It's not 2004 anymore, Toto! They gleefully waved shoes at John Kerry eight years ago, but in 2012 Republicans love a flip-flopper! Which is why Artur Davis (R) was “embraced” by the Tea Party of Northern Virginia last night. There's video at the link.
Yeah, Davis is sucking up to that Tea Party. Lots of gray-haired, white folks in the crowd, but Artur was giving them his best speech, reworked for an extreme right audience. You know the drill — comparing the Tea Party to the Civil Rights movement, ragging on the 'hostile' media, griping about all the leftwing money in politics and other patently ludicrous blather guaranteed to please the extremists Davis is making nice with these days. And let's not even talk about the sort of sick self-service that uses Rosa Parks' memory to curry favor with folks who mostly still think she should have been happy to be allowed a seat at the back of the bus.
Back in 2009, then-Democrat Artur Davis had this to say about the Republican Party:
“… Ron and I hear from the Republicans all the time and … they're stuck in the 1980's. They're stuck. They don't have any new ideas. They haven't caught up with where we were in the 90's much less where we'e going to be in the twenty-first century.”
News flash: Republicans are still stuck in the 80's … and Davis has decided to join them there.
“Ladies and gentlemen, in 1980, one man, from a small town in Illinois, said I know what they say, I hear the doubts in the wind, but I will not be bowed,” Davis said. “This man, who was supposedly old and faded, issued the same call that a 43-year-old named Jack Kennedy issued in 1960, and said that we can do better.”
That said, Davis admitted that “we don’t have Ronald Reagan running this year. There was only one. But I want to submit to you, that Ronald Reagan’s values are alive in the Republican party today.”
I watched a little of the Tea Party video and it was downright eerie. The gestures and many of the words are the same ones Davis was using on the stump here in Alabama back in 2010 — but the nouns are different now.
Ronald Reagan for instance.
This is a man who is a very skilled orator. He can argue eloquently for either side. Unfortunately, there's no way to tell when he believes the words and when he's just orating for the hell of it. Or maybe he's always just orating for the hell of it.