Former Dem Rep. Artur Davis: Why I’m becoming a Republican

posted at 7:32 pm on May 30, 2012 by Allahpundit

He’s not just any Democrat. This is a guy who gave a seconding speech for O’s nomination four years ago at the convention and was the southern regional co-chair for the DCCC. With those credentials, the PR value to the GOP of having him dump his old party to become a Republican would be huge under any circumstances. Factor in the symbolism of a young black Harvard-trained pol abandoning the Dems in the middle of Obama’s reelection campaign and you’ve got a GOP folk hero in the making. From his blog post announcing his party switch:

But parties change. As I told a reporter last week, this is not Bill Clinton’s Democratic Party (and he knows that even if he can’t say it). If you have read this blog, and taken the time to look for a theme in the thousands of words (or free opposition research) contained in it, you see the imperfect musings of a voter who describes growth as a deeper problem than exaggerated inequality; who wants to radically reform the way we educate our children; who despises identity politics and the practice of speaking for groups and not one national interest; who knows that our current course on entitlements will eventually break our solvency and cause us to break promises to our most vulnerable—that is, if we don’t start the hard work of fixing it.

On the specifics, I have regularly criticized an agenda that would punish businesses and job creators with more taxes just as they are trying to thrive again. I have taken issue with an administration that has lapsed into a bloc by bloc appeal to group grievances when the country is already too fractured: frankly, the symbolism of Barack Obama winning has not given us the substance of a united country. You have also seen me write that faith institutions should not be compelled to violate their teachings because faith is a freedom, too. You’ve read that in my view, the law can’t continue to favor one race over another in offering hard-earned slots in colleges: America has changed, and we are now diverse enough that we don’t need to accommodate a racial spoils system. And you know from these pages that I still think the way we have gone about mending the flaws in our healthcare system is the wrong way—it goes further than we need and costs more than we can bear.

Taken together, these are hardly the enthusiasms of a Democrat circa 2012, and they wouldn’t be defensible in a Democratic primary. But they are the thoughts and values of ten years of learning, and seeing things I once thought were true fall into disarray. So, if I were to leave the sidelines, it would be as a member of the Republican Party that is fighting the drift in this country in a way that comes closest to my way of thinking: wearing a Democratic label no longer matches what I know about my country and its possibilities.

The obvious question, as noted by Cavuto: Is there a good reason to believe this is something more principled than the political calculation made by Arlen Specter three years ago? He was a guy who enjoyed being in government, saw his way blocked within his own party, and then conveniently crossed the aisle. Davis’s statement is more substantive than Specter’s “I didn’t leave them, they left me” whinge about Republican radicalism, but what he tells Cavuto here about how easy it’d be for him to run as a Democrat again in Alabama’s 7th District if he wanted to is nonsense. Go skim Wikipedia’s short but useful synopsis of his troubles with black Democrats during his run for Alabama governor two years ago. He voted against ObamaCare, presumably with an eye to making himself more viable to conservatives in the general election, and was then duly attacked with this all-time classic Jesse Jackson race-baiting sleaze grenade: “You can’t vote against healthcare and call yourself a black man.” That wasn’t the first time Davis has been smeared as “not black enough”; his Democratic opponent used it against him in the 2002 7th District primary. (Black voters make up a majority of the 7th District.) If he tried to challenge Terri Sewell in the primary in 2014, even as a groveling newly minted “I’ve seen the light” liberal, he’d be blasted as a sellout who abandoned the first black president on the most important vote of his presidency. He’s also supported voter ID laws, which is as heretical as it gets on the left. If he’s interested in getting back into government, crossing the aisle is obviously the smart move. Tim Scott and Allen West have proved to any doubters that southern conservatives will rally behind black Republicans, and Davis has an irresistible pitch in being able to tell Virginia GOPers “you were right all along.” But I don’t know: Genuine political conversions do happen, even to Ronald Reagan. I’m sure Davis will be welcomed into the fold even if no one’s quite sure yet how deep his conservatism runs. Being bitterly attacked by liberals, which is sure to come, will only help him in that regard.

