Alabama Democrat Artur Davis is fed up with President Obama and the Democratic Party.
On his web site this week, Davis described the difficult journey he took as a disgruntled Democrat toward leaving the Party and its ideals behind. “[T]he Democratic Party managed to engineer the last run of robust growth and expanded social mobility that we have enjoyed; and when the party was doing that work, it felt inclusive, vibrant, and open-minded… But parties change. As I told a reporter last week, this is not Bill Clinton’s Democratic Party (and he knows that even if he can’t say it).”
If that sentiment sounds familiar, readers may note the echo of President Reagan who famously said, “I didn’t leave behind the Democratic Party. They left me.” Indeed as recently noted in a Drawnlines Politics exclusive, the roots of today’s Republican base are found largely in ex-Democrats finding themselves abandoned by their Party.
Mister Davis isn’t the only conservative Democrat left out in the cold by the Democratic Party this week. According to the Daily Caller, “Jo Ann Nardelli, a state committeewoman and founding president of the Blair County Federation of Democratic Women, has switched her political affiliation to the GOP, citing her Catholic faith and President Obama’s embrace of gay marriage as reasons.”
What else did Jo Ann tell reporters?
In an interview with the National Catholic Register, Nardelli claimed to not know any Republicans. She asserted, like the party-switching Ronald Reagan in 1962, that the Democratic Party had strayed from values with which she could agree.
“I thought I could make a difference to change our party. It didn’t work,” she said. “I noticed that it’s been going more and more to the left. This is not my father’s party. I did not leave the party; the party left me.”
Since the wave election of 2010, mobs of conservatives have fled the Democratic Party for safe harbor in the GOP. Within a month of the election, Fox News reported that “at least 13 Democratic state lawmakers” broke with their parties to become Republican. The shift included black Democrats. Lubbock Online has a fantastic write up, alleging that the Democratic Party is permanently alienating values voters with their divisive culture war.
It is a war they cannot win through attrition.