embittered, and just as repulsive to the state electorate.

And they know it, which is why you’re hearing so many teeth being gnashed from these parts this morning.

UPDATE: A reader correctly notes that NRO’s Rich Lowry was counted among the non-lovers of Miller’s speech. I think Lowry is still too attuned to the 90’s media fixation on “not scaring soccer moms” with strong straightforward political language. This is not 1996, this is 2004, and wartime. But the point is taken; reaction to Miller from the right wasn’t 100% positive.

It was about 99% positive.

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35 Responses to “Zellraiser”

  1. Matt S. Says:

    Awesome. Loved the speech. Loved the Chris Matthews smack down afterwards as well. šŸ™‚

  2. Brian B Says:

    The Democrats are spinning like one of the Queer Eye cast at a Promise Keepers conference.

    I saw Zell’s speech, and the only thing I will agree with the left on is that it WAS different in tone than the speeches Republicans have given, and it WAS pretty nasty. But I read the tone a bit different.

    All of the attacks on Kerry by actual Republicans have been scornful but somewhat good-natured, in the “nothing personal, but you’re dead wrong” vein.

    Zell’s was bitter, cutting and angry, in the way only someone who’s been stabbed in the back by a friend can be angry. I could see it in the way he shook, in the fire in his eyes. He feels truly betrayed by his party, and he vented it last night.

    All of the Democratic response has been desperate damage control, and woefully inadequate and misdirected at that.

  3. SpinWatch Says:

    According to Sully: Zell Miller is a racist Dixicrat.

    According to Atrios: Zell Miller is a Nazi.

    Watch this spin spread…

  4. Chuck Pelto Says:

    TO: Will Collier
    RE: God & Politicians

    “…I’m here to tell you–Zell Miller could get elected God in Georgia this morning.” — Will Collier

    Zell probably wouldn’t care for the appointment, even by the electorate.

    I have a suspicion that Zell is the sort of politician that thinks the electorate is ‘god’, or perhaps the prophet of ‘god’, as embodied in the Constitution of the United States.

    And thus it should be.

    RE: The Future…

    “…after the next couple of elections, they [the Democrats] may not hold a single statewide office, or either branch of the legislature…” — Will Collier

    ….of the Democrats is definitely going to change over the next four to twelve years. I wonder what the impact will be upon Hillary’s dreams of sitting in the Oval Office.

    On the other hand, this election could be the breaking point for the Democrats in another manner.

    If you think they are behaving badly now. Just wait til they lose this election. Over at Democratic Underground, they’re already talking of ‘revolution’.

    My thought is that it would be remarkably stupid of them, as most of the professional trained fighters in this country are Republican, at heart. Not to mention that the Republicans probably outnumber them in terms of NRA memberships.

    Regards,

    Chuck(le)

  5. Chuck Pelto Says:

    TO: SpinWatch
    RE: Projection, Anyone?

    “According to Sully: Zell Miller is a racist Dixicrat.

    According to Atrios,” — SpinWatch

    ‘Nuff said….

    Regards,

    Chuck(le)
    [Hell hath no fury as a girlie-man scorned.]

    P.S. Anyone got what Kos is calling him? Yesterday he was calling for more brown-shirts at the RNC’s party. Now is that a fascist for you or what?

  6. J_Crater Says:

    Does anyone know what drugs they are doing at the New York Times ?
    I want to put them on my list of allergic reaction drugs.

  7. Rob Says:

    I predict that Miller’s speech will be one of those “remember when” moments years from now, after Bush has been re-elected and Kerry fades into obscurity (as a politician on the national stage, anyway).

    And Will, you are right- the Georgia Democrats’ indignation is indicative of their overall cluelessness. They apparently have no idea that most of their supporters, and certainly 99% of undecideds, agree with Miller’s intent and content, if not the delivery.

  8. Ken Cassell Says:

    Rich Lowry speaking on Fox News with Greta Van Susteren proclaimed Zell’s speech ranked 0 out of five. Unbelievable coming from the editor of National Review. He received wholehearted kudos from Susan Estrich.

  9. Steve in Houston Says:

    Amen on the Texas tetrad. Each and every one of them seems to be stuck in Austin circa 1969.

