That is what Jon Stewart called the speech from Zell Miller.
I must say that although (as Tom Oliphant of the Boston Globe said) I am not a political virgin, I think Miller was so over the line. It is fine for Dick Cheney to attack John Kerry because that is his job as VP- to allow the President to walk above the mud. In fact, other than his misquote of Kerry (Edwards said "2 Americas" not Kerry, who actually slammed Edwards on the primary trail for the language) he did exactly what most VPs have done throughout the conventions I have watched.
However, Miller, who is retiring this year (obvious if you think about it- there is no way he would act like that if he was returning to the Hill) needs to be put into an Old Cranks Home. Someone should also give him his medication more regularly.
As John McCain said last night, "you would think Kerry shot his dog." In the Tampa Tribune one columnist called him Shakespeare meets Deliverance/ Old Yeller (the rabid old dog that was "put to sleep")/ Gomer Pyle meets Full Metal Jacket/ Elmer Gantry on Speed and Foghorn Leghorn meets "The Passion of the Christ." In fact, this columnist said it was a "paranoid sermon just before they start handing out the Kool-Aid."
All of this 12 years after praising Clinton in the nomination speech. He called Democrats unpatriotic for running a candidate against Bush in a time of war and pointing outBush's flaws. He goes on Hardball and threatens Chris Matthews, challenging him to a duel. He says he is surprised (on CNN) that he came across angry. Is this man delusional or showing early signs of senility?
I would love to hear from my Republican friends (again I am registered Independent and have no loyalties to any party- I like John McCain, Joe Biden, Jeb Bush, Al Sharpton, Rudy G and Wesley Clark, just to name a few) about this speech. I have to say that I do not understand how Christians can affirm what went on Wednesday night. Just like I do not know how we can unconditionally support and never speak ill of Cheney and his use of the English language (unless we are scared of being drawn into his lair).
I feel Miller appealed to people's basest instincts... fear, misdirected anger (how can Republicans be so angry at the direction of the country when they control everything), racism, cynicism, (Miller sells a lot more books with his tirades and staying Democrat- he knows what he is doing- it is despicable) nastiness and the idea that if we say things loud enough, it does not matter if it is not true. I guess if you are a Senator with little record and no one pays attention to you, you need to scream loudly.
I know Miller is a Methodist and sounds like a fire and brimstone Baptist preacher when he speaks. I also know that he quotes OT prophets when he speaks before the Senate and derides the moral depravity of the nation and quotes historical hucksters like David Barton reqgarding the founding of the nation but the lack of civility and pure meanness he has shown lately has little to do with Christian Faith or even Political discourse. It is the rantings of an angry old man who has a score to settle with someone. It is the rantings of a man trying to sell lots of books and get himself on the 700 Club. It is quite disturbing to say the least.
I hope the Republicans learn to follow the words of McCain, to see the Democrats as opponents, not enemies. I hope they do not follow the model of Miller, who sees those he opposes as caricatures who have more in common with Al-Queda than America. Pathetic.
In case you do not believe Miller is settling some score, notice what he said about Kerry a couple of years ago, from his own website. And from the partisan Georgia Democrat site., along with quotes from Miller on the DNC site.