Obama Smear Machine Goes After Artur Davis

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


How negative is the Obama campaign? So negative that its priority this morning has been attacking Artur Davis for joining the Republican Party and speaking at the RNC 2012 Convention.

There is nothing that Democrats hate more than a Black Republican. That is an old hatred that goes back to the Reconstruction Era when Democrats lynched Black Republicans. Now they lynch Black Republicans with words.

The first shot against Artur Davis is a letter signed by several Black Congressional Democrats accusing him of a “nakedly personal and political calculation or simmering anguish after failing to secure the Democratic nomination for governor of the State of Alabama in 2010.” The “simmering” is a nice touch. How does anguish simmer?

Their proof that Art Davis is a flip-flopper with no principles who was once a true progressive is in this paragraph.

You also may recall that less than two years ago, you routinely touted your progressive record as a member of the House of Representatives.  You supported the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Wall Street reform bill, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and ending tax subsidies for oil  companies.  Despite voting against the final bill, you even supported major pillars of the Affordable Care Act

This is hardly the record of a hard core progressive. It’s the average record of a Congressional Democrat.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed 246 to 7 among Congressional Democrats. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act went 247 to 5 among Democrats. Dodd-Frank passed 223 to 27 among Democrats. These were party line votes that hardly any Democrat opposed. They don’t make for a progressive record. They just mean that Davis voted with his party. That’s a cynical thing to do, but it’s equally cynical for D.C. insiders to pretend that those votes made Artur Davis into the leftiest of progressives.

A left-wing ranking site gave Davis a Progressive Action Score of 38 and a Regressive Conservative Score of 31. That puts him squarely in the middle as a wash and kills the lie that he was a flip-flopper. It demonstrates instead that he was always a middle-of-the-road moderate.

  • Larry T. Doughty

    This Davis fellow had a great speech last night. Now, MSNBC went to advertising when he was speaking, how shameful is that? He was very well spoken. He is also the man that gave a seconding speech for Obama, back in 2008- But he has seen the light now, and he was welcomed last nights event. Excellent job. Now, of course, the Obama sleuths will go after him.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      MSNBC hopes its viewers never learn about the existence of Black Republicans.

  • Edward

    I just read that MSNBC had talking conversations with Mathews and other heavily Democratic personnel while anyone not white were talking/presenting. This was to support their argument that Republicans were nothing more than old, white men.

    • Donna

      I read that too. What a racist network! Part of the spin doctors' magic in not covering the news but "cooking" the news according to their own agenda. It's one of the main reasons why I'm no longer a cable subscriber. Why should I pay good money to be lied to?

  • BLJ

    Davis woke up from his coma. That is all. Pinheads like Chris Matthews and the rest of the MSM (as well as the Dems and so-called Black Leaders) are scared to death that more black people will do the same. This is why they attack a good man like Artur Davis.

    I think Artur can handle it. He is a smart guy who gets it. Welcome to the good side my friend.

    • JOHAN

      how true, ARTHUR IS AWSOME, BUT Robert Gibbs is another talking orfic for the Dems and he made a statement that the Repeblicans at the confrence were mean and other things, well they had this wrote and planned for 6 weeks and they will do anything underhanded to try to discredit anyone that stands for the trueth, honedsty and morals, and for this country's values. That is because they do not have these values, just plain discrediting everyone or trying to ruin there good standings just to try to get their way. how LAME.

  • EricTheRedVM

    So let me get this straight: Democrats call the GOP the party of racism, slavery, kkk, etc., etc. yet explain a black man's switching to that party a personal or political calculation? Are they suggesting he's suicidal or merely masochistic?