No, not MN-01 Republican Davis, who answered every Farmfest forum question with "Drill!" regardless of how off topic the slogan was.
Nope, the Davis that went down in flames yesterday was incumbent David Davis of Tennessee. TPM Election reports in GOPer Ousted After Aggressively Championing Offshore Drilling. The incumbent lost his primary. Why?
. . .he went down largely because his foe, in an unusual move for a fellow Republican, aggressively yoked him to "Big Oil."
This could have broader national significance, because it shows that championing offshore drilling, as Davis did with extreme enthusiasm, can't always be counted on as the sure winner the GOP thinks it is -- after all, he lost on the issue even among GOP primary voters.
Indeed, Davis was more than just your typical pro-oil industry GOPer. He aggressively championed political attacks on Dems over offshore drilling, and was a leading member of that "Republican Uprising" that has been vowing to tie Congress up in knots until it lifts the drilling ban.
Indeed, Davis was so sure that the issue was a political winner for him and the GOP that he issued a triumphant press release Wednesday about his heroic role in the initial "revolt" several days earlier, and even bragged that he'd be returning to Washington to keep pushing the issue. And indeed, according to a Dem leadership aide, Davis was on the floor yesterday pushing the drilling stuff -- on election day.
In other words, this hapless GOPer basically made drilling a big focus of his campaign. And he lost.
Congressman Walz has looked for ways for Congress to get beyond the impasse, joining the bipartisan House Energy Working Group which has introduced comprehensive energy legislation in H.R. 6709. Davis? As his OT performance at Farmfest revealed, it's all drilling, all the time--down to his campaign signs and petition on his web site.
And yet MN-01's Davis--like the incumbent Davis who'll be staying in Tennessee next January--faces a primary. At Farmfest, Day demonstrated that he has a pretty competent grasp of farm issues and a sharp homespun wit. Can Day's range trump Davis's single-issue obsession and cash advantage on September 9?
Earlier Tuesday before leaving for Farmfest, we'd joked in a post about Davis's campaign resembling a severed snapping turtle
head firmly locked on a stick, even after its body was on the way to
becoming turtle soup. We were only partially amused to see a flip
metaphor play out in front of us later that afternoon.
The attentive audience had little reaction to Davis, though it chuckled at GOP primary challenger Dick Day. But its applause and out-loud laughter was reserved for Congressman Walz, who spoke to the range of ag and energy issues Southern Minnesotans face.