Update: I’m reminded that this isn’t the only case of a Democrat switching parties in the news today.



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Awesome…
He’s black enough for me…

OmahaConservative on May 30, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Artur Davis was a Democrat? This is the real news.

lester on May 30, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Come on…without Michelle…obama wouldn’t have been black enough.

tomas on May 30, 2012 at 7:36 PM

I don’t know. I smell a rat jumping off a sinking ship.

AllahsNippleHair on May 30, 2012 at 7:37 PM

2004: Zell Miller
2008: Joe Lieberman

Give Artur Davis a speech at the Convention.

GOPRanknFile on May 30, 2012 at 7:38 PM

That wasn’t the first time Davis has been smeared as “not black enough”;

After this announcement…

… the Left will be setting new standards.

Seven Percent Solution on May 30, 2012 at 7:39 PM

In today’s Democrat party Barbara Jordan would be a Republican.

batterup on May 30, 2012 at 7:40 PM

“You can’t vote against healthcare and call yourself a black man.”

There’s a place where relative truth just crosses into wild, naked, running, screaming, blazing, exploding insanity.

Axe on May 30, 2012 at 7:43 PM

…..

Racist?

1984 in real life on May 30, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Gosh. Now I wish Olberman still had a show. He’d be frothing at the mouth and biting the heads off of chipmunks over this one.

BacaDog on May 30, 2012 at 7:44 PM

2004: Zell Miller 2008: Joe Lieberman

Give Artur Davis a speech at the Convention.

GOPRanknFile on May 30, 2012 at 7:38 PM

This.

Kataklysmic on May 30, 2012 at 7:44 PM

I wonder if he will get out and campaign as a Republican, just to show a little party and principle credibility, know what I mean, Gene?

ExpressoBold on May 30, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Hot Air is racist for even posting this.

tomas on May 30, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Artur Davis was a Democrat? This is the real news.

lester on May 30, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Still hurting over this? You and ernesto seemed about to cry over it in the headlines.

Night Owl on May 30, 2012 at 7:46 PM

I don’t know. I smell a rat jumping off a sinking ship.

AllahsNippleHair on May 30, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Me too. We need to get him to knock the Democrats day and night, expose their dirty secrets, have him attack the CBC as corrupt racist, and then cut him loose for a reliable life-long Republican in good-standing.

Essentially, we need to do what the Democrats do when a Republican joins their ranks.

Punchenko on May 30, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Hey UpperEastSide…

… What say you?

/

Seven Percent Solution on May 30, 2012 at 7:46 PM

One word (that should be the only word): Welcome.

JackForce on May 30, 2012 at 7:46 PM

I asked the kos kids if I can be a Democrat and a capitalist at the same time. Their response was basically that 1) I am a troll 2) Capitalism sucks and only benefits the 1%, and 3) no.

bernverdnardo1 on May 30, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Come to Jesus…

the new aesthetic on May 30, 2012 at 7:48 PM

I wonder how the democrat plantation looks in the rearview mirror.

SouthernGent on May 30, 2012 at 7:49 PM

He’s not just any Democrat. This is a guy who gave a seconding speech for O’s nomination four years ago at the convention and was the southern regional co-chair for the DCCC.

…when the tides began to…oh, never mind. That was all illusion, or delusion, as it may be.

Schadenfreude on May 30, 2012 at 7:49 PM

I wonder how the democrat plantation looks in the rearview mirror.

SouthernGent on May 30, 2012 at 7:49 PM

It looks disgusting.

Schadenfreude on May 30, 2012 at 7:50 PM

I don’t know. I smell a rat jumping off a sinking ship.

AllahsNippleHair on May 30, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Me too. We need to get him to knock the Democrats day and night, expose their dirty secrets, have him attack the CBC as corrupt racist, and then cut him loose for a reliable life-long Republican in good-standing.

Essentially, we need to do what the Democrats do when a Republican joins their ranks.

Punchenko on May 30, 2012 at 7:46 PM

You really want him dragging out Nancy Pelosi’s dirty laundry?

