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August 15, 2012 11:42 AM Rebel Yell

By Ed Kilgore

So today we get the sad but unsurprising news that Artur Davis (a former congressman, former Democrat and former Alabamian) will campaign with Mitt Romney today in his newly adopted state of Virginia.

Maybe when Romney gets to the line of his stump speech about Obama abolishing work requirements for welfare recipients and just mailing out checks to those people, Davis will let out a genu-wine rebel yell like they used to do in Alabama when George Wallace got off a good one at the expense of “the welfare.”

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

Comments

  • c u n d gulag on August 15, 2012 12:28 PM:

    How long before Mitt and Paul and cohorts start to salute "The Stars and Bars," instead of "Old Glory?"

    Before, or after, their Convention?

  • Hedda Peraz on August 15, 2012 12:51 PM:

    Most people join the political party of their parents.
    Many chose a political party for its principles.
    And some select a party for personal or professional gain.

  • martin on August 15, 2012 1:26 PM:

    I like the sound of "Artur Davis a former congressman, former Democrat and former Alabamian"

    Finally, something to be proud of.

  • Josef K on August 15, 2012 1:48 PM:

    I shalln't weep a tear if Davis's 'yell' leads to the same conclusion as did the (arguably) most famous one did. Y'know, the one that drove Pickett's Charge onwards back on July 3, 1863.

  • Renai on August 15, 2012 3:15 PM:

    "You lie!" would be a good start.

  • smartalek on August 15, 2012 3:50 PM:

    Huh.
    I wonder how much money there is in being what Tom Tomorrow brilliantly termed Yoosta-Bees?
    Given that the Hon [sic] Rep Davis and the Hon [sic] Mayor Ray Flynn (who I gather was a pretty good Mayor before selling his soul to become, first, GWB's Ambassador to the Vatican, and now one of a number of "Democratic" voices furthering the Publican lies about that oh-so-"independent" Senator Scott Brown here in the People's Republic of Massachusetts) are just the latest in a long line of Zell Millers / Joe Liebermans, I hope, for their sakes, it pays really well.
    I'd hate to think these people are willing to damn our country, and our citizenry, for just 30
    pieces of silver, or a mess of pottage.

  • Ben on August 15, 2012 4:49 PM:

    Why can't Artur Davis just have a different point of view than you or change his mind about his political preferences without you characterizing him as a self-loathing black person?

  • Josef K on August 15, 2012 6:15 PM:

    From Ben at 4:49pm:

    Why can't Artur Davis just have a different point of view than you or change his mind about his political preferences without you characterizing him as a self-loathing black person?

    Davis is free to believe and bolivate whatever he wishes, as we are free to call him out for it. Freedom of speech is grand isn't it?

    You have to admit its a little hard to go into outright mockery when a guy decides to align with outright lunatics.

  • Ben on August 15, 2012 6:31 PM:

    @Josef K

    Davis is free to believe and bolivate whatever he wishes, as we are free to call him out for it. Freedom of speech is grand isn't it?

    You have to admit its a little hard to go into outright mockery when a guy decides to align with outright lunatics.

    My comment had nothing to do with freedom of speech. I don't why one has to implicate him as a self-loathing black person, which your comment didn't respond to. If he agrees more with Romney, then he should support him no matter what color he is. If you think anybody who votes for Romney is an outright lunatic then you can believe that, but it doesn't mean Davis isn't proud of his racial heritage.

  • Doug on August 15, 2012 7:32 PM:

    Uh Ben, WHERE does the phrase "self-loathing black man" appear in either the original post OR the comments?
    Other than your use of it, I mean. There is not a single reference to Mr. Davis' ethnicity EXCEPT by you.
    Five letter word, lives under bridges...

  • Ben on August 15, 2012 9:08 PM:

    @Doug

    How else would you interpret Davis allegedly letting out a rebel yell and favoring George Wallace? The author may have been clever enough not to mention self-loathing black person explicitly, but the fact that Davis is black makes the post what it is. But, perhaps you are right. Let the author come and write here that Davis's race wasn't related to this post, that he doesn't think he's a self-loathing black person, and that he respects the right of every American to make different political choices from him. I'll be glad to read it.