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Posted on 08/15/2012 8:15:37 AM PDT by kcvl
Former Obama campaign co-chair to stump for Romney
Posted by CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser
(CNN) - A former four-term Democratic congressman from Alabama and one time strong supporter of President Barack Obama will campaign for Mitt Romney Wednesday.
A Romney campaign aide confirms to CNN that Artur Davis will stump for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee in the battleground state of Virginia.
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Part of me wants to say ‘no thanks’ to any former Obama operatives.
Not surprising, though the reasons it does not surprise widely differ for the Mitt believers and disbelievers.
This scares the shiite out of me! Why would a kool aid drinking, socialist ninnie, Obamabot like this clown want to stump for ANY Republican?! Why would Romney piss off his base by allowing it?!
In May he announced he was switching to the GOPWe want people to switch, don't we?
Isn't that one of the reasons we all post our opinions, to try to persuade others to agree with us?
Artur isn't a koolaid drinker. I think he was more or less forced into supporting zero last time around.
In 2012, conservative National Review online started publishing some of his political commentary. In February 2012, Davis was quoted in a Politico piece as claiming that “(t)here is a camp within the (Democratic National Committee) and a camp within the party that wants to make the argument” that Barack Obama’s critics are motivated by racism. He went on to say, “I think it’s a huge mistake...a tactic that’s likely to backfire,” and contended that “accusing people of racism ultimately damages Obama’s interest” more than it helps him.
He cautioned that a “substantial number of Americans, when they hear that race is injected into the campaign, their reaction is: ‘What are you saying? I’m a racist because I don’t support Obama?’” but pointed out that he had “never heard Obama make that argument personally” and predicted that “I didn’t think you will.”
Artur Davis switches parties
Davis, who for a time had been considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, wrote a message on his website confirming that he is switching parties.
[I]f I were to leave the sidelines, it would be as a member of the Republican Party that is fighting the drift in this country in a way that comes closest to my way of thinking: wearing a Democratic label no longer matches what I know about my country and its possibilities, Davis wrote.
The former congressman said he was thinking about waging a comeback bid in Virginia, where he currently lives. Since leaving office in 2011, Davis has been working at a Washington law firm.
The announcement marks a dramatic turnabout for Davis, a Harvard-educated lawyer who had once been mentioned as a potential attorney general after Democrats won the White House in 2008. The ambitious Davis, who is black, routinely drew comparisons to Barack Obama.
But after Davis suffered a stinging defeat in the Democratic primary for Alabama governor in 2010, he turned sharply against his party. Much to the chagrin of party leaders, Davis refused to endorse the candidate who defeated him, Ron Sparks, and openly criticized his foe.
After leaving office, Davis accelerated his break from the Democratic Party. He donated to several Republican gubernatorial candidates and criticized Obamas policies.
In his message on Tuesday, Davis wrote: On the specifics, I have regularly criticized an agenda that would punish businesses and job creators with more taxes just as they are trying to thrive again. I have taken issue with an administration that has lapsed into a bloc by bloc appeal to group grievances when the country is already too fractured: frankly, the symbolism of Barack Obama winning has not given us the substance of a united country.
On May 29, 2012, Artur Davis confirmed that he is in the process of changing his voter registration from Alabama to Virginia and that he would run as a Republican were he to seek political office in the future.
He spoke this spring at my local county committee meeting since he wants to run for congress here in two years if the current GOP challenger’s effort to defeat a sitting lib dem is unsuccessful. He did a great job, is an effective speaker, and was wildly received.
It is utterly amazing how some people on our side have become to ideologically polarized that they don’t even want to see defections of support coming over to our side to defeat Obama. The insecurity that they feel is demonstrable.
Reagan enjoyed similar benefits to the exclusion of no one, hence “Reagan Democrats” who were crucial in defeating Carter in 1980.
I want nothing less than a complete and utter destruction of the other side come November. It will not be possible with just an ‘ideologically pure’ effort from one side.
this is not about renouncing my support of Barack Obama four years ago. That happened and you can’t change the script on that. And I very much believe and still believe in the America that you heard me describe in that line from the very forgettable nominating speech four years ago.
