Former Democratic and Congressional Black Caucus member, Artur Davis, made the switch to the Republican party after no longer being able to tolerate the destruction caused by Democrats for the past three years.
Davis is now pondering his future in Virginia and is considering running for office. He says, however, that he is “nowhere near deciding. If I were to run, it would be as a Republican. And I am in the process of changing my voter registration from Alabama to Virginia, a development which likely does represent a closing of one chapter and perhaps the opening of another.
As to the horse-race question that animated parts of the blogosphere, it is true that people whose judgment I value have asked me to weigh the prospect of running in one of the Northern Virginia congressional districts in 2014 or 2016, or alternatively, for a seat in the Virginia legislature in 2015. If that sounds imprecise, it’s a function of how uncertain political opportunities can be—and if that sounds expedient, never lose sight of the fact that politics is not wishfulness, it’s the execution of a long, draining process to win votes and help and relationships while your adversaries are working just as hard to tear down the ground you build.”
In a blog post, Davis elaborates on his decision to leave the Democratic party which was due, in part, on a weakened Alabama Democratic Party which has lost the support of “more and more Alabamians every year.” He observed that parties change and that the current administration “is not Bill Clinton’s Democratic Party (and he knows that even if he can’t say it).”
“On the specifics, I have regularly criticized an agenda that would punish businesses and job creators with more taxes just as they are trying to thrive again. I have taken issue with an administration that has lapsed into a bloc by bloc appeal to group grievances when the country is already too fractured: frankly, the symbolism of Barack Obama winning has not given us the substance of a united country. 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.”
Davis also expresses his disdain with the Obama administration’s dictating to states that “they can’t say the word immigration in their state laws, and find it foolish when I hear their lawyers say that a local cop can’t determine the legal status of a suspect validly in their custody.”
And, Davis is not alone in his distancing himself from the Democrats. Erskine Bowles dismissed suggestions that he could succeed Timothy Geithner as Secretary of the Treasury. In addition to that, his partnership in the Simpson-Bowles Coalition effort to reduce long-term national debt was a major affront to Obama and his agenda.
In Repair_Man_Jack’s diary on RedState.Com, he gives credit to Davis for really appearing to have learned and grown up over the years, having moved to Virginia and reinvented himself as a more moderate politician. He cites the blog in which Davis writes as being a “thoughtful blog” and points out that he is also occasionally a guest contributor at the National Review.
You may not agree with all of Davis’s positions on the issues, but at least he had the courage to make what he saw as an imperative move to real hope and change.