One of the highlights of the 2004 Republican Convention was Zell Miller, the formerly Democrat senator from Georgia, who switched parties to endorse President George W. Bush’s reelection bid. His passionate speech will long be remembered.
Tonight, it was the former Alabama Democratic, Artur Davis’ turn to have his moment in the sun:
“America is the land of second chances,” Davis said. “And I gather in this close race you have room for the estimated six million of us who got it wrong in 2008 and who want to fix it. Maybe we should have known that night in Denver that things that began with Styrofoam, Greek columns, and artificial smoke typically don’t end well. Maybe the Hollywood stars and the glamour blinded us a little. Maybe you were blinded by what some of us thought was a halo. “
Obama’s Orwellian “Truth Team” unloaded on Davis with predictable venom, characterizing his party change as an opportunistic political calculation.
Once a strong supporter of moving our country forward, Alabama’s former Rep. Artur Davis switched parties after meeting with defeat in his run for governor and is now joining the GOP in launching unfounded attacks against President Obama at the Republican National Convention.
But his former colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus remember Davis before his political switch, and have come to the conclusion that Davis’ decision to switch political parties was a “result of a nakedly personal and political calculation or simmering anguish after failing to secure the Democratic nomination for governor of the State of Alabama in 2010.” In a letter to Davis, they remind him—and Americans—of the facts about his record:
[L]ess than two years ago, you routinely touted your progressive record as a member of the House of Representatives. You supported the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Wall Street reform bill, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and ending tax subsidies for oil companies. Despite voting against the final bill, you even supported major pillars of the Affordable Care Act like banning discrimination against pre-existing conditions, expanding Medicaid, and providing tax breaks to small businesses that provide health care, to name a few.
Contrary to your recent declarations, you hailed President Barack Obama as a “beacon of leadership,” touted President Obama as your “model,” and widely described the President as a friend. As a member of the House of Representatives, you supported President Obama’s agenda 95% of the time, were quoted saying “I agree with him on everything,” and repeatedly invoked President Obama in your failed gubernatorial campaign.
Hey losers? He woke up and smelled the coffee – saw the fallacies in Obama’s “hope and change” . And he changed his mind.
And for that he has earned himself a place on Obama’s Enemies List.