No amount of Democratic Party regrouping and rebuilding will yield positive results if they continue to ignore what Zell Miller has been trying to tell them.
Why do I care? I want a healthy Democratic Party. It will be good for the nation. The Democratic Party today is sick, sick, sick.
They need to get his book. Read it. Study it. Learn from it. Apply what they learn.
Required Reading for Democrats who want to win
From the dustcover of A National Party No More:
With the growl of a Marine sergeant, Senator Zell Miller leaves no doubt that he believes his own Democratic Party is badly out of step with most of the country and needs to shape up.
As part of a stinging critique of the Democratic Party, Miller outlines key positions on important issues that can again make the party relevant for the entire nation. From tax cuts to welfare, gun control to the environment, the arts to education, immigration to terrorism, Miller identifies values that make sense to a growing majority of Americans.
Many party loyalists will not like what Senator Miller writes; yet his credentials are beyond question, for few Democrats have worked longer or stronger for the party and its candidates.
Zell Miller has served in elective office in each of the last six decades. When he left office as governor after two terms, he had an 85% approval rating, prompting the Washington Post to call him the most popular governor in the country. After getting to Washington, he became President Bush's biggest Democratic supporter, but steadfastly refused to switch parties.
A National Party No More is a firsthand account from the enigmatic senator who has confounded his Democratic colleagues. Driven by conscience and common sense, Senator Miller names the self-destructive direction of his party and stubbornly pulls the Democratic family toward reform.
A Winner, not a whiner
Zell Miller began his career in public service in 1959 with a term as mayor of Young Harris, Georgia. In 1960, he was elected to the Georgia Senate at the age of 28. In 1974, he won the first of four consecutive terms as Georgia's lieutenant governor. Then in 1990, Miller ran for governor and won the first of two terms he would serve as the state's top leader.
After leaving the governor's office in 1999, Miller taught at Emory University and at his alma mater, the University of Georgia and Young Harris College. Five books have been written by Miller, including Corps Values: Everything You Need To Know I Learned in the Marines. He also served on several corporate boards before joining the Senate, where he now serves.
"No senator has had the impact on Congress and our country, and been a more popular voice among the American people, than Zell Miller. The reason is simple: Miller is cut from the same mold as Harry Truman, John Kennedy, and Henry Jackson. Miller puts America's security before his party, he proudly supports his president during times of war, and he puts the well-being of hard working citizens above the partisan demands of leftwing special interest groups.
A National Party No More is a perfect exposition of all the qualities that endear Zell Miller to the American people."
"Zell Miller strikes many notes in this book: nostalgia for his hard-scrabble past in rural Georgia, boundless love for his family and neighbors, pride in his record as one of the state's most popular governors. But at its core is an abiding anger at the tone and direction of the Democratic Party -- a party, he believes, that has forfeited its hold on many of those it claims to represent. Miller's political adversaries may reject his premise; they may challenge his evidence; but they will ignore his argument at their peril. Given Miller's extraordinary track record, attention must be paid."
CNN Senior Analyst
Democrats who don't listen to Zell Miller are not interested in winning.
Musings of a Merry Mad Monk
well, ok .. so I'm not on the dustcover of Miller's book, but if I were . . .