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Introduction of Senator John Kerry
Democratic Party of Georgia's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner
Thursday 01 March 2001
It is good to be back in Georgia and to be with you. I have been coming to these dinners since the 1950s, and have missed very few.
I'm proud to be Georgia's junior senator and I'm honored to serve with Max Cleland, who is as loved and respected as anyone in that body. One of our very highest priorities must be to make sure this man is re-elected in 2002 so he can continue to serve this state and nation.
I continue to be impressed with all that Governor Barnes and Lieutenant Governor Taylor and the Speaker and the General Assembly are getting done over at the Gold Dome. Georgia is fortunate to have this kind of leadership.
My job tonight is an easy one: to present to you one of this nation's authentic heroes, one of this party's best-known and greatest leaders - and a good friend.
He was once a lieutenant governor - but he didn't stay in that office 16 years, like someone else I know. It just took two years before the people of Massachusetts moved him into the United States Senate in 1984.
In his 16 years in the Senate, John Kerry has fought against government waste and worked hard to bring some accountability to Washington.
Here's ol' Zell himself talkin' Kerry up. Talk about flip-flopping.
Spite and Venom Day
A Turncoat and a Profiteer
By JACK RANDOM
When Senator Zell Miller took the stage on the third night of the Republican National Convention, the president's supporters were confronted with a rabid dog, a mean spirited and vindictive assault on the character of his own party's leader, a cry to war reminiscent of General Patton's rallying of the troops. In an atmosphere of war frenzy and rage, Americans at home were allowed to catch a glimpse of the grave danger we now face. How easy it is to stir a partisan mob's irrational rage and how difficult it is to restore reason.
Senator Miller should be reminded that it is possible to regard those whose views are diametrically opposed to one's own with respect, even admiration. It is also possible to disdain someone whose political agenda is consonant with one's own because his actions or motives dishonor an otherwise honorable cause.
Who is this man, this raging warmonger with so little regard for the facts or appreciation for the cold, hard realities of the day? That the war and occupation have been mishandled, that the rationale for war has been discredited, and that the situation on the ground is untenable, are facts that the president himself has admitted. To claim, at this late stage, that to characterize our presence in Iraq as an occupation (rather than a liberation) is somehow dishonorable is so far beyond the scope of reason it begs the question: What is the Senator's dog in this fight?
Originally posted by frayed1
jrsdls, if finding out what went on behind the scenes in his party 'turned' him, what will he do when he finds out what goes on behind the scenes in the other camp?? They aren't likely to 'let him in on' the real dirt while he's still technically a democrat--are they??
[edit on 2-9-2004 by frayed1]
Originally posted by EastCoastKid
Interesting... Thanks for that info. RANT. But wait!
Now I need a cigerette!
Originally posted by frayed1
Zell carefully zigged his way around it during his term.