Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

Artur Davis Tying Knot, Dissing Dems Who Diss Palin's Religion

Sorry, ladies. But House heartthrob Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.)¸ Barack Obama's Alabama campaign chairman, is off the market.

Davis, who represents Birmingham and turns 41 next month, has announced his engagement to Tara Johnson of Montgomery. She works for the Alabama Forestry Commission.

The congressman has been dating Johnson for a year and a half, according to a Davis spokeswoman. They are to be married on New Year's Day in Montgomery.

Davis has ruled out taking a job in a potential Obama administration as he eyes running for governor of Alabama in 2010. (Having a wife on his arm as he campaigns statewide for governor will surely be a plus.)

Meanwhile, Davis has penned an interesting Op-Ed column in The Anniston Star newspaper in Alabama, chastising other Obama surrogates for belittling GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin for her evangelical religious views.

"The irony of the bashing of Palin on religion is that Obama has warmly welcomed evangelicals into his coalition," Congressman Davis wrote in the column, which was published Thursday, on the anniversary of 9/11. "His reference in his 2004 keynote to the fact that 'in the Blue States, we worship an Awesome God' is the one instance in my life when I have heard a non-Southern Democrat speak in the rhythms of the evangelical church."

Davis said Democrats who are bashing Palin on religion are playing into the hands of GOP strategists who want nothing more than to turn the 2008 election into a culture war.

"The worst Democratic response would be to respond to that challenge in kind by demonizing cultural conservatives," he wrote, adding, "[Obama] deserves better than the nastiness some Democratic surrogates have directed at Sarah Palin's faith."

By Mary Ann Akers  |  September 12, 2008; 12:24 PM ET
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: MMS Chicks Drilling for Dollars and Drugs
Next: Dems Demand Norm Coleman Return Sexy Oil Money



Obama, the liberal pagan media, and to some extent even McCain, are blind to the true nature of the Palin Phenomenon.

Davis seems to get it. The article notes:

""The worst Democratic response would be to respond to that challenge in kind by demonizing cultural conservatives," he wrote, adding, "[Obama] deserves better than the nastiness some Democratic surrogates have directed at Sarah Palin's faith."

The Palin Phenomenon is not just that she is female, or a mother, or even a conservative.

No, the tRue force of the Palin Phenomenon is that she is a fundamentalist Christian.

She is the real deal, not perfect by any means, but the genuine article. And other Christians instinctively know this beyond a doubt.

While Obama is worried about those voters who respond to pollsters that they will vote for Obama but will not actually because he is African American,

What Obama should be worried about is the number of African Americans he has taken for granted who will put Christian identity above racial identity in the voting booth.

Obama is starting to realize this.

Yesterday he whined about not challenging his faith.

This was necessary since Obama made a mistake and stated his "Muslim faith" on live tv Sunday on ABC.

Obama is going to be SPANKED in November and he wil never know why...

Posted by: JaxMax | September 12, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

PS--JaxMax forgot to add:

Ms. Akers quotes Davis:

"Davis has ruled out taking a job in a potential Obama administration as he eyes running for governor of Alabama in 2010"

RESPONSE--Don't worry Mr. Davis...there will be no conflict.

Posted by: JaxMax | September 12, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008.

Posted by: Helen | September 12, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

There are NO democrats voting for McCain/Palin.

Karl Rove is advising them, however, along with Bushco advance men/handlers.

Only racists, bigoted misandrist, hypocrites, voting against their own self interests, and and "Alaska First" secessionists from AKIP - Palin's former political party.


Vote OBAMA/BIDEN in 08' and sweep out the horse stall of ethically challenged, elected, and appointed NEO-CON moral hypocrites and lobbiests on the take called WASHINGTON!

Posted by: JBE | September 12, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

open mouth insert foot! when obama's troops came out with such contempt (she's a governor) & vile rumors (the baby is really her daughter's) they lost my vote. yes, i was mad when he passed over hillary for his vp but his actions since palin was announced showes me he has no respect for women.