AllahsNippleHair on May 30, 2012 at 7:50 PM

I wonder how much president puppy-muncher’s coming out for homosexual marriage factored into this.

Rebar on May 30, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Been following his conversion for a while. The Democratic plantation is suffocating. Good for him for breaking free.

msupertas on May 30, 2012 at 7:51 PM

…how soon does he get the Uncle Tom treatment for leaving the plantation?

KOOLAID2 on May 30, 2012 at 7:51 PM

He makes perfect sense to me….he’s another orphaned “Blue-Dog”.

Hope he’s being authentic, and if so, welcome to the party sir….we’ve got a lot of work to do.

Tim_CA on May 30, 2012 at 7:51 PM

He could be genuine. Who knows.

Not all Democrats are hardcore Marxists.

CorporatePiggy on May 30, 2012 at 7:53 PM

The section of his blog dealing with his personal views on immigration reform, wherein he expresses the idea that somehow Latino’s who are here legally will have a problems with legislation meant to promote ‘self deportation’, is worrisome. Those who are in the nation legally have no reason to have any qualms or misgivings about laws and enforcement meant to promote ‘self deportation’ of illegal aliens such as a mandatory national E-Verify implementation, and, for that matter, have no reason to worry over full and consistent enforcement of existing federal immigration law. His stated misgivings sound entirely moored in the Left’s baseless profiling arguments.

Perhaps he’s still in the process of getting to know how the right feels about the issue of immigration after all of the propaganda from the left that he’s ingested over the years. I’ll make it simple. We welcome legal immigrants, particularly when there’s enough employment to go around. We simply believe that we have the right as citizens to determine who is welcome in our country and who is not. Legal immigrants who submit to background checks and physical examinations, who learn our language and familiarize themselves with our laws and our culture and meet a number of other criteria under the law are welcome. Illegal aliens who willfully shatter federal immigration law, thus demonstrating a complete disregard for the rule of law and a clear disdain for the rights of the citizens and legal immigrants of this nation, are not welcome.

thatsafactjack on May 30, 2012 at 7:53 PM

I don’t know. I smell a rat jumping off a sinking ship.

AllahsNippleHair on May 30, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Give the man a chance, is he worse than some pukes we are already saddled with? Hopefully he is sincere.
PS, love your tag.

arnold ziffel on May 30, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Me too. We need to get him to knock the Democrats day and night, expose their dirty secrets, have him attack the CBC as corrupt racist, and then cut him loose for a reliable life-long Republican in good-standing.

Essentially, we need to do what the Democrats do when a Republican joins their ranks.

No. That’s because they’re scum. We’re not. Besides, Artur Davis is good people, and has been for a long time.

Esoteric on May 30, 2012 at 7:53 PM

So if he’s a blue-dog I guess that makes the rest of them red-dogs?

bernverdnardo1 on May 30, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Hopefully he’s quick on his feet and can be amusing like West when the inevitable shouts of Uncle Tom and raaaaacist ring out.

CorporatePiggy on May 30, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Not all Democrats are hardcore Marxists.

CorporatePiggy on May 30, 2012 at 7:53 PM

But they all know so much that isn’t so.

Electrongod on May 30, 2012 at 7:55 PM

The section of his blog dealing with his personal views on immigration reform, wherein he expresses the idea that somehow Latino’s who are here legally will have a problems with legislation meant to promote ‘self deportation’, is worrisome. Those who are in the nation legally have no reason to have any qualms or misgivings about laws and enforcement meant to promote ‘self deportation’ of illegal aliens such as a mandatory national E-Verify implementation, and, for that matter, have no reason to worry over full and consistent enforcement of existing federal immigration law. His stated misgivings sound entirely moored in the Left’s baseless profiling arguments.

Hey, guess what? That puts him on the same page as Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich and Marco Rubio.

There are a tons of Republicans and conservatives in good standing who recognize the need to figure out an answer to the immigration problem that doesn’t just mean “mass deportations.” Most of them, probably. So this isn’t a deal-breaker.

And furthermore, I have no problem with moderate Republicans in swing seats. It’s good for the party’s PR and good for us in terms of Congressional control.

