Thursday, September 02, 2004

Senator Zell Miller is a tit

Here he is. Now I'll confess to never having registered this guy's name before, not being one to follow American politics to the depth where I am aware of too many senators or representatives' individual takes on policy. I've discovered this morning, since hearing him on the Today Programme, that I was loosely aware of him as the guy who called rap music "crap" on the floor of the senate (I have a tendency to agree). I imagine that most Americans would be more familiar with him.

The guy is a Democratic senator from Georgia, a former US Marine and arch conservative who has repeatedly rejected offers from the Republicans to switch allegiance. After his performance last night, I bet they're glad he never did - after all, it's far more powerful to have a sitting Democrat senator slag off the Democrats' Presidential nominee at the Republican Party Convention than to have a former Democrat.

So basically the Republicans managed to get a Democrat to slag off John Kerry live on national television to a rabid congregation of pre-converted lunatics who actually bood when Miller stated the surely laudable aim that "Senator Kerry has made it clear that he would use military force only if approved by the United Nations", and again when Miller made the - frankly bizarre and nonsensical - claim that "Kerry would let Paris decide when America needs defending."

I'm trying to work out what Miller thinks he's going to gain by doing this. He's surely going to piss off the registered Democrats who voted him to office, as well as the rest of his party. So perhaps he's finally going to switch to the party he evidently should be a member of, and try to gain swift promotion from a grateful post-election-victory George W?

Either way, the guy's a tit.

Find out more about Miller here and here - it never ceases to amaze me how good Wikipedia is getting these days...

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