Ex-Democrat Artur Davis to speak at GOP national convention

There are a few moments in any national presidential-nominating convention that are designed for drama: the keynote address, the speech by the running mate and, of course, the speech by the nominee. But the GOP this year is trying to add another one in a Zell Miller-esque address by a longtime Democrat.

Democratic congressman-turned-2012 RNC speaker Artur Davis (Source: OfficialArturDavis.com)

Democratic congressman-turned-2012 RNC speaker Artur Davis (Source: OfficialArturDavis.com)

And this longtime Democrat happens to be one of the first members of Congress to endorse Barack Obama for the presidency in 2008, the man who seconded Obama’s nomination at the Democratic convention in Denver: Alabama’s Artur Davis.

Davis’ switch to the Republican Party earlier this year was well-publicized, but I’m not sure anyone predicted he’d be a headliner at the 2012 GOP convention, announced alongside four people Mitt Romney reportedly considered as potential running mates: Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. (U.S. Senate candidate Connie Mack of Florida was also announced today.)

There have been rumors a Republican, perhaps Jon Huntsman, will address the Democrats’ convention in Charlotte. It would take more than Huntsman, in my view, to trump what the GOP gets with Davis.

Here’s what Davis said in a press release by the Republican National Committee:

The talk and inspiration moved so many of us four years ago, but unfortunately we haven’t seen the action to back it up. We were promised jobs and we got job-killing mandates and regulations. We were promised a fiscally responsible government, and we got trillion dollar deficits, debt that has never been seen, and small business burdened with new taxes, and threatened with more taxes. The time for talk is over. At the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Republicans take a step to undo the mismanagement and nominate Mitt Romney as the next president of the United States.

I believe the official term for that kind of statement from that kind of ex-supporter is “fightin’ words.” We’ll have to see whether Davis proves as effective a turncoat as Miller was. And/or whether Davis ends up challenging any liberal cable-news commentators to a duel:

– By Kyle Wingfield

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393 comments Add your comment

saywhat?

August 16th, 2012
10:12 am

Won’t help Mitt’s chances any. Mitt is toast.

saywhat?

August 16th, 2012
10:14 am

Is paul ryan going to talk at the convention, and tell us about all of his executive experience?

Curious George

August 16th, 2012
10:26 am

While he isn’t in the best of health these days, can we get fellow EX-Democrat Zell Miller to speak at the convention in Tampa as well?

SBinF

August 16th, 2012
10:28 am

Nice, they have a black Republican. Of course they’ll cart him out at the convention, to prove what a big tent the GOP has….

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

August 16th, 2012
10:28 am

Davis will be quickly branded as an Uncle Tom, Judas, and other names and be represented as being used by the GOP. Black and Conservative are not compatible it seems. They are deemed as angry, selfish, and not down with the struggle, no matter how they present themselves or what their reason is for embracing conservatism. Freedom of thought is recognized as an attribute for most Americans, but not an option for Black Americans.

Curious George

August 16th, 2012
10:29 am

Being a perceived “Budget Hawk,” will Paul Ryan make any statements at the Convention about the National Weather Service & Social Security Administrations buying hundreds of thousands of rounds of “cop killer” bullets with OUR money or the debacle of waste and ineptitude known as the Department of Homeland “Security” and pedophile TSA airport screeners?

Richard Lombardo

August 16th, 2012
10:30 am

spoken like the true socialist/communist you are!!!

Curious George

August 16th, 2012
10:31 am

Would anybody else here like to see Chris Matthews or Keith Olberman on the LOSING END of a pistol duel with Zell Miller?

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

August 16th, 2012
10:31 am

Is paul ryan going to talk at the convention, and tell us about all of his executive experience?

Yeah, big time, they are going to have a contest to see which one has the least, he or Barry. At least Ryan starts out his executive experience with a blank slate, Obama brings in four years of failure.

You libs

August 16th, 2012
10:32 am

Must be angry that Obama didn’t give him a spot in his administration. Obama probably saw him as a sell-out.

Tall

August 16th, 2012
10:33 am

….”Won’t help Mitt’s chances any. Mitt is toast….

Saywhat?: If Obama does get re-elected, he will be sorry. The inevitable disaster he will be facing will clearly be his own doing. In fact, it may finally bring an end to the “progressive” mindset as we know it.

SBinF

August 16th, 2012
10:34 am

I say Mitt is more Milquetoast than toast.

But yeah, he’s got a snowball’s chance of winning the election. Please quote me on that one. I’ll own up to it after election day.

ragnar danneskjold

August 16th, 2012
10:38 am

I liked Davis even when he was a democrat – he was never one of those lock-step marching nuts so spread throughout that mob. May have a future in the Romney administration.

iggy

August 16th, 2012
10:39 am

“Nice, they have a black Republican. Of course they’ll cart him out at the convention, to prove what a big tent the GOP has….”

10,000 or 1 million black Republicans would make no difference. Any black republican is considered a traitor to the liberals or considered to be just plain stupid.

Your argument is baseless and you language proves my point.