    Actually, that wouldn’t be a bad time/place to be stuck in, now that I think about it… cheap beer, cheap housing, cheap coeds, and a football team that performed in the clutch against OU, Arkansas AND Texas A&M.

    So. What was my point again?

  10. Chuck Pelto Says:

    TO: Will Collier
    RE: The Future…Additional Thoughts

    What DOES cause me concern is that failing to win the election, some of them might be vicious enough to start actively aiding and abetting the Islamicists. Something like the way the Weatherman and SDS were doing in the late 60s/early 70s, crossed with Tom Clancy’s Teeth of the Tiger.

    Regards,

    Chuck(le)

  11. jay Says:

    The most important aspect of Zell Miller’s speech is exactly what Will Collier pointed out. The last white, male Democrats are about to be culled down to shrill, discredited voices in a wilderness of their own creation.

    The GOP probably intended Miller’s speech as a way to nail down the Reagan Democrats, and in a way it did–it finally turned them into Reagan Republicans. But the much larger impact is what it signalled to the Democrats: you are a dying party. All the slurs and slings from an equally discredited and rapidly dying MSM won’t keep the plug from being pulled, either, unless the Dems get a grip on reality. Unless there is a living will somewhere, get ready to attend a party funeral in the next two to three election cycles.

  12. Mike M Says:

    Sellye is half right…Miller’s assault on the Democrats looks to be part of a nicely crafted modulation of the message of the Republican Convention.

    Night 1, feel good and family values with Arnold, Laura and the twins, and the elder Bushs looking on from the stands. Night 2, red meat. Miller lacerates the Democrats followed by the methodical Cheney laying out the case. Night 3, synthesis. Bush comes out with a positive message (hopefully) that offers a clear alternative to the Democrats.

    Any good showman knows that you can’t ride an emotional peak forever. You have to modulate the tone and intensity, letting the audience build, anticipate, and release their feelings in due course.

    The Democrat’s convention came off as flat because they’ve been riding the wave of Bush hatred for 4 years. They had nothing new to say and no new ways to say it. There’s a reason that the finale of the 1812 Overture is only about a minute long when the whole piece is more than fifteen.

    Not only did Miller tap into this wave of emotion, it was even more masterful since the most intense attacks on the Democrats came from a Democrat! Pundits like Sellye may be trying to claim victory, but they betray a dire panic beginning to overcome the left. They just lost the entire South overnight, and the backlash that they’re searching for just isn’t there. The media damage control didn’t even work after Miller dismembered an out of his league Chris Mattews on his own show.

    Let the panic begin.

  13. Brian B Says:

    To Chuck P

    Re:”revolutionary” talk

    I seriously doubt the left, in particular the loons at places like DU, have the resources, intelligence, or balls to foment a real armed rebellion against the government. They may be able to pull Weather-style antics, but Whiskey Rebellion/Civil War level stuff? I’m dubious.

    Having said that, if the day comes when I’m proven wrong, I think you’ve nailed it that they will be unpleasantly suprised at how well armed and trained their opposition will be.

  14. sligobob Says:

    I am the same angry Democrat that is Zell Miller, and so he served a useful role last night. No one talks about the Gore 2000 voters who are ready to vote for Bush this go around. There are quite a few of us. Miller expressed the real anger that a lot of centrist democrats have with their party and with its “leaders” like Kerry and McAuliffe and Kennedy, and with the up and coming wing led by Dean, all of whom have put either themselves or their party above the interests of the country in a time of war for short term gain.

    Miller brought a lot of regionalism to his brand of oratory, and I suppose could be accused of not being sensitive enough to all the girlie men flacking for Kerry for the last 31 days. Miller’s rhetoric was a concise summation of how disgusted a lot of Dems are with their party and its choice of Kerry. Some are still in the closet, still afraid to put that Bush lawn sign out for fear their neighbors will shun them. They’ll stay quiet until they walk into the booth in ovember. Miller stood up for us last night and vented his spleen and delivered a pep talk to us to stay on the Republican side of the fence for the next 60 or so days and he delivered an ultimatum to the Democrat party: purge yourself of your extreme leftist elements or lose moderates. And Republicans may see a large pool of moderates for the taking and that will have a significant effect on who they put forward in 2008 moving them a few cliks away from their own loud but extreme elements. Anyway, I think any 9/11 Democrats watching last night felt good that a seasoned Democrat vented his spleen and told it like it is.

