The point is that _nothing_ can be an iterator and a sequence at the same time. (And therefore, an enumerate object can't be both at the same time.)
The zip function is just a handy way of demonstrating the problem; it's not the actual problem. You could also demonstrate it by, e.g., calling len(x), next(x), list(x): If x is an iterator, next(x) will use up the 'a' so list will only give you ['b', 'c', 'd'], even though len gave you 4.
Conceptually: iterators are inherently one-shot iterables; sequences are inherently reusable iterables. While there's no explicit rule that __iter__ can't return self for a sequence, there's no reasonable way to make a sequence that does so. Which means no sequence can be an iterator.