Kicking the old guy to the curb:
After gauging the harsh reaction from Democrats and Republicans alike to Sen. Zell Millerâ€™s keynote address at the Republican National Convention, the Bush campaign â€” led by the first lady â€” backed away Thursday from Millerâ€™s savage attack on Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, insisting that the estranged Democrat was speaking only for himself.
Late Thursday, Miller and his wife were removed from the list of dignitaries who would be sitting in the first familyâ€™s box during the presidentâ€™s acceptance speech later in the evening. Scott Stanzel, a spokesman for the Bush campaign, said Miller was not in the box because the campaign had scheduled him to do too many television interviews.
There was no explanation, however, for why Miller would be giving multiple interviews during Bushâ€™s acceptance speech, or what channels would snub the president in favor of Miller. Nor was it made clear why Millerâ€™s wife also was not allowed to take her place in the presidentâ€™s box 24 hours after his deeply personal denunciation of his own partyâ€™s nominee.
Hope Zell’s thirty pieces of silver buys him a little peace. Not that he deserves it…