Skip to comments.Cheap smear on Allen West
Posted on 07/26/2008 5:01:57 AM PDT by Fox_Mulder77
Last month, I interviewed retired Lt. Col. West, the Republican candