GOP convention to feature former Obama co-chair Artur Davis

posted at 8:41 am on August 16, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The RNC and convention organizers announced six more speakers for the convention overnight, all but one of them significant figures within the new generation of Republican leadership.  That one, however, will be the big story.  Former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis, who co-chaired the 2008 Barack Obama campaign and seconded his nomination at that year’s convention, will speak at the Republican convention to exhort people to vote Obama out of office:

Former congressman Artur Davis from Alabama, who officially seconded President Obama’s nomination at the 2008 Democratic convention, said on Wednesday that he will cap off a remarkable political metamorphosis by addressing the Republican convention this year — calling for Obama’s defeat.

Davis said in a telephone interview that he had been given a speaking slot at the Republican convention in Tampa later this month. Davis said he was not sure yet of the day on which he would speak.

But Davis said he planned to speak for millions of Americans who, like him, had traced a path from hope to disillusionment with Obama. After spending his entire political career as a Democrat, Davis declared earlier this year that he was a Republican.

“The one thing that I can bring to the table is to be something of a voice for that group of people,” Davis said in announcing his speaking slot.

This follows the approach from yesterday’s AFP ads, which mournfully lament the failure of Hopenchange to lead as President.  It’s a subtle and smart tactic that allows moderates to still express some kind of affection for Obama while sending him into retirement.  In its own way, it takes some of the venom out of politics by separating job performance from personality — although don’t expect the talking heads at MSNBC or CNN to give the Koch-brothers-backed AFP any credit for that.

Davis will, however, draw attention to that very concept.  He told the Washington Post that he’ll focus on two failures, direct promises from Obama that not only went unfulfilled but ended up making things worse: unifying the country and turning the economy around.  As Obama’s former campaign co-chair, he will have unique insight into exactly how Obama has failed the country, and will force the media to cover it based on the news value of his apostasy.  Investors Business Daily thinks he’ll have lots of material to use that the media has thus far ignored:

So which candidate is the press complaining about?

In a front page story on Wednesday, the Washington Post attacked Romney, not Obama, for adding “an even uglier tone” to the campaign. …

But you will search that Post story in vain for any reference to the series of bogus claims made by team Obama about Romney’s tenure at Bain. You won’t find a mention of Sen. Harry Reid’s completely unfounded accusations that Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years.

There’s no mention of the Obama campaign’s repeated false claims that Romney opposes abortion even in the case of rape and incest — which earned a “pants on fire” rating by Politifact for being so blatantly false.

And while it mentions that despicable Obama superPAC ad, the Post story fails to explain it was wrong on all the key facts, or mention how Obama campaign aides lied about knowing about the ad before it aired.

And has the media — other than ABC’s Jake Tapper — bothered to notice that Obama has been using Seamus the Roof Riding Dog as an argument for re-election all week?

The announcement of Davis’ slot will overshadow the A-list of the Republican bench added overnight, although I doubt any of them mind:

  • U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, United States Senator from New Hampshire and former New Hampshire Attorney General.
  • Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, 55th Governor of Louisiana, winning election in 2007 and winning reelection in all of the state’s 64 parishes in 2011; former U.S. Congressman; led the state’s response to the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf in 2010. 
  • Congressman Connie Mack won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Florida on August 14th and was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in November 2004.
  • Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, chairman of the Republican Governors Association and chairman of the Republican National Convention Committee on Resolutions, commonly known as the Platform Committee. 
  • U.S. Senator Rob Portman, U.S. Senator from Ohio who won election in 2010 by 18 points, winning 82 of Ohio’s 88 counties, and former Congressman from Ohio’s 2nd district. He is also a former U.S. Trade Representative and former Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

It’s safe to say that there are still a lot more speakers to be announced.  Keep your eyes peeled as the date gets closer.


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Zell Miller 2012.

aunursa on August 16, 2012 at 8:43 AM

I can’t remember who it was, but a Hot Air member called this a week ago.

hawkdriver on August 16, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Davis is an interesting addition to the line up and I’ll be looking forward to hearing what he has to say. Get ready for the other side to rally the H8rs though. That’s their whole playbook and they’re never more vicious than when someone escapes the plantation and finds political freedom.

