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.