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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Really good stuff

Wagthatdog on August 29, 2012 at 10:02 AM

I don’t know how actually conservative he’s become, but his speech was great.

Akzed on August 29, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Artur Davis does not exist, the Fifth Column Treasonous Media will air brush him out of history like their hero Joesph Stalin used to do to his enemies.

SWalker on August 29, 2012 at 10:05 AM

I can see why MSDNC hid this from their viewers.

forest on August 29, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Bravo, Mr. Davis. That he is likely to pay a very high price politically and personally from Democrats for speaking the truth is a very sad statement about the party that he left.

natasha333 on August 29, 2012 at 10:07 AM

MSNBC: “We reject your reality and substitute our own”.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 29, 2012 at 10:08 AM

We watched C-SPAN most of the evening, but during Davis’ speech I flipped to CNN just to check. They were showing commercials.

AubieJon on August 29, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Who cares what this Uncle Tom says. Go back to the plantation, pronto, or we will ignore your speech!

Archivarix on August 29, 2012 at 10:09 AM

How long before upperyeastinfection is here to critique Mr. Davis hair stylings?

HumpBot Salvation on August 29, 2012 at 10:09 AM

In a lot of ways, Davis’s speech was the REAL thematic ‘keynote’ of the convention.

I actually think it was a big mistake for the GOP not to have promoted him to primetime, perhaps to have gone today before Condi and Ryan. I understand the reasoning: still a very small “who is this guy?” name, unproven as a speaker (until last night), etc.

But man, he absolutely stone-cold killed the everlovin’ daylights out of that speech, and it deserves to have been seen by every swing voter in the country. Most of the people who hang out around Hot Air might listen to him and say “well, I don’t get it — I was never fooled by Obama!” But he’s not speaking for you. He’s speaking to America’s swing voters, the people (from BOTH parties) who saw Obama and really DID believe — largely because they desperately wanted to believe this handsome cipher who brought the promise of racial progress and a ‘fresh start’ after eight sodden years of Bush — in “hope and change.”

And for that audience, this was devastating.

Three great speeches last night: Davis, Romney, Christie. Gonna be hard to top that tonight. Couldn’t have gotten off to a better start of the convention.

Esoteric on August 29, 2012 at 10:10 AM

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.

Sore losers everywhere who think they’re entitled to offices of power?

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 10:10 AM

I liked Artur Davis’s speech.

I liked Christie’s speech too. We have the rest of the campaign to hear how great Mitt Romney is and there are enough speakers telling us how good Mitt Romney will be. I like Mitt Romney and know he is a very capable man, but I’d like to hear some speeches with real meat in them rather than verbal lovefests and baby pablum.

Christie laid out in plain terms, as did Artur Davis, what the Republican Party needs to do going forward. Hopefully, Mitt and company listened and will remember. We don’t need more of the old Republican politics which turned out to be as stale as the Democrats of old. The Dems have made an acute turn to the left. The Republicans need to make that same turn to the right.

iamsaved on August 29, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Really good speech and he had me up until he talked about JFK and Johnson reaching across the aisle to compromise to get things done. He could still end up being a stealth candidate somewhere.

Kissmygrits on August 29, 2012 at 10:12 AM

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.

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

Think about it. Chris Christie speaks last night. Something you weirdos have been slobbering about for weeks. And it was such a craptacular speech the best you can do is make posts about MSNBC and how they weren’t fair to you.

Mitt looked like he was going to puke everytime they showed him. The speech was about the fat man almost exclusively. I HATE TEACHERS UNIONS!!! Who cares.

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

I don’t know how actually conservative he’s become, but his speech was great.

Akzed on August 29, 2012 at 10:03 AM

I don’t believe he became more conservative, but I do believe he woke up and realized that his party left him years ago.

This wasn’t some politically calculated move to improve his career; his party switch was the real deal brought about by a good look over the edge of the cliff.

Laura in Maryland on August 29, 2012 at 10:15 AM

I really liked his speech. I think he has a future.

Darksean on August 29, 2012 at 10:16 AM

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

Racist.

