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.