Skip to comments.A rare word from Zell Miller: ‘I had a late life conversion’
Posted on 07/22/2012 1:07:50 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
Buford, Ga. There was no mistaking the man who walked through the glass doors of the hotel complex on the shores of Lake Lanier.
The trademark shock of white hair remains neatly groomed. The hawk-like nose still juts out over a tight jaw. The eyes are clear and bright. But the stride is gone. Zell Miller walks gingerly now, always with a cane.
The former governor and U.S. senator describes himself as an 80-year-old man with 100-year-old legs. I very, very seldom go anywhere, Miller said in an interview.
Millers appearance on Friday was a rare return to a world he once commanded. Hed come down from the hills of Young Harris as the featured attraction at a fundraiser for state Rep. Doug Collins of Gainesville, now a Republican candidate in the 9th District congressional race.
Miller's grandson, Bryan Miller, is Collins campaign manager. Of course, he brought his grandfather with him, but I would have been there anyway, the former governor said. My grandmother was a Collins out of Union County. And I was impressed by what a good legislator [Doug Collins] made. I felt I had a mountain relationship with him.
Millers abrupt disappearance from the scene has been one of the greatest vanishing acts in Georgia
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Former governor and U.S. senator Zell Miller autographs copies of his 2005 book "A Deficit of Decency" at a Buford fundraiser for 9th District congressional candidate Doug Collins on Friday/SPECIAL
I love Miller. No qualms about telling you exactly what he thinks of you. Hope he doesn’t change too much.
I’ll never forget this classic line from his 2004 RNC convention speech:
“U.S. forces armed with what? Spit balls?”
Yes. Be sure to go to the link and watch the Chris Matthews interview. Miller was Priceless.
The man LOVED his country. He NEVER had a chance with the Democrats.
His fellow Georgia Democrat, Jimmy Carter, said that Zell was disloyal. Zell had the audacity to speak to the GOP convention, which to Jimmy overrides anything else, apparently.
This particular issue with Jimmy Carter highlights what happens a lot in politics. Rather than talk about what Zell Miller stands for, or the issues he speaks of, people like Jimmy Carter refuse to discuss that. Instead, they indict him for not being a good Democrat.
Zell Miller is a good man. I wish there were more like him in politics today.
Read the comments at the linked article.
Democrats elected him Governor and to the US Senate. There used to be decent, God-fearing, country loving Democrats in this nation. Once Upon A Time...
“Democrats elected him Governor and to the US Senate. There used to be decent, God-fearing, country loving Democrats in this nation. Once Upon A Time...”
Sorry, but it ended. It took a long time for most Southern voters to realize the political sea change, but they have now. Prior to the past 20 year, a Republican was looked at as a an extremist (aka, Klan), while (the proper) Democrats were looked at as carriers of conservative values. But all that changed, and now to be a Democrat means that you answer to Pelosi, as Bart Stupak found out (look him up).
The comments at the linked article are astonishing! I asked my husband, “Where does this stuff come from?” (particularly the one about Bush and 9/11) and his answer: “Lunatics who can type.”
Give ‘em Hell, Zell!
Rarely would I make an exception and watch ANYTHING with Chris Matthews...glad I made one this time—it was definitely worth it!
I did. Looks like most don’t have the respect for Miller that I have.
Miller came from a time when Democrats were patriots. Had he not left the Senate when he did, he would not have survived.
He wasn’t perfect, but he did have the courage to stabs up for what GE believed and to hell with the party line
Zell Miller was an excellent governor, despite his party affiliation. He’s fondly remembered here in GA as representing our interests and defending our rights. The Peach State remembers - old times here are not forgotten.
The only changes he has made; are his ‘right’ turns. As Governor; he lived ‘down the street’. . .Wished him well, then; wish him the best now.
Thanks for the ping. I love Zell Miller. His voice has been dearly missed on the political scene.
If Miller is still a democrat he’s still stupid..
I’m not saying he should be a republican either..
He should be an Independent...
My legs are 134 years old. That is, 67 years apiece.
I wish someone could get Miller to run for Prez this time on an Independent ticket, running against two liberals, he might just win.
The 2004 Keynote speech is one of the greatest I have ever heard- (15 min)
I only voted Democrat once in my long life. That was when I proudly voted for Zell Miller for Governor of GA. He was a great governor.
Because to Carter, being a good Democrat is all that matters.
I used to vote for one for congress, back in the 60's and 70's.
I’ll never forget that speech. Too bad more Dems don’t see the light.
I love Zell Miller and wondered just the other day what had happened to him. I just wish he had changed his party affiliation when he had his epiphany back during the Bush presidency. He’s one of only a handful of Dems I can respect at all!
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Heck Jimmah in 1976 was pretty conservative at least socially. But he's "evolved" into an anti-American modern liberal nutball.