On yesterday’s Your World, Neil Cavuto spoke with one of his favorite politicians, Artur Davis, who seconded President Obama's nomination four years ago but now will be a “key speaker” on behalf of Mitt Romney at the upcoming Republican convention. Cavuto said, "I've always thought your shift was a seminal event right up there with Douglas Wilder, the former Virginia governor, attacking Joe Biden for the famous ‘chain and shackles’ comment. In other words, very reasoned and reasonable Democrats."
Cavuto asked Davis, ”What prompted your shift?”
Davis answered, "This is not the Democratic party that we used to know. The Democratic party has gotten narrower, it’s gotten smaller, and it's fundamentally wrong on all the key questions involving the economic future of this country… Conditions aren't likely to measurably improve between now and November. It's likely that when we get to November… we'll get data showing we’ve been over 8% unemployment for 47 consecutive months… That will be the longest stretch, close to four years, since the Depression era of unemployment above 8%. It's impossible for the President to explain that away when he's gotten the policies he wanted, he got the stimulus he wanted, he’s had a Fed that's been extremely attentive to his politics, and he still hasn't been able to turn this economy around."
After a brief detour about Rep. Akin and whether he should resign, Cavuto asked, "What makes you think he’s (Romney) going to be any better at fixing things?"
Davis said, "He will be the “most experienced executive to be nominated for the Presidency since Dwight Eisenhower.” He added, “The fundamental task for the next President is going to be fixing things, cleaning things up, being a turnaround artist if you will. That is exactly the set of skills that Mitt Romney demonstrated with the Olympics, with the stagnant economy he found in Massachusetts, and yes, with the private equity marvel called Bain Capital, which was a huge success."
A huge success for the principles, maybe but for working folks? Not so much. But nobody mentioned that.
And Davis is sadly deluded if he thinks that he could have ever appealed to enough White GOP voters to have won their votes in the general election. Now that he’s decided to put an “R” after his name, he’s going to face trouble in future elections. All that any GOP opponent has to do is remind the voters that Davis was among the first people outside Illinois to wholeheartedly endorse Obama’s 2008 candidacy (in fact, he was one of—if not THE—first Southern Democrats to support Obama). And then, there’s Davis’s largely “liberal” voting record in the House (especially on issues that matter to the GOP). Davis’s political career is shot to hell. GOP voters do NOT reward Dems-turned-GOPers, especially in primary elections where a longtime GOPer is running for the office.