Like most of the Republicans, I loved the fire and emotion of Zell Miller's speech last night. And I thought that the response of the Kerry supporters afterwards was particularly amusing. Chris Matthews tried to pin down Miller on his line about Kerry giving our military only spitballs as weapons.
MATTHEWS: OK. Do you believe now—do you believe, Senator, truthfully, that John Kerry wants to defend the country with spitballs? Do you believe that?
MILLER: That was a metaphor, wasn‘t it? Do you know what a metaphor is?
MATTHEWS: Well, what do you mean by a metaphor?
Matthews doesn't address the big issues in Zell's speech. Only whether Zell really meant that Kerry will send out our military with spitballs.
Please, Chris. Don't embarrass yourself!
Democrats question why Miller doesn't simply declare himself a Republican. In their minds, Miller has excommunicated himself from the Democratic party.
Zell Miller makes the point, however, that his principles and beliefs haven't altered. Those of his party have.
Perhaps Wretchard at The Belmont Club highlights the morphing of liberals into some new form best with this sad statement about the current hostage taking of children in Russia and reporters in France:
The most diabolical aspect of the terrorist's cruelty is that they have placed the symbolic dagger of execution into the hands of the French themselves. The French open their schoolday with the the subconcious understanding that upholding the headscarf ban may end the lives of two men. This tranferrence of guilt is terrorism's greatest lie: that the ultimate responsibility for a hostage's death lies in the failure of his loved ones to capitulate fully to their monstrous demands. It is a lie which the Left never tires of repeating but it is false all the same. Albert Camus once wryly wrote in the Rebel that "on the day when crime dons the apparel of innocence -- through a curious transposition peculiar to our times -- it is innocence that is called upon to justify itself." He was referring to Stalin, but alas, both for the world and for France, the evil the Left worshipped never died.
Zell's fury last night is shared by many Americans. Americans were not to blame for 9/11. Americans extending freedom to other nations is to be admired, not condemned.
That which liberals used to embrace - freedom for all - has fallen.
Zell didn't leave the Democrats. They have left him.