CitizenEgg on August 16, 2012 at 8:44 AM

This guy is a BIG WIN for the GOP. Pleasant, not angry, not a butt-hurt primary bridesmaid, just a good man who is so, so disappointed with what barack obama has done to the democrat party.

Rational Thought on August 16, 2012 at 8:45 AM

I think Zell Miller’s “spitballs” speech, coming right on the heels of John Effing Kerry (who served in Vietnam)’s “I voted for the 87 million dollars before I voted against it” gaffe was the turning point of the 2004 campaign.

wildcat72 on August 16, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis, who co-chaired the 2008 Barack Obama campaign and seconded his nomination at that year’s convention, will speak at the Republican convention to exhort people to vote Obama out of office:

Oh man, this is going to be like an IV filled with Drano turned on slow drip for the Democrats. I’m sure they’re going to make his life hell in every way they can between now and then.

ted c on August 16, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Although the Left and MFM will attempt to use the ‘Uncle Tom’ attack, it won’t fly with Obama’s own campaign co-chair.

That is one serious below the waterline hit getting lined up and there is zilch that the Left or MFM can do about it.

ajacksonian on August 16, 2012 at 8:46 AM

But Davis said he planned to speak for millions of Americans who, like him, had traced a path from hope to disillusionment with Obama.

ZOMGosh! didja hear that Axelrod!!! the peeps are going to hear it now!

ted c on August 16, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Cue the “tolerance and respect for personal choice” by the Liberal squealing class in 3…2…

heldmyw on August 16, 2012 at 8:48 AM

That is one serious below the waterline hit getting lined up and there is zilch that the Left or MFM can do about it.

ajacksonian on August 16, 2012 at 8:46 AM

I’d stay far away from baby milk and aspirin factories in the Middle East around speechtime IYKWIMAITTYD.

ted c on August 16, 2012 at 8:49 AM

It’s a subtle and smart tactic that allows moderates to still express some kind of affection for Obama while sending him into retirement.

Damning with faint praise???

ted c on August 16, 2012 at 8:50 AM

I’m sure they’re going to make his life hell in every way they can between now and then.

ted c on August 16, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Don’t be silly, ted. I’m sure that Legtingles, Madcow and Sgt. Schlitz will be measured and respectful in their comments. Gotta go, the nurse just showed up with my meds.

swinia sutki on August 16, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Davis, Jindal, and McDonnell are all good additions to the lineup. They better give Col. West a slot though.

Doughboy on August 16, 2012 at 8:51 AM

That’s their whole playbook and they’re never more vicious than when someone escapes the plantation and finds political freedom.

CitizenEgg on August 16, 2012 at 8:44 AM

there is a guy with a book out titled just something like that right now. He’s either a politician, or a preacher, I can’t recall, but he’s a black guy and I’m pretty sure it’s not artur davis.

ted c on August 16, 2012 at 8:52 AM

I think it’s great and quite the coup. Another disaffected democrat speaks up, risking his person and career and the right is there to have his back. Hopefully, this conversion sticks and we don’t end up with another Juan Williams going off the rails once the dust settles.

If the above makes no sense, blame it on a dearth of caffeine and being too lazy to re-do.

totherightofthem on August 16, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Good. Artur Davis is a Harvard man who seems to have done something positive with the opportunity and not hung up on race-baiting as is Oblamer’s shtick.

He’s from the Birmingham area (another city devastated by Democrat corruption e.g. cell-occupant Chris McNair, ex-mayor Arrington and Arrington crony the current Mayor William Bell) , embezzlement (McNair again) and complicit media e.g. Birmingham News) yet seems to have stayed true to the pre-Great Society traditional black family values of religion, avoidance of special group rights for homosexuals, and trying to reverse the corruption of urban public schools by which the Dimocrats manage to continue the enslavement of the ghettos.

viking01 on August 16, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Arthur Davis: Rising Star

GOP +1

petefrt on August 16, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Davis is an interesting addition to the line up and I’ll be looking forward to hearing what he has to say. Get ready for the other side to rally the H8rs though. That’s their whole playbook and they’re never more vicious than when someone escapes the plantation and finds political freedom.

CitizenEgg on August 16, 2012 at 8:44 AM

The haters got cranked up on Davis, here in Alabama, right after he voted against Obamacare.