AubieJon on August 29, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Go artur

He handled roland martin pretty well afterwards

Msdnc will air every bloody minute of the dnc convention…. see we are the party of diversity

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 10:19 AM

The thing about Davis that resonates, BTW, is that he’s an inverse Obama in the sense that the more you learn about him the MORE you like him, not the less. He’s one of the few politicians out there who actually writes compellingly on his own website (check it out, it’s right here. It’s not just some hired hack churning out inoffensive prose for him: his personal voice is unmistakeable (actually quite literary, interestingly enough), and what’s more unexpected is that he’s actually SAYING THINGS. Read some of his posts — he’s a really thoughtful, engaging guy.

Here’s his immediate reaction to the selection of Paul Ryan. Very indicative of Davis’s general style and approach.

I liked this guy a TON back when he was still a Democratic Congressman from Selma, AL (he won his seat by running a courageous Cory Booker-like insurrection campaign against the corrupt old-school CBC hack Earl Hilliard). I like him even more now.

Meanwhile, there ain’t nobody in the Democratic Party thinking “oh SWEET, I am so totally pumped about snagging Charlie Crist! Now our party finally STANDS FOR SOMETHING!”

Esoteric on August 29, 2012 at 10:19 AM

The first time for me to really see him and I was impressed.The CBC is in a tizzy as expected.He’s the new house boy.Sad to say I will miss the Christ speech.

docflash on August 29, 2012 at 10:19 AM

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

Barry’s “show” will be exactly that — all hat and no cattle.

natasha333 on August 29, 2012 at 10:20 AM

How long before upperyeastinfection is here to critique Mr. Davis hair stylings?

HumpBot Salvation on August 29, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Oh look its my stalker!

libfreeordie on August 29, 2012 at 10:20 AM

In contrast, what will Crist’s audience be?

People who have IQs below 60.

AKA Obama’s base.

fogw on August 29, 2012 at 10:21 AM

libfreeordie on August 29, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Is race all you ever think about? Davis was speaking to everyone, not just “white Obama voters”. Liberals never see people … they see white, black, brown and yellow. They see gay and straight. They see male and female. They never can look at a person as just a person. They always have to be categorized.

darwin on August 29, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Oh look its my stalker!

libfreeordie on August 29, 2012 at 10:20 AM

So you’re going to go into e_hiding for another four weeks, slick?

Jeddite on August 29, 2012 at 10:22 AM

I don’t know how actually conservative he’s become, but his speech was great.

Akzed on August 29, 2012 at 10:03 AM

I don’t ask that he becomes more conservative. I only ask that he becomes GOP.

JohnGalt23 on August 29, 2012 at 10:24 AM

libfreeordie on August 29, 2012 at 10:13 AM

I’m a WHITE MAN and had NO guilt when I voted against Obama before and won’t have any when I vote against him again.

docflash on August 29, 2012 at 10:24 AM

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

Yer funny!
What song is Barry and LibTones going to sing?..another chorus of “Rich Whitey Gonna Hold U Back”?

I really think people are seeing thru that garbage.

The fat lady is clearing her throat and straightening out her dress.

Mimzey on August 29, 2012 at 10:25 AM

More Artur Davis: You REALLY REALLY SHOULD READ his thoughts on Obama’s gutting of the work requirement in Welfare Reform, because Davis moves beyond the standard “ZOMG OH NO HE DIN’T” stuff to reflect on the motivations behind it. Again, not “well Obama did it because he’s EEEEEEVIL” caricatured hyperbole, but a plausible understanding of the personal dynamic behind it.

This guy — I really love this guy.

Esoteric on August 29, 2012 at 10:25 AM

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

Baloney. His race had much to do with your votes-you used it to inoculate him from criticism while patting yourself on the back for the historic opportunity. Had nothing to do with his resume, certainly…you fell for bumper sticker slogans and lofty rhetoric because of the color of his skin. Period.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 10:25 AM

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

Will he be wearing a thong in his act?

Bring lots of dollar bills.

fogw on August 29, 2012 at 10:26 AM

I’m hopeful that the video of Artur’s speech will be seen by way more people over this next week than saw it last night. Actually, portions of it would make a great campaign ad. Welcome, Artur. We’re honored to have you!

parteagirl on August 29, 2012 at 10:27 AM

It is outrageous and sleazy that MSNBC did not air his speech but after the absolute orgy of hate and anger that MSNBC has been engaging in the last few weeks it is no surprise.
Matthews and team goes on their ridiculous race baiting rants and he made it perfectly clear he has the green light straight from the top.
They were an absolute disgrace last night.

