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September 02, 2004

Zell Praised Segregationist

Let's be clear. Zig-zag Zell made his career as henchman to segregationists, zagged to being a "New South" Democrat when that could get him elected, and now has zigged back to standing with racist southern conservatism now that he thinks that's where the power is.

Lester Maddox, the governor who rode into office on the notoriety of driving blacks out of his restaurant, died this summer and Zell Miller was there to praise his old boss:

"The Maddox administration was a good one, marked by historic and progressive achievements," said U.S. Sen. Zell Miller, Maddox's former chief of staff. "History will judge his administration well."
Haters-- that's today's GOP. Welcome to your new party, Zell. And good riddance.

Update: And let me give Andrew Sullivan a word on Zell:

I kept thinking of the contrast with the Democrats' keynote speaker, Barack Obama, a post-racial, smiling, expansive young American, speaking about national unity and uplift. Then you see Zell Miller, his face rigid with anger, his eyes blazing with years of frustration as his Dixiecrat vision became slowly eclipsed among the Democrats. Remember who this man is: once a proud supporter of racial segregation, a man who lambasted LBJ for selling his soul to the negroes. His speech tonight was in this vein, a classic Dixiecrat speech, jammed with bald lies, straw men, and hateful rhetoric.
And like the old Dixiecrats, Zell has found his final resting place in the GOP.

Posted by Nathan at September 2, 2004 07:28 AM