Esoteric on May 30, 2012 at 7:56 PM

I don’t know. I smell a rat jumping off a sinking ship.

AllahsNippleHair on May 30, 2012 at 7:37 PM

I love that smell, don’t you?

JPeterman on May 30, 2012 at 7:57 PM

So if he’s a blue-dog I guess that makes the rest of them red-dogs?

bernverdnardo1 on May 30, 2012 at 7:54 PM

I believe that “Red-P#ssy” is the correct term for the balance of the Dem party.

Tim_CA on May 30, 2012 at 7:57 PM

I wonder how the democrat plantation looks in the rearview mirror.

SouthernGent on May 30, 2012 at 7:49 PM

It looks disgusting.

Schadenfreude on May 30, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Hopefully it looks like Tara from “Gone with the Wind”.

msupertas on May 30, 2012 at 7:57 PM

…how soon does he get the Uncle Tom treatment for leaving the plantation?

KOOLAID2 on May 30, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Sounds like they done been chasing him for awhile. :)
Now he’s found freedom.

arnold ziffel on May 30, 2012 at 7:57 PM

More proof of how allowing a Democrat to becoming our nominee destroys the party. Mitt repudiated the Republican Party in 2002 but in 2005 we welcome him even though he was the most liberal Governor ever in the United States. First with Gay Marriage illegally even to hades with the constitution.

I am sorry but we already have a Democrat Party this is not it. If it is going to be it then it it past time it goes away like the Wig Party it replaced.

I mean almost every thing we hate about Obama Mitt did at the State Level.

How on this green earth can we think Mitt will save us. Mitt began all this nonsense he even got Cap and Trade into law in Mass. Is that what we stand for Gay Marriage and Cap and Trade and GOD illegal? How are we the least bit different than the DNC if so. I do not believe Mitts lies. Mitt moved to Mass to run. He is a Democrat Liberal Moderate just like Obama. Exactly like Obama same record. We are insane.

Pray hard as that is the only chance this country has.

Steveangell on May 30, 2012 at 7:58 PM

…how soon does he get the Uncle Tom treatment for leaving the plantation?

KOOLAID2 on May 30, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Sounds like he’s been getting it for awhile now…

OmahaConservative on May 30, 2012 at 7:58 PM

He’s also supported voter ID laws, which is as heretical as it gets on the left.

Eric Holder and the IRS to take special interest in Former Dem Rep. Artur Davis in 5… 4… 3… 2…

Seven Percent Solution on May 30, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Davis needs a speaking spot at the convention. He delivered the speech seconding Obama’s nomination 4 years ago.

joana on May 30, 2012 at 8:00 PM

arlen was a bitter old man who would do anything to stay in power. that doesn’t seem to fit here

r keller on May 30, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Eric Holder and the IRS to take special interest in Former Dem Rep. Artur Davis in 5… 4… 3… 2…

Seven Percent Solution on May 30, 2012 at 8:00 PM

lol…..good point – bet he’s already taken precautions.

Tim_CA on May 30, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Artur Davis for VP!

Zaggs on May 30, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Hey UpperEastSide…

… What say you?

/

Seven Percent Solution on May 30, 2012 at 7:46 PM

I say you can have him now. We are done effin his a$$ up. No need for protection. We have been tested and we are all clean.

Uppereastside on May 30, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Get the popcorn out! I want to see the Democrats attack him and I want them to justify why it would not be RACIST! to do so.

GarandFan on May 30, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Seven Mississippi Democrats switched party today:

http://onlinemadison.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=25107

• Leake County Coroner Randolph Scott

• Leake County Supervisor Tony Smith

• Leake County Justice Court Judge Ken Adcock

• Newton County Sheriff Jackie Knight

• Jones County Justice Court Judge David Lyons

• Jones County Constable Mitch Sumrall

• Leake County Sheriff Greg Waggoner

That’s SEVEN … just today. People in office serving terms.

crosspatch on May 30, 2012 at 8:04 PM

We are done effin his a$$ up.

