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U.S. Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL) is winding down his Congressional career as he prepares to become a white-collar criminal defense lawyer in Virginia. In what could be called a farewell interview with The Birmingham News, Davis indicates he probably will not return to political life in Alabama.

We have two reactions--"good" and "good riddance."

After getting trounced by Ron Sparks in the Democratic primary for governor, Davis showed that he is both a weak candidate and a sore loser. In his latest interview, he reveals that he apparently isn't all that smart.

Even Davis' most harsh critics have tended to admit that he is a bright guy. But after reading the new interview with reporter Mary Orndorff, we're not so sure about that anymore. Smart people usually learn from their mistakes--especially huge, public mistakes. But Davis sounds as if he has learned nothing from his crash-and-burn campaign for governor.

In fact, Davis seems to have so many sour grapes in his mouth, you wonder how Orndorff could understand a word he said. He predicts that Sparks will lose to Republican Robert Bentley in November. He says Republicans have a "very good chance" of taking over both houses of the Alabama Legislature. And without directly saying it, he seems to imply that such outcomes would have been unthinkable if voters had only recognized the brilliance of . . . Artur "Superman" Davis.

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One, or both, of Davis' predictions might come true. But we see no reason to think Artur Davis was the answer to Democrats' problems in Alabama--or anywhere else.

Orndorff fills us in on "Dr. Davis" prescription. And what a hoot it is:

He has two specific warnings for his home-state party. One, he said, it's close to becoming the party that believes only in bingo, represents two or three interest groups and, banging on his Capitol Hill desk for emphasis, "offers the same defeated solutions over and over again and somehow expects to convince a new set of voters on the next go-round."

And what "solutions" was Davis offering? Why, he chose to cozy up to the Business Council of Alabama and other corporate interests while repeatedly shunning Alabama's progressive base. As Dr. Phil would say, "And how . . . is that . . . working out . . . for you?"

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As Artur Davis still examines the wreckage of his political career, he might ponder a few news events from the past eight to 10 years:

* America is hit with a series of business scandals--Enron, WorldCom, Tyco, and Global Crossing, to name a few;

* America's economy almost collapses when greed and lax regulation cause a crisis in the mortgage industry;

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I live in Birmingham, Alabama, and work in higher education. I became interested in justice-related issues after experiencing gross judicial corruption in Alabama state courts. This corruption has a strong political component. The corrupt judges are (more...)

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