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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Belly Laughs

August 16th, 2012
3:35 pm

HillBilly

That could be true. If a few larger companies step out and do it, I can see a potential trend.

But if Company A does it and Company C & B doesn’t do it, Company A could be in trouble for the top workers. If A doesn’t change their overall compensation package to reflect the loss of insurance, C & B will capitalize and overtime get more of the top workers that they compete for on the open market.

Of course if C & B follow suit, that’s a whole different ball game.

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

August 16th, 2012
3:36 pm

“I’m gone.” Do you promise? Pretty please, with a cherry on top!

Hillbilly D

August 16th, 2012
3:44 pm

Belly Laughs

In my opinion, if they have no problem going overseas for operations, they’ll have no problem cutting out insurance. Time will tell, I guess.

Hillbilly D

August 16th, 2012
3:46 pm

Oops. Entered too soon.

And if company B & C, see that A got away with it, they’ll follow right in line. That’s one reason why real wages have been stagnant for the last 40 years.

Belly Laughs

August 16th, 2012
3:49 pm

HillBilly

Great point, however these companies do not need the ACA to drop insurance.

Outside of a negotiated contract with workers, any company can start dropping insurance today if they like. Make an announcement, set a date and be done with it.

Going to be an interesting next few years and of course the overall economy playing as much or bigger of a part.

Again, thanks for the exchange.

Ivan Cohen

August 16th, 2012
4:06 pm

“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”. Wow, no wonder Congressman Allen West said he was going to be outside selling hot dogs which he later walked back and said he was joking. The GOP tent has not grown a lot since the days when cameras at their convention would pan to Lionel Hampton and Gloria Toote. Of course both of them are taking a dirt nap now. There’s a term for Artur Davis……token. Which is just what he’ll be. Maybe if they had reached out, they have gotten Condoleeza Rice and Colin Powell. No, forget about it. They are decent individuals but they are too closely associated with George W. Bush. We don’t need no reminders of him. Or maybe the Republicans have a quota system.

@@

August 16th, 2012
4:08 pm

“I’m gone.” Do you promise? Pretty please, with a cherry on top!

What

is

wrong

with

this

individual!!!!???!!!!

I’m thinking a prune would better serve what ails YOU.

I used to have a long-haired dog with dingleberries.

He was a wonderful dog! I LUV’D that dog!

You remind me of his dingleberries. There wasn’t much to love about those. Was forever having to brush ‘em off.

JohnnyReb

August 16th, 2012
4:14 pm

You think there is any chance Artur’s conservative conversion could be from the water he drinks? Sorry, just day dreaming – we could bottle it, give it away in Atlanta, and most of our regional problems would be solved.

@@

August 16th, 2012
4:18 pm

Ivan:

Dr. Rice WILL be speaking at the convention. You say she’s decent. Above and beyond decent in my opinion.

I can recall when the AJC’s liberals mocked her as Bush’s “House Mammy”. Then there was another AJC liberal who had her down as GWB’s mistress.

Some of the AJC’s liberals are strange people.

Belly Laughs

August 16th, 2012
4:25 pm

“Some of the AJC’s liberals are strange people.”

I would agree, however you seem to have forgotten the right side of the aisle.

Unless one just wants to see what they want to see, there are a lot of strange ones on these blogs. They are not all liberal, if you want to be truthful.

cc

August 16th, 2012
4:28 pm

Everette:

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

Does your computer software have ’spell check’? If so, please use it before posting your inane comments!

cc

August 16th, 2012
4:31 pm

JohnnyReb:

“we could bottle it, give it away in Atlanta, and most of our regional problems would be solved.”

. . . bu the AJC would cease to exist as we know and love it!

cc

August 16th, 2012
4:48 pm

I demand to see Cheesy Grits Birth Certificate- Long Form Please @ 2:58:

I won’t be lengthy with this, but you really need to review the facts. The sub-prime mortgages underwritten by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae brought us to the brink. If you’ll strain that weak brain, you can verify that Barney Frank and Chris Dodd were responsible for this ludicrous procedure. Bush attempted seven times in his eight years to have Congress reign this in but was rebuffed in his efforts. Guess where your boy obama lined up on this issue?

Take a hike . . .

Ted

August 16th, 2012
4:52 pm

Kyle, why didn’t you ever write about Mitt Romney’s disastrous overseas trip???? You conveniently ignored it. There were no highlights, just nothing but lowlights.

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

August 16th, 2012
4:54 pm

cc@4:48 Ever the optimist

I have no problem believing that Canadians think they live longer than we do, it is the lines for medical care, makes each day a booger.

Surveys are about as useless as polls, most are designed to get the results they want.

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

August 16th, 2012
4:55 pm

“I’m gone” and yet you return. You’re either (a) a liar, (b) a schizophrenic or (c) all of the above.

Dingleschnirt

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

August 16th, 2012
4:56 pm

Ted, I know you think telling the Brits they probably weren’t prepared for the Olympics, the truth actually, was a low light. I will spot you that one, name one other, please.

