Video: 2008 Obama backer Artur Davis will vote for Mitt Romney

posted at 12:36 pm on June 12, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Consider this the answer to the recent “Jeb Bush says Ronald Reagan couldn’t get nominated in today’s GOP” media story du jour.  That’s a rather absurd statement to make just weeks after Mitt Romney became the presumptive GOP nominee, but even while making the argument Bush never suggested that he’d vote for Barack Obama as a protest to his party’s shift on policy.  Former Rep. Artur Davis, on the other hand, not only moved states and moved parties after endorsing Obama in 2008, he’s now on record as committed to voting for Romney instead of Obama in November:

Not surprisingly, Mitt Romney supporters are promoting Davis’ switch, as well as his argument:

I’m going to vote for Governor Romney. … I think he has the potential to be a very good president in this country.

You leave a party because on the whole range of issues you just don’t feel the comfort, you don’t feel the home anymore. That’s where I am but I’m not alone.  Millions of Americans who supported the Democratic Party four years ago have left because they no longer see their views and their common sense represented in the Democratic Party.

Party switchers always make great news.  Republicans had Zell Miller in 2004, Democrats got Colin Powell in 2008 (although it’s unclear whether they’ll get him again in 2012).  Political apostates always make their new friends feel happy about their position, and get former allies in a lather over their purported disloyalty.  Davis’ case may sting a bit more than usual, because progressives have accused people of latent racism for their opposition to Obama, and Davis’ conversion makes that argument a little more ridiculous difficult to win.

Anyway, have fun with this, at least until the next Republican conversion to Obama … assuming one comes.


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Anyway, have fun with this, at least until the next Republican conversion to Obama … assuming one comes.

Meghan McCain. Watch.

lorien1973 on June 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM

WOW, may more choose to do what your plan to do Davis!
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letget on June 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM

The party left him.

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Even before he switched, he was a great guy. A moderate D friend of mine worked for him and had nothing but good things to say. Welcome, Congressman Davis.

BuzzCrutcher on June 12, 2012 at 12:41 PM

He must be racist!

Tater Salad on June 12, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Welcome Home Mr. Davis.

Tim_CA on June 12, 2012 at 12:43 PM

CBC denouncing him in 5…4….3..

cmsinaz on June 12, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Perhaps the first of a wave of Dems who are looking for a new home…

Mallard T. Drake on June 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Anyway, have fun with this, at least until the next Republican conversion to Obama … assuming one comes.

This one

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM

and Davis’ conversion makes that argument a little more ridiculous difficult to win.

they’ll sure try….guaranteed

cmsinaz on June 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Meghan McCain. Watch.

lorien1973 on June 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Not enough screen to watch; however, even she’s been upset with Obama’s leaking.

aryeung on June 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Anyway, have fun with this, at least until the next Republican conversion to Obama … assuming one comes.

If there are any Republicans out there for whom Mitt Romney is too severely conservative, then they were never Republicans at all. They were, in fact, something to the left of a democrat. And when they “switch parties,” they’ll still be.

Rational Thought on June 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Jeb Bush calls Artur Davis a Tea Party extremist in 3…2…1…

novaculus on June 12, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Anyway, have fun with this, at least until the next Republican conversion to Obama … assuming one comes.

Meghan McCain. Watch.

lorien1973 on June 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM

That would be an earth -shattering event and a devastating blow for the GOP :)…

jimver on June 12, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Davis’ case may sting a bit more than usual, because progressives have accused people of latent racism for their opposition to Obama, and Davis’ conversion makes that argument a little more difficult to win.

Don’t kid yourself. Liberals have no problem accusing black conservatives of anti-black bigotry. Just look at the way they treat C. Rice, C. Thomas, T. Sowell etc etc etc. In a lefty’s world accusations of racism know no bounds.

SoRight on June 12, 2012 at 12:48 PM

I saw this last night and what Davis said and how he said it was well thought out and very well expressed. I wish all politicians would express themselves this clearly and calmly.

stukinIL4now on June 12, 2012 at 12:48 PM

If Mr. Davis were abandoning the right instead of the left-this would no doubt get wall to wall coverage. This would be evidence of a huge rift in the GOP and would be blamed on those extremist Tea Partiers.

