Video: Artur Davis speaks for the disillusioned

posted at 10:01 am on August 29, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

As I wrote on Twitter last night, we got Artur Davis, and the Democrats got Charlie Crist.  So far it looks like a great trade, and they didn’t even get a player to be named later.  We’ll see how Crist does next week in his speech to the Democratic convention, but Davis wowed the crowd at the GOP convention with his ten-minute speech aimed at those Barack Obama voters in 2008 that have become disillusioned in the four years since.  “Maybe we should have known that night in Denver that things that begin with plywood Greek columns and artificial smoke typically don’t end well,” Davis told the crowd:

Here was a key part of the speech, and the key to why Davis matters a lot more than Crist regardless of performance:

We don’t need flowery words about inequality to tell us that, and we don’t need a party that has led while poverty and hunger rose to record levels to give us lectures about suffering.

Ladies and gentlemen, there are Americans who are listening to this speech tonight who haven’t always been with you, and I want you to let me talk — just to them – for a moment.

I know how loaded up our politics is with anger and animosity, but I have to believe we can still make a case over the raised voices.

There are Americans who voted for the president, but who are searching right now, because they know that their votes didn’t build the country they wanted.

To those Democrats and independents whose minds are open to argument: listen closely to the Democratic Party that will gather in Charlotte and ask yourself if you ever hear your voice in the clamor.

Ask yourself if these Democrats still speak for you.

When they say we have a duty to grow government even when we can’t afford it, does it sound like compassion to you — or recklessness?

When you hear the party that glorified Occupy Wall Street blast success; when you hear them minimize the genius of the men and women who make jobs out of nothing, is that what you teach your children about work?

When they tell you America is this unequal place where the powerful trample on the powerless, does that sound like the country your children or your spouse risked their lives for in Iraq or Afghanistan?

Do you even recognize the America they are talking about?  And what can we say about a house that doesn’t honor the pictures on its walls?

John F. Kennedy asked us what we could do for America.  This Democratic Party asks what can government give you.  Don’t worry about paying the bill, it’s on your kids and grandkids.

Bill Clinton took on his base and made welfare a thing you had to work for; this current crowd guts the welfare work requirement in the dead of night.

Bill Clinton, Jack Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson reached out across the aisle and said meet me in the middle; but their party rammed through a healthcare bill that took over one-sixth of our economy, without accepting a single Republican idea, without winning a single vote in either house from a party whose constituents make up about 50 percent of the country.

You know, the Democrats used to have a night when they presented a film of their presidential legends: if they do it in Charlotte, the theme song should be this year’s hit, “Somebody That I Used to Know.”

Davis speaks for the people who voted for Obama and have seen their lives worsen ever since, a widely-experienced phenomenon as incomes have dropped faster during the Obama “recovery” than they did during the recession.  More people are unemployed, more people are despairing, and now more people want real change.  That is Davis’ audience.

In contrast, what will Crist’s audience be?  People who voted for McCain, but now want to vote for Obama because they’re lives are so improved?  That’s a pretty narrow slice of the population.  Where Davis speaks for millions, Crist will speak for hundreds at best.  But I bet MSNBC will carry every word of Crist’s speech live.


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Like every other Obama voter, regardless of race, his race was a reason for our excitement, but not for our votes.

libfreeordie on August 29, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Oh pleez. You couldn’t name a single accomplishment of Bambi’s prior to winning that election (other than getting himself elected to other political offices.) No major bills. No major achievement. But he did write two memoirs about everything he didn’t do.

Bambi was a black John Edwards. If he was white he wouldn’t have lasted beyond Iowa.

You know it. Everyone knows it. The fact that you don’t admit is a testament to your racism.

PackerBronco on August 29, 2012 at 2:06 PM

libfreeordie on August 29, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Truly, are one of the most racist people that I’ve come across.

ShadowsPawn on August 29, 2012 at 2:13 PM

A great sleight of hand. Davis wants the audience to think he’s talking to black and brown people. He’s not. He’s talking to white Obama voters who want racial permission not to vote for Obama. Which makes perfect sense. Those white people who did vote for Obama to make themselves feel good about American race relations are precisely the kinds of shallow people who would be equally persuaded by a lone conservative black voice telling them “its OK, you’re not racist.” Thankfully, *most* white Obama voters were probably that shallow. Like every other Obama voter, regardless of race, his race was a reason for our excitement, but not for our votes. Its as good a play as the GOP has, we’ll see if anyone remembers the speech next week.

libfreeordie on August 29, 2012 at 10:13 AM

What would you b*tch about if you weren’t black? For the love of God, he was talking to anyone who would listen…whose mind was open and wasn’t hung up on their own blackness, gayness or leftness. You need to get over yourself.

