I'm all for a reasonably big tent, but I don't believe we should just allow any old crazy son-of-a-bitch to use the Democrat label. The party needs to formally eject Zell "crazy as a Bessie Bug" Miller from the fold. Yes, I'm generally more compassionate when it comes to the mentally infirm, but I have my limits.
Georgia Democratic Sen. Miller to Back Bush
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Sen. Zell Miller, a Georgia Democrat who has frequently broken with his party to support Republican policies, has agreed to campaign for President Bush's reelection, a campaign spokesman said on Tuesday.
The move gives the campaign a major name for its efforts to organize Democrats for Bush around the country, after a similar push struggled in 2000.
It also represents a further step in the Republican party's effort to solidify its hold on the South, where the retirement of several senior Democratic senators could help Republicans widen their majority in the Senate.
"He (Miller) will serve as a top surrogate for the president this year and help spread the word about the president's leadership," Bush campaign spokesman Scott Stanzel said.
Miller, accompanied by other Georgia Democrats, is to introduce the president at a Bush campaign fundraiser in Atlanta on Thursday, Stanzel said.
Miller representatives were not immediately available for comment. The Georgia Democrat, who said a year ago he would not seek reelection this year, has previously announced his support for Bush's reelection, calling him "the right man at the right time."
The Democratic National Committee dismissed Miller's plans to campaign for Bush. "Zell Miller hasn't helped a Democrat in years, and as my mother always said, don't let the door hit you on the way out," said party spokeswoman Debra DeShong.