[Edited and updated throughout.]
In 2008, I heard someone suggest why Barack Obama might appeal to so many white men. Beyond the reverse racism of their white guilt, men voted for Obama because, it was claimed, he looks like tall, handsome basketball players such as Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant or Rick Fox.
In David Remnick’s quick pivot in this week’s The New Yorker (see cover below), he referred to Obama’s selection by his fellow classmates to be the Harvard Law review’s editor. But another black man named Artur Davis (@ArturDavis, above) was also in Obama’s class at Harvard Law. However, Davis didn’t get the prestigious post.
There is no record that I could find that suggests any relationship of any kind between Artur Davis and Lawrence Tribe, Obama’s law school mentor, even though Lawrence Tribe surely had to know another black student beside Barack Obama. Could it be that Harvard’s liberal faculty, including Obama’s Crimson cheerleader, the famous Lawrence Tribe, also ignored Davis? Tribe’s and Davis’s paths crossed perhaps more often than he and Obama’s because Davis was on the judiciary committee before which Tribe testified at least once.
All of these experiences, all of the slights by students and faculty, the humiliating critique of Davis’s campaign style by David Remnick (who has never run a campaign in his life) and finally, his disgust with Obama’s failure to do anything for any American, even black people — especially black people (whose unemployment is around twice that of whites) — led Davis to cast aside his lifelong identity as a Democrat, as a Democratic U.S. Congressman from Alabama, as a Democratic candidate for Alabama’s governorship, and as a vocal supporter of Obama candidacy in 2008?
Is it any wonder that Artur Davis had an epiphany, and became a featured speaker at the August 2012 national GOP convention?
In fact, in his 2010 book, The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, Remnick criticized Artur Davis for not running an Obama-style campaign during Davis’s run to become governor of Alabama. A Howard University law school article — you know, those scholarly articles that Obama never wrote as editor of Harvard’s law review (because not a soul can find a single article) — describes Remnick lumping in black politicians as coat-tail candidates for higher office:
Davis, along with Corey Booker in Newark and Deval Patrick in Massachusetts, were anointed by Obama’s biographer David Remnick and many others as veritable poster children for the new generation of black political leaders set to rise in Obama’s wake. … Read more, I insist.
Lastly, the New Yorker recommends you read all of its coverage of the debate … enter if you dare. But, editor David Remnick’s clever takedown of Obama’s performance last week is entertaining. Say what you will about Remnick OR the New Yorker, Remnick has the chops to be a decent writer. If only he were more frank and open as he was in “Obama’s Old Friends React to the Debate“:
When Barack Obama was a student at Harvard Law School, he was never known as a particularly good debater. In class, if he thought that a fellow student had said something foolish, he showed no forensic bloodlust. He did not go out of his way to defeat someone in argument; instead he tried, always with a certain decorous courtesy, to try to persuade, to reframe his interlocutor’s view, to signal his understanding while disagreeing. Obama became president of the law review—the first African-American to do so—but he won as a voice of conciliation. He avoided the Ames Moot Court Competition, where near contemporaries like Cass Sunstein, Deval Patrick, and Kathleen Sullivan made their names. …
OUCH! David Remnick verifies what we’ve known all along: Obama won a student election to be president of the law review merely as a “voice of conciliation.” I.e., he was black but not too black, he was tall and slim and handsome, and he was cool. It apparently never ost him his job that he never wrote an article. And I wonder how many others’ articles he actually reviewed.
There was another black student in Obama’s class at Harvard. So why didn’t students vote for him as an act of “conciliation”? Might it be that he was TOO black, TOO unattractive, NOT cool? I wrote a comment below that post that, if I do say so myself, may hit on the real reason Artur Davis didn’t get that editorship:
Also, it was startling to learn that he and Barack Obama were CLASSMATES at Harvard Law School — and one wonders why he didn’t get picked to be the law review editor. Was he too black looking? I jest not.
Lastly, the Daily Caller video on Davis’s view of voter fraud — BY BLACK BIG SHOTS IN THE SOUTH — was very revealing. And especially ironic since the link came from a Daily Kos diary that condemned Davis for his accusations “without proof.” That’s too funny for words.
Here is a portion of my post about the rampant voter fraud in the South:
November 2011, DAILY KOS DIARY: “Artur Davis was “full of sour grapes” because he didn’t become governor of Alabama:”
[F]inally, just because it’s pathetic, former Rep. (and rejected governor candidate) Artur Davis (D-AL) is at it again. He was last seen editorializing about rampant voter fraud the African-American community, charges for which he offered no evidence. And he’s still charging fraud in his community, and still providing no evidence.
He tells the Daily Caller: “What I have seen in my state, in my region, is the the most aggressive practitioners of voter-fraud are local machines who are tied lock, stock and barrel to the special interests in their communities—the landfills, the casino operators—and they’re cooking the [ballot] boxes on election day, they’re manufacturing absentee ballots, they’re voting [in the names of] people named Donald Duck, because they want to control politics and thwart progress.”
From “Artur Davis Ups the Ante — He’s Speaking at the GOP Convention,” Bronwyn’s Harbor, August 16, 2012.
Here is the video of Daily Caller’s interview with Artur Davis on the very real problem of rampant voter fraud:
A black man DARED to speak out on voter fraud in the South. The nerve. I wonder if David Remnick will write about THAT issue. ARE YOU F–KING KIDDING ME?
In this week’sNew Yorker, Remnick wrote, “Here’s a sneak preview of next week’s cover, “One on One,” by Barry Blitt. “This image seemed like a proper response to the first Presidential debate,” says Blitt, “but I’m not sure I realized how hard it is to caricature furniture.”
We agree. However, may we suggest that instead of a chair, you sketch a 9 Iron, a basketball or a bowling ball? And don’t forget the TV, the reclining chair, and the flip-flops.
Hmmm … Barry, you need to do a new cartoon for the next issue.