Tea Party favorite Allen West was one of the looniest members of the GOP’s class of 2010. And that’s saying something. He’s even mega wingnutty by the standards of Florida politics. And that’s saying something. The other day he said something stupidly inflammatory even by his own standards. And that’s why he’s this week’s poster boy for malakatude,
I’m not going into chapter and verse about his past rants, if you want toread his greatest hits, click here.His latest expedition to Bizzarro World started last week went he trotted out his inner Joe McCarthy and claimed that there wereup to 80 Communists in the House of Representatives. Holy Cold War nostalgia, Batman.
Florida Rep. Allen West refused to name which of his fellow representatives were communists when pressed on the issue by CNN’s Soledad O’Brien on Thursday morning. O’Brien was following up oncomments West made last week when he insisted 78 to 81 members of Congress are communists, specifically singling out the Congressional Progressive Caucus. West has since doubled down on that assertion.
“Communist, progressive, Marxist, socialist, statist … I’m looking at the ideologies,” West told to O’Brien. “I’m looking at the things they believe in and if you don’t think that we have to stand upon truth and be able to identify and clearly contrast the different principles and values and ideologies … here in this country then we’re never going to get to the fact of accepting the true debate that is happening in America. We don’t need a bureaucratic nanny state. We need to stay a constitutional republic.”
Say what? It’s all incoherent gobbledygook punctuated by boilerplate wingnut sound bites. I don’t think West has a clue what a communist or even a so-called constitutional republic is. Communist countries have been very fond of calling themselves republics and most of them even had constitutions. Not that West would know anything about that, he’s ignorant and proud of it like so many teanuts.
One of the funniest moments of this campaign was when Sarah Palin said that West would be a fine running mate. Stupid endorsing stupid. I guess the logic is that “Obama’s a black dude so we need one of our own.” It would help, however, if the man were not batshit crazy. I guess Palin sees herself as the one who will pick up the pieces if the Goopers lose in the fall or that she wants Romney to have an even weirder and less qualified running mate than her. I gave up trying to decipher Palin speak a long time ago. It’s also hard to read the mind of someone who’s mindless…
It’s hard to figure out whether Allen West is either so 2010 or so 1950, which was the year that Tailgunner Joe shot off his mouth in Wheeling, WV and claimed that the State Department was chock-full-o-commies. The difference is that McCarthy’s accusations were made cynically and fueled by whiskey. West may actually believe the shit he says and that sort of delusional douchebaggery is why he’s malaka of the week.