AubieJon on August 16, 2012 at 8:55 AM

there is a guy with a book out titled just something like that right now. He’s either a politician, or a preacher, I can’t recall, but he’s a black guy and I’m pretty sure it’s not artur davis.

ted c on August 16, 2012 at 8:52 AM

It’s a movie made by Rev. C.L. Bryant and others.

totherightofthem on August 16, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Shotwell/Davis 2012?

abobo on August 16, 2012 at 8:58 AM

It’s a movie made by Rev. C.L. Bryant and others.

totherightofthem on August 16, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Bingo! that’s it. thank you for the help.

ted c on August 16, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Pleasant, not angry, not a butt-hurt primary bridesmaid, just a good man who is so, so disappointed with what barack obama has done to the democrat party.

Rational Thought on August 16, 2012 at 8:45 AM

I have never really heard of this guy.

There might be some hope in the world yet.

Badger40 on August 16, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Over the decades I’ve been observing politics I’ve seen politicians of both parties lie like dogs.

But in all those years, I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a politician as this.

“We’re going around the country, talking about, ‘How do we put people back to work? How do we improve our schools? How do we make sure that we’re producing American energy? How do we lower our debt in a responsible way?’ And I don’t think you or anybody who’s been watching the campaign would say that in any way we have tried to divide the country. We’ve always tried to bring the country together,” President Obama said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/08/15/obama_i_dont_think_anyone_would_suggest_ive_tried_to_divide_the_country.html

He makes Pravda of the old Soviet Union seem like a truth telling machine.

It’s breathtaking the lies this man will tell.

Artur Davis is going to have quite a treasure trove of quotes to use on Obama. Add this one to the list.

PappyD61 on August 16, 2012 at 9:03 AM

And has the media — other than ABC’s Jake Tapper — bothered to notice that Obama has been using Seamus the Roof Riding Dog as an argument for re-election all week?

Of course not…they’re too busy asking Romney about his tax returns and wondering why oh why he’d have a problem with Biden’s chains remark. It drives me absolutely nuts how they run interference for Obama and the Dems as a whole…it’s criminal, frankly. Obama is the one running the dirty campaign, because he can’t run on his record…if we had anything resembling an honest media, that would be the story. Instead, we just get arms of the DNC basically running his campaign for him.

changer1701 on August 16, 2012 at 9:03 AM

It’s a movie made by Rev. C.L. Bryant and others.

totherightofthem on August 16, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Bingo! that’s it. thank you for the help.

ted c on August 16, 2012 at 8:59 AM

That looks very interesting. Thanks for the heads up!

CitizenEgg on August 16, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Bingo! that’s it. thank you for the help.

ted c on August 16, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Anytime. I’m just disappointed that it won’t be showing in the Detroit metropolitan area, where I live. Talk about someplace that really, really needs this movie. . ..

totherightofthem on August 16, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Automatic 45% re-elect for Obama.

Automatic 95% re-elect # from the Black community.

Mr. Davis, you have your work cut out for you.

PappyD61 on August 16, 2012 at 9:05 AM

That looks very interesting. Thanks for the heads up!

CitizenEgg on August 16, 2012 at 9:04 AM

YW. The trailer, alone, makes me want to see it. Alas, I’ll have to wait to buy it or get it off Netflix (to which I do not have a subscription, yet), or something.

totherightofthem on August 16, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Zell Miller 2012.

aunursa on August 16, 2012 at 8:43 AM

That’s the first thing I thought of as well. The funniest part of his keynote was that spitball comment

JetBoy on August 16, 2012 at 9:07 AM

This please me no end.
He’s been brutal in TV interviews and on panels.
Go Artur !!

pambi on August 16, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Can hardly wait for that Portman speech. It’s probably going to be a real barn burner.

rogaineguy on August 16, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Ed sees this is a good thing. What Ed doesn’t see is just how blurred the lines are between R and D. Just like Ryan voting alongside Obama and Biden or Erskine Bowles praising Ryan.

It doesn’t matter to an automaton. Just pull the lever for anyone with the letter ‘R’ after his name. That’s doing the good work.

Dante on August 16, 2012 at 9:10 AM

totherightofthem on August 16, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Yep that’s a powerful trailer. The cameo of Andrew Breitbart gave me a twinge of sadness. I still miss the man. He’d be having a ball with this campaign dontcha think?