NeoKong on August 29, 2012 at 10:28 AM

I can see why MSDNC hid this from their viewers.

forest on August 29, 2012 at 10:06 AM

All 20 of them :)

Animal60 on August 29, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Thanks to Charlie Crist, the Democrats will get the Zonker Harris/George Hamilton vote.

cartooner on August 29, 2012 at 10:29 AM

It is outrageous and sleazy that MSNBC did not air his speech but after the absolute orgy of hate and anger that MSNBC has been engaging in the last few weeks it is no surprise.
Matthews and team goes on their ridiculous race baiting rants and he made it perfectly clear he has the green light straight from the top.
They were an absolute disgrace last night.

NeoKong on August 29, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Chrissy Matthews 2008 – Tingle up his leg
Chrissy Matthews 2012 – Tinkle down his leg

Animal60 on August 29, 2012 at 10:30 AM

I thought Davis gave a very effective speech. He had some wonderful zingers in it too!!

JAM on August 29, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Alabama’s Democratic Gubernatorial Primary, 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Ron Sparks 199,558 62.44%
Democratic Artur Davis 120,050 37.56%

The reason Davis is a Republican

plewis on August 29, 2012 at 10:33 AM

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

Color of the skin is always the most important issue to a liebral.

Animal60 on August 29, 2012 at 10:33 AM

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.”

libfreeordie on August 29, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Which means Artur Davis could turn out to be single-handedly responsible for Obama’s defeat. “Those who voted for Obama the last time to prove they weren’t racist are going to have to vote against him this time to prove they aren’t stupid.”

Interesting, isn’t it, the attempt to isolate every black conservative– every Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Condi Rice, Allen West, J. C. Watts, Mia Love, Janice Rogers Brown, et. al.– into a “lone conservative black voice.” Give it up already.

de rigueur on August 29, 2012 at 10:36 AM

One thing’s for sure: The CBC has their long knives out for Mr. Davis. Their posted comments at Obama Truth Team show how vicious they are toward any Black person who dares to leave the “Leftist Plantation” and speak out against Prince Obama.

The CBC is a group of pathetic, hateful people, and I can not understand how the members of the CBC continue to be elected to office.

GrannyDee on August 29, 2012 at 10:36 AM

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.

But should be therefore.

melanerpes on August 29, 2012 at 10:37 AM

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

Quick! Most memorable line or thought from Obama’s “A More Perfect Union Speech” in Philadelphia.

de rigueur on August 29, 2012 at 10:38 AM

He was engaging and fiery. Personally, his performance was one of my favs of the night.

lucyvanpelt on August 29, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Who cares what this Uncle Tom says. Go back to the plantation, pronto, or we will ignore your speech!

Archivarix on August 29, 2012 at 10:09 AM

…funny how that happens to every person of color each and every time!

KOOLAID2 on August 29, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Kissmygrits on August 29, 2012 at 10:12 AM

As much as it needs to said, last night was not the time (nor the place) to speak the truth of LBJ… the singular democrat who succeeded in re-enslaving the blacks of America.

With the lure of ‘free money’, he blunted the rise of black citizenry (post-MLK) by destroying their families with the ‘Great Society’, dooming future generations of blacks to a cycle of fatherless homes and dependency… and securing a voter base for the ‘rat party.

LBJ’s singular legacy should be publicly addressed (even though Thomas Sole has written about it on more than one occasion).

They don’t teach children nowadays that the Democrat Party was the ‘party of slavery’, and how they became the party of bigotry.

Yes, they’re all that, and more… but last night had a different purpose, and Davis’ speech served that purpose well.

Plainly stating that the truth of “Hope & Change” was an illusion, and all the promises given were empty and meaningless.

You’d think such facts were self-evident, but as MSNBC showed, the memory hole is very real, and the creatures feeding it, are very busy.

CPT. Charles on August 29, 2012 at 10:43 AM

For fear of imminent banhammer, I will not say what Juan Williams looks like to me.

Archivarix on August 29, 2012 at 10:45 AM

For fear of imminent banhammer, I will not say what Juan Williams looks like to me.

Archivarix on August 29, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Wrong thread, sorry.