Ted

August 16th, 2012
4:57 pm

“The former congressman served in Alabama’s seventh congressional district for four terms and lost the state’s gubernatorial election in 2010, a result that drove Davis to leave politics.”

This man isn’t even relevant. Nothing to see here, move along folks.

Charles Douglas Edwards

August 16th, 2012
5:06 pm

Artur Davis is a entitled to his opinions.

We wish him the best of luck and success in his new endeavors.

May God Bless The United States of America and President Barack Obama.

We pray and hope for his re-election.

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

August 16th, 2012
5:08 pm

Rafe – He didn’t just question their preparedness, but also their enthusiasm; it turns out the Olympics were a rip-roaring success for the Brits, with no lack of preparedness or enthusiasm of any kind.

Then, he moseyed on to the Holy Land where he directly compared Israeli gross domestic product to Palestinian per capita GDP, attributing the Israelis’ economic vitality to their culture, while at the same time ignoring the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. He then caused the Polish to question his commitment to labor rights.

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

August 16th, 2012
5:09 pm

Amen, Mr. Edwards, amen!

yuzeyurbrane

August 16th, 2012
5:12 pm

Kyle, it looks like Slick Rick has taken over my turf of showing yet again that you should stick to politics and stay out of economic analysis. He cleaned your clock.

JamVet

August 16th, 2012
5:12 pm

Niiiice!

With this bold move, the GOP will now have 1.8537024% minority representation at their Lily White Circus in Tampa!

Hey, it’s a start!

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

August 16th, 2012
5:16 pm

Yuze – The world is big enough for both of us. Besides, as a “lib,” I have no problem sharing.

iggy

August 16th, 2012
5:18 pm

Little at a time Vet, little at a time. Wont you join us?!

@@

August 16th, 2012
5:19 pm

Belly Laugh:

They are not all liberal, if you want to be truthful.

From what I’ve experienced, the liberals win on the stalker field. Until you’ve had one interject themselves into your personal business, e-mail, and child’s facebook site, you wouldn’t have a clue as to what I’m talking about.

No liberal has ever mentioned an AJC conservative having done THAT.

I entered the AJC blogs pretty liberal in my own right. I’ll be leaving far more conservative thanks to them.

iggy

August 16th, 2012
5:19 pm

Downey is good for that.

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

August 16th, 2012
5:20 pm

enthusiasm;

Lot of empty seats the few times I tuned in.

You second paragraph indicates he is a truthful fellow, unlike our present occupant. Walesa (sp), union man, endorsed Romney. Israel would not need to occupy the lands of their neighbors, if those folks would give up their war like activity in their misplaced effort to drive Israel into the sea and end Zionism. Their culture is superior to the “palestinians”, who live their life, seemingly to destroy Israel.

Sounds like much more success than otherwise, and that is probably why it is not being discussed. Kinda like most of the other distractions the left floats everyday to keep the media focused anywhere but on Obama’s record of miserable failure to create jobs and improve the economy.

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

August 16th, 2012
5:21 pm

SlickRick- previous post is answer to your comments directed to me.

@@

August 16th, 2012
5:23 pm

“I’m gone” and yet you return. You’re either (a) a liar, (b) a schizophrenic or (c) all of the above.

OR as I said in an earlier post, I had to go to the pool supply to pick up a flange for my skimmer.

Gone, as in temporarily.

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

August 16th, 2012
5:23 pm

D’ouza is in the news again -

One of Obama’s favorite phrases comes right out of the Bible: “We are our brother’s keeper.” Yet he has not contributed a penny to help his own brother. And evidently George does not believe, even in times of emergency, that he can turn to his brother in the White House for help.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/08/16/how-became-george-obama-brother/#ixzz23kLL1ff8

@@

August 16th, 2012
5:25 pm

Besides, as a “lib,” I have no problem sharing.

If you’re the best liberals have to offer, I have a HUGE problem with sharing!

Belly Laughs

August 16th, 2012
5:27 pm

@@

Can’t speak for your personal issue, but will say sorry to hear that. That is strange and goes much beyond political affiliation.

“Strange” I’m referring to is the interaction of bloggers on all sides. I do not see a monopoly on stupidity on these blogs.

All the name calling to each other, stupid words such as contard, libtard, Dummycrat, Republicant. All that speaks to the blogger much more than it speaks to the person or group they are directing it too.

JamVet

August 16th, 2012
5:28 pm

Wont you join us?!