Posted by: mary | September 12, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

poor JBE, the meds don't seem to have kicked in. This racist, misogynist, xenophobe, homophobe, battleground state resident will be voting for Barry

Posted by: SQUILLER | September 12, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

>>Democrats for John McCain and Sarah >>Palin in 2008

Sounds like a great trade to me.

Posted by: George B King IIII | September 12, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

The Davis Shelter Or Two:

Considering that Representative Davis is now qualified to
run for VP because he has at last married, the kind of
mature experience that trumps foreign relations; he is further
benefited by having a wife that can distinguish the forest
from the trees. Congratulations!

Posted by: 3rd-Party Advocate | September 12, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

This article by Ms. Akers will be cited by future historians as the first Wash Po and liberal media outlet to document the reason for the devastating Democrat defeat of 2008:

"Davis said Democrats who are bashing Palin on religion are playing into the hands of GOP strategists who want nothing more than to turn the 2008 election into a culture war.

"The worst Democratic response would be to respond to that challenge in kind by demonizing cultural conservatives," he wrote, adding, "[Obama] deserves better than the nastiness some Democratic surrogates have directed at Sarah Palin's faith."

Since the liberal media are almost without exception pagan, they are missing this. Its not on the liberal media radar.They are not religious and do not even know anyone who reads the Bible.

JaxMax called it and saved the article
September 12, 2008

Posted by: JaxMax | September 12, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

testing comments.

Posted by: Bob Greiner | September 12, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

This bonehead didn't hear what McBush had to say on The View today: He'd do his best to make sure that he keeps religion and politics seperate. It's the rightwing that doesn't believe in the Constitution.
I suggest Rep. Davis re-read the 1st Amendment.

Posted by: Shag | September 12, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

i am not a republican nor democrat i think with my head,whoever gives me and my family a better chance to live our life,but i have noticed when republicans are in office the economy goes ask yourself what good does it do you,are you rich,that it doesnt bother you,or you dont mind paying high cost on food gas,ins,because not one thing inflates the prices its all.i do believe that a person has a right to choose abortion just as you have a right to go to church ,what if they tried to pass a law you cant go to church how would you feel,or you cant go hunting, the u.s. shouldnt be about certain few but for all to make their decision without being stop preaching your thoughts and let americans make their own minds up. so dont vote because you a republican or democrat but vote because you think your head and not someone else

Posted by: vmonty | September 13, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: woman scorned | September 13, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I repeat ad nauseum the Obama campaign did not say anything negative about Palin. They did not claim her baby was her daughter's etc etc etc etc. Most of the Palin commentary has come from the Republicans claiming "someone" has said something. When you run for office you had better expect you are fair game for the media but evidently this is not true for Palin. She needs protecting! God help us.

Posted by: Anna | September 14, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Jax Max (I bet you do!):

Clearly you are a moron. To spew this "liberal media" notion shows how stuck in the 1970s you are. The media is not liberal anymore, and never really was, overall.

To lump all journalists into one ideological camp shows your incredibly high degree of ignorance. Did you even get through high school?

Moreover, you have no more knowledge of the religious practices of journalists than you have of their political persuasions, which is to say nothing.

You are a shallow, narcissistic backwoods baboon, and a shame to the great history of this proud nation.

Your party is ashamed of jerks like you, but will take your vote nonetheless, being so desperate.

Posted by: Mike K | September 15, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: JABBER | September 15, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Republicans for Barack Obama and Joe Biden in 2008.

Posted by: Chuck | September 15, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

So Obama made a mistake and stated his "Muslim faith" on live tv Sunday on ABC, well now we know the truth. How many out there have read any of the Quaran? How many of you know about the passage in the Quaran, where it says, "Anyone that is not of the Muslim faith is of the great satan and worthy of death. Cut off their hands, cut off their heads". Gee, that just sounds like a real peaceful relegion.