Archivarix on August 29, 2012 at 10:45 AM

I really LOVED this speech !!
Most of you have already spoken my reasons, too.
Plan to FB this, ‘because some news channels chose NOT to broadcast it’.

pambi on August 29, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Like I said yesterday before the speech, Davis is awesome. (Yes, he’s a Clinton Democrat, but that just makes his message all the more effective.)

A fabulous speech.

ConservativeLA on August 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Artur was my congressman when I was in AL. I lived in a HEAVILY Democratic area, but it was small enough that I had the chance to meet him and hear him speak on several occasions in generally small venues. I always thought, “if I could 30 minutes of his time, I’d love to ask him why he’s a Democrat.”

mankai on August 29, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Good speech. But yeah, LBJ may have been the worst president of the 20th Century. (And I’m a Texan, by the way.)

WannabeAnglican on August 29, 2012 at 10:49 AM

libfreeordie on August 29, 2012 at 10:13 AM

This reads a bit like sour grapes to me.

lucyvanpelt on August 29, 2012 at 10:49 AM

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 was waiting for a thread on this speech–thought it was phenomenal. If it had received a wider viewing, I think there would be many today who would be thinking more deeply and more seriously about the choice ahead of them in November, instead of just blindly following the Obama train.

I actually would have liked to have known what all of my lib FB friends thought of it, but they were all too busy putting down millionaires last night after hearing Ann Romney’s speech.

pianomomma on August 29, 2012 at 10:50 AM

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

Do MSDNC aired ten straight minutes of commercials? really? REALLY? If you were watching that channel, wouldn’t you realize the sheer volume of commercials and think something’s up?

Lost in Jersey on August 29, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Good speech. My only silly complaint…..his cadence and accent sounded like the Goreacle.

David in ATL on August 29, 2012 at 10:57 AM

libfreeordie on August 29, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Psychology 101: Projection

mankai on August 29, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Do MSDNC aired ten straight minutes of commercials? really? REALLY? If you were watching that channel, wouldn’t you realize the sheer volume of commercials and think something’s up?

Lost in Jersey on August 29, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Watching MSNBC… and thinking… does not compute.

mankai on August 29, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Dreams meet daybreak.

Thank you Mr. Davis.

Kenosha Kid on August 29, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Artur Davis was just awsome. I really like him. He was never one to BS on the Sunday shows and he is a welcome asset to the party.

ObamatheMessiah on August 29, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Go artur

He handled roland martin pretty well afterwards

Msdnc will air every bloody minute of the dnc convention…. see we are the party of diversity

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Our house laughed out loud watching Artur school Roland and Gloria Borger on CNN. Newsbuster’s has the video on their site. I could have sworn they said heading to the commercial break that they’d be back to continue the discussion, but it never happened. I wonder why? (Not really). This guy is good.

fanofamerica on August 29, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Translation: You were unhappy with the way Republicans were running the country so you voted for obama and the promise of a new type of politician. Now Obama wasn’t all he was cracked up to be so lets elect one of those guys who wasn’t doing a good job four years ago and give them another chance.

Our two party system sucks.

Politricks on August 29, 2012 at 11:16 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.

Why would his hair need to be on fire? I’d do it just to say I did.

ellesar04 on August 29, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Does this mean we get to 86 Pelosi and Reid’s speeches next week? Please?

BettyRuth on August 29, 2012 at 11:18 AM

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

Ladies and gentlemen I present the epitome of the ‘Dog Whistle Dbag’. A person so blinded by racial antagonism that they MUST find racial animus in everything even where none exists. I warn you to keep your distance, especially one’s mind, far from this sort of creature because their racist screed will infect you with morontosis and once infected there is no cure.

Think about it. Chris Christie speaks last night. Something you weirdos have been slobbering about for weeks. And it was such a craptacular speech the best you can do is make posts about MSNBC and how they weren’t fair to you.

Mitt looked like he was going to puke everytime they showed him. The speech was about the fat man almost exclusively. I HATE TEACHERS UNIONS!!! Who cares.

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

Our first case of morontosis transmission has been diagnosed.

StompUDead on August 29, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Davis’ cadences were offbeat, but this was the best speech of the evening by far, rivaled only by Mia Love’s sincere passion.

paul1149 on August 29, 2012 at 11:26 AM

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…. of course I’d conveniently forget that it was his/her/its hair that was on fire.