NEXT!!

Curious George

August 16th, 2012
10:40 am

At what time is today’s formal announcement from the White House that Joe Biden is being replaced on the 2012 ticket with Hitlery Clinton?

Trolls Bane

August 16th, 2012
10:40 am

Ah … another convert called to testify! Testify brother!

sam

August 16th, 2012
10:40 am

lets hope Artur doesnt come accross as quite the psycho Zell did..

Common Sense

August 16th, 2012
10:41 am

“Georgia’s unemployment rate jumped to 9.3 percent in July from 9 percent in June, the state labor department said Thursday.”

I hope Davis hammers home that this administration has not helped employment whatsoever.

@@

August 16th, 2012
10:43 am

Will Huntsman address the DNC in Mandarin?

Lonnie

August 16th, 2012
10:43 am

What a big bunch of children who act like dopes

Matz

August 16th, 2012
10:43 am

This is not Zell-like at all. Zell had a series of mini strokes, bless his heart. He’s a bit teched in the head now and can’t remember what century this is.

Mr. Davis is an opportunist who realizes that few things in America make a man less relevant than being a Democrat in the State of Alabama. The power structure in that state makes Georgia look downright uber-progressive. The DNC and other national organizations ignore the Southern states, and the Democrats who live in them, like an ugly red-headed step cousin twice removed. There’s NO shot at the national spotlight, power, or riches being a Democrat in Alabama.

Look at Mr. Davis NOW! He’s going for it, and not George-Jefferson style, either (by working hard to provide a meaningful service to the community and building a business from the bottom up.) This man will take his pie the modern way: By becoming a celebrity via something unseemly and scandalous, and booty-posing for the camera.

Will y’all eat this cheap ground meat filler up and call it filet mignon? Hey, whatever floats your happy boat. Enjoy!

Common Sense

August 16th, 2012
10:49 am

“We’re going around the country, talking about, ‘How do we put people back to work? How do we improve our schools? How do we make sure that we’re producing American energy? How do we lower our debt in a responsible way?’ And I don’t think you or anybody who’s been watching the campaign would say that in any way we have tried to divide the country”. Barack Obama

That’s the problem. This campaign has gone on since 2009, and it has been all talk and no action.

He may not have tried to divide the country, but he has. Unintended consequences have the same impact as intended ones….and to deny that they have occurred shows just how out of touch Obama is.

Bryan G.

August 16th, 2012
10:52 am

Well-publicized switch? I read the news every day and I’ve never heard of this guy.

iggy

August 16th, 2012
10:52 am

As a counter to Artru Davis, perhaps the Dems could have Harry Bellafonte speak at the liberal convention.

Auntie Christ

August 16th, 2012
10:53 am

Aryur Davis graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1990 and received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School before returning to Alabama. (Wikipedia)

Just another socialist Ivy League elitist snob, living in an ivory tower, looking down his nose at us common folk who make up the republican party. Oh wait, you say he is a republican now, well I take it all back about those Ivy League elitist snobs who look down their nose at us common folk. They only do that if they are democrats like the Clintons or the Obamas.

Matz

August 16th, 2012
10:54 am

zeke

August 16th, 2012
10:55 am

likely a money grubber

Thomas Heyward Jr

August 16th, 2012
10:58 am

If you’re looking for excitement and/or unless you’re manuevering for some free Government Rascal/Scooter/Wheelchair or Defense contracts …………then ditch the free-government-cheese/viagara-hopped-up RNC convention.
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The future lies with ………………………………….. P.A.U.L. Festival
People Awakening and Uniting for Liberty
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Don’t be frightened Wingfeild.

Everette

August 16th, 2012
11:01 am

Maybe next they’ll let him shine massa’s shoes .

@@

August 16th, 2012
11:03 am

The former congressman recalled Obama’s campaign pledges to rein in government spending and lessen the country’s dependence on credit. “Those were powerful sounding, tough words from a Democratic candidate in 2007 and 2008 who was trying, frankly, to reach out to the center,” Davis said. “Well, I think we all know, four years later, candidate Obama has been a very different person than President Obama.”

Davis pointed to the Clinton administration as an example of better times, recalling a “Democratic president who aggressively defended all values of his party, but still managed to find a way to reach across the aisle to Republicans.” Clinton’s leadership, he said, helped “bring the Democratic Party back to a place of believing in fiscal responsibility. That spirit, he said, has diminished with Obama at the helm. Many Democrats who cared about this issue, he said, either lost their re-election bids or simply decided to leave Congress.

When asked by RCP about the decline of the Blue Dogs, the coalition of moderate Democrats which saw half its members defeated in the 2010 midterms, Davis suggested the president was to blame: “They can’t really state their opinions on issues; if they do they aren’t taken terribly seriously. They are Blue Dogs without a bark or a bite.” Presidents, he noted, “drive politics.”–RCP

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Artur Davis, UNCHAINED!!!!!!!!!!!!

Everette

August 16th, 2012
11:05 am

Suppose while he’s speaking Newt Gingrich will teach his kids to clean toilets .

