Is There A Lesson To Be Learned From The Sad Artur Davis Story? Yeah-- Fire Steve Israel Now
Artur Davis finally got a job. Romney named him to his (brand new) Black Leadership Council. [The chairs are notorious unhinged war-criminal Allen West (R-FL), Black teabagger Tim Scott (R-SC) and Rick Scott's Lt. Gov Jennifer Carroll.] Davis gave a lame, utterly unmemorable speech endorsing Romney at the GOP convention in Tampa and Democrats "got back" at them by rolling out two ex-Republicans, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (Tuesday) and former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (today). Chafee said there was “nothing conservative about the Republican Party” which had been “hijacked” by the far right. He said that it was the GOP’s lack of “fiscal responsibility” that forced him to leave the party, although, like Davis and Crist, his departure from the party of his ancestors was preceded by a humiliating defeat in a primary.
DWT had been calling out Davis for many years before he lost his primary and switched to the GOP-- Davis and the conservative, corporate-oriented Democrats who nurtured him-- long before he lost his primary to a more progressive Alabama Democrat, Ron Sparks, and, obviously, long before he reinvented himself as a Republican. Davis was always the worst of the worst. He defeated a progressive Democrat, Earl Hillard, in a primary with a huge influx of AIPAC cash and corporate support. They knew exactly what kind of a whore they were buying-- and so did the DC Democratic leaders who were starstruck by the Harvard-educated, very conservative African American eager to sell out his own "Black Belt" constituents at every opportunity. Lobbyists and right-wing Democratic operatives predicted a bright future for Davis, even as he racked up an abysmal record, voting against, for example, the Affordable Care Act. Always the parasitic opportunist, Davis was quick to identify a future for himself with the GOP within days of his rejection in the Alabama gubernatorial primary. Does he sound just like them?
"As a long-standing member of the old center-right in the Democratic Party, I found the party moving inexorably to the left. Among other things, I felt that Democrats were wrong to embrace tax increases during a time of weak business confidence; wrong to coddle an empty-headed movement like Occupy Wall Street; wrong to resist meaningful entitlement reform; wrong in their overhaul of health care; wrong in their enthusiasm for overregulation and mandates; and way too hostile to any worldview that doesn’t suit the Democratic orthodoxy on same-sex marriage or abortion on demand.
..."I have been pretty detailed in my reasons for opposing Obamacare: too expensive, too much intrusion in the doctor-patient relationship, too many burdens on small businesses, too much new bureaucracy. The law should be repealed. But having said that, Republicans ought to replace the current law with a workable, market-based framework for extending insurance to the impoverished and for bolstering middle-income families who are saddled with catastrophic costs from illnesses. There are a variety of ways to accomplish this goal without the outsized cost and red tape of the Affordable Care Act, and right-of-center publications like National Affairs have documented them in detail.
..."The racial divide will fester as long as the left pursues an identity politics of grievance. The left adds to the racial divide every time its politicians or acolytes equate ordinary conservatism with racial intolerance, and link opposition to the Obama administration to racial backlash. The Democratic Party has unwisely distanced itself from policies like parental choice, vouchers and the overhaul of tenure that would have a transformative effect in the lives of black children, and there is an opening for Republicans to appeal to minorities by claiming priorities like education reform in the course of the next decade.
"It should be noted that Republicans far more than Democrats are providing a pathway for African-Americas, Latinos and Indian Americans who dare to move beyond being spokespersons for their own communities. Condi Rice, Susanna Martinez, Nikki Haley, Brian Sandoval, Tim Scott, Allen West, Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio: They are a roll call of Americans of color who have won the privilege to speak for more than their own kind, and Mia Love and Ted Cruz will join them this November. In the Democratic Party, with precious few exceptions, minorities are consigned to represent and to speak for their own."
So a special thanks to Rahm Emanuel, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Steny Hoyer, Steve Israel, Joe Crowley and the other snakes at the heart of the DC Democratic Establishment who find these characters, support them and push them to the head of the line. Artur Davis was always a piece of shit, not because he endorsed Mitt Romney but because he was Artur Davis. If they missed that, Emanuel, Wasserman Schultz, Hoyer, Israel, Crowley and the rest should turn in their licenses to practice politics. Instead, they're busy finding and pushing more hideous future Benedict Arnolds just like Artur Davis, fake "Democrats" with opportunistic Republican souls who will eventually jump ship sometime down the line-- the Blue Dogs and New Dems being pushed by the DCCC now. And that's where virtually all the money the DCCC gets goes-- to future Artur Davises like Patrick Murphy (an actual Republican who switched registrations so he could run), Juan Vargas (CA), Brendan Mullen (IN), David Crooks (IN), Gary McDowell (MI), Hayden Rogers (NC), Steve Pestka (MI)...