How Artur Davis Learned to Stop Worrying and Team Up With Pro-Voter ID Tea Partiers

Reporting on Politics and Policy.
April 16 2012 10:37 AM

How Artur Davis Learned to Stop Worrying and Team Up With Pro-Voter ID Tea Partiers

WASHINGTON - MARCH 19: Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL) talks on the phone while standing on a balcony outside the U.S. Capitol March 19, 2010 in Washington, DC. Davis, who is running for governor of Alabama, voted against health care reform legislation last year and said he would do the same when the bill comes before the House this weekend. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

ARLINGTON, Va. -- John Fund, the reporter and freelance pro-voter-ID speaker, encouraged the morning audience at Herman Cain's "Solutions Revolution" to mark April 27-28 on their calendars. On that weekend, the Tea Party spinoff group True the Vote will hold its second annual summit on election fraud -- or, at least, the threat of election fraud.

The conference will feature some mainstays of the conservative voter integrity circuit. James O'Keefe; former DOJ lawyer/anti-New Black Panther crusader J. Christian Adams; and so on. But the star is Artur Davis, the former Democratic congressman from Alabama who has started irritating his old party by ringing bells about voter fraud.


"He seconded the nomination of Barack Obama at the Democratic convention," said Fund. "He was the only member of the Congressional Black Caucus to vote against Obamacare. And he's finally said, Enough! I've seen voter fraud. It's real, and I know it's real."

Late last year, Davis jawed a little about a possible party switch, but worried that the Alabama GOP had "refused to accept" converts like him. He was being a little humble. The only danger in a Davis switch would come when party leaders sprinted through the same door for the chance to embrace him.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 



More Than Scottish Pride

Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself. 

What Charles Barkley Gets Wrong About Corporal Punishment and Black Culture

Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

Three Talented Actresses in Three Terrible New Shows

Why Do Some People See the Virgin Mary in Grilled Cheese?

The science that explains the human need to find meaning in coincidences.


Happy Constitution Day!

Too bad it’s almost certainly unconstitutional.

Is It Worth Paying Full Price for the iPhone 6 to Keep Your Unlimited Data Plan? We Crunch the Numbers.

What to Do if You Literally Get a Bug in Your Ear

  News & Politics
Sept. 17 2014 10:36 AM MacArthur Fellow Alison Bechdel Recounts Telling Her Mother About Her Best-Selling Memoir MacArthur Fellow Alison Bechdel recounts telling her mother about her best-selling memoir.
Sept. 16 2014 4:16 PM The iPhone 6 Marks a Fresh Chance for Wireless Carriers to Kill Your Unlimited Data
The Eye
Sept. 16 2014 12:20 PM These Outdoor Cat Shelters Have More Style Than the Average Home
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 3:31 PM My Year As an Abortion Doula
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 17 2014 9:37 AM Is Slate Too Liberal?  A members-only open thread.
Sept. 17 2014 11:06 AM Inside the Exclusive World of Members-Only Clubs
Future Tense
Sept. 17 2014 11:14 AM How Does That Geometry Problem Make You Feel? Computer tutors that can read students’ emotions.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 17 2014 11:18 AM A Bridge Across the Sky
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.