Posted by: Fox1splash | September 15, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

There are some 40 million Evanglicals and 65 million Roman Catholics who sahre very similare faith baesed convictions about God and human rights for babies. The liberals who attack Palin's faith are putting that 105 million votes at risk.

Is that a smart move?

Posted by: Gary | September 15, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

I don't care what religion a candidate has or even if he/she has one! But I don't want it shoved down my throat and still believe in the separation of church and state.

Posted by: AZrebel | September 16, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: DICK | September 16, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Palin is not Pilate she is satan incarnate, the true anti-christ. She wants to wage a final holy war agains Islam. She is part of the third wave movement. She has ties to Senior Pastor Mike Rose, Juneau Christian Church
Lou Engle, Paster Hagee, Joel's Army, Christian Identity, and Eric Rudolph, and Army of God.

Sara Palin believes that following the Rapture, those remaining will suffer through the horrors of the Tribulation, reign of the Antichrist, and the wars of Apocalypse until the return of Jesus.

She is a Christiofacsist who wants to kill Muslims, Catholics, and anything that is not Evangilical.

Trig: n. 1. A political prop often used by the republican Christian radical right. The governor used a trig to deflect scrutiny of the Christian theocratic aspirations to raise an army and start the final crusade cleans the world of all other religions.

sean hannity: n. 1. The act of inserting ones fist into the rectum of a fox viewer without the benefit of Crisco. Sean hannity has wet dreams of being sean hannitied by Keith Olbermann.

Posted by: Pope Sergius V | September 16, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I tend to take a different view. I don't have an issue bashing her for her "religious" beliefs because she is just like my father. He has his "beliefs" only because they serve his purpose, not because he actually believes them (wait - am I writing about George Bush?). Sarah Palin is just the same. She uses her "beliefs" to give herself credence - NOT because she actually believes them. If she believed in her "Christianity" why was her oldest child born 8 months after her hasty elopement? She is just like an obnoxious ex-smoker.

Posted by: JustLeftof Center | September 16, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I suspect that half of the anti-religion screeds out there are McCain bloggers simply trying to stir up animosity from swing voters. The Republican campaign is based on the tactics of fear, anger, and resentment.

The other half, that is the true liberals rather than the fake ones, should be reprimanded. Evangelicals play a very important part in this nation, and while some of the beliefs may seem a little much to the non-practicing, a vast majority of them have their heart in the right place and do right by their metaphorical neighbor.

My problem with Palin is that she is fundamentalist AND she has a lack of humility. Either that or she is simply shameless about exploiting her religious background, there's no way to tell if it's one or the other. Even fundamentalists can be good leaders if they have humility about themselves, and respect people who disagree with them. But Palin comes across as a zealot with no doubt who never "blinks". Not good.

Posted by: Mason | September 16, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

The problem is not with Evangelicals. It is with some evangelicals who tie themselves to Ayn Rand economics and go against their beliefs in order to support lies and to hide their own contradictions with their beliefs. The Bible does not proclaim lawless Capitalism anywhere. The Constitution allows room for the government to choose an economic system that would fill the "In Order To" criteria of the Preamble to the United States Constitution. The error is in devoting one's self to godlessness while proclaiming Evangalism. We know what that is. Don't we?

Posted by: Bob | September 16, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Mike K. At least 7 polls that I have read lately state that 2/3 of those polled thought that the MSM was biased in their reporting to the benefit of the liberals. So don't blame the Reps, because it's also conservative Demos and Independents too. By the way, believe it or not there are still conservative Dems who haven't been run out of the party.

Posted by: Richard | September 16, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

In Mark Twain's terminology, she is a professing Christian not a practicing one. Using God to justify whatever she wants done is just so tacky (invading Iraq is God's work; building the pipeline she supports is God's work--talk aobut taking the Lord's name in vain!).

I don't really care what sort of weird religious beliefs someone wants to profess: babble all you want in tongues, justify any action you want because God "told" you it was right, play with snakes, locomotives on Venus--unless that person might just end up a heartbeat away from the Presidency.

Posted by: Jake | September 17, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company