Artur Davis, the former Democratic congressman from Alabama who seconded Barack Obama’s nomination at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and who served as co-chairman of the Obama campaign . . . will now be campaigning for Mitt Romney.
This has to humiliate Team Obama, which can be expected to attack and vilify Davis within short order. No amount of vilification, however, can hide the fact that more and more people who supported Barack Obama in 2008 now believe that this president is not up to the job.
How long before more such high-profile defections take place? Maybe by October, David Axelrod can be persuaded to cut a few negative ads on behalf of the Romney campaign.
Artur Davis, the former four-term Democratic congressman from Alabama, said Wednesday that Vice President Joe Biden was propagating “racial viciousness” when he said Mitt Romney’s regulatory policies would “put y’all back in chains.”
Biden made the comments Tuesday to a predominantly black crowd in Danville, Virginia, a city with a long history of racial tension. In May Davis announced he was switching to the GOP, leaving the door open to a future political bid as a Republican.
“[Romney] is going to let the big banks once again write their own rules, unchain Wall Street,” Biden said. “He is going to put y’all back in chains.”
Davis, who is black, said the comment smacked of a type of divisiveness he said was all too common in the South.
“It brought back memories for me,” Davis told Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s “The Situation Room.” “It brought back memories of these Democratic politicians in the South, who think they can go before crowds and say one thing and nobody else will hear it, and they’ll somehow get a cheer in the room and that they can blithely go on about their business.”
Saying Biden went to a place he “never should have gone” in his remarks, Davis called the vice president’s words insulting.
“It’s a divisive tactic that’s insulting to African Americans,” Davis said. “It’s insulting to the American people. It’s insulting to the legacy that he used to build up as an orator who used to know how to inspire people instead of strike fear in people’s heart.”
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“. . . I happen to have spoken to a few African-American audiences in my time, represented a predominantly African-American district,” Davis said. “I know what Joe Biden was doing yesterday, and every black person in the room knew who the ‘y’all’ was, they knew what the chains were about, and they knew what the metaphor was.”