magicbeans on August 29, 2012 at 2:56 PM

A great sleight of hand. Davis wants the audience to think he’s talking to black and brown people. He’s not. He’s talking to white Obama voters who want racial permission not to vote for Obama. Which makes perfect sense. Those white people who did vote for Obama to make themselves feel good about American race relations are precisely the kinds of shallow people who would be equally persuaded by a lone conservative black voice telling them “its OK, you’re not racist.” Thankfully, *most* white Obama voters were probably that shallow. Like every other Obama voter, regardless of race, his race was a reason for our excitement, but not for our votes. Its as good a play as the GOP has, we’ll see if anyone remembers the speech next week.

libfreeordie on August 29, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Hahahah, and the black obama voters are deep/profound as oosed to shallow because they voted en masse/in block for someone just because they have the same skin color like they do???? :)..and they will continue to vote him (double down on stupid that is) despite the fact that their life has deteriorated drastically under said same-skin color presidente???. ..that’s some ‘depth’ and ‘intelligence’ right there :)…You must be the single most giant idiot I have ever encountered on a public forum….you, sir, shold be given a basic IQ test before you are allowed to be where you are and indoctrinate and maim young minds with your imbecilic, low IQ drivel…you are not apt to be in the academia, too stupid for that, and we all know that you can’t fix stupid…

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 4:08 PM

As opposed that is…

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 4:09 PM

These tokens trotted out were nothing more than the thinnest of coverings. If you think Barry’s show is not going to crush this one you are in deep denial.

tommyhawk on August 29, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Crush, lol, how…styrofoam pyramids, giant babies on hospital beds (thank danny boyle for the ‘brilliant’ idea ‘, I hope it’s copy righted or obama will gladly steal it , while replacing NHS sith ACA :) …what else does he have left in his arsenal that people don’t already know or expect…besides his campaign are scraping together cash for their convention together, they have the choice between a grandiose spectacle/freak show and no money for ads at a time the Romney campaign will actually have de facto access to the massive funds that they have raised so far…so, yeah, am pretty sure the axelturds will go easy on the freak show and keep their money for the ads..

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 4:22 PM

If the MSM were to acknowledge any minority Republicans that would go against everything their masters have brainwashed them to believe and possibly for real their heads could explode.

aposematic on August 29, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Artur Davis was absolutely riveting…he took it too Obama, but also laid out exactly what so many dems are thinking…that is “What was I thinking”…he gave them permission to back away, and support Mitt over Obama.

The timing was perfect, and best of all he didn’t become a “conservative” Republican, he maintained that connection to the old true democrats that were so effective at one time.

right2bright on August 29, 2012 at 5:38 PM

I can’t believe how hate filled and racist the libs were in this thread. Absolutely astounding and damning confession from them…

tom daschle concerned on August 29, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Artur Davis was absolutely riveting…he took it too Obama, but also laid out exactly what so many dems are thinking…that is “What was I thinking”…he gave them permission to back away, and support Mitt over Obama.

The timing was perfect, and best of all he didn’t become a “conservative” Republican, he maintained that connection to the old true democrats that were so effective at one time.

right2bright on August 29, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Dad was rather high up in the 1956 Stevenson for President campaign. You can actually se him in the Movie-tone News. My main question is, “How do I get on his list of potential contributors for his next effort at elective office?”

Linh_My on August 29, 2012 at 8:19 PM

…going over paerts of threads I missed today…

Oh look its my stalker!

libfreeordie on August 29, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Oh look…you’re still a idiot!

OH and btw..to stalk someone….you’d need to have the slightest interest in them. I wouldn’t cross the street to pizz on you if your hair was on fire.

HumpBot Salvation on August 29, 2012 at 10:50 AM

…I would!…but then I would do what I was taught by Smokey the Bear when I was a cub scout and cover it up too!…since I wouldn’t have a shovel…I would have to squat over it and shi p t…!!!

KOOLAID2 on August 29, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Like every other Obama voter, regardless of race, his race was a reason for our excitement, but not for our votes. Its as good a play as the GOP has, we’ll see if anyone remembers the speech next week.

libfreeordie on August 29, 2012 at 10:13 AM

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Glad to see you admit that part… You are half way there. You’re correct that the excitement on the Dem/leftist side was based on Barry’s race.
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Now go the next step and admit that he is just a partisan hack with a deep hatred for the half of America that did not vote for him and you’ll be 90% of the way there.
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After that admit that he is not really all that smart in an ‘all-round’ sense… and that he has been a failure as President and you’re 100% there.
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But you won’t go past the point you’ve reached with the above admission that the excitement in 08′ was because Barry is black. Excitement that the MSM types foisted on the country as if it was a reason to elect him. It was not, is not, and he has failed the poorest among US horribly and should not be re-elected.
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Not even because he is black.
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RalphyBoy on August 30, 2012 at 12:24 AM

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