Netflix is well worth the subscription. I cancelled my cable and increased my internet bandwidth. Saving money and enjoying the selection immensely.

CitizenEgg on August 16, 2012 at 9:10 AM

It doesn’t matter to an automaton. Just pull the lever for anyone with the letter ‘R’ after his name. That’s doing the good work.

Dante on August 16, 2012 at 9:10 AM

It would be interesting to see statistics on how many voters – R or D – actually vote straight tickets. More interesting than the watery, verbal farting of a troll.

AubieJon on August 16, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Let me stipulate this: I definitely think that, in keeping with a long tradition of Southern politicians, some of Davis’ switch from Dem to Rep is opportunism.

That said, it isn’t entirely so, and he was always more conservative than the average Democrat who populates Capitol Hill.

Furthermore, the guy is a very talented communicator. Not talented in a “preacher”-like way but in a conversational, reasonable way that reminds of a smart next-door neighbor.

He could have a big future in Virginia politics if he chooses to go that route.

Robert_Paulson on August 16, 2012 at 9:14 AM

PappyD61 on August 16, 2012 at 9:03 AM

+1
Spot on.

I’m thinking Ed will run this as a separate story. It deserves it.

VietVet_Dave on August 16, 2012 at 9:15 AM

ted c on August 16, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Yes I’m sure there will be an attempt at some dog-wagging.

Then Israel just might decide to launch an October Surprise on Iran, and then the real foreign policy ability of Obama will shine through… oh, wait… he doesn’t have any… so sorry!

ajacksonian on August 16, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Again with life-long, virulent, doctrinaire, attack-dog, uber-lib, yet suddenly universally respected and trusted turncoat Artur Davis? The RNC is Flirtin’ with Disaster (hey, anything for a Molly Hatchet tie-in).

Knott Buyinit on August 16, 2012 at 9:20 AM

I read a story about him on CNN.com yesterday and the leftist commenters (meaning ALL of them) were going nuts. Sellout was a typical label. Reading those comments just cemented the fact that CNN is ridiculously left now.

ktrich on August 16, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Again with life-long, virulent, doctrinaire, attack-dog, uber-lib, yet suddenly universally respected and trusted turncoat Artur Davis? The RNC is Flirtin’ with Disaster (hey, anything for a Molly Hatchet tie-in).

Knott Buyinit on August 16, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Hey, but did you hear what Erskine Bowles said?

Dante on August 16, 2012 at 9:24 AM

That’s their whole playbook and they’re never more vicious than when someone escapes the plantation and finds political freedom.

CitizenEgg on August 16, 2012 at 8:44 AM

there is a guy with a book out titled just something like that right now. He’s either a politician, or a preacher, I can’t recall, but he’s a black guy and I’m pretty sure it’s not artur davis.

ted c on August 16, 2012 at 8:52 AM

First, mega kudos to Artur Davis for leaving the Democratic plantation and becoming part of the new “Underground Railroad” to lead slaves to freedom.

Second, there’s both this 1990′s book by C. Mason Weaver:

It’s OK to Leave the Plantation:
The New Underground Railroad

As well as this brand new movie by Rev. C.L. Bryant, featuring many familiar faces:

Runaway Slave

I have a feeling that there are going to be quite a few runaway slaves this November, and if so, Praise God!

ITguy on August 16, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Ed sees this is a good thing. What Ed doesn’t see is just how blurred the lines are between R and D. Just like Ryan voting alongside Obama and Biden or Erskine Bowles praising Ryan.

Because blind liberals walking in the desert, (searching for a job), is much more appealing. And there’s nothing “blurred” about Obama running away from the Bowles/Simpson plan like it was a plague.

Rovin on August 16, 2012 at 9:24 AM

That will be one speech I consider “appointment television”…

Khun Joe on August 16, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Automatic 45% re-elect for Obama.

Automatic 95% re-elect # from the Black community.

Mr. Davis, you have your work cut out for you.

PappyD61 on August 16, 2012 at 9:05 AM

I think Artur Davis switching will have more impact on white voters – especially RINOs and Indies who voted for Obama last time.

forest on August 16, 2012 at 9:27 AM

It’s safe to say that there are still a lot more speakers to be announced. Keep your eyes peeled as the date gets closer.

