Just when I think I’m out of the Allen West business, he keeps pullin’ me back IN!
Whether we like it or not, welcome to the Sixth Installment of The Allen West Saga (the first five are linked below).
It appears, despite his unsuccessful and very expensive campaign, followed by a drawn-out post-election dance with the legal system to confiscate voter machines and demand recounts, leading to a begrudging if unavoidable concession, the former Tea Party congressman from the state of Florida, Allen West, is STILL unwilling to accept defeat, graciously or otherwise.
Appearing on the show of conservative radio host, Mark Levin, last week, West persisted in painting himself as the victim not of a disapproving electorate, but of a lyin’, cheatin’, stealin’ con man: his opponent, Patrick Murphy. According to a piece by Think Progress, West makes no bones about his take on the election:
The Tea Party congressman appears to be handling the loss acrimoniously. Appearing on Mark Levin’s radio show last Thursday, West accused Murphy of only winning by breaking the rules. “I’m not going away just because of a congressional race where he seems to have to cheat to beat me,” said West. He did not specify precisely how Murphy supposedly cheated.
For those who might need a quick refresher: West was beat, after a $17M campaign (the most expensive congressional campaign in history), by a former construction company owner, Patrick Murphy, who has no previous experience in government. West, a Tea Party favorite, is well-known for his bombastic and incendiary statements and despite the close election and the prolonged process to declare for Murphy, West’s loss has been framed as part of the larger rejection of extremist Tea Party politics countrywide.
Mark Levin, know for his own extremist views, feels otherwise, and gave West a welcoming platform for his latest plaints. Via Think Progress:
LEVIN: You are a national treasure. You are way too important to have something like this to happen and off you go. That can’t happen. So I’m really curious to know. Do you have further public service in mind, potentially?
WEST: The most important thing everyone has to understand is my voice is not going to be lost. We’ve gotten a lot of opportunities, a lot of offers, and we’re going to make sure we continue to have that platform. […] I’m a warrior and I’m a statesman and I’m a servant of this republic. I’m not going away just because of a congressional race where he seems to have to cheat to beat me.
LEVIN: He sure as hell did. It’s disgusting.
What’s more disgusting is a former congressman and a fawning right-wing sycophant making spurious accusations against the new congressman of the state of Florida without a shred of proof or even the suggestion of what that proof might be. One can assume, given the general pugilistic demeanor of West as a public figure, if he had actual facts or proof, he’d be spattering them across every media source he could find. Instead, his slanderous implications are spit out in a whine, keeping with the lack of integrity too often witnessed in the extremist members of our great country.
West later wrapped up the interview by accusing President Obama of being a “Marxist, Socialist, rigid ideologue” who “believes he has some self-conceived mandate to go out and further destroy and ruin our economy.” [resource: ThinkProgress]
He’ll be missed, won’t he?
[To listen to the audio of the Allen West/Mark Levin interview, click below:]
The earlier installments of the Allen West saga are below. They’re a good read…enjoy!
First Installment: Tea Party Demagogue Allen West Ousted By Blue Collar Newcomer: Remember back then, Election Night? We were so optimistic. So ready to move on. Seems West wasn’t. Despite his challenger’s higher vote total throughout, the wild, wild West decided he wanted to see bigger numbers before he headed for the door. Which led to …
Second Installment: Allen West Won’t Go Down Easy – Recount Demanded: With no legal provision to do so (vote differential was high enough to prevent one), West’s campaign filed a motion with the court to do a recount, as well as impound all voting machines, implying a concern for vote manipulation. It wasn’t that he was a sore loser, it was more that, if he was going to lose, he wanted to lose by way more than 2400 votes.
Third Installment. The Allen West Post-Election Campaign – Florida’s ‘Thing That Wouldn’t Leave’: Turns out the West campaign had two hearings today to adjudicate his motions; one in St. Lucie County (which was cancelled), and another in West Palm Beach. According to CBS 12 News in Florida, the one that didn’t go much better:
Fourth Installment: Votes Are Counted, Allen West Lost But Claims ‘Race Remains Undecided’: As of Saturday morning, November 10, 2012, all the votes in Florida were counted and Allen West lost. His campaign, however, maintains that the “race remains undecided.” For them, maybe; not so much anyone else. You got the boot, Mr. West. It’s not even “complicated.” Florida broke up with you. Stop being a bad boyfriend. Pick yourself up, mourn as you will, but MOVE ON, man!
Fifth Installment: ‘Ding Dong The West Is’…NOT The Congressman From Florida: Allen West, former Congressman representing the Tea Party faction of the Florida GOP, mouthy firebrand who became more famous for his incendiary comments than his congressional accomplishments, and sore loser who refused concession even after weeks of post-election legal wrangling, has finally conceded.