    One last point: it is quite amusing to hear Democrats accuse Zell of being angry and hateful, when, just outside the Garden, by all reports, one who does not smell, isn’t wearing retro camo, a yellow wrist band, and drinking bottled Dasani can’t proceed five feet without being spat at, called a Nazi or told to fuck off. I just don’t remember seeing that on display by the so-called facist Republican brownshirts in Boston.

  15. Amelia Says:

    I too am in metro Atlanta. When I walked into my office this morning all the secretaries were praising Zell’s speech wholesale. He could have any seat for life. He was angry, but it was beautiful anger.

  16. Sister Toldjah Says:

    Post-Zell speech liberal media watch

    Will Collier comments on the laughable NYTimes piece written by Kathleen Sellye about the fiery Senator’s speech at the RNC and tacks on, for good measure, his birdseye view from Georgia of the local reaction to Zell Miller’s sound and fu…

  17. Bob Says:

    I think the correct view is that is was a niche speech. It was aimed at shoring up some Bush weakness in parts of the South (ie Virginia, North Carolina and Louisiana-at least according to polss), and appealing to veterans and “Reagan Democrats” in places like PA, Ohio and West Virgina. Swing voters got Arnold the night before.

  18. Amelia Says:

    Bob’s right. My first thought was that Bush probably has West Virginia locked up now despite that state’s toss up status.

  19. Chuck Pelto Says:

    TO: Brian B
    RE: Yeah….

    “I seriously doubt the left, in particular the loons at places like DU, have the resources, intelligence, or balls to foment a real armed rebellion against the government…” — Brian B

    …but one needs neither resources nor brains nor gonads to be totally stupid and act out accordingly.

    Case in point….

    ….look at the anarchists who continually show up to do stupid things at any G7-8/IMF summit.

    All one needs is ’emotion’.

    Regards,

    Chuck(le)
    [Feeeeeeeliiiinnnnnngs…… Nothing more than feeeeeeeeeliiiiiiinnnnnngs…..]

  20. Chuck Pelto Says:

    TO: sligobob
    RE: Angry Democrats

    “I am the same angry Democrat that is Zell Miller, and so he served a useful role last night.” — sligobob

    I was the same as you, back in ’80.

    Regards,

    Chuck(le)
    [A party of riders comes upon a collection of corpses, during the Black Death. One of the corpses rises up and says to the riders, “As you are I was. As I am, you shall be.”]

    P.S. There is ‘life’ after ‘death’, if you chose wisely.

  21. Chuck Pelto Says:

    TO: Amelia
    RE: Sounds Almost….

    “He was angry, but it was beautiful anger.” — Amelia

    …Christ-like; “Woe to you Pharisees and scribes. Hypocrites!”

    Regards,

    Chuck(le)
    [Comfort is found in rum and true religion. — Lord Byron}

    P.S. [Stephen] There are, apparently, other spiritous liqours besides vodka.

  22. Chuck Pelto Says:

    TO: Bob
    RE: Nichtze-ly Speaking

    “I think the correct view is that is was a niche speech.” — Bob

    Au contraire, mon frere.

    Zell hit the proverbial nail on its proverbial head with a hammer capable of shooting the moon as a bell in a proverbial carnival side booth.

    We are witnessing a turning point in history….

    Enjoy,

    Chuck(le)

  23. denise Says:

    “Swing voters got Arnold the night before.”

    There are the usual swing voters, centrists by nature who can go one way or another in a given elction. Agree that Arnold was for them.

    However, there is a different group: traditional Democrats for whom the last couple election cycles have meant either hold your nose and vote Dem, or stay home (or write in a protest candidate like I did in 2000, which has the same political impact of staying home). Zell’s speech was at least in part for people like me, to say there is a third choice, and in the post-911 world it is the right choice — to vote Republican.

    Hell, I may just do that, for the first time in my life.