I will, for Mia Love.

Dusty on August 16, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Wouldn’t it be cool if Artur Davis’ speech at the RNC drew a larger TV audience than Obama’ speech at the DNC?

ITguy on August 16, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Automatic 45% re-elect for Obama.

Automatic 95% re-elect # from the Black community.

Mr. Davis, you have your work cut out for you.

PappyD61 on August 16, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Who says he needs to convert the African American community? There are countless people of all races who voted for Obama out of excitement of electing the first black president. Artur Davis can help those people get over that and be ok with voting out Obama.

And don’t be so sure Obama gets such a high percentage of the black vote, in particular over the gay marriage issue. We may never know how many will lie to pollers and exit interviewers and say they voted Obama when they actually voted Romney. The pressure to conform politically in that community is immense. Artur Davis will also make those people feel ok about voting Romney. 90% or more is such a high mark. Even if Romney chipped away 5-10%, that would make a big difference even though Obama would still overwhelmingly win that vote.

BryanS on August 16, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Yep that’s a powerful trailer. The cameo of Andrew Breitbart gave me a twinge of sadness. I still miss the man. He’d be having a ball with this campaign dontcha think?

CitizenEgg on August 16, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Oh, definitely. We lost a bright star way too soon.

totherightofthem on August 16, 2012 at 9:33 AM

He should give the seconding speech. That’ll draw the starkest contrast possible to 2008.

blammm on August 16, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Just heard Davis in an interview on local talk radio. He is going to be awesome at the convention. His message is essentially to 2008 Obama voters to do a gut check and ask yourself if you got what you voted for.

Happy Nomad on August 16, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Hey, but did you hear what Erskine Bowles said?

Dante on August 16, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Did you hear what Uncle Buck said?

AubieJon on August 16, 2012 at 9:36 AM

I have a feeling that there are going to be quite a few runaway slaves this November, and if so, Praise God!

ITguy on August 16, 2012 at 9:24 AM

I think you may be right…..

ted c on August 16, 2012 at 9:37 AM

A defector gonna defaecate on the D-party…gotta luv it..

Follow him immediately with Allen West and then let’s move the needle from the 95% black loyalty crowd…

hillsoftx on August 16, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Knott Buyinit on August 16, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Respect is earned.

Dishing dirt on Obama is politics.

Anyone going to the Left will face a stark contrast to the Tea Party backed types who are eating away at the old R party and show up the elite for what they are.

Davis might just be an opportunist and disillusioned leftocrat. There will still be fireworks no matter what his position, but his respect will be earned or not based on his character and his ideology. Trust will take a bit longer.

ajacksonian on August 16, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Meanwhile, the Democrats had to reduce their convention from four days down to three, for lack of funds and lack of attendees.

They have surely become a sad, pathetic shadow of their former selves.

ss396 on August 16, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Unshackled

faraway on August 16, 2012 at 9:43 AM

so? mittens still sux….is this guy pro-life?

Pragmatic on August 16, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Arthur Davis is GOP rising star? I didn’t know that. I see they have everything covered then. FANTASTIC!!!

HerneTheHunter on August 16, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Much of the self-destruction within the black community is voting the way (whatever relative) always did.

Artur Davis is demonstrating that once one realizes one has been traipsing the errant path of empty Dim promises and empty Dim blame games for years and generations the solution is to turn back.

viking01 on August 16, 2012 at 9:50 AM

They have surely become a sad, pathetic shadow of their former selves.

ss396 on August 16, 2012 at 9:42 AM

But still very dangerous. Knock them off their feet and kick them while they’re down. It’s the best time to do it actually.

swinia sutki on August 16, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Dems will counter by having McCain speak at their convention, if Boehner and McConnell can’t make it.

RINO-MANIA!

fogw on August 16, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Great morning story, Ed.

Although I’m not surprised by Rep Davis speaking at the convention, but if you want a clearer example of the media bias crap-storm that will come between now and the convention, you’ll wont have to look very far.

As a former (pretty much) Dem, Rep Davis is going to get *hammered* by the MSM and in particular the Progressive militants in the DNC. You won’t have to wait very long for the whisper…and shout…campaign over ANY alleged illegal conduct he could be tenuously linked to.

