No, not Ann Romney’s. Not Christie’s. Not Ryan’s. Not Rubio’s. Not even Mitt’s. The one to watch at the Republican National Convention, and the reaction following, will be that of former Congressman, former Democrat, former Congressional Black Caucus member and former Obama supporter Artur Davis, now scheduled for Tuesday, August 28 in the 9 pm hour.
Davis’s transformation from D to R is unbelievably important because not only did he switch parties, he abandoned Obama this past year after giving him a nominating speech at the 2008 DNC convention. That Davis was not just a blinded-by-color party hack is demonstrated by the fact that not only did he support the War in Iraq, he also voted to oppose Obamacare – the only CBC member to do so. He obviously stands to some significant degree on principle, so that his sense of betrayal by Obama after all the pre-2009 hype must be profound. Read the above-linked transcript of Davis’ 2008 speech recounting how he had “heard” Obama say all those things in 2004 and how proud he was to be there seconding his nomination. Imagine his chagrin today.
We have never heard Davis speak, but he is said to possess some oratorical skill, so we will see how it goes. Supposedly, the speech will not mention race, but the elephant will be in the room, in more ways than one. It will be short, as the convention schedule has been tightened due to the weather in the Gulf. Let’s hope he makes the most of it. Any polling firm worth it’s salt will be negligent if it doesn’t go after the reaction to Davis’ speech in the Black community. And any commentary on same will be dishonest if it doesn’t mark any greater than normal sentiment for Davis’ positions as a sign that the times, they might be a changin’.
While it is very late in the campaign season for it to have a major impact on the election, any impact at all will not only be welcome, but telling as to whether the Black populus of America is at long last beginning to loose itself from the chains of slavery to the Democrat Party and the cult of race-baiting from the likes of …… oh, you all know who they are.
While we wouldn’t presume to tell Davis what to say, we would recommend to those bloggers and pundits in assessing this whole development to recall Obama’s 2004 DNC speech, in which he declared:
There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America — there’s the United States of America.
Anyone half awake knows that the pronouncements of future candidate Obama were not reflected in Presidential statements or realized in actions once he assumed the mantle, and while it may not be the right time for Davis to go full bore in nailing Obama’s racist hide to the wall just yet, the rest of us are under no such constraints. We’ve had Obama’s number since early on. In the meantime, The sulking, peeved, bondaged and beholden class on the national scene have been out viciously calling Davis a Judas, traitor, opportunist and everything else. In the face of that, he has showed courage in standing up for American exceptionalism regardless of race or color, for freedom in all its forms regardless of political prestige or benefit.
Regardless of Davis’ impact on the 2012 election, there is much work to be done in restoring freedom of all kinds in America and a lot of that work is going to require the commitment of people of color to help their bretheren get a vision of it. The visions supposedly offered by Obama in the years 2004-2008 were phony, contrived and hollow. Ours are real and attainable, because unlike Barack Hussein Obama, we really believe there is no such thing as a Black America or a White America, but one great and exceptional United States of America. Should Davis shine at the RNC convention, and should his message be relayed around the country, we can be a lot further along in getting people on board the freedom train in the months and years to come.