Didn’t you just know that a former Congressman who made a public switch from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party would get a nice spot on Fox News? Especially if President Obama was named as one of the deciding factors? Sure enough, newly-minted Republican Artur Davis got a warm welcome from Neil Cavuto yesterday, where – except for one challenging question from the host – Davis was allowed to speak uninterrupted about all the reasons he made the switch.
“I’ve made a move I think that millions of Americans have made over the last several years,” Davis told the Fox viewers. He said he “didn’t get what we voted for… In my old state of Alabama, 15 Democratic-elected officials have now become Republicans. The guy who defeated me in the Democratic Party now works for the Republican governor who defeated him… I worked hard for Barack Obama four years ago because I thought he would bring this country together, and I thought he would change the way we talked to one another as Americans and I thought he would change the way we see ourselves.”
Cavuto’s only challenge was, “Cynics will hear you, now, Sir, and say this is about political survival.”
Davis said, “My wife and I live in Virginia now,” and cited the higher popularity of Democrats there than in Alabama as proof. He didn’t say, nor did Cavuto ask, whether Davis, who currently lives in a Democratic Congressional district, has plans for the state legislature or whether he might be considering a move to another Congressional District.
Instead, Cavuto offered this anti-Obama prompt in the form of a question: “You were such a high-profile backer of the President… When did it start going bad for you?”
Davis answered that in 2009 and 2010, “The agenda of the Democratic Party was, frankly, not the agenda that I thought I would see.” He said he supported the President because he thought he was “on the center… We saw a very different path… We saw the Democratic Party decide that for the first time in our country’s history it was going to push through a major piece of domestic legislation that over 50% of the people opposed, better known as Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act… So many times in 2009 and 2010, I heard people in the Democratic Party say, ‘Oh, we know this is unpopular, we know people don’t support this, but sometimes politicians just have to do that.” He said he had gone through a gradual change, especially in the last two years. “I’ classify myself as being on the center right. There is no center right in the Democratic party, there is in the Republican party.”
Cavuto gave a fascinated “Hmm,” before adding enthusiastically, “Artur Davis, thank you very, very much.”
Artur Davis is scum. If he wins any future election, whoever elects him better be ready to enjoy an unprincipled piece of trash. IOW, he should fit in well with today’s GOP. (Although I strongly doubt he’ll win election as a GOPer. He’d have to have an incredibly weak GOP opponent running against him—one who wouldn’t be ready to remind GOP voters of his early support for Obama* and how many times he did vote for “liberal” causes. And if he had a GOP opponent that weak, he’d probably be in a Dem-leaning district that wouldn’t vote for him since he proved his turncoat status.)
*(Davis was one of the first elected officials outside of Illinois to endorse Obama’s presidential campaign.)