TampaBayBull on June 12, 2012 at 12:49 PM

AwesomLicious!!

Top Democrat known as ‘the second black President’ defects to Republicans
PUBLISHED: 00:12 GMT,31 May 2012
UPDATED: 00:13 GMT, 31 May 2012
*******************************

A former Democratic congressman and leading 2008 supporter of Barack Obama who was often referred to jokingly as

‘the second black President’

has switched his voter registration in preparation for a possible election run as a Republican.

The defection of Artur Davis, 44,

Harvard-educated and a one-time rising star in the party who was the first member of Congress outside Illinois

to back Obama against Hillary Clinton,

is a major symbolic blow to the President.(More….)
==========================================

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2152442/Former-Democratic-congressman-Artur-Davis-registers-Republican-election.html

canopfor on June 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Looks like Team Blue crew member,has escaped the Obama
Titanic,before the coming icebergy!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on June 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM

That would be an earth -shattering event and a devastating blow for the GOP :)…

jimver on June 12, 2012 at 12:47 PM

If it would get HA to stop caring about her nonsensical ramblings, I’m for it.

The Rogue Tomato on June 12, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Leaving the liberal Democratic plantation usually elicits name calling — Uncle Tom, oreo, etc.

farsighted on June 12, 2012 at 12:53 PM

He will be labeled as an “Uncle Tom” in 5,4,3,2,1….

Deano1952 on June 12, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Colon Powell is a man without a core, a party, character, soul. He just used every single system and party for hiw own gains. He was never a R. Plus, his wife is a staunch D. Let them. No one should miss such a user.

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Miss Lindsey can go to Hades, any moment now.

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Colin Powell was unavailable for comment.

farsighted on June 12, 2012 at 12:54 PM

What a racist!

CycloneCDB on June 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM

DNC Porch Minders—-hardest hit.

ted c on June 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Oh boy,the Black Congressional Caucus must be p*ssed!!

canopfor on June 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Colon Powell is in town this week signing his book. They had it on the local conservative radio station here. I wondered why they even bothered.

CycloneCDB on June 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM

If you have any intelligence or integrity, it’s obvious that Obama and his policies are destroying the U.S. economy. The less you have to start with, the harder it hurts, thus African Americans are faring worse in this meltdown. For the U.S. to recover we have to elect someone other than Obama.

Congratulations to Davis for acknowledging this.

A financially conservative congress would help the U. S. recover, too.

talkingpoints on June 12, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Colin Powell was unavailable for comment.

farsighted on June 12, 2012 at 12:54 PM

He’s busy drafting his Obama endorsement speech…thiugh, if you ask me, he can use the one from the last elections :)…

jimver on June 12, 2012 at 12:58 PM

From,a African American Conservative site!

Artur Davis Tells Fox News Why He Defected from Obama and Became a Republican
June 1, 2012
************

Artur Davis is a respected black Congressman from Alabama who has had his fill with the Democratic Party. He is likely going to be the new darling of the Republican Party after defecting from Obama and the Democrats and crossing party lines. TheGrio.com writes about Davis’ criticism of President Obama:

After GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s failed attempt to ingratiate himself with black voters last week the Republican Party is cheering the defection of one time Congressional Black Caucus member Artur Davis of Alabama. The former Democratic Congressman and candidate for governor has grown disenchanted with the party and become a Republican. This move brings a legitimate African-American political figure into the fold of the GOP, while simultaneously giving the Republican Party a chance appeal to appeal to a broader coalition of voters. Davis told Fox News that he made his decision in part because he is disappointed in President Obama and the direction that the country is headed under his leadership.(More…)
===========================

http://www.blackbluedog.com/2012/06/politics/artur-davis-tells-fox-news-why-he-defected-from-obama-and-became-a-republican/#

canopfor on June 12, 2012 at 1:01 PM

A former Democratic congressman and leading 2008 supporter of Barack Obama who was often referred to jokingly as‘the second black President’
has switched his voter registration in preparation for a possible election run as a Republican.The defection of Artur Davis, 44,
Harvard-educated and a one-time rising star in the party who was the first member of Congress outside Illinois to back Obama against Hillary Clinton,is a major symbolic blow to the President

h/t canopfor’s link for the quoteh.

but Wow.

ted c on June 12, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Anyway, have fun with this, at least until the next Republican conversion to Obama … assuming one comes.

