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September 02, 2004

If it Looks Like a Duck

I was not familiar with Zell Miller before last night, but I damn sure won't forget him anytime soon. While listening to him rail against Kerry and sing the praises of Bush, several thoughts raced through my mind. The first thought was, "This guy must be the only one who hasn't realized that he is a Republican." I'm sure the Bush camp was excited to have a Democrat on the platform who was willing to slam against the Democrat's candidate, but his method of delivering that speech was less than stellar in my opinion, although I realize my political lens is a bit skewd in the other direction. Still, I thought the message might have been more effective if he didn't come across so angry or up on a soapbox. I understand that he was preaching to the choir in Madison Square Garden, but if they plan on swaying swing-voters to their side, I thought a more under control delivery could have been more effective.

In addition, the thought occured to me that the Republicans probably wished he was from New Jersey, or some other state where the southern accent would not be so thick. While I do not question the man's intelligence, I do understand that a thick southern accent does not tend to make a person sound like a brain surgeon. I realize that Edwards has an equally thick accent, but this man came across differently to me. Perhaps it was his pronunciation of the word "terror" that did it for me. It sounded as if he was referring to Gone With the Wind when he would talk about winning the war against "Tara." Perhaps that explains my reaction to his speech being, "Frankly, Sen. Miller, I don't give a damn."

Posted by Woundwort at September 2, 2004 08:00 AM | TrackBack
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If John Kerry looks like an idiot, acts like an idiot, talks like an idiot, changes his position like an idiot, wants to give control of US National security to the UN like an idiot, wants to have a more 'sensitive' war on terror like an idiot, wants to appease France/Germany/Russia so they'll like the US again like an idiot, wants to use his 4.5 months of service in Nam as a reason to vote for him but doesn't want to talk about the accusations he made against his fellow soldiers when he returned like an idiot, doesn't want to focus on his 20+ year record in the Senate like an idiot, wants to allow Bush bashing, multi-million dollar funded 527's to say anything they want but cries foul at a small group of fellow vets that run ads against him like an idiot, he must be an idiot...

Zell was just calling it like he saw it, regardless of his party affiliation.

...and you SHOULD give a damn. Kerry is dangerous...and an idiot.

Posted by: BCB at September 2, 2004 09:29 AM

But I don't care about what Miller had to say, and I'm not sure why everyone wants to rail on Kerry because he protested the war when he came back. He fought and came back to say that he had seen atrocities over there that SHOULD NOT have taken place. For me someone who served has a lot more reason to protest than someone who didn't, so no, that isn't an issue for me. And whether or not you like Kerry doesn't matter to me either, it doesn't effect my opinion of Miller or how his speech came across. He could have been more effective telling his speech without overdramatizing it with his doomsday mood, similar to the one you gave in your post above.

For me, Arnold's speech was much more effective. He didn't yell or get overly dramatic, and I believe he would be more likely to have swayed voters than Miller would ever be.

Posted by: Woundwort at September 2, 2004 09:46 AM

You're not originally from the South, are you? Are you honestly going to stand there and tell me that some Yank with a cab driver accent would have sounded more authoritative than Miller did last night? Please.

Posted by: Kevin at September 2, 2004 11:11 AM

Yes, I am originally from the South, and my point is that sounding like a hick from Gawgia may play well in the Southern states, but not necessarily in other regions of the country, and the southern states are not much of a concern for Bush. Trust me, Miller had a good response in Mississippi last night, but again, that is preaching to the choir.

Posted by: Woundwort at September 2, 2004 11:19 AM

Woundwort, like all of here save Hrairoo, is an NC boy born and bred. I think his original thought was that the Repubs would have been more appealing nationally had the speech come from someone other than one of us.

My take, above is that the speech was aimed directly at the South, and nowhere else--so Miller was a perfect choice.

Posted by: Bigwig at September 2, 2004 11:22 AM

> He fought and came back to say that he had seen atrocities over there that SHOULD NOT have taken place.

When is it relevant whether Kerry was telling the truth?

BTW - Did Kerry actually say that he saw atrocities or did he just say that said atrocities were commonplace? (He is reported as having said that the Swiftees didn't do anything wrong, that he was talking about what other US troops did.)

Posted by: Andy Freeman at September 2, 2004 01:49 PM

Andy F, Kerry's on the record as personally committing war crimes. He said so himself....

Posted by: cincysux at September 2, 2004 02:57 PM
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