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September 1, 2004
9/1 Keynote Speaker: Zell Miller

10:02 Wild applause; I don't think he expected that. He makes his support for Bush personal. "My family is more important than my party." Great moment.

10:05 Great story about Wendell Wilkie, especially the epitaph. "Where are such statesmen today?" He's on fire.

10:07 Wow, he's tossing bombs at Terry McAuliffe and John Kerry tonight, and his rhetoric has the passion of all his anger. This is powerful stuff, and it sounds like it's built up over a long period of time...

10:08 "It is the soldier, and not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of speech." A series of such linkages are very effective.

10:10 "No pair has been wrong more often over a longer period of time than the two Senators from Massachussetts -- Ted Kennedy and John Kerry." Let me tell you this -- right now, the Democrats are wishing that the networks had carried Giuliani on Monday and preempted Wednesday's schedule. Right now he just reviewed the list of weapons systems that Kerry opposed and what they did in combat for the US. He's going to leave a mark on the Kerry campaign ...

10:15 I've been waiting to see if Miller can sustain his anger and disgust towards his party's leadership for an entire half-hour. Only now has he shifted from attacking Democrats to supporting Bush. "I like the fact that he's the same man on Saturday night as on Sunday morning."

10:18 "Faint-hearted self-indulgence will put at risk all that we hold dear." What a great finish. Without a doubt, Miller just delivered the speech of his life at the finish of a long career.

UPDATE: Seeveral of you have e-mailed or commented about Zell's appearance on Hardball. I'll keep looking for the transcript. It's probably not going to be released until tomorrow.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at September 1, 2004 9:02 PM

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