Meghan McCain. Watch.

lorien1973 on June 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Highly unlikely. I have no use for Meghan McCain and she annoys me, but she was a Romney backer from before the primaries even started and she despises Obama.

GOPRanknFile on June 12, 2012 at 1:04 PM

The former Democratic Congressman and candidate for governor has grown disenchanted with the party and become a Republican. This move brings a legitimate African-American political figure into the fold of the GOP, while simultaneously giving the Republican Party a chance appeal to appeal to a broader coalition of voters.

did you hear that Tim Scott? Allen West??????

ted c on June 12, 2012 at 1:04 PM

I’d love to see Heath Shuler flip.

hawkdriver on June 12, 2012 at 1:04 PM

If I were Tim Scott and Allen West, I’d invite Davis out for some beers and start schedulin’ some events if you know whut I’m sezzin.

ted c on June 12, 2012 at 1:05 PM

I’d love to see Heath Shuler flip.

hawkdriver on June 12, 2012 at 1:04 PM

drop him a line…..

ted c on June 12, 2012 at 1:06 PM

No more DC cocktail party invitations for him!!

Khun Joe on June 12, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Art Davis called the biggest unkle tom in the US in 5…4…3…

phreshone on June 12, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Anyway, have fun with this, at least until the next Republican conversion to Obama … assuming one comes.

Meghan McCain. Watch.

lorien1973 on June 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Brooks, Frum, Scarborough.

peski on June 12, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Artur Davis should get a primetime speech at the convention (following the likes of Zell Miller in 2004 and Joe Lieberman in 2008). In one fell swoop, it would shatter the narrative by the MSM that the Republicans are filled with extremists and racists.

GOPRanknFile on June 12, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Now if we can only get Artur Davis to spill the beans about the true nature of the Democrat party…

Seven Percent Solution on June 12, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Don’t kid yourself. Liberals have no problem accusing black conservatives of anti-black bigotry. Just look at the way they treat C. Rice, C. Thomas, T. Sowell etc etc etc. In a lefty’s world accusations of racism know no bounds.

SoRight on June 12, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Well, think of it this way… If you ever come across it personally, just point out that Republicans were the party of abolition and Civil Rights (MLK), while the Democrats were the party of slavery, segregation and the KKK. So who are the race traitors again?

dominigan on June 12, 2012 at 1:10 PM

drop him a line…..

ted c on June 12, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Better not. He might remember me taunting him from the cheap seats in Skins game against the Cowboys.

Seriously, his district (11) is Asheville and pretty liberal. I wonder if he did flip could he still be electable there.

Really, maybe I will drop a note to his office.

hawkdriver on June 12, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Art Davis called the biggest unkle tom in the US in 5…4…3…

phreshone on June 12, 2012 at 1:06 PM

By Dan Lemon or/and Soledad O’Bright :)… To lend more credence :)…

jimver on June 12, 2012 at 1:12 PM

h/t canopfor’s link for the quoteh.

but Wow.

ted c on June 12, 2012 at 1:03 PM

ted c:This guy,was the perfect Democrat,what a blow
to the DNC!!:)

canopfor on June 12, 2012 at 1:15 PM

What a well-spoken, articulate, humble man (only important people make endorsements, and I am not in that category).

DuctTapeMyBrain on June 12, 2012 at 1:22 PM

I’d love to see Heath Shuler flip.

hawkdriver on June 12, 2012 at 1:04 PM

If you have seen Shuler’s voting record, you will know it probably won’t happen. I blasted my representative over the carbon tax fiasco. While he may be partially social conservative, his voting habits dictate he is a member of the great democrat utopian society.

Turtle317 on June 12, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Racist!!

JohnGalt23 on June 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM

If you have seen Shuler’s voting record, you will know it probably won’t happen. I blasted my representative over the carbon tax fiasco. While he may be partially social conservative, his voting habits dictate he is a member of the great democrat utopian society.

Turtle317 on June 12, 2012 at 1:22 PM

I’d say he was at least a degree more Conservative than Scott Brown.

hawkdriver on June 12, 2012 at 1:26 PM

I would also like to add Mr. Shuler’s excuse as to why he did not vote for H.R. 2 at the beginning of the year to repeal ObamaCare:

Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 2, a bill to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which was passed in March of 2010. I welcome the opportunity to hear your views on the issues that are important to you and Western North Carolina.