I do look forward to this years convention nevertheless…and I do predict at least 2-4 people from the Administration condemning Mr. Davis remarks as racist and deceiving…and all of them will be as White (or whiter) than Elizabeth Warren.

Automatic 45% re-elect for Obama.

Automatic 95% re-elect # from the Black community.

Mr. Davis, you have your work cut out for you.

PappyD61 on August 16, 2012 at 9:05 AM

I disagree Pappy. For years we’ve been told that the African/American (afterward to be referred to as the Black Community for brevity) was always a 95% lockstep with the DNC.

I agree its high, but it’s nowhere near 95%…more like 65-75% and 15-20% (RNC) but we DO have a large amount of undecided (until last minute) and swing voters (10-15%)

BlaxPac on August 16, 2012 at 10:04 AM

so? mittens still sux….is this guy pro-life?

Pragmatic on August 16, 2012 at 9:49 AM

BUT, at least Mittens IS the candidate.

Paulie Walnuts & Johnszzzz are still irrelevant and Huntsmans doubles down on that…

BlaxPac on August 16, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Let the public flogging be on national TV. Those evil Republicans horse-whipping another black man!!

/Biden

SouthernGent on August 16, 2012 at 10:09 AM

I can’t remember who it was, but a Hot Air member called this a week ago.

That would be me. But it was a no-brainer, really.

Esoteric on August 16, 2012 at 10:09 AM

but but but…they’re gonna have huntsman!

t8stlikchkn on August 16, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Cue the “tolerance and respect for personal choice” by the Liberal squealing class in 3…2…

heldmyw on August 16, 2012 at 8:48 AM

C’mon, SQUEAL!! EEEEEEEEEE!!!!

/deliverance

CurtZHP on August 16, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Did you hear what Uncle Buck said?

AubieJon on August 16, 2012 at 9:36 AM

But that mole is Dainte’s running mate!

Dainte/His Hairy Mole 2012!!

CurtZHP on August 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Davis is a great choice. Oh, this is going to be fun!

ConservativeLA on August 16, 2012 at 10:27 AM

That would be me. But it was a no-brainer, really.

Esoteric on August 16, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Give yourself (and Team Mitt) a little credit, kid. There’s a lot of GOPers who would have missed that opportunity.

Lots of ‘em…

JohnGalt23 on August 16, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Artur Davis is a very, very brave man to make this speech. From the moment he finishes his speech and steps down from the podium, he will become the most hated man in the Black community. And the more sincere and convincing his speech is, the more he will be hated.

Unlike Herman Cain or Allen West, the fact that he was in involved in Obama’s 2008 campaign and had a change of heart about Obama is going to really sting a lot of people, both Black and White.

There will be plenty of Black people who will silently nod their heads in agreement with Davis, but very few of them will have the guts to say so to their friends, neighbors, and relatives.

I would not be surprised if the New Black Panthers or the Nation of Islam issue a fatwa against him. He deserves our thanks, respect, and our prayers for the service that he is doing for our country.

ardenenoch on August 16, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Artur Davis had better have a thick skin. He’s about to find out what happens (as West has) – when you wander off the plantation.

GarandFan on August 16, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Can hardly wait for that Portman speech. It’s probably going to be a real barn burner.

rogaineguy on August 16, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Ayotte will be worse. When she speaks in public, her voice quakes as if she’s worried that a stalker is about to appear. It’s nice that she replaced Judd Gregg when he retired, but she instills zero confidence in a listener. She sounds as if she’ll break out in tears at any moment.

BuckeyeSam on August 16, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Ed sees this is a good thing. What Ed doesn’t see is just how blurred the lines are between R and D. Just like Ryan voting alongside Obama and Biden or Erskine Bowles praising Ryan.
Dante on August 16, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Riiight, cause there’s no discernible difference at all between the guy who believes “You didn’t build that”, promotes “shared prosperity”, thinks the top 1% are just “lucky” and “blessed”, says “the private sector is doin’ fine”, wants to “spread the wealth around”, promised “energy prices will skyrocket”, vowed to bankrupt coal industry, stopped the Keystone Pipeline, raised taxes on medical device companies to fund ObamaCare, strangles small businesses with new regulations and taxes, doesn’t believe in American Exceptionalism, reneged on missile defense, won’t support Britain vis a vis the Falkland Islands, and so forth ad nauseam….and Ryan/Romney./

Buy Danish on August 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM

It doesn’t matter to an automaton. Just pull the lever for anyone with the letter ‘R’ after his name. That’s doing the good work.

