This morning’s New York Times has two articles on the third night of the Republican National Convention. The lead article is by Adam Nagourney and Robin Toner. It’s headlined “Cheney and G.O.P. Mount Vigorous Assault on Kerry,” and it doesn’t mention Zell Miller at all until the ninth paragraph, after the authors have warned readers by quoting John Edwards’ reaction to the evening: “”There was a lot of hate coming from that podium tonight.” Once they finally get to Miller, however, Nagourney and Toner offer a reasonably fair summary of his speech.
Much weirder is Katharine Seelye’s Morning Briefing, which says:
Workmen are reconfiguring Madison Square Garden this morning so that President Bush can speak tonight from a theater in the round. Some Republicans are hoping that the rearrangement will also exorcise the ghost of Zell Miller, whose toxic speech Wednesday night left the party with a brutal hangover.
Huh? I don’t doubt that a few delegates have hangovers this morning, but not from Zell’s speech. Seelye’s suggestion that delegates or party officials were unhappy with Miller’s performance is ridiculous. In fact, I would wager that Seelye has not spoken to a single Republican who expressed the sentiment that she attributes to “some Republicans.”
The ones who are feeling ill after last night are Seelye and her fellow Democrats.