Thank you for one of the most thoughtful posts I’ve read on FR in a long time.
Another Texan by way of GA (wish Zell Miller would have followed suit) Phil Gramm, was a democrat who joined the Republican Party.
Smart people don’t turn good people away or insult them for their past associations (we’re not talking Chicago here folks).
One of the very few Dems I strongly admired was a Texas representative from North of Dallas, Congressman Ralph Hall of Rockwall, TX. He had a 100% conservative rating, the most conservative one in the House, for years and years. Eventually he changed to a Republican. To this day he represents that district, and he’s way into his eighties.
Zell Miller simply told people he was too old to change his party. He wanted nothing but to retire and hold onto the past represented by his parents and grandparents and great grandparents. So he left the political arena. But had he remained in it, he knew that he couldn’t stay a Democrat in today’s Democrat party.
Zell is an American Patriot.