But I no longer think that the Democratic Party is the best way to deliver that kind of America. What was it that I talked about? I talked about a country where there were no limitations based on your race. I talked about a country where aspiration was the driving force in America.
Unfortunately, I see the Democratic Party taking a step backward on both those fronts. I see more of an embrace of identity politics and group politics, which makes us more fractured than united, and candidly, I see the Republican Party talking more effectively about growth. Because growth is the key to mobility and aspiration.
Well, the president I think pretty articulately represents what the Democratic Party is today.
there’s no question that there’s a far left in the Democratic Party just as there’s a far right in the Republican Party, but one of the things that I’m trying to do is to make the point that there’s a vibrant center right in this country, people who understand that government can’t be thrown to the ground and can’t be discarded.
But the way that we’re doing things and the idea that exists on the left that more is always better, that being more aggressive in terms of engaging the private economic sector is always better, that perspective I think is not only wrong, I think it’s being proven wrong the deeper we move into the economic doldrums we have.
What we’re doing is not working because we’ve just finished a decade that was the least growth that we’ve had in the post-war era, with the possible exception of the slow growth 1970s. We finished a period where after passing the most comprehensive education reform that we’ve had in this country, No Child Left Behind, we’ve lost ground in educational performance in many areas.
So what we’re doing is not working. I align myself with the center right. There is no center right in the Democratic Party; there is one in the Republican Party.
I don’t trust any of these people, period!
Could turn out to be a good trade.
GOP gets Davis, who seconded the Obama nomination in 2008.
Dems get Huntsman, who is supposed to speak at their convention.
Davis to GOP would seem to have a greater impact than
Huntsman to Dem.
“Why would Romney piss off his base by allowing it?”
Allowing it? The man can do whatever he wants. Hopefully other democrats will follow his lead.
People do wake up & common sense takes over to change them.
Ronald Reagan switched parties.
Let’s see what this guy does before we pronounce judgement.
The current sitting lib dem will be re-elected. The RINO challenger will not win.
He doesn’t think the Democrat party is for him becuase they don’t have a ‘moderate’ wing ONLY leftwing, and are business hating, racists and I guess he is tired of it.
indeed ... but the good news is that eventually we come to cherish them, case in point: Zell Miller. There has to be some skepticism up front but I hope Artur turns out to be the real deal.
Besides, we should suspect the intellectual capacity of anyone who couldn't see through Obama from the very beginning.
But who knows, maybe this guy has become a rock ribbed conservative.
Steinhauser is black? I do’t think so. If he is he wouldn’t daare stump for Romney.
One potential important element here is the conservative (culturally anyway) black family churchgoing vote.... that has abandoned obama over queer marriage. That and keeping his own congressional seat in a R sweep on coattails.
I think it would be a great idea for this man to speak at the Convention.
Artur Davis is a genuine gentleman and stands by his word. I think his switch will do nothing but boost the GOP.
At the explosion of the housing crisis he was the only one who stood up and admitted that he was wrong and misinformed. He’s a good guy an we should welcome him with open arms. The cynical need not apply.
When did Obama come out as being pro gay marriage? Is it possible that blacks are finally saying enough is enough? Of course, the vast majority will still vote Dem, but doesn’t anyone believe that more and more are waking up? Maybe one more black person said this is it, this is the straw.
I used to believe these conversions until 2010.
We had a ex-SEIU leader show up to help with a campaign in Oregon and to this day Im positive he leaked info to the RATS and give our candidate advice which set him up to be destroyed.
He said all the right things, gave the right advice but somehow it never rang true that he was supporting our candidate.
The GOP had 4 excellent candidates for David Wu’s 1st district slot and every one of them got sabotaged.
Of course it IS possible that his feelings are genuine. If so I’m very happy.
Reagan’s quote of “Trust but Verify” is my feeling.
Welcome aboard, Mr. Davis.