msnbc article After gauging the harsh reaction from Democrats and Republicans alike to Sen. Zell Millers keynote address at the Republican National Convention, the Bush campaign led by the first lady backed away Thursday from Millers savage attack on Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, insisting that the estranged Democrat was speaking only for himself. Late Thursday, Miller and his wife were removed from the list of dignitaries who would be sitting in the first familys box during the presidents acceptance speech later in the evening. Scott Stanzel, a spokesman for the Bush campaign, said Miller was not in the box because the campaign had scheduled him to do too many television interviews. There was no explanation, however, for why Miller would be giving multiple interviews during Bushs acceptance speech, or what channels would snub the president in favor of Miller. Nor was it made clear why Millers wife also was not allowed to take her place in the presidents box 24 hours after his deeply personal denunciation of his own partys nominee. The change was made only a few hours after Laura Bush, asked about Millers speech, said in an interview with NBC News that I dont know that we share that point of view. Aides to President Bush and his campaign said Miller was not speaking for all Republicans. Miller, who all but abandoned his party after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, returned Wednesday to Madison Square Garden to denounce Kerry as more wrong, more weak and more wobbly than any other national figure. It was in the same hall 12 years ago that Miller, then the respected conservative Democratic governor of Georgia, enthusiastically supported Bill Clinton and belittled President Bushs father as a timid man who hears only the voices of caution and the status quo and a commander-in-chief [who] talks like Dirty Harry but acts like Barney Fife. Wednesday night, Miller delivered a fervent pro-Bush sermon that infuriated Democrats and left even some Republicans unsettled. No pair has been more wrong, more loudly, more often, than the two senators from Massachusetts, Ted Kennedy and John Kerry, Miller said. Together, Kennedy and Kerry have opposed the very weapons system that won the Cold War and that is now winning the war on terror. This is the man who wants to be the commander-in-chief of our U.S. armed forces? U.S. forces armed with what? Spitballs? he asked in a cold and controlled fury. ... For more than 20 years, on every one of the great issues of freedom and security, John Kerry has been more wrong, more weak and more wobbly than any other national figure. Democrats were furious. Led by Kerry himself, who planned to fire back sharply in a midnight rally Thursday night in Ohio, Democrats accused Miller of lying about Kerrys record and predicted that his address would backfire in the way Patrick Buchanans culture war speech at the 1992 Republican convention damaged the first President Bush. The Bush campaign stepped backed from Millers comments Thursday after it was received with almost immediate criticism, including complaints from prominent Republicans like Sen. John McCain of Arizona. Well, Zell Miller is a very experienced politician, McCain, who spoke earlier at the convention, told NBC News on Wednesday night. Im sure he knew exactly what he was talking about. [But] I just dont agree with the fact that the Democrats are unpatriotic or the assertion that the Democrats are unpatriotic, he said. I dont think they are. In an interview Thursday, Laura Bush told NBC News Tom Brokaw: I dont know that we share that point of view. I mean, I think Zell Miller has a very interesting viewpoint, just like I had the personal viewpoint to talk about the president when I spoke on Tuesday night. ... But, I mean, his voice is one with a lot, the first lady said. You also heard Senator McCain. You also heard Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Governor [Arnold] Schwarzenegger. A senior White House official, speaking to reporters before Bushs address Thursday night, said, Senator Miller was speaking on behalf of himself and obviously on behalf of himself. I don't know what pisses me off more, That the democrats are attacking because they were outed or that the republicans are now seperating themselves from a group of like minded democrats for fear of political backlash. Seems that there is no place in the arena of 'popularity politics' for hard nosed non-partisan politicians and THAT, fellow americans, will be the downfall of this country.