The mask came off at the Republican convention on Wednesday night. After the video tribute to Ronald Reagan, the man whom his son described as a conservative without anger, the angry men took over.
The angriest of all was Zig Zag Zell. It was stunt casting gone wrong. Sen. Zell Miller calls himself a Democrat, but he has no friends left in the Democratic Party, and after last night, some Republicans must be shaking their heads and wondering whether they want to claim him as one of their own.
The substance of his speech was dubious at best. He attacked John Kerry for voting against the very weapons systems that Dick Cheney, as secretary of defense, had himself questioned. How could he justify this, Wolf Blitzer asked him after the speech. He pulled a piece of paper from his pocket. It's all here, he mumbled, seemingly unable to understand the question, much less answer it, even though it was repeated over and over. Why did you praise John Kerry when you came to the Senate, he was asked. Couldn't answer that one, either. He attacked John Kerry for describing the United States force in Iraq as occupiers, a term George W. Bush himself has used. Why? He couldn't explain that, either.