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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Former Democrat Unexpectedly Addresses NOVA Tea Party

Posted on | July 10, 2012 | 14 Comments

by Smitty

The World’s Youngest Blogger and I caught up with Artur Davis three weeks ago at the Fairfax County GOP. Here we are this time at Grevey’s, which did a good job of handling an overflow crowd*. If you only have time for one clip, I did pan to the World’s Youngest Blogger at the end, with the motivational “USA! USA! USA!” cheer swamping the microphone.

Answering the mail on comments from the last Artur Davis post:

  • Attacking Davis for Specter-ism is ‘too easy’. It is not abundantly clear yet that Obama is going to lose the election in November.
  • The Tea Party represents a non-GOP path to redemption for those who had formerly identified as Democrats. The attention of those laying claim to any Judeo/Christian heritage is drawn to Proverbs 25:21. On the other hand, those demanding scalps can volunteer their own as an example.
  • And yes, “trust but verify”. Every. Single. Miserable. Public. Figure. Politics has been about being sellouts for a long, long time. The notion that Davis is somehow less trustworthy than anyone else you could name is a study in naïveté. No matter who wins what office in the coming election, getting the ship on course and keeping it that way is going to require everyone’s involvement.

With all that said, enjoy Mr. Davis’s remarks. The Virginia GOP Chairman had just spoken as Davis is getting warmed up:

Davis contends that the Tea Party movement has had greater shaping effect on politics than any movement in history, including the Civil Rights movement. (We’ll see, Davis, when the Tea Party actually restores fiscal sanity.) Makes the point that this story is not exclusively a Republican Party tale. Makes the point that the Tea Party is more liberal about speakers than Baptist churches, which is a fair.

The mention of church leads to confession. Davis is one of 8 to 10 million who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 who have seen the light. Here he shares testimonials of people from his blog who are hacked off at #OccupyResoluteDesk for various reasons. Pull quote: “Tired of being told that success is part of the problem in this country.”

Davis invokes Sarah Palin, which will totally impress Doug Mataconis, I am certain. Doubles down, plays the Reagan card, contrasts the perils of today with those of the late ’70s.

Concluding, he beats the drum that the election could boil down to Virginia, and whips the troops into shape with the vision of TV news anchors at midnight on 06 November with a solemn look on their faces. The audio gets a bit swamped here due to applause. “Act like it’s in our hands.”

*Can we get a changing table in the men’s room, please?


14 Responses to “EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Former Democrat Unexpectedly Addresses NOVA Tea Party”

  1. anamika A
    July 10th, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    It is not abundantly clear yet that Obama is going to lose the election in November.

    In a few months, the entire election to the most powerful position in the whole world… will be “fought” with words. Well, not quite words alone. There will also be some dirty tricks, voter supression and voting machine shenanigans, employed primarily by the side that believes it has a divine right to rule.

    To a large extent, the words will decide who the next president of the most powerful country in the world will be — his words against his! 

    Words can build or ruin reputation. Words can ruin or build credibility. And, with these two lot of things are won and lost.

    You might reckon it is not ‘words’ (which could be a bit simplistic to your way of thinking) but sentences, phrases, paragraphs and conversations (someone listening and someone speaking) is the stuff that makes up the reality in which we live. In other words we “Live” in language. Without which nothing can be said.

    In this, a ‘Declaration of War” predicts incipient violence destruction and what you will. The “War on Drugs” has within it the horrible maiming violence extant in Mexico. The ‘War on Terror” is in itself, a self fulfilling prophecy.

    Take great care in what you say. 

    All good wishes.

  2. Red
    July 10th, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    It’s going to take black people to realize they must pull themselves off the Democratic plantation. That goes for other minorities and welfare cases as well. I think Pat Austin is on to something major. Go see her last few posts. I really think she has her finger on the pulse of what could effectively turn things around for our country in a good way. “If only…”

  3. Stephen Gordon
    July 10th, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    I’m an Alabamian and I disliked Davis during his congressional tenure. However, I served as the e-Campaign Director for one of the GOP gubernatorial campaigns in 2010 and had the opportunity to spend a decent amount of time with Davis, who was trying to win the Democratic gubernatorial nomination at the time.

    With each meeting, speech, casual conversation, etc. my respect for Davis grew. Whether I agree with him or not on an issue, he is the real deal. Honest, intelligent, resourceful, personable. And as time went on, his views shifted more and more in my direction. He’s growing. Right now, I probably wouldn’t support him in most of Alabama’s redder districts, but I would support him if he was to run as a GOP candidate in NOVA.

    As a point of contrast, I’ll point out that I spoke very negatively about a different recent party switching Alabama congressman: Parker Griffith. Griffith is full of crap and only spews conservative noises in attempts to get elected. McCain and Smitty may recall when I stood up in blogger’s row and harshly criticized the GOP House leaders (to their faces) for bragging about bringing Griffith into the fold.

    Davis is the real deal and someone to watch. I’m not sure which congressional district he lives in, but he could provide a credible GOP challenge to an incumbent Democrat, such as perhaps Jim Moran.

    I’d keep my eye on Davis and provide positive feedback when he does something right. And I’d try to get him to run for office  in a seat generally held by a Dem.

  4. anamika A
    July 10th, 2012 @ 11:06 am


    It’s going to take black people to realize they must pull themselves off
    the Democratic plantation. That goes for other minorities and welfare
    cases as well. [emphasis mine]

    Wow, Red, you are showing your true colors now. What a revelation.

  5. Red
    July 10th, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    Nice try Anamika.

  6. Alberto Pardo
    July 10th, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    Yay, Northern Virginia!

    We need two strong Republicans to finish off Gerry Connolly and Jim Moran. Hopefully Chris Perkins and Patrick Murray can finish off those two crazy goons.

    Wow, I didn’t even know that Moran tried to cheat in his primary.. I knew he was a psychotic racist dweeb, but this was pushing it:

  7. Taxpayer1234
    July 10th, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

    Yay, Artur Davis, etc. etc.  WYB:  SQUEEEEEEEEEE!!!

  8. Taxpayer1234
    July 10th, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

    “Take great care in what you say,” says a vanguard of relativism, political correctness, and other linguistic sleight-of-hand.  BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

  9. Quartermaster
    July 10th, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

    Pretty lame if ya axes me. But that’s Anamika.

  10. Quartermaster
    July 10th, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

    Smitty, real men don’t need changing tables. I never used one with 3 kids or 8 grandkids.

  11. Anamika
    July 10th, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

    I’m still waiting for your apology regarding your ignorance about “percentile score” , which in turn you projected on to me.

  12. rjacobse
    July 10th, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

    More “civility” bovine excrement?

    If it looks like a duck…

  13. Red
    July 10th, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

    A wise man once said, “The waiting is the hardest part.”

  14. Adobe_Walls
    July 10th, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

    “Fashionable forces” I like that.