  24. Brian B Says:

    To Chuck P

    “…but one needs neither resources nor brains nor gonads to be totally stupid and act out accordingly.

    Case in point….

    ….look at the anarchists who continually show up to do stupid things at any G7-8/IMF summit.

    All one needs is ’emotion’.”

    Agreed. Which Is why I said,

    “They may be able to pull Weather-style antics, but Whiskey Rebellion/Civil War level stuff? I’m dubious.”

    At this stage in the game, I’d prefer not to engage in panic, as I believe law enforcement is perfectly capable of dealing with these idgits. And I don’t expect them to be capable of challenging that capability.

  25. Chuck Pelto Says:

    TO: Brian B
    RE: Maybe…

    “At this stage in the game, I’d prefer not to engage in panic, as I believe law enforcement is perfectly capable of dealing with these idgits.” — Brian B

    …I’m not expressing myself properly.

    I’m not in a state of panic. Rather, I’m cleaning my collection of various odds and ends and re-zeroing the scopes.

    In the words of the Commander-in-Chief, “Bring it on!”

    Regards,

    Chuck(le)
    [The gene pool could use a little ‘chlorine’.]

  26. Chuck Pelto Says:

    P.S. But as I stated earlier, the real problem would be those who allied themselves with the Islamicists and provided covert support, like the bozos providing security at the RNC party meeting who gave their security vests and IDs to the disrupters.

  27. Brian B Says:

    I got ya, Chuck, and I think we’re in agreement.

    I’m still half-expecting some sort of disruption of services at the convention hall during Bush’s speech, courtesy of Union members.

  28. dogbreath Says:

    Zell was an ugly, scary, mean and angry man last night. He may have done a good job of taping into the bitterness and hard core Kerry hatered of wing nut extremists, but he did GWB no favors with swing voters. Bush will praise Kerry tonight to make up for it, Zell was so toxic.

  29. rosignol Says:

    Dunno, dogbreath, sounds to me like Zell got a lot of people off the fence last night.

  30. kelly Says:

    Couldn’t disagree more, dog. Zell provided a valuable release valve for untold numbers of people across the country, IMO.

    Personally, I’ve had it up to here with Kerry’s bravado BS over his conduct 33 years ago and the press covering his ass by refusing to ask him any questions about his 19 years in the Senate.

    It’s refreshing to hear Kerry’s pathetic voting record called out.

  31. jay Says:

    Kelly nailed it, but I would give even more credit to SBVT. After about a year of unrelenting trashing of this president, the great unwashed were ready to strike back.

    Unfortunately for Kerry, it happened very close to the election. Unfortunately for his contributors, it happened on the cheap, too.

  32. Blind Hen Says:

    “Ten years ago, Democrats ran the whole show down here. After the next couple of elections, they may not hold a single statewide office, or either branch of the legislature.”

    This is exactly what happened here in Texas. This used to be as solidly a dem state as anywhere. Now, EVERY statewide office (from governor to comptroller to every judge on the state supreme court and court of criminal appeals) is held by a republican.

  33. Chuck Pelto Says:

    TO: Blind Hen
    RE: That Could Be Expected….

    “This is exactly what happened here in Texas. This used to be as solidly a dem state as anywhere.” — Blind Hen

    ….after Ann “Wildfire” Richards aided and abetted Janet Reno & Company in the massacre of 84 men, women and children.

    Regards,

    Chuck(le)

  34. Infidel Says:

    Chuck(le) said: “What DOES cause me concern is that failing to win the election, some of them might be vicious enough to start actively aiding and abetting the Islamicists. ”

    Cripes…they’ve been doing that the past year and a half. Why should they stop now?

  35. Chuck Pelto Says:

    TO: Infidel
    RE: Yeah….But….

    “Cripes…they’ve been doing that the past year and a half. Why should they stop now?” — Infidel

    …now they seem to be getting more pro-active in their support.

    See Drudge?

    http://www.wowktv.com/news/index.cfm?newsItemID=1320

    There’s a report that someone shot at the GOP HQ in West Virginia. Can’t get in to see the details yet, too much traffic.

    Meanwhile, over at DU, they’re talking about revolution.

    Regards,

    Chuck(le)

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