Artur Davis – Invisible Black Man


Artur Genestre Davis (born October 9, 1967) is an American politician and attorney who changed his party affiliation from the Democratic to the Republican Party in 2012. Davis served in the United States House of Representatives representing Alabama’s 7th congressional district from 2003 to 2011. He was also a candidate for governor of Alabama in the 2010 Democratic Gubernatorial Primary.

Davis was an early supporter of Barack Obama’s 2008 bid for the presidency, and one of the national co-chairs for Obama’s 2008 campaign. Known for his oratorical skills, Davis made one of the nominating speeches for Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. While serving on the House Ways and Means Committee, Davis was the first African American member of Congress to advocate that then-Committee Chairman Charles Rangel surrender his gavel in the wake of ethics charges. In 2009 and 2010 Davis voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the only member of the Congressional Black Caucus to do so.

If you were dumb enough to watch MSNBC last night you would have seen Rachel Maddow explaining how Davis was expected to be one of the better speakers of the evening – while he was speaking. That’s right, they talked about his speech instead of showing it.

Apparently MSNBC is prejudiced against people of color.

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65 Responses to Artur Davis – Invisible Black Man

  1. myiq2xu says:

    MSNBC gives new meaning to the term “blackout”

  2. lyn5 says:

    What racist A-holes.

  3. myiq2xu says:

    Predictable response:

    Although clever Artur has cast himself as a soul-searching tragic hero and is seeking a profile-in-courage trophy the evidence of his plot has been handwritten on the wall for some time. Very few principles are involved in this opportunistic Judas conversion. To clinch his thirty pieces of silver Artur Davis has now openly placed a for sale sign on himself.

  4. DandyTiger says:

    MSNBC = Racist Assholes

  5. Oswald says:

    • DeniseVB says:

      I saw rumblings about the GOP holding a convention while NOLA was under seige from Isaac. Yet, Obama didn’t cancel his campaigning yesterday either ? And how dare they hold sporting events too 😉

    • DeniseVB says:

      …..and he’s campaigning all day today too. (In Dandy country 😉 )

  6. votermom says:


  7. HELENK says:

    msnbc really underestimates the American public. they have become a bad parody of what at TV news channel should be.
    Their edited version of the convention is being derided all over the web today. I would not be surprised if what few viewer they have leave after the fiasco of last night

  8. It is so interesting to me to see the reaction to yesterday’s convention by the traditional lapdogs in the mainstream media, and hear the views of Obama supporters via NPR shows like Diane Rehm. It is SUCH an echo chamber, and the volume of negativity is very telling about the potential impact. They are like shrieking Banshees.

    Speaking of which, this fits.

  9. Oswald says:

    This is one of the top stories at Memeorandum today:

    Two people removed from RNC after taunting black camera operator

    Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Two people were removed from the Republican National Convention Tuesday after they threw nuts at an African-American CNN camera operator and said, “This is how we feed animals.”

    Multiple witnesses observed the exchange and RNC security and police immediately removed the two people from the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

    The convention released a statement saying, “Two attendees tonight exhibited deplorable behavior. Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated.”

    Of course most versions downplay the part about the two idiots being immediately tossed out and only one story (so far) includes the RNC statement.

    This incident is proof that, uh . . . something!

    • They mentioned it on Diane Rehm Show today too. Got about 10 emails on it according to Diane. Of course hey wouldn’t take my call about being a Democrat voting for Romney. Called too late. will try again.

      • elliesmom says:

        The problem with NPR is the same as the one we have with public employee unions. Because their funding is tied to which political party is in power, they feel like they need to shill for the party that will put the most money in the budget for them. The idea that a government sponsored media outlet of any kind would be impartial is politically naive. I listen to NPR daily, mostly in my car, and I wouldn’t be adverse to their becoming completely funded by voluntary contributions. One only needs to take a walk through Toys R Us to know that the Children’s Television Workshop could do just fine financially w/o tax money. Maybe if NPR had to service the needs of all of the public to get enough donations to thrive, we’d actually get fairer and more balanced news coverage from them. I’d double my contribution if they gave up my tax money.

  10. tommy says:

    I made the mistake of equating MSNBC on the left with Fox on the right. No more. Fox is truly much more fair & balanced. MSNBC are outright racists. If the Democratic party had an ounce of integrity, they’d protest and force MSNBC to apologize. You’ve got to police your own. Yeah, if pigs could fly, right?

  11. I’ve now lost THREE subscribers to my blog because of my Mia Love post where I only put up videos. I’ve written some incendiary pieces, but Mia Love? Really? Here’s what I got from one former Hillary supporter as to her rationale:

    Your blog makes absolutely no sense to me even though I know that it does to other bitter, old bitties living in the past of 4 years ago. I was a Hillary delegate and as a Latina from Texas, I can not for the life of me figure out what you’re trying to impart by supporting the regressive policies of the Republican Party; they are destroying Texas, and if given 4 more agonizing years on top of the torturous 8 of W, we are sure to be in a place that will land this country in sheer hell. I think it’s time for you White, comfortable, suburbanite women who do not live in the South, to get a reality check. Ohio is being taken back to a time when the disregard of Voting Rights was common practice. Read the Texas Republican Party Platform — ELIMINATE THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965! Yes, that is a bonafide Republican Party plank in Texas, that is why we are fighting against psycho Perry in Federal Court now. EVERY, SINGLE REPUBLICAN governor and their counterparts, inclusive of but not limited to Ohio is implementing the same thing. Yet, you conveniently leave that part of REALITY out of your blog. Crying with Ann Romney? Are you serious?

    Hard to believe I was ever aligned with that “crap sandwich”

    • Bitches. You gotta hate ’em.

