Yesterday, I showed up to the Paul Ryan rally in Springfield, VA. Turnout was high. I was told that this event was a spur of the moment thing and the event organizers and promoters did a good job setting up the event and getting the word out.
Aside from the excitement that Paul Ryan generates, three speakers during the pregame were able to generate generous applause. Braddock Supervisor John Cook, whose district includes a good portion of Springfield, spoke. The other two notable speakers were former Congressman Artur Davis and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
Regarding Artur Davis, a Democrat turned Republican, people seem very quick to embrace him. A major part of it is because it gives Republican activists comfort and confidence when prominent Democrats switch sides during this time. However, I get the sense that a good part of it has to do with the fact that Davis is black and let’s face it. The GOP, which consistently loses the black vote 90%-10% for the past few decades, is dying for national black talent.
Count me among the skeptics. I’m concerned about the amount of political opportunism in Davis’ actions. Granted, Davis lost his bid for Alabama Governor in 2010 as a Democrat, but handled properly, this was a man who, despite bucking the Democratic Party on a handful of issues, was on track for Governor or a major Cabinet post had he done what he was supposed to do. Something doesn’t seem right.
Also, I don’t get why so many people are embracing the idea of Artur Davis running for Congress as a Republican somewhere in Northern Virginia. Don’t we have the campaigns of Chris Perkins, Frank Wolf, and Patrick Murray to be concerned about first? Davis lived in Arlington for quite some time since his days on the Hill so one would assume that if he stayed, he could make a run for the 8th Congressional District, but keep in mind that you don’t have to be a resident of the district to run and represent the district in Congress. Davis could plausibly run in the 8th, 10th, or 11th (most likely) but the future is now.
Finally, Ken Cuccinelli made it out. I mentioned previously that he was a no-show at the Manassas rally last week. His absence was conspicuous as his factional opponents Bob McDonnell, Bill Bolling, and George Allen were part of the hype team. Well, the Cooch came out yesterday and certainly fired up the crowd with his presence.
Someone sent me the video of the event. View it here.