OK, the Mexican window-fixers are now 5 feet from me, cracking off old paint from the windowsill. This is going to be interesting. And when they're done, I bet the glass will finally be clean enough for me to take good pictures out those windows! (Soot and old drywall from construction is stuck on really bad on that side.)
So Georgia's Senator Zell Miller, who once was our governor, is still aiming towards his (apparent) goal of being the most Democrat-hating Democrat ever. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's editorial today sums up his doings well:
Quick, Hit Zell's "Mute" Button
Zell Miller, our famous Republicrat, is on a roll. Egged on by an appreciative state GOP audience last Saturday, the retiring senior senator landed one roundhouse after another on John Kerry, his party's likely nominee for president.
Kerry, he said, is a "danger" to the nation. In fact the whole government is a menace, Zell said, especially the U.S. Senate -- which provides him a forum to spout his latest thoughts. What we need, Zell said, is to return to the 19th century practice of having state legislatures elect members of the Senate. Until Miller decided to retire, making him a lame duck, we never fully appreciated the discipline election imposes on the rhetoric of federal officials. When he faced re-election, Miller actually thought before opening his mouth. He worked with colleagues and generally resembled the levelheaded public servant Georgians elected.
But now the low-flying lame duck has become social critic, TV reviewer and itinerant defender of things godly and patriotic. He cannot get enough of the Ten Commandments scrolls or the Bush administration's right to go make war where it will, in the name of fighting terrorists.
One forgets he once passed for a scholar at Young Harris College. The senator says, for instance, that election of senators by state legislatures, as formerly set forth by the Constitution, would loosen the influence of lobbyists and special interests. Clearly Miller, who spent nearly 25 years at the Georgia Capitol, has forgotten a lot about legislatures and special interests.
Since he replaced the late Sen. Paul Coverdell, Democratic interests have never been special to Zell Miller. He has ignored or voted against his party position more than half the time, according to Roll Call. In his seamless self-delusion over the last year, Miller says his Democratic Party has left him, not the other way around. On that score he is like the out-of-step GI who insists it's everybody else in the platoon who's on the wrong foot. Soon, and very soon, Zell needs to come home and take to his rocking chair. Clearly the world is too much with him.
I find myself getting quite angry with this guy. This is despite the fact I don't like the narrow two-party system that we're stuck with. Sure, I don't like partisanship, but the man actually seems to actively work to agree with Dubya, like he's Charlie McCarthy and Dubya is Edgar Bergan*.
* Yeah, my parents grew up in the Depression and I grew up listening to 1930s-40s radio shows.
It's not really something to complain about, but what is up with all these endless specials from AirTran and British Air? It's like every day I get a new mail tempting me to go on some trip. Caleb even said I was welcome to come to Chicago with him for the CNU conference, but I really need to work and even the bargain tickets would be money I probably shouldn't be spending. And I don't need BA tickets. I already have some! But that's more tempting than almost anything. Oh, well, just need to hold out for the Luftansa specials, I need a ticket for December still ;p)