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Senator Zell Miller (D) endorses Bush for 2004

Is Sen. Miller from Georgia a rose by another name or a horse of a different color? An article in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution provides excerpts from a prepared statement issued by Sen. Miller on Wednesday.

In his statement, Miller stressed, as he has before, that he has no plans to become a Republican. But he said he cannot support any of the nine candidates vying for the Democratic nomination.

“The next five years will determine the direction of the world that my grandchildren and great-grandchildren will live in,” he said. “I do not want to trust that crucial decision to the current Democratic field. So, I plan to vote for George Bush and will help him any way I can. This does not mean I am going to become a Republican. It simply means that in the year 2004, this Democrat will vote for George Bush.”

To many, if not most, in the Democratic Party, Sen. Zell Miller's announcement will appear to make him a Republican by another name. But, to those conservative Democrats sometimes formerly referred to as Dixiecrats, Sen. Zell Miller represents their conservative wing of the Democratic Party thus making Sen. Miller a Democrat of a different color from that of centrists and leftists in the party. While Democrats can debate the party traitor vs. party conservative labels, Sen. Miller's announcement underscores the diversity of the Democratic Party which has always been a core strength of the Party. However, the primary purpose of political parties is to promote and extend the core values of the Party's constituency. Sen. Miller has voted with Republicans on a wide range of issues. If Schwarzeneggar remains true to his liberal bent on social issues, he will appear to be Miller's counterpart in the Republican Party.

Which raises the question of whether political parties of the future will have any relevance at all? Should the subdivision of political parties into left, center, and right widen, political parties will begin to look like a tie-dyed shirt where bleeding of affiliation across party lines makes the parties indistinguishable where the Left of the Republican Party reflects the Right of the Democratic Party, and vice versa. Voter apathy, the rise of the Independent voters, and the plethora of third parties all appear to be signs that the basic two party political system is failing to represent an increasing number of American voters.

Posted by David R. Remer at October 30, 2003 06:39 PM
Comments
Comment #3704

Thank you Senator Zell Miller for having your eyes open. I am proud, as a Republican to welcome you to the life of The Party.My brother, living in Charlotte, N.C. is also registerd as a Democrat. Thank God his eyes have been opened also. Being raised in the south with nine brothers and sisters when Democrats were the same as Republicans today.Today,Democrats have lost all sense of justice and morals. My dad would be proud of you and the way you stand up for what you believe in. Thank you Senator Miller.

Posted by: Marcella Young at November 6, 2003 02:52 AM
Comment #3766

sen..miller, you sir: have SOLD your soul to the republicans.!! how can you say your a democrate? under BUSH this country has become a police state,,the top dogs are steeling OUR MONEY by the truck load. if you dont SEE this your BLIND!! IF YOU WANT TO SLEEP WITH BUSH, GIVE UP YOUR DEMOCRATIC JOB..THEIR ARE PEOPLE WHO CAN DO IT BETTER,, WITH TRUST!!!


I”m ASHAMED OF you!!

Posted by: arthur swearingen at November 10, 2003 07:04 PM
Comment #3769

THANK GOD FOR A LIBERAL WITH AN ACTUAL CONSCIENCE!!!!!!! Zell Miller-a proud Republican thanks you!

Posted by: Jeff at November 10, 2003 07:39 PM
Comment #3949

miller is a great man indeed. All these democrats are the reason for 9th eleven attack on us cos they made our defences weak. Miller you are my mine

Posted by: kojo at November 18, 2003 03:56 PM
Comment #4343

A question for you Senator Miller, “Why hasn’t there been any new information about the investigation into the Bush Administration’s outing of Ambassador Wilson’s CIA agent wife?”

Is this the administration you would support - one that would commit a felony and then cover it up? Shame on you. You legislators should be demanding that the person who leaked that information be identified and prosecuted.

Posted by: Arthur Hanson at December 12, 2003 07:30 AM
Comment #10352

ON THIS THE 24TH DAY OF MARCH, 2004AD, I HEREBY NOMINATE AND ENDORCE PATRICK BUCHANAN FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND ZELL MILLER FOR VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. GOD SAVE THE USA!!!!

Posted by: gene at March 24, 2004 12:29 PM
Comment #10435

Senator Miller- as a lifelong Republican and a veteran, I wanted to inform you and the suck-up Democrats that follow your lead that I am forming a new group- REPUBLICANS FOR KERRY. Yep, you heard it here first folks. I am a Republican but Dubya has got to go. No self respecting vet would vote for that lilly livered draft dodger. Kerry served honorably and he has the battle scars to prove it. I supported Senator McCain when he ran as I saw him as an honorable man but when the GOP took its “win no matter what the cost” and nominated Bush, I knew we were in trouble. Kerry in 2004!!!

Posted by: Bernard at March 25, 2004 03:39 PM
Comment #10519

I have just finished reading your book “A National Party No More”, and want to tell you as a former Democrat for 38 years you have hit the nail squarely on the head.
This fellow Kerry is pathetic and not only flip=flops but tells many untruths. Actually the Demos. had better people to run for president.
I too will vote for Mr. Bush (AGAIN) as I also have grand children and fear for their future.
Again, your book was most revealing and I wish you success in “enlightening” the Democrats if it is possible.

Posted by: James Lord at March 27, 2004 11:45 AM
Comment #13084

Sen. Zell, I am so proud of you for telling the truth. Many Democrats that I know are doing the same thing as the Democrat party has gone totally “liberal” and the things in our lives that we have always respected are going down the drain. You have had the courage and backbone to defy them and choose a man of conscious. I’ll be honest, in the next election in 2008, you should be a Presidentail candidate…both Republicans and Democrats who were of the “old party” would vote for you.

Posted by: Glenda at April 26, 2004 01:15 PM
Comment #14805

SEN. MILLER, YOU ARE A GREAT MAN. ANY ONE WHO STANDS UP TO OUR COUNTRY HATERS, I APPLAUD YOU FOR YOUR HONESTY. I WAS BEGINING TO THINK THEIR WERE NO HONEST PEOPLE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. YOU HAVE RESTORED MY FAITH IN HUMAN NATURE.

Posted by: SAL RANDAZZO at May 20, 2004 12:48 PM
Comment #16152

zell miller, you are a republican. why do you not go on record as being one? are you ashamed to be a republican? you vote like one, you act like one, if it quacks it must be a duck. be a man, do the right thing and change your affiliation. take responsibility for your actions.

Posted by: hugo at June 9, 2004 09:27 AM