Even though I’m white, sorry, no sale, igs.

iggy

August 16th, 2012
5:28 pm

Sharing to a lib is in all honestly others sharing what they have, voluntarily or involuntarily, with them. In other words, I demand you give me some of what you have OR I will just steal it.

snoqualmiefalls

August 16th, 2012
5:37 pm

I would rather listen to John Huntsman Sr, John Jr.’s father, the same guy who worked at Bain with Mittens, I believe he was CFO during the Mittens tenure… perhaps he would explain Mittens taxes for all of us. Not too sure he is an impartial member of the Party, considering how Mittens dissed his son during the primaries, but still interesting to hear his viewpoint.

gm

August 16th, 2012
5:39 pm

This guy is a angry Tom, he is mad at Obama for not supporting his campign in Ala where the racist tea party did not vote for him, so he switch parties thinking the conservative whites will vote for him.
Hey Mr. Tom, how did this work out for Hermain Cain? We sure did get trillions in debt it was called spending money on Americans who had lost every thing under the last President””””””””””’

GT

August 16th, 2012
5:44 pm

How dumb do the Republicans think we are? Particularly if they are looking at us as a group separate from themselves, meaning there are no Republicans among the group they are trying to trick. A few days ago they took a sound bite and made it into the racial standard of the Democratic Party. Half the room was black because they were there to support a party that has supported them through the years, a history of friendship culminating with the first black president. Now they found one of maybe a dozen black men, in this country, who would feel comfortable in the tent of white racious politicians and selling out their people, and they think the world has forgotten, like Jews forgetting Hitler that these are very dangerous people to the powerless black or white.

gm

August 16th, 2012
5:45 pm

Amazing how so many media outlet will give anybody black air time as long as they say something bad about Obama, any one notice fox no news did not have blacks on talking bad about Georgia W. Bush?

When will these right wing disconnected uncle toms understand how much they are getting used?

@@

August 16th, 2012
5:47 pm

Belly Laugh:

I’m glad you mentioned the “tard” thing. I’ve shared my displeasure with those who use the word “tard”. Only because I work with physically and intellectually challenged children. At some point, I just gave up the battle.

More offensive than the word, one AJC liberal attacked me with a site called The Tard Blog which I found offensive. The liberal thought it was hilarious.

Oh well.

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

August 16th, 2012
6:01 pm

Chalk up another one for voter ID laws and representative politics. On Wednesday, a Pennsylvania judge refused to block a new Keystone State ID law from going into effect, handing a defeat to the ACLU and Attorney General Eric Holder’s campaign to demonize such laws as racist.

An honest election means a Republican victory.

cc

August 16th, 2012
6:35 pm

“If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; may your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countryman.”

cc

August 16th, 2012
6:40 pm

gm:

Any black person who strays from the dimocrat plantation is an “Uncle Tom”, right?

md

August 16th, 2012
6:40 pm

Ole Zell always said “I didn’t leave the democrat party, the democrat party left me”. I think many of the Blue Dogs can relate……….must be hard trying to remain fiscally conservative while one’s party has a deficit of 1.5 trillion each and every year.

Hillbilly D

August 16th, 2012
6:44 pm

“I didn’t leave the democrat party, the democrat party left me”.

That’s the way lots of folks think. They don’t want people like me (they usually call us Dixiecrats, even though that party existed only for about a year). The Republicans don’t want me either because their ideas are foreign to me, too.

The thing that made Ronald Reagan successful, whether you love him or hate him, is that he understood the working man/woman and knew how to appeal to him/her.

gm

August 16th, 2012
6:54 pm

cc

This guy was a Dem, he was to much of a coward to lash out at the whites that did not support him, so he lashes out at Obama for white votes, your answer yes

md

August 16th, 2012
6:56 pm

HD…..I can relate to what the Blue Dogs stand for (socially more liberal yet fiscally conservative), but for the life of me I can’t agree with the spend at all cost rest of their party.

When most of Europe is changing course, when Canada is now a model after moving back to the right, and after watching big spending states like CA and NY having huge deficits, I just don’t understand how one can defend that type system. Spending what one doesn’t have has always been a recipe for disaster in my book………it’s rolling the dice on winning the lottery vs staying within ones means.

Michael H. Smith

August 16th, 2012
7:05 pm

Real simple thought, not hard to grasp at all, Mr.and Mrs. America:

Are you better off today than you were four years ago?

Is the country better off today than it was four years ago?

Is economic uncertainty more worrisome for you today than it was four years ago?

Five trillion dollars spent in less than four years, unemployment remains above 8%, America has not regained its’ triple A credit rating, U.S. corporate taxation is the highest and most disadvantageous to job creation in the world; while other countries have made necessary tax reforms.

This isn’t what most people would call being better off.

Goodnight to all.

@@

August 16th, 2012
7:13 pm

When Reagan spoke about the “Shining City on a Hill” he sho ’nuff wasn’t talking about Washington D.C.

He was talking about America.

Reagan inspired. Obama conspires.

@@

August 16th, 2012
7:18 pm

In my own backyard.

Victor Hill, former Sheriff of Clayton County seeking RE-ELECTION, left office with over 20,000 outstanding warrants. Looks to me like he was in cahoots with the crime shoppers.

Woe is us.

I can’t get out of here fast enough. Time is short.