In the year 2003, Miller declared that after completing his term in the Senate, he would refuse to run for re-election. He further said that he would promote the George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential elections and would not refuse to support any of his party members who were competing for the nomination of the party. He openly expressed his admiration for President Bush who he knows way back in 1990 when they were both governors (Miller: I entrust). As he declared in 2003, he supported the candidacy of President George W. Bush on its second term.
In his keynote convention speech delivered on September 2004 he said that, “Bush is the right man at the right time to govern the country” (Miller: I entrust). Likewise he blamed and complained about the current state of the Democratic Party. He also berated his party’s presidential candidate on issues regarding the defense weapon system. Among others Miller’s reasons for detaching himself from his party are: President Bush handling of the war against terror President Bush knowledge on new strategies to meet new threats The future and safety of his family and the country as a whole
President Bush as a person of character His Party strategies in running the country His party’s ineffectiveness of handling important issues that would make the country safe Miller’s endorsement is significant for some reasons. Having Miller with him, Bush would have an advantage on structuring Democrats for Bush group. This Democrat group would encourage overlapping votes from old-fashioned or, if not, discontented Democrats in the subsequent year. An attempt by the campaign for Bush to establish Democrats for Bush group fizzed.
Miller at 2004 Republican National Convention Miller became the center of attention during the 2004 Republican Convention when he delivered his very controversial speech. He disapproved the present status of the Democratic Party. He bravely criticized the two senators Ted Kennedy and John Kerry claiming that the two have always been in the wrong standpoint when it comes to Senate issues and debates. As he puts it, "No pair has been more wrong, more loudly, more often than the two senators from Massachusetts — Ted Kennedy and John Kerry (Turnham).
" Furthermore, Miller pointed out that Kerry’s votes alongside with proposed laws concerning security and weapon systems of U. S. , among all other senators, entails the latter’s advocacy to undermine and encumber the force of the U. S. military. Miller’s speech was widely applauded and well received by participating delegates especially the delegates from Georgia. Press reviewed it favorably. However, his fighting mood in the post media interviews got more attention like the speech itself.
Media people were saying that his opinions of Kerry’s weapon systems were outdated and the issue on defense itself should not be blamed on Kerry (Turnham). In his second post media interview, Miller was seen angry because the interviewer pressed hard questions and reactions and was speaking on behalf of Kerry. Not agreeing with the interviewer’s inquiring, Miller asserted that he waited for the day where you can face up with a person by means of a duel. Miller’s appearance in some TV shows resulted in the invitation from a group of students to attend to the commencement ceremony of a university.
But because the interviewer was the guest speaker, he refused to attend it. After the re-election of President Bush he opined that the winning of five open Senate seats in the South signified that Democrats cannot relate to the American people anymore (Crowley). In November 4, 2004, he made an appeal to the Democrats to alter their message by working out an editorial which was published in the Washington Post. In 2003 he was under fire for a ‘lynching’ comment when he compare his party’s opposition to the nomination of a conservative African-American judge to a lynching.
Civil rights demanded an apology but Miller stand to his position and refuse to withdraw his comment quoting that he was not the first to use such analogy putting more on records that as Georgia governor he had nominated various African-Americans on various capacities (Hornsby). Life after Senate When his term in the Senate ended in 2004, President Bush had chosen him to chair the American Battle Monuments Commission in August 2005. Also, he had given the chance to have a seat on the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association. He joined the McKenna Long Aldridge Law firm and became a regular contributor for the Fox News Channel.
In the late 1990s to the early 2000, under the watchful eyes of his constituents, he was observed to slowly shift from being pro-choice to pro-life. This evidently showed his views on the issues of abortion, families, and children and health care in the senate (Hornsby). In a fund-raising for Save-a-Life Center of Macon Georgia, an institution trying to persuade women not to have abortion, he boldly said that the “killing” of unborn babies was the cause of many of America’s woes - the military, social security, and immigration problems. Furthermore he asked, “How could this great land of plenty produce too few people in the last 30 years?
” Miller further claimed that 45 million babies has been “killed” since the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe vs. Wade in 1973 (Hornsby). While a keynote speaker in April 29, 2005 of a pregnancy resource center in Gainesville Care Center he faint and was brought to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville and diagnosed to be suffering from a flu-like symptoms. Zell Bryan Miller delivered keynote speeches for two major parties in the Democratic and Republican National Convention, and earned the highest degree of a modern political man (Turnham).
Gleaning from the overall accomplishments of Senator Miler we can say that “Here’s a man who do not take things as they are. ” He is not being contented with the way the things are presented to him. For Miller, the only way of looking at things at their truest form is by means of exploring them from all sides and evaluating all possible assumptions derived from them.
Crowley, Michael. “Zell Miller: Why Does a Democratic Senator Loathes Democrats. ” 27 August 2004. Slate. 21 October 2007 http://edition.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/09/01/gop.miller.transcript/index.html