A National Party No More by Zell Miller
Odd Man Out A National Party No More: The Conscience of a Conservative Democrat by Zell Miller
Stroud & Hall. 237 pp. $26.00
Reviewed by Josh Chafetz
Last October, long before itwas clear who would receive the Democratic presidential nomination, Senator Zell Miller, Democrat from Georgia, made waves by endorsing President Bush’s reelection bid. “This does not mean I am going to become a Republican,” he said. “It simply means that in the year 2004, this Democrat will vote for George Bush.”
But when “this Democrat” has co-sponsored the administration’s tax cuts, attacked his party’s filibusters of Bush’s judicial nominees, opposed abortion, wholeheartedly supported the Iraq war, and written a best-selling book (this one) featuring dust-jacket blurbs from such right-wing stalwarts as Robert Novak, Jack Kemp, and Newt Gingrich, it is legitimate to wonder precisely what makes him a Democrat at all.
About the Author
Jose Chafez is a graduate student in politics at Merton College, Oxford, and co-editor of oxblog.com