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  [AL Gov:] Davis stumbles, Bentley charges
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Last EditedMonsieur  Jun 02, 2010 07:15am
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AuthorJohn Archibald
News DateWednesday, June 2, 2010 01:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe nation will read today that Alabama was not ready to nominate a black man as governor. Maybe not. But the nation will still be misled.

For Artur Davis did not lose the Democratic nomination because he is black. Davis lost the nomination in spite of the fact he is black.

Davis -- a congressman with an Ivy League pedigree and the best Southern drawl one could learn from a strategist -- did just about everything wrong.

He underestimated Ron Sparks, running as if he had no Democratic opposition at all.

He did not speak to issues important to Democrats. Instead, he tried to prove his conservative worth for a general election he would never reach.

Davis was perhaps the smartest, most able man in the race, but he forgot who he was. He lost himself so thoroughly in the campaign that he came off looking like a disingenuous opportunist.
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