While I did not support the healthcare reform bill when it came to the House floor in 2010, I also did not support its total repeal and the political theater that ensued. The repeal simply continued the divisive nature of political discourse and did nothing to address the needs of American families and businesses.

The healthcare legislation that passed last year had serious flaws. However, it included a number of positive provisions. For example, the bill prevents insurance companies from denying individuals coverage because they fell ill or have a pre-existing condition. I also support provisions that allow young adults to remain on their parents’ insurance until the age of 26. In addition, the healthcare reform law closes the Medicare prescription drug benefit donut hole so more seniors can afford all their medications. I believe that it would be immoral and unproductive to take those things away.

Instead of a simple repeal, we must take steps to improve the current healthcare law. In January, I supported two separate efforts to address some of the negative impacts of the bill. Along with more than 250 of my colleagues from both sides of the aisle, I cosponsored H.R. 4, the Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act of 2011, which would repeal the onerous 1099 reporting requirements placed on small businesses by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. I also voted in favor of H.Res. 9, a bill that passed the House and directs the appropriate committees to write new healthcare legislation to potentially replace the existing law.

I believe reforming our broken healthcare system is not just a matter of saving our country from financial ruin; it is a moral obligation. Every day, I read letters and hear stories from people across Western North Carolina who are suffering because they cannot afford health insurance. We need to be working together to address the very real healthcare challenges before us by keeping the portions of the law that work, and fixing the portions that do not. I pledge to continue to work with my colleagues to address specific areas within the bill that need improvement.

I appreciate you taking the time to contact me regarding this issue. Please check my website at http://shuler.house.gov/ for continued updates on my work, and do not hesitate to contact me again about the issues that are important to you. It is an honor to serve you in the United States Congress.

Now tell me again that Mr. Shuler may flip?

Turtle317 on June 12, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Anyway, have fun with this, at least until the next Republican conversion to Obama … assuming one comes.
Meghan McCain. Watch.

lorien1973 on June 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Brooks, Frum, Scarborough.

peski on June 12, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Since when brooks, frum and scar….are cons? At least peggy noonan has seen the light and she doesn’t seem to be drinking the obama koolaid anymore (and she’s brighter than the collective three of them, to be sure), but the three stooges are just caricatures of their former selves, frum at least doesn’t make any sense at all and brooks is more confused than ever with his pedalling back and forth between the two irreconcilable worldviews…in his last article he basically accuses the citizenry at large for being bad followers (of our govt leaders that iis :), in his own words, we don’t have an authority or leadership crisis, but a ‘followership’ crisis :)…soo, t’is the cynical people/citizenry’s fault fior the bad state of affairs nowadays, they are fhe poblem coz they can’t get in line in a disciplined manner and approve of their dear leaders :)….subtle, eh :)…you betcha some personality cultists in n korea or elsewhere are envious for they don’t have a brooks :)…

jimver on June 12, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Now tell me again that Mr. Shuler may flip?

Turtle317 on June 12, 2012 at 1:28 PM

He doesn’t sound any different than some progressive republicans in reference to the health care bill. As a matter of fact, change the name of the author of your post to Governor Romney and it’s not much different than his sentiment.

Pick some of the bills that were shoved through during the lame duck congress in 10 and then tell me how Scott Brown still calls himself a republican. At least by your standards.

hawkdriver on June 12, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Democrats got Colin Powell in 2008 (although it’s unclear whether they’ll get him again in 2012).

Yeah, well, do we want him back? I personally don’t – would rather he just went away and enjoyed retirement very quietly somewhere.

kim roy on June 12, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Pick some of the bills that were shoved through during the lame duck congress in 10 and then tell me how Scott Brown still calls himself a republican. At least by your standards.

hawkdriver on June 12, 2012 at 1:40 PM

On that score, I would have to agree with you. I think the only way Scott won in Mass. was because he was liberal enough for that state. Where Shuler fails, IMHO, is that he strikes me as the type who actually was in FAVOR of O’Care, but voted against it because he knew it would pass anyway, just to show to the voters his record. But when O’Care was threatened, his true colors came out.

