On reflection, the most appalling moment in Zell Miller’s convention performance didn’t come when he was shouting angrily or attacking Kerry. It came when he was speaking tenatively and defending himself.
Jeff Greenfeld asked Miller why, if he considered Kerry such an advocate of national weakness based on his voting record in the 1990s, Miller had such nice things to say about him in 2001.
GREENFIELD: Then why did you say in 2001 that he strengthened the military? You said that three years ago.
MILLER: Because that was the biographical sketch that they gave me.
In effect, this goes:
Q. Why did you say one thing then and another thing now?
A. Because I was told to say that then.
And presumably, told to say this now.