Democrat Switching Parties Over Obama
Last week, a writer most people have never heard of said he was breaking with the “extreme right.” This set off a flurry of tweets from Leftists claiming that this was more proof that the Republican party had moved too far to the right. You know, what they’ve been saying since politics began. Every election cycle, Leftists (and even some “conservatives”) say that “insert name of a past Republican – i.e. Reagan” wouldn’t be welcome into the Republican party as it stands today.
It never fails. Let’s just ignore the fact that the last two Republican nominees for President were and are moderates who sit squarely to the left of Reagan or any other past Republican President. You could even make the case that Bush was more moderate than Reagan when it came to their views on the role of the Federal government.
Anyway, this Fumento dude’s “break” caused a bit of a stir.
You know what won’t cause as much of a stir? This guy deciding to become a Republican.
Former Alabama congressman Artur Davis, who seconded Barack Obama’s nomination for president four years ago, says he’s leaving the Democratic Party.
The one-time rising Democratic Party star — once described as “the Obama of Alabama” – said on his website that he is switching his voter registration to Virginia and is considering running for office as a Republican. Davis was also critical of the Obama administration, with whom he was sometimes at odds while in Congress on issues such as health care.
Why? Because this guy, unlike Fumento, is actually well known and was a very vocal champion of Obama’s election in 2008. It doesn’t fit the narrative the Democrat Media Complex wants everyone to believe.
They want the “Republicans have become extremists” narrative out there. They do not want the “Democrats, and specifically Obama, are too far left for once-vocal Obama supporters” narrative clogging up the works.
Read his whole statement on his website. It’s worth it. I really like this part:
You have also seen me write that faith institutions should not be compelled to violate their teachings because faith is a freedom, too. You’ve read that in my view, the law can’t continue to favor one race over another in offering hard-earned slots in colleges: America has changed, and we are now diverse enough that we don’t need to accommodate a racial spoils system. And you know from these pages that I still think the way we have gone about mending the flaws in our healthcare system is the wrong way—it goes further than we need and costs more than we can bear.
Taken together, these are hardly the enthusiasms of a Democrat circa 2012, and they wouldn’t be defensible in a Democratic primary. But they are the thoughts and values of ten years of learning, and seeing things I once thought were true fall into disarray. So, if I were to leave the sidelines, it would be as a member of the Republican Party that is fighting the drift in this country in a way that comes closest to my way of thinking: wearing a Democratic label no longer matches what I know about my country and its possibilities.
This man has seen the horrors of the Progressive movement first hand. He is rejecting it.
Welcome to the conservative movement, Mr. Davis.