    • myiq2xu says:

      I couldn’t tell you how many regulars I’ve lost over the years because I took positions and refused to back down.

      That’s how I ended up here at TCH in the first place.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I saw on Twitchy Mia’s wiki page was hacked with misognist and racist slurs. Creeps.

    • WMCB says:

      This is bullshit. The Texas GOP does not want the ENTIRE Voting Rights Act to go away. That’s a flat out lie. They want the tiny part that requires southern states to submit to restrictions and oversight that other states don’t to be done away with. Southern states cannot change their own voting laws, districts, etc without federal approval. Northern states can do whatever the fuck they want.

      This is not 1964, or even 1974. This is 2012. There is no damn reason why some states should still be held under the federal boot MORE than other states are re: voting provisions. Southern states are no more or less “racist” than others anymore, and Jim Crow is long gone. It is high time the official govt position stopped being one of “we have to oversee those crackers, they need permission to change any voting regs.” There is ZERO reason in 2012 to treat Georgia any different from Ohio.

      THAT is the piece of the voting rights act that the GOP in many states wants struck down. NOT the whole damn thing.

  12. Jesus H. Christ, I must be PMSing. Everybody is pissing me off today. Just went to Smart’s place where I saw the most simple-minded interpretation I’ve seen today from an ostensibly smart person. Sheesh. Get over yourselves already, people! Every little hurt you have does not need to be writ large in the national fucking conversation. FFS.

    • votermom says:

      It’s not PMS, too many people are really smoking the bad choom.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Stay away from Keith Koffler’s White House Dossier, he’s pissing a lot of us off over there 😦

    • yttik says:

      LOL! My commenting always goes something like this, “Yay, glad to see more women getting involved in politics. This is a great country we live in! Good morning everybody!”

      And the response is always something like, “You’re nothing but ignorant tea party trash. It’s bitter haters like you that are ruining this country. I can’t believe you were once a Democrat.”

      I can’t believe it either. Those were days filled with not enough fiber and waking up on the wrong side of the bed.

    • Glennmcgahee says:

      I’m a Romney supporter. I can take what Ann said so many ways. In context, I got what she meant but think it will be used against her regarding the gay marriage issue which isn’t as important as our economy. I really don’t think the Romneys are obsessed with the social agenda of some factions of the Republican Party. Thats why there was so much pushback to his candidacy. I loved what she said about Mitt not liking to talk about his good deeds. I see that in him.

    • HELENK says:

      as a working mother, I thank mothers like Ann Romney for all the times they were there for my kids when I could not be. How many times did she and the other “stay at home” moms go on school trips with the kids, have the kids at her home after school and help the kids of working mothers learn many things.

      How many times did a “corporate” wife like Ann Romney while not feeling at her best still be there for five boys and their friends and her husband?

      I do not know anyone who has a perfect life. Frankly I think it would be boring. But Ann Romney handles her life with grace and class and kindness. She does inspire many women to be better than they thought they could be and do more than they thought they could. That is not a bad thing.

      juan you could not walk in her shoes

    • carol haka says:

      MSM freaks when Ann Romney called of all things, “Corporate Wife”

      Funny, “whore, slut, cunt ……………” doesn’t seem to bother them.

      👿 👿 👿

  13. carol haka says:

    When “No” doesn’t mean “No” in the Republican Party!

    And, still no word from Fox as to who called Sarah Palin a “zealot” during her interview last night. Pretty sure it was Bret Hume. 👿

  14. HELENK says:

    off topic

    backtrack sent a form letter signed by electric pen to the families of fallen SEALS.

    this guy could crawl under a dime with a top hat on

  15. Didn’t have time to listen to Davis yet. So stealing your title for my new hashtag #InvisibleBlackMan #ArturDavis.

  16. darraghcmurphy says:

    There’s a money bomb for Mia Love happening now.

  17. tommy says:

    Like Lola described earlier, we are watching a huge shift in the Republican party. After 5 years, with hindsight, we may detect that shift. Right now, its happening, and its difficult to acknowledge it. I for one am proud of it. Yes, the dems have a lock on the minorities, but for how long remains the question. As for womens empowerment, the GOP are marching ahead on the issue of women leadership. The dems are stuck. To a neutral dude like me, the dems are objectifying women by focusing on abortion or contraceptives. Jeez, is that it? Its the women who are suffering most from this effedup economy the most. Somehow, my former party cant imagine women in these roles, except for the sex aspect – contraception and abortion. For Gods sake, I know many single moms who work 18 hours a day just to feed their young ones. Oops, I’ve gone on for too long.

  18. leslie says:

    I rec’d a call from the DNC and respectfully suggested that they call me back when Hillary is the nominee and the ideals of the former democrats have been restored.

    • gram cracker says:

      When they call me I politely tell them, “sorry, but I’m too busy clinging to my bible, guns and change to help the Dems and besides didn’t Donna say people like me weren’t needed anymore!?”

      And if they are dumb enough to send a contribution request that includes a postage paid return envelop it gets returned alright – stuffed with a bunch of junk mail in it and the request marked “HELL NO”. Of course I redact my name and address so they don’t know who returned it and take me off the mailing list. Let them waste their money.

  19. gram cracker says:

    My iq thanks for posting video of Davis. I missed hearing him speak live last night and only saw short clips later. Davis said a lot in 9 minutes.

    Watching Davis speak made me very sad. What he said was clever and funny of course, but it hurt to see the curtain pulled back and the Democratic party underbelly exposed by a former insider. For all these years I thought the Dems were made of better stuff than the Repubs.

    Now I know that you have to look at the individual and try to figure out who are they beholden to and how will they be repaid. I wish all presidential candidates had to reveal who they would like to have in their cabinet and who would be their czars. Then we could get some real insight into what their priorities and policies are likely to be.

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