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From Obama booster to GOP star: Artur Davis gets electric reception at RNC

Video: Davis said he no longer recognizes a Democratic Party that now preaches full reliance on government aid and welfare.

Arguably one of the most infectious speeches of the night at Tuesday‚??s Republican National Convention was given by a man who admitted he had been playing for the wrong team during the last political conventions.

Former Alabama Congressman Artur Davis, who changed his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican this year after delivering a 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention, said President Barack Obama‚??s first term had showed him the error of his ways.

‚??Maybe the Hollywood stars and the glamour blinded us a little: you thought it was the glare, some of us thought it was a halo,‚?Ě Davis joked.

In spite of hopeful promises, Obama‚??s America has yielded joblessness and poverty, said Davis.

‚??Dreams meet daybreak,‚?Ě he said.

While Davis stood by the Democratic party of yesteryear, with heroes in John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, he said he no longer recognizes a party that now preaches full reliance on government aid and welfare rather than self-sustainability.

‚??You know, the Democrats used to have a night when they presented a film of their presidential¬†legends: if they do it in Charlotte, the theme song should be this year’s hit, ‘Somebody That I¬†Used to Know,‚??” Davis said, referring to a popular Gotye song.

Well, he said, lesson learned. This year was the time to make it right.

Tuesday night wasn’t the first time politicians have crossed over parties to address conventions. Most recently, Georgia Democrat Zell Miller gave a rousing speech to Republicans in 2004. Democrats will have a chance to hit back at Davis next week, however, when they welcome ex-Republican and former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to address their convention in Charlotte, N.C.

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Hope Hodge first covered military issues for the Daily News of Jacksonville, N.C., where her beat included the sprawling Marine Corps base, Camp Lejeune. During her two years at the paper, she received investigative reporting awards for exposing a former Marine who was using faked military awards to embezzle disability pay from the government and for breaking news about the popularity of the designer drug Spice in the ranks. Her work has also appeared in The American Spectator, New York Sun, WORLD Magazine, and The Washington Post. Hodge was born near Boston, Mass., where she grew up as a lover of Revolutionary War history and fall foliage. She also discovered a love of politics and policy as a grassroots volunteer and activist on Beacon Hill. She graduated in 2009 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King's College in New York City, where she served as editor-in-chief of her school newspaper and worked as a teaching assistant when not freelancing or using student discounts to see Broadway shows. Hope‚??s email is