Dante on August 16, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Given that nearly all of you D voters are exactly as you describe, I don’t see that you have much to say.

However, Mike Rosen (talk radio Denver) makes a very good point about “party trumps person”. Whether we like it or not, our system is now effectively set up as a 2 party system in that the majority party in either house of congress controls everything. When it comes down to major decisions being made, the votes are usually (mostly) along party lines. So in the last 10 years I have found myself in the position many times of having to hold my nose and vote for an R who I really did not like personally – because compared to any D that choice was the lesser of evils.

dentarthurdent on August 16, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I’ll trade you one Jon Huntsmann for one Artur Davis.

GAME ON !!!

stenwin77 on August 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM

That’s their whole playbook and they’re never more vicious than when someone escapes the plantation and finds political freedom.

CitizenEgg on August 16, 2012 at 8:44 AM

The GOP could spin off a few black community votes if they come out for a path to freedom and dignity called the above-ground rail-road.

Any racist attacks by Barack need to be met with the truth, The Dems don’t really want to help the blacks. They just use and abuse the black community for votes while they aggressively pursue killing their babies through planned unparenthood.

The sizzle would last several election cycles.

But they won’t!

Don L on August 16, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I read a story about him on CNN.com yesterday and the leftist commenters (meaning ALL of them) were going nuts. Sellout was a typical label. Reading those comments just cemented the fact that CNN is ridiculously left now.

ktrich on August 16, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Democratics will do that, because the black vote is table-stakes for them. If the black community ever cracks, and breaks into a more average 60/40 split, the democratic party is OVER.

slickwillie2001 on August 16, 2012 at 11:52 AM

thinks he’ll have lots of material to use that the media has thus far ignored:

That really narrows it down. /

But Seamus!

kim roy on August 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM

totherightofthem on August 16, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Powerful; finally a movie I want to see!
That gave me ****goosebumps****.
Thanks.

pain train on August 16, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Oh man, this is going to be like an IV filled with Drano turned on slow drip for the Democrats. I’m sure they’re going to make his life hell in every way they can between now and then.

ted c on August 16, 2012 at 8:46 AM

as long as they don’t go medieval (see the DeMedicis tactics) and poison him or something :-)

jimver on August 16, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Riiight, cause there’s no discernible difference at all between the guy who believes “You didn’t build that”, promotes “shared prosperity”, thinks the top 1% are just “lucky” and “blessed”, says “the private sector is doin’ fine”, wants to “spread the wealth around”, promised “energy prices will skyrocket”, vowed to bankrupt coal industry, stopped the Keystone Pipeline, raised taxes on medical device companies to fund ObamaCare, strangles small businesses with new regulations and taxes, doesn’t believe in American Exceptionalism, reneged on missile defense, won’t support Britain vis a vis the Falkland Islands, and so forth ad nauseam….and Ryan/Romney./

Buy Danish on August 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM

don’t even try that line of argument with dante, he only distinguishes the ‘blurred lines’, not the stark differences…he must be special in his own way, either that or has a problem with his vision, as in he sees continuums everywhere…

jimver on August 16, 2012 at 2:04 PM

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/08/15/obama_i_dont_think_anyone_would_suggest_ive_tried_to_divide_the_country.html

PappyD61 on August 16, 2012 at 9:03 AM

It would be so easiy to edit into that clip all the divisive dividing statements he’s made in campaign stump speeches… Someone get on that STAT!

Scrappy on August 16, 2012 at 3:55 PM

so? mittens still sux….is this guy pro-life?

Pragmatic

Speaking of sucking….

xblade on August 16, 2012 at 4:50 PM

And has the media — other than ABC’s Jake Tapper — bothered to notice that Obama has been using Seamus the Roof Riding Dog as an argument for re-election all week?

On the other hand, I haven’t heard anything about ditches and slurpees in quite some time.

disa on August 16, 2012 at 5:49 PM