Zany Zell vs. that "high-brow hussy"


Geraldine Sealey
November 11, 2004 4:47AM (UTC)

We've seen the prospect of a Zell Miller Cabinet position bandied about online, including a suggestion from Michael Ledeen in National Review Online that Bush should make zany Zell secretary of state. Last we checked, that job requires some diplomatic skills and well, some tact.

You'd think Zell's post-Republican convention performance challenging Chris Matthews to a duel and generally raving like a madman would be enough to show how unstatesman-like Miller can be. But for those who still need convincing, Zell tore into Maureen Dowd in a rather ungentlemanly way yesterday on the Imus show. Is this the man we want negotiating Middle East peace?

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From the New York Post: SEN. Zell Miller (D- Ga.) laced into New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd yesterday on the "Imus in the Morning" radio show, saying, "The more Maureen Loud [sic] gets on 'Meet the Press' and writes those columns, the redder these states get. I mean, they don't want some high brow hussy from New York City explaining to them that they're idiots and telling them that they're stupid." Miller also suggested "that red-headed woman at the New York Times" should not mock anyone's religion: "You can see horns just sprouting up through that Technicolor hair." Dowd responds: "I'm not a highbrow hussy from New York. I'm a highbrow hussy from Washington. Senator, pistols or swords?"

Along with being plain rude (no matter what you think of MoDo), Miller's just not much of a political analyst if he really thinks "red states are getting redder" because of her column or anyone else's. Plus, Zell, Maureen's father was a cop -- probably not a lot of "high-brow hussies" can say that.


Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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