Turtle317 on June 12, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Artur Davis should get a primetime speech at the convention (following the likes of Zell Miller in 2004 and Joe Lieberman in 2008). In one fell swoop, it would shatter the narrative by the MSM that the Republicans are filled with extremists and racists.

GOPRanknFile on June 12, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Stockholm syndrome.

Have any of the liberals used that one yet?

kim roy on June 12, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Mr. Davis,

PLEASE release copies of all the emails you have received after your announcement to switch parties and now after your announcement to vote for Romney.

Give us all a chance to see the loving responses from liberals.

sdbatboy on June 12, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Turtle317 on June 12, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Fair enough. And maybe on his motivations.

Thanks for the exchange.

hawkdriver on June 12, 2012 at 1:53 PM

O/T, sorry. Does anyone know when we’ll hear from the Supreme Court on Obamacare? End of this month? Any day now? How much notice will we get?

Even the slimiest rats will jump ship if O-care gets the boot. (Not good quality men like Artur Davis.)

Do we have to let the rats onto the Carpathia? Can’t they linger in the lifeboats for a while? ;-)

Grace_is_sufficient on June 12, 2012 at 1:54 PM

My pleasure, hawkdriver. I’ve always appreciated your insight in the past as well.

Turtle317 on June 12, 2012 at 1:55 PM

3…2…1..ALL lunatic-left d-cRAT socialist extremists and their stooges and puppets in the socialist media: “DAVIS IS AN UNCLE TOM AND HE’S A RACIST and he must be lynched from the nearest tree to set an example to anybody else who has the audacity to want to disown TheONE !”

TeaPartyNation on June 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Sorry, not buying it.

Knott Buyinit on June 12, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Mr. Davis, come in on, take your shoes off and stay awhile.

WELCOME!

Laura in Maryland on June 12, 2012 at 2:13 PM

“You leave a party because on the whole range of issues you just don’t feel the comfort, you don’t feel the home anymore you don’t think you can get elected again.”

There. Fixed it for him.

Droopy on June 12, 2012 at 2:17 PM

RINO.

Beat it.

MisterElephant on June 12, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Perhaps the first of a wave of Dems who are looking for a new home…

Mallard T. Drake on June 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM

..saw the entire segment on Greta last night. Don’t you like his humility about not being able to endorse Romney because endorsements are only for important people? And then he goes on to state he will vote for Romney AND GIVES A PRO FORMA ENDORSEMENT. Color me naive, but he seems genuinely sincere.

Chilling afterthought if you are The Pantload, Axelturd, or one of the clown troupe: Davis’ claim that “millions of Americans who supported the Democrat party” in 2008 are leaving in 2012.

Be afraid, be very afraid.

The War Planner on June 12, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Chilling afterthought if you are The Pantload, Axelturd, or one of the clown troupe: Davis’ claim that “millions of Americans who supported the Democrat party” in 2008 are leaving in 2012.

Be afraid, be very afraid.

The War Planner on June 12, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Better yet, when the president loses 40% of the votes in two state primaries…

…just sayin’.

Turtle317 on June 12, 2012 at 2:33 PM

he’s now on record as committed to voting for Romney instead of Obama in November:

I say good on him!

Now que the usual race-baiting suspects on the left to begin calling him “uncle Tom” in 3, 2, 1 with no ramifications…

Liberty or Death on June 12, 2012 at 2:34 PM

…compare Mr. Davis to Mr. Sharpton…who should have a TV show?

KOOLAID2 on June 12, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Democrats got Colin Powell in 2008 (although it’s unclear whether they’ll get him again in 2012).

Yeah, well, do we want him back? I personally don’t – would rather he just went away and enjoyed retirement very quietly somewhere.

kim roy on June 12, 2012 at 1:46 PM

I have every confidence he will vote skin color again in 2012.

SKYFOX on June 12, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Nitpicky point: Zell Miller never switched parties. He endorsed and voted for Bush – as well as a host of other Republicans – after 9/11 made him see things differently, but he has sworn that no matter how he votes he will never switch parties and will die a Democrat out of deference to his mom and dad.

Cam Winston on June 12, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Colin Powell is a bozo, no one cares who ‘has’ him. I don’t particularly want him in the Republican camp.

slickwillie2001 on June 12, 2012 at 3:51 PM