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A rare word from Zell Miller: ‘I had a late life conversion’
The Political Insider ^ | 7-22-12 | Jim Galloway

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.

Miller’s appearance on Friday was a rare return to a world he once commanded. He’d 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.”

Miller’s abrupt disappearance from the scene has been one of the greatest vanishing acts in Georgia

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.ajc.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: bush; democrat; elderly; epiphany; realignment; republican; southerndems; zellmiller
This article is full of surprises and well worth reading in it's entirety. And the Matthews/Miller video link is also there, for those who wish to refresh their memories.

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

1 posted on 07/22/2012 1:08:03 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I love Miller. No qualms about telling you exactly what he thinks of you. Hope he doesn’t change too much.


2 posted on 07/22/2012 1:17:43 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I’ll never forget this classic line from his 2004 RNC convention speech:

“U.S. forces armed with what? Spit balls?”


3 posted on 07/22/2012 1:19:27 PM PDT by davandbar
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To: davandbar

Yes. Be sure to go to the link and watch the Chris Matthews interview. Miller was Priceless.


4 posted on 07/22/2012 1:21:46 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The man LOVED his country. He NEVER had a chance with the Democrats.


5 posted on 07/22/2012 1:27:54 PM PDT by BobL
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To: fatnotlazy

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.


6 posted on 07/22/2012 1:29:34 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Zell Miller is a good man. I wish there were more like him in politics today.


7 posted on 07/22/2012 1:34:39 PM PDT by ContraryMary (Obama = Carter redux)
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To: fatnotlazy

Read the comments at the linked article.


8 posted on 07/22/2012 1:37:32 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: BobL

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...


9 posted on 07/22/2012 1:38:49 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“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).


10 posted on 07/22/2012 1:43:48 PM PDT by BobL
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

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.”


11 posted on 07/22/2012 1:54:30 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Give ‘em Hell, Zell!


12 posted on 07/22/2012 1:56:16 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty ("Get that evil, foreign, muslim, usurping bastard out of MY White House!" FUBO GTFO!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Rarely would I make an exception and watch ANYTHING with Chris Matthews...glad I made one this time—it was definitely worth it!


13 posted on 07/22/2012 1:57:36 PM PDT by davandbar
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To: lonevoice

ping


14 posted on 07/22/2012 2:07:37 PM PDT by Pride in the USA
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

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


15 posted on 07/22/2012 2:15:49 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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.


16 posted on 07/22/2012 2:38:14 PM PDT by arderkrag (ABOs are Romneybot trolls. LOOKING FOR ROLEPLAYERS. Check Profile.)
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To: fatnotlazy

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.


17 posted on 07/22/2012 2:53:50 PM PDT by cricket (http://voteron2012.com/)
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters

Thanks for the ping. I love Zell Miller. His voice has been dearly missed on the political scene.


18 posted on 07/22/2012 2:55:17 PM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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...


19 posted on 07/22/2012 2:58:11 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
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,”

My legs are 134 years old. That is, 67 years apiece.

20 posted on 07/22/2012 3:18:58 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Free people, when presented only with evil choices, create other choices.(EternalVigilance))
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I wish someone could get Miller to run for Prez this time on an Independent ticket, running against two liberals, he might just win.


21 posted on 07/22/2012 3:23:32 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Free people, when presented only with evil choices, create other choices.(EternalVigilance))
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The 2004 Keynote speech is one of the greatest I have ever heard- (15 min)

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/convention2004/zellmiller2004rnc.htm


22 posted on 07/22/2012 3:28:03 PM PDT by matthew fuller (Election 2012- Epic Fail candidate vs Epic Fail President!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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.


23 posted on 07/22/2012 4:10:57 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Because to Carter, being a good Democrat is all that matters.


24 posted on 07/22/2012 4:55:35 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: afraidfortherepublic
There used to be decent, God-fearing, country loving Democrats in this nation. Once Upon A Time...

I used to vote for one for congress, back in the 60's and 70's.

25 posted on 07/22/2012 5:04:16 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: davandbar

I’ll never forget that speech. Too bad more Dems don’t see the light.


26 posted on 07/22/2012 6:29:58 PM PDT by Qwackertoo (Gingrich/West 2012)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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!


27 posted on 07/22/2012 6:32:34 PM PDT by MomofMarine
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28 posted on 07/22/2012 6:39:28 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: ReformationFan
Depends on the definition of "good Democrat", like said above. Today you're only "good" if you're "evolved" on abortion, gay marriage, weak US defense, kooky environmentalism, affirmative action, etc. Time was you could find a lot of conservative dems. Now they're as rare as hen's teeth.

Heck Jimmah in 1976 was pretty conservative at least socially. But he's "evolved" into an anti-American modern liberal nutball.

29 posted on 07/22/2012 6:54:58 PM PDT by boop (I hate hippies and dopeheads. Just hate them. ...Ernest Borgnine)
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