Uppereastside on May 30, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Wow. Why not punctuate your racism by calling him “boy”?

MadisonConservative on May 30, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Be prepared for a democrat colorectal exam on this guy. We’re about to find out every cringe worth detail of his life courtesy of his former colleagues.

Mojave Mark on May 30, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Jo Ann Nardelli, a state committeewoman and founding president of the Blair County Federation of Democratic Women switched from Democratic Party to Republican yesterday:

http://dailycaller.com/2012/05/29/penn-democratic-leader-defects-to-gop-cites-catholic-faith-as-reason/

crosspatch on May 30, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Uppereastside on May 30, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Keep it classy, moron.

JPeterman on May 30, 2012 at 8:06 PM

I say you can have him now. We are done effin his a$$ up. No need for protection. We have been tested and we are all clean.

Uppereastside on May 30, 2012 at 8:03 PM

FFS….really?

I mean…he’s not clever, he’s not informed, he just tosses vile grenades.

Honestly AP….you can set up an account for my nimrod mother-in-law if this is the class of troll your chasing.

Tim_CA on May 30, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Hey UpperEastSide…

… What say you?

/

Seven Percent Solution on May 30, 2012 at 7:46 PM

I say you can have him now. We are done effin his a$$ up. No need for protection. We have been tested and we are all clean.

Uppereastside on May 30, 2012 at 8:03 PM

I thought you liberals only did that to your constituents.
I guess you all keepit clean so you ave a place to rest your heads.

AllahsNippleHair on May 30, 2012 at 8:10 PM

d we are all clean.

Uppereastside on May 30, 2012 at 8:03 PM+

Someone’s upset. Awww.

CW on May 30, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Poor loser.

CW on May 30, 2012 at 8:12 PM

ESOTERIC:
There is a vast difference between your ‘MASS DEPORTATIONS” and ‘self deportation’.

Mass deportations implies rounding people up and forcible deporting them.

Self deportation is simply when illegal aliens find that the incentives they thought existed for them to come to this nation illegally, trying to bypass the legal immigration system, no longer exist… so they return to their nation of origin the same way that they came to this nation.

Mitt Romney is right when he says that this nation needs to ‘turn off the magnates’ for illegal immigration. He’s also right when he says that we need to enforce the rule of law.

As for Gingrich and Perry, et al, you’ll note that they LOST the primary race.

thatsafactjack on May 30, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Honestly AP….you can set up an account for my nimrod mother-in-law if this is the class of troll your chasing.

Tim_CA on May 30, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Why don’t you shut your whinny trap. Typical con. Run along and cry to the boss man for not being tough enough. Punk.

Uppereastside on May 30, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Former Dem Rep. Artur Davis: Why I’m becoming a Republican

… so he can hold elected office again?

Lawdawg86 on May 30, 2012 at 8:14 PM

I mean…he’s not clever, he’s not informed, he just tosses vile grenades.

Honestly AP….you can set up an account for my nimrod mother-in-law if this is the class of troll your chasing.

Tim_CA on May 30, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Very true Tim, but he has and will continue to receive some withering fire from the HA gunners. I’m split 50-50. He appeals to my bad side but then I know I’m getting in the gutter and shouldn’t. That’s why they have showers though.

arnold ziffel on May 30, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Why don’t you shut your whinny trap. Typical con. Run along and cry to the boss man for not being tough enough. Punk.

Uppereastside on May 30, 2012 at 8:13 PM

awwwww….come here and let me give ya a hug!

(lol….hope you took bammies advice and stayed on mommy’s healthcare plan)

Tim_CA on May 30, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Honestly AP….you can set up an account for my nimrod mother-in-law if this is the class of troll your chasing.

Tim_CA on May 30, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Why don’t you shut your whinny trap. Typical con. Run along and cry to the boss man for not being tough enough. Punk.

Uppereastside on May 30, 2012 at 8:13 PM

There it is: Shut up, it said.
Cranium/Rectal pile up got you upset?