StompUDead on August 29, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Artur Davis was just awsome. I really like him. He was never one to BS on the Sunday shows and he is a welcome asset to the party.

ObamatheMessiah on August 29, 2012 at 11:14 AM

I remember you saying that 4 years ago!

tommyhawk on August 29, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Uh oh, he mentioned the name of a song, when is YouTube going to pull the video for copyright infringement. There is also applause and someone yelling “WOO!” at the end of the speech, there is applause and someone yelling “WOO!” on several live albums, I think that is a violation, too. Get ‘em ‘Tube! (obvious /sarc)

tdarrington on August 29, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Davis rocked it last night & disaffected bluedogs,independents will listen…his speech at the RNC will go viral.

I hope Team Romney uses him on the trail often and in the media.

Converts like Davis make a powerful commonsense case.

“But dreams meet daybreak…” – Artur Davis

Great line and would make a great ad

workingclass artist on August 29, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Do MSDNC aired ten straight minutes of commercials? really? REALLY? If you were watching that channel, wouldn’t you realize the sheer volume of commercials and think something’s up?

Lost in Jersey on August 29, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Maybe. Maybe not. Shouldn’t be hard to go to the tape and disprove the claim about whether or not they aired his speech.

Here’s a starting point. See if there’s any clips in here of Davis’ speech. Feel free to look up Ted Cruz, Vela Fortuno, Mia Love and Brian Sandoval while you’re there.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3096434/

The Schaef on August 29, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Great speech by Davis. I had the feeling though that he really had alot more to say and that he was holding back, maybe in deference to the hurricane emergency going on nearby. I had that feeling about alot of the speakers though. I’m thinking that if Artur Davis ever turned it loose and said EVERYTHING that was on his mind… it would be a sight to behold. lol

Murf76 on August 29, 2012 at 11:56 AM

The thing about Crist is that he was always semi liberal.

jeffn21 on August 29, 2012 at 12:01 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.”

Wow, just like the old days. The Dems lynch them if they wander off the plantation.

tommyboy on August 29, 2012 at 12:02 PM

I remember you saying that 4 years ago!

tommyhawk on August 29, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Artur was my congressman when I was in AL. I lived in a HEAVILY Democratic area, but it was small enough that I had the chance to meet him and hear him speak on several occasions in generally small venues. I always thought, “if I could 30 minutes of his time, I’d love to ask him why he’s a Democrat.”

mankai on August 29, 2012 at 10:49 AM

I met him several times between the years 2003-2007… and I knew he was no Marxist… but in that part of AL, if you were not a (D) you didn’t win.

The Left is just upset that their monopoly may end… then the game is over.

But I fear, just as in Plato’s Cave, after those like Artur have seen the light and try and go back and tell their friends, they’ll be laughed at for ruining their eyesight.

mankai on August 29, 2012 at 12:02 PM

I HATE TEACHERS UNIONS!!! Who cares.

tommyhawk on August 29, 2012 at 10:15 AM

States and people on the hook to pay their enormous pension and benefit plans. Pretty large group, really.

mankai on August 29, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Where Davis speaks for millions, Crist will speak for hundreds at best.

Crist will speak for hundreds dozens–or for all MSNBC viewers–whichever is fewer.

Alma on August 29, 2012 at 12:05 PM

I thought Davis gave the best speech of the evening.

Alma on August 29, 2012 at 12:06 PM

I thought he was great. Just hope the people he was trying to reach really listened to what he said.

COgirl on August 29, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Email, facebook and tweet to everyone you know ! (especially Dems and Indies)

stenwin77 on August 29, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Think about it. Chris Christie speaks last night. Something you weirdos have been slobbering about for weeks. And it was such a craptacular speech the best you can do is make posts about MSNBC and how they weren’t fair to you.

Mitt looked like he was going to puke everytime they showed him. The speech was about the fat man almost exclusively. I HATE TEACHERS UNIONS!!! Who cares.

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

The difference is that Romney doesn’t like to promote himself, so he is almost uncomfortable with people praising him, while Obama is all about himself and how great he is, seeking praise and adulation all the time.

Barry’s show may crush this one in spectacle, but that’s all it’ll be.

People voted the “celebrity” 4 years ago. I’ll take the humble, private sector experienced guy anytime over the attention grabbing one.

ptcamn on August 29, 2012 at 12:20 PM

In just one morning here in my neighborhood, I saw the city cut off the water at one home and another neighbor is discussing the possibility of a short sale. What part of Obama’s plan is working?

