One of the many challenges that conservatives face today is combating the picture that the liberal media paints of us. Very few more recent examples of this exist than with the case of Kim Davis.
Rowan County, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis made headlines last summer when she refused to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Her story made headlines following the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that guaranteed the marriage rights to same-sex couples by the loosely interpreted Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. A viral video filmed by a same-sex couple, showing the county clerk refusing to issue them a marriage license, caught the attention of millions and caused international outrage against Davis’s actions.
Recently, Davis received national notoriety again when she attended President Obama’s final State of the Union Address earlier this month as a guest of Representative Jim Jordan – a Republican out of Ohio.
Politicians often also find themselves being mindful of who or what they choose to endorse, including Jim Jordan, who is slated to speak at CPAC this March. Jim Jordan represents Ohio’s fourth district, serving as the House Freedom Caucus Chariman. Jordan claimed that his guest ticket for the State of the Union Address was intended to be given to The Family Research Council, a conservative group that opposes same-sex marriage, but ultimately ended up in the hands of the controversial Kim Davis, sliding in at an opportune moment.
Here’s the kicker, however: Kim Davis both identified and ran as a Democrat in the Rowan County Clerk general election in 2014. It wasn’t until September 25, 2015, that Reuters news agency reported that Davis had switched from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party. Additionally, in early September as Davis left jail, a Washington Post / ABC News survey found that 45 percent of Republicans respondents felt that Davis should to do her job or quit.
Here’s my question: why didn’t Jim Jordan (or the Family Research Council) do a better job vetting Davis before the State of the Union? With this history, why was she allowed to represent conservative values?
Kim Davis brings to mind the term “carpetbagger,” which refers to those northerners who fled to the south following the civil war during Reconstruction. We as conservatives must be diligent in distancing our party from political flip-floppers and those with intentions to take advantage of party weaknesses, and Kim Davis looks like just such a person.