Former Democratic Congressman Artur Davis is a guy Republicans should be paying a lot more attention to. What if we had someone in the party who had:
1) Defeated an African American liberal in a Congressional race
2) Won said victory by winning a majority of black votes
3) Built a track record of success on conservative principles in a minority community
That guy would be famous, right? Not so much.
Artur Davis is the Republican Party’s black Rosetta Stone, but he is getting no attention because he refuses to say things that the Republican grassroots wants to hear. Like for example, this piece:
“We bargained on absorbing a hard-right insurgency when we should have been looking harder at its assumptions, and its radicalism.
When it got fashionable to peddle theories that voters—that is, our fellow citizens—were divided between productive contributors to capitalism and coddled takers of government giveaways, too much of the thought leadership of the party sagely nodded. And then when our presidential nominee got caught saying the same thing, we rolled our eyes at his political tin ear without acknowledging that what he said was actually an article of faith in some of our ranks.”
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