Outstanding, simply outstanding. Michael Barone calls it “electrifying,” and it was. It was one of the most powerful speeches I have ever heard. Senator Miller pulled no punches in describing and condemning the Democrats’ reckless irresponsibility on matters of national defense. The harshness of his words made clear that he was speaking from the heart about issues that had long troubled him. His righteous and superbly articulate outrage reminded me of Clarence Thomas in 1991, when Thomas disregarded his Republican handlers and essentially told the Democratic Senators who were villifying him to go to hell. Miller must be the most hated man in the Democratic Party now. I have no doubt that his speech will improve Bush’s reelection odds, and we owe Senator Miller a debt of gratitude for that.