Everette

August 16th, 2012
11:09 am

Joe Biden is fine ,but the G.O.P. justed picked another Sarrah Palin . Lol. With no forein policy creditials . Guess well just throw the bullets at the enemy . The G.O.P. is stuck with two dummies .

They BOTH suck

August 16th, 2012
11:13 am

Everette

I wouldn’t call them dummies, but Romney is getting some good practice for his 3rd attempt at winning the WH…………… in 2016.

“3rd time will do the trick, I promise: Romney 2016″

killerj

August 16th, 2012
11:17 am

Take a good look at the states in red folks before you speak.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

August 16th, 2012
11:18 am

“but the G.O.P. justed picked another Sarrah Palin .”

This from the guy who can’t spell “Sarah” :lol:

I mean really, Everette? Paul Ryan is the most knowledgeable person in Washington D.C. regarding taxes and budgets, and you compare him to Palin?

I haven’t read an intelligent post from a single lib on Kyle’s blog since Ryan was picked. You guys couldn’t fill a thimble with your combined thoughts.

Ann Coulter: Our Blacks Are Better Than Their Blacks......Davis is a JOKE

August 16th, 2012
11:19 am

Artur Davis is gonna go DOWN with the rest of the HYPOCRITICAL

CONS (Myth Robme and Ryan Shame).

Any one with a name like ARTUR what can you expect?

Everette

August 16th, 2012
11:20 am

Mitt Romney couldn’t. win a 5 year olders spelling B . He come from a long tradition of political loosers .

Hillbilly D

August 16th, 2012
11:23 am

Mitt Romney couldn’t. win a 5 year olders spelling B . He come from a long tradition of political loosers .

Am I the only one seeing the irony in that?

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

August 16th, 2012
11:24 am

I see that Tick has changed his moniker again.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

August 16th, 2012
11:25 am

No, Hillbilly D, you’re not! :D

yuzeyurbrane

August 16th, 2012
11:25 am

“turncoat” is the word you used, Kyle to describe both Davis and Miller. No way he can demean himself as much as Zell did. He set the standard. But there is still race discrimination. I feel certain that Davis will not be paid as much as Zell.

SlickRick - glad to no longer be suffering through Fratboy George's ineptocracy

August 16th, 2012
11:27 am

Gee, regressives trotting out a black “ex” Democrat to show how inclusive they are. Smells like Palin redux.

iggy

August 16th, 2012
11:30 am

5 year olders? LOL.

iggy

August 16th, 2012
11:30 am

Everette. Finn, is that you?

SlickRick - glad to no longer be suffering through Fratboy George's ineptocracy

August 16th, 2012
11:30 am

Oh, Tiberius, if I had a dollar for every one of your misspellings and other grammatical snafus, I’d be a very very rich man indeed (one of the “job Kreators”).

Sick of Progs

August 16th, 2012
11:30 am

Everette

August 16th, 2012
11:09 am
Joe Biden is fine ,but the G.O.P. justed picked another Sarrah Palin . Lol. With no forein policy creditials . Guess well just throw the bullets at the enemy . The G.O.P. is stuck with two dummies .

Well the GOP dummies will look like Einstein compared to the clueless dems. One question? Will the dems be breaking out their propellor beanies to make them at least look smarter?

They BOTH suck

August 16th, 2012
11:31 am

Has the blogger that goes by the name “Obambarrassment” posted over here yet?

Right leaning blogger that has been on a Jay’s recently. Some of his stuff his fairly interesting. Figured he would have made it here or probably will.

Everette

August 16th, 2012
11:31 am

Pual Rayan can’t brown nose his way into the white house . Yes he’s a idiot . Yes he don’t abortion even in cases of incest and rape . Yes he will throw granny over a cliff with his stupid budget that both him and Romney can’t get their story straight . No forein policy credentials as if 911 never happened . McCain saw Romneys tax returns and picked Palin . Where’s Liz Channey . Yes y’all are stuck with another Sarrah Palin . LMAO !

Ann Coulter: Our Blacks Are Better Than Their Blacks......Davis is a JOKE

August 16th, 2012
11:32 am

@Tiberius – pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

August 16th, 2012
11:18 am
I mean really, Everette? Paul Ryan is the most knowledgeable person in Washington D.C. regarding taxes and budgets, and you compare him to Palin?
___________________________________________________

Ryan Shame knowledgeable?

He calls himself a CATHOLIC.

Ryan is follower of Ayn Rand is a hypocrite.

Ayn Rand is noteworthy for her atheism and uncompromising opposition to religion.

Rand is somewhat unique in seeing virtually no value to religion.

Ayn Rand believes Abortion is a moral right—which should be left to the sole discretion of the woman

involved; morally, nothing other than her wish in the matter is to be considered. Who can conceivably

have the right to dictate to her what disposition she is to make of the functions of her own body?”

Wonder Boy Ryan is a HYPOCRITE.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

August 16th, 2012
11:33 am

Yep, cue the shrieks of “Oreo” and “Uncle Tom” from the libs.