AllahsNippleHair on May 30, 2012 at 8:17 PM

crosspatch on May 30, 2012 at 8:04 PM

No wonder North Carolina’s governor doesn’t like Mississippi. She’s as bad as Barackabama, and so are the democrats in that state.

SouthernGent on May 30, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Get this guy out on the stump talking about vouchers. Pronto.

hepcat on May 30, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Has Eric Holder ordered a special investigation on this?

Steppin’ off’n de plantation is a crime in some regions, I hear…racist, too.

Artur Davis, welcome.

Hope to see you out on the hustings…preaching the same about fundamental liberties and the true Rights of all Americans.

Now, convince some of your associates in the House to do likewise…and all across the country as well.

coldwarrior on May 30, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Artur Davis was a Democrat? This is the real news.

lester on May 30, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Still hurting over this? You and ernesto seemed about to cry over it in the headlines.

Night Owl on May 30, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Quite the contrary, but you’re free to have your imagination.

Then again, maybe this will help: You’re in a team, everybody is working together to win. Then there’s this one guy who scores own goals, all the time, especially in really important games. Would you be sad if he quit?

lester on May 30, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Take Gramps McCain off the stage with Romney and put this guy up there!
Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

Gramps McSame won’t sabatog Romney with his stupidity and this guy will show the slaves its’ OK to leave the plantation and join in the fight, fight, fight for freedom and self determination!

ConcealedKerry on May 30, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Not all Democrats are hardcore Marxists.

CorporatePiggy on May 30, 2012 at 7:53 PM

With him coming from Alabama I am inclined to believe this.

roy_batty on May 30, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Tammy Bruce said the same thing years ago…the party left her, she didn’t leave the party.
This is not the same party as JFK, not that he was any great president, but the party goals, objectives, is totally different now than 40-50-60 years ago.
Ironically, Mitt would be a great democrat 50 years ago, he is not much different from the “classic” democrat. But far from liberal democrat that defines the party now.

right2bright on May 30, 2012 at 8:22 PM

I say you can have him now. We are done effin his a$$ up. No need for protection. We have been tested and we are all clean.

Uppereastside on May 30, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Don’t take much for your mask to slip. Try some bath salts to calm down.

arnold ziffel on May 30, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Good for him. A few more blue dogs like him and the country would take a definite right turn.

I’ll wait a month or two to see how he continues his path to conservatism, but I could see sending a few campaign coins his way this fall.

CTSherman on May 30, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Why don’t you shut your whinny trap. Typical con. Run along and cry to the boss man for not being tough enough. Punk.

Uppereastside on May 30, 2012 at 8:13 PM

We actually try to have a civil conversation here, Uppereastside. We really don’t appreciate verbal abuse very much. It tends to dumb down the conversation. Anyone can yell insults back and forth, we expect you to bring some reasonable thought to the party here. If you don’t have anything to add in the way of a persuasive argument and if your idea of debate is to simply sling insults, most of us got enough of that when we were kids.

Bring it up a notch. Or go away.

crosspatch on May 30, 2012 at 8:26 PM

You’re in a team, everybody is working together to win. Then there’s this one guy who scores own goals, all the time, especially in really important games. Would you be sad if he quit?

lester on May 30, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Nope….but I’d sure take a little time and reflect on his reasoning.

It’s pretty obvious (assuming he’s being genuine)…that he feels his party left him.

Tim_CA on May 30, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Davis will feel right at home given there is no difference in the parties.

Dante on May 30, 2012 at 8:27 PM

It might not be a cynical move at all…he might really mean what he says.

Terrye on May 30, 2012 at 8:28 PM

You’re in a team, everybody is working together to win. Then there’s this one guy who scores own goals,

lester on May 30, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Try using the English language.

CW on May 30, 2012 at 8:29 PM

That’s SEVEN … just today. People in office serving terms.

crosspatch on May 30, 2012 at 8:04 PM

There probably a lot more than seven in office in DC that should be serving terms…. oh you mean elected terms

phreshone on May 30, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Davis will feel right at home given there is no difference in the parties.

Dante on May 30, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Yes because the GOPers were all for Obamacare, Gay marriage, the ending of DADT, the attack on churches …..

