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Ex-Obama ally Artur Davis uses convention speech to ask other Democrats to leave party too

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TAMPA, Fla. — Ex-Obama ally Artur Davis — the former Democratic congressman from Alabama who in 2008 gave a speech in support of Barack Obama at the Democratic convention, but has since renounced him — says he feels at home with the Republican Party and is encouraging others to leave the Democratic Party too.

“Thank you for welcoming me where I belong,” Davis told delegates who gave him roaring applause throughout his Tuesday night primetime speech at the Republican National Convention.

He used his speech to encourage “Democrats and independents whose minds are open to argument” to “listen closely to the Democratic Party that will gather in Charlotte and ask yourself if you ever hear your voice in the clamor.”

“Ask yourself if these Democrats still speak for you,” Davis said.

“Now, America is a land of second chances,” Davis said, “and I gather you have room for the estimated 6 million of us who know we got it wrong in 2008 and who want to fix it.”

Davis said Americans supported Obama is 2008 because “no candidate had ever spoken so beautifully,” but said “dreams meet daybreak.”

“Maybe the Hollywood stars and the glamour blinded us a little: you thought it was the glare, some of us thought it was a halo,” Davis said.

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  1. norman einstein

    August 29th, 2012

    I thought Davis’s speech was very effective.

    Romney’s guys should get him out on the trail IMMEDIATELY.
    He’d be great at appealing to, not just the Dim voters who now feel disenfranchised, but “undecideds” and those who just haven’t been paying attention so far.

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  2. Aunt Liz

    August 29th, 2012

    Davis’s speech was terrific and strong. I listened to a bit of Bill Bennett’s show this morning and the general consensus was Davis did what people had expected from Christie – but didn’t get.

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  3. reddecaesari

    August 29th, 2012

    loved the bit about “now you’re just somebody that i used to know”

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  4. fullcirclethinker

    August 29th, 2012

    As much as I appreciate all the ‘people of color’ taking to the podium to prove that the Republican party isn’t just a bunch of cranky old white folk, it smacks just a bit of us still not being able to overcome the race card, even after electing the first African American as president.

    That being said: This will always be the case. Martin Luther King’s dream is still just that.

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  5. Xavier

    August 29th, 2012

    @fullcirclethinker

    If having a Michael Steele as chairman of the RNC, Mia Love and Artur Davis as speakers, and Herman Cain as a primary candidate seems contrived and ‘token black-ish’ – well, I suspect those people are race obsessed and that they will never relent in their false accusations.

    My take is that (excepting Steele) these men and women represent Conservative values better than many others, period; no racial qualifiers. And the sooner Conservatives learn to drop any and all references to race, the sooner liberals will be revealed as the true racists.

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  6. Xavier

    August 29th, 2012

    {past chairman, that is]

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  7. Bad Brad

    August 29th, 2012

    I have mixed feelings about Democrats jumping ship and becoming Republicans. On one hand we do need every vote we can get, on the other hand, they were stupid enough to by the line of crap Mr. Hope and Change was selling in the first place. Not sure I want them on my team.

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  8. Katechon

    August 29th, 2012

    His speech was excellent. That dude is talented.

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  9. Katechon

    August 29th, 2012

    Brad, some folks — especially black folks — are so deeply, tightly slave of the illusion of socialism, that they require massive shock to wake up from the nightmare.

    We shall welcome ex zombies.

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  10. Bad Brad

    August 29th, 2012

    Or, if you are a democratic congressman in a district that is constantly becoming more conservative, you jump ship. He said as much in an interview on FOX. Don’t get me wrong, he is a very useful tool right now. But lets not fool ourselves on why he switched parties. And this has nothing to do with color.

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  11. Katechon

    August 29th, 2012

    Looks like Dirty Harry will take the stage tonight!

    Go Clint, ask Barry to get out of the way of American prosperity!

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  12. fullcirclethinker

    August 29th, 2012

    @ Xavier

    I totally agree. It is just that, no matter how you slice it, we do feel better about ourselves when someone within the black community agrees with the values that have made America what it is.

    I read everything I can get my hands on from Mychal Massie to Herman Cain to Alphonso Rachel to Lloyd Marcus et al. They among the many within the African American community give me hope that not all people of color are satisfied with staying on the Democrat’s plantation.

    Regardless, we still have a long way to go to truly fulfill Martin Luther King’s dream. We tried that in 2008 with disastrous results. Now that that cat is out of the bag, maybe we can get down to the business of listening to our better angels for a change.

    We as a nation of Americans can and will do better, and individuals like Artur Davis and Mia Love are proof that this is happening.

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  13. Roscoe P. Soultrane

    August 29th, 2012

    Sweet – reaching out to bring a bunch of Statism-Lite types over to the GOP. That should help stop the leftward drift.

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  14. Absolute muddjuice

    August 29th, 2012

    I still like it when people who were blinded by the darkness see the light…..

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