Cindy Munford on August 29, 2012 at 12:24 PM

In contrast, what will Crist’s audience be?

Non-corporate wives?

John the Libertarian on August 29, 2012 at 12:25 PM

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

Quick! Most memorable line or thought from Obama’s “A More Perfect Union Speech” in Philadelphia.

de rigueur on August 29, 2012 at 10:38 AM

“Uhhh……Let me be clear….”

CurtZHP on August 29, 2012 at 12:40 PM

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3096434/

The Schaef on August 29, 2012 at 11:56 AM

No, thanks. That means I’d have to disinfect my computer after clicking that. Besides, HotGas and TownHall would be all jealous that I was sneaking a peek at other sites.

tdarrington on August 29, 2012 at 1:06 PM

It gives me chills listening to Artur Davis, and tears come to my eyes. He is one black man that I would campaign for and contribute to and vote for without hesitation.

If he runs for ANYTHING here in VA, I will do just that.

DuctTapeMyBrain on August 29, 2012 at 1:22 PM

The speech Davis gave was more powerful because he has the experience and background and he was speaking from the heart.

His presence spoke volumes and attested to his courage imo. I can’t imagine his switch was an easy one to make.

It’s too bad the other Networks didn’t show it. However, those that need to see it will hear about it and will search to find out what they missed.

bluefox on August 29, 2012 at 1:24 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

I am utterly offended by Obama’s platform (war on women) for his convention. I am his key demographic; white, educated, upper middle class, his age, from IL, and I despise the empty suit that is our president.

He has reduced women to simply being vessels for free contraception! Don’t you understand that? This is NOT what my mother’s generation fought for! Where is the voice of the female owned/operated company, the female CEO, women in science and math? Noooooo, he just has that shrill Sandra Fluke, who has worked with Pelosi for quite some time–she is no innocent. Fluke most CERTAINLY does not represent me, nor my daughters. All he does is denigrate…I want him and his platform humiliated next week.

He is worried about “a woman’s right to free contraception, free healthcare”. Really? Privacy, too? Hmmm, well if Roe v Wade gave me the “right to privacy” doesn’t Obamacare take away that very right by mandating every aspect of my healthcare?

Truly, Tommyhawk, i do not say this sarcastically, please think about what Obama says…with one hand he gives, with the other he takes. Is this what you want for your daughters–government in every part of their lives, every private decision of their lives? I, most emphatically, do not!

herm2416 on August 29, 2012 at 1:27 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.

libfreeordie on August 29, 2012 at 10:13 AM

According to you, Davis is racist because his target audience is white liberals. How very racist of you. And how presumptuous you are for assuming that black people don’t want to leave or shouldn’t leave the plantation.

Now that Davis has left the plantation, you want to marginalize him and say that his speech doesn’t count and that he doesn’t count.

Kyle_Reese on August 29, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Esoteric on August 29, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Thanks for posting those links. I haven’t read all of the articles yet, but enough to have a better understanding of him.

He seems like a sincere and thoughtful person and I think he saw the light, so to speak, a long time ago.

His opinion on Paul Ryan and the Welfare work removal were very well written and his insight is quite refreshing!!

bluefox on August 29, 2012 at 1:37 PM

The first time for me to really see him and I was impressed.The CBC is in a tizzy as expected.He’s the new house boy.Sad to say I will miss the Christ speech.

docflash on August 29, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Wow! Talk about your Mystery Guest!

;)

VelvetElvis on August 29, 2012 at 1:45 PM

He was outstanding.

There’s not really any better place for this: I saw a great bumper sticker today. It read:

4 More Years?

Are You Insane?

EconomicNeocon on August 29, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Rush is going to put some of Artur’s speech on in a few minutes. He just said this might have been the best speech of the day(not direct quote)! For all those who listen to Rush, it sure doesn’t hurt to have him to say good job?
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letget on August 29, 2012 at 1:49 PM

He’s on Fox now,

bluefox on August 29, 2012 at 1:55 PM

But I bet MSNBC will carry every word of Crist’s speech live.

I’m not that familiar with cable. Is MSNBC the Cartoon Channel, or is that something else?

Barnestormer on August 29, 2012 at 2:04 PM

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