Yeh they’re the same. /

You’re an idiot.

CW on May 30, 2012 at 8:30 PM

It might not be a cynical move at all…he might really mean what he says.

Terrye on May 30, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Like Arlen Specter?

AllahsNippleHair on May 30, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Davis will feel right at home given there is no difference in the parties.

Dante on May 30, 2012 at 8:27 PM

That’s okay, for the uninformed Shakespeare is no different from Dr. Seuss, a Rembrandt from an etch-a-sketch, or Twinkle Little Star from the Star Spangled Banner—they all would seem the same to the uneducated…we would expect that from you.

right2bright on May 30, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Davis is an opportunist. He has been called the Obama of Alabama because of his Harvard education and young black hipster persona.

He was in Congress from the part of Alabama called the Black Belt (70% black constituency and mostly poor no matter the race). If he were so inclined he could have stayed in Congress for the rest of his career. But he opted for higher office. He ran for Governor in 2010 and lost. I can’t help but think this conversion is more about political reality than anything else.

Alabama was the only place I have ever lived where I was cussed out for being a liberal. Alabama was the only place I have lived where the first question I was asked when moving in was what church I attend. And they meant it! Literaly within sight of the church I did attend were two others of the same denomination (and I really mean literally).

Davis is posturing.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Yes because the GOPers were all for Obamacare, Gay marriage, the ending of DADT, the attack on churches …..

Yeh they’re the same. /

You’re an idiot.

CW on May 30, 2012 at 8:30 PM

They’re for the growth of the State at the expense of liberty (but you can’t have one without the other), for increased spending, and for maintaining power.

Wake up.

Dante on May 30, 2012 at 8:37 PM

You’re in a team, everybody is working together to win. Then there’s this one guy who scores own goals, all the time, especially in really important games. Would you be sad if he quit?

lester on May 30, 2012 at 8:20 PM

You may be missing either a few words, or you are missing about 8 grades of English…Yeah, btw if this is what you meant, I would be sad if Michael Jordan quit during the 1991 season, or if Magic Johnson 1980 game 6 quit before the game…duhhhhh!!!

right2bright on May 30, 2012 at 8:37 PM

It might not be a cynical move at all…he might really mean what he says.

Terrye on May 30, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Quite possibly. We are very close to a watershed period with the Democrats. When Gov. Walker wins in Wisconsin next week it is going to be a very major blow to the Democrats nationwide. Here we have what was until very recently a deep blue state that has, practically overnight, turned Republican. Not only that, but a Republican governor absolutely gored a sacred cow of the Democratic Party and it looks like the people are going to support him in that. This is going to result in the emboldening of many other state governments. It could be the initial topping of the dam that erodes quickly into a wipeout of the Democrats on an even more epic scale than 2010 was at state and local levels.

People see what is happening to the economies of Europe. They clearly understand that the Democrats want to place us on that same road. At the same time there are a lot of center Democrats, the “Clinton Democrats”, who don’t want to be on that road. They voted for Obama last time. I doubt as many of them will vote for him this time. There are a lot of good Democrats out there, old school Democrats, who believe in a strong America and private enterprise and individual responsibility. It is apparent that they are having a hard time supporting Obama and the party policies.

The Democrats have raided every treasury, picked every pocket, and made every promise they can possibly make at this point. We are out of money and nearly out of being able to borrow more money. We have policies that look like they are *intended* to harm private enterprise and loot the wealth of people who have started from nothing. An increasing number of Americans do not want to be a part of that.

crosspatch on May 30, 2012 at 8:40 PM

I’m sensing some anger issues among the lefties here.

It’s almost like they’re afraid Davis and the other Dem defections in the past few days (months actually) are the drip, drip, drip before the floodgates burst open.

Flora Duh on May 30, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Former Dem Rep. Artur Davis: Why I’m becoming a Republican

… so he can hold elected office again?

Lawdawg86 on May 30, 2012 at 8:14 PM

That’s how I see it. He signed on with the Democrats, knew what they are and believed, bucked them along the way, got burned, and is now floating his resume with the Republicans now that the Democrats have shown him the door. It stinks of political opportunism.

With that said, he is going to have to do some serious heavy lifting — like trash Obama in prime time at the convention — to win my $$$.

And that’s how I feel about that. :-)

Punchenko on May 30, 2012 at 8:43 PM

I’m sensing some anger issues among the lefties here.

It’s almost like they’re afraid Davis and the other Dem defections in the past few days (months actually) are the drip, drip, drip before the floodgates burst open.

Flora Duh on May 30, 2012 at 8:41 PM

How far to the left can you shove the Dem Party?

Li’l bammie’s beginning to find out.

Tim_CA on May 30, 2012 at 8:49 PM

crosspatch on May 30, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Civil conversation? People here constantly accuse the president of the united states of being a Marxist, socialist, an American hater, racist,. They insult his wife, some have even crossed the line to involve his innocent kids and you call that civil?

Uppereastside on May 30, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Artur Davis was a Democrat? This is the real news.

lester on May 30, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Still hurting over this? You and ernesto seemed about to cry over it in the headlines.

Night Owl on May 30, 2012 at 7:46 PM

That was before the fax machine started humming.

CurtZHP on May 30, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Civil conversation? People here constantly accuse the president of the united states of being a Marxist, socialist, an American hater, racist,. They insult his wife, some have even crossed the line to involve his innocent kids and you call that civil?

Uppereastside on May 30, 2012 at 8:49 PM

“Why don’t you shut your whinny trap. Typical lib. Run along and cry for not being tough enough. Punk.”

Your day’s coming. Just like it came for EK, just like it came for libtardordie, just like it came for so many others. Accept it. It’s only a matter of time.

CurtZHP on May 30, 2012 at 8:53 PM

One word (that should be the only word): Welcome.

JackForce on May 30, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Yes.

Even if he turns out to be jumping from a sinking ship and goes back to being a Dem, we need to show, even though it should be obvious, that conservatism is color blind.

kim roy on May 30, 2012 at 8:53 PM

crosspatch on May 30, 2012 at 8:40 PM

100%

Thank You internet, “New Media”, and conservative talk radio.

Tim_CA on May 30, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Uppereastside on May 30, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Good Lord sweetheart…..shouldn’t you be in bed?

Tim_CA on May 30, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Your day’s coming. Just like it came for EK, just like it came for libtardordie, just like it came for so many others. Accept it. It’s only a matter of time.

CurtZHP on May 30, 2012 at 8:53 PM

No way, elena was banned? When? I hope it was an awesome flameout, blood and guts.

arnold ziffel on May 30, 2012 at 8:56 PM

crosspatch on May 30, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Civil conversation? People here constantly accuse the president of the united states of being a Marxist, socialist, an American hater, racist,. They insult his wife, some have even crossed the line to involve his innocent kids and you call that civil?

Uppereastside on May 30, 2012 at 8:49 PM

See Sarah Palin and her family treatment from your slimy side, hell, any conservative women and get back to us, you sniveling little stain.

AllahsNippleHair on May 30, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Your day’s coming. Just like it came for EK, just like it came for libtardordie, just like it came for so many others. Accept it. It’s only a matter of time.

CurtZHP on May 30, 2012 at 8:53 PM

I am so scared.

Uppereastside on May 30, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Hey UpperEastSide…

… What say you?

/

Seven Percent Solution on May 30, 2012 at 7:46 PM

I say you can have him now. We are done effin his a$$ up. No need for protection. We have been tested and we are all clean.

Uppereastside on May 30, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Glad he escaped before you tied him to the back of the truck. What is WRONG with you? Thanks for proving those of us who think liberals racists correct.

kim roy on May 30, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Your day’s coming. Just like it came for EK, just like it came for libtardordie, just like it came for so many others. Accept it. It’s only a matter of time.

CurtZHP on May 30, 2012 at 8:53 PM

lol….say what you will about libfreeordie….but compared to upper….it was a friggin’ genius.

Tim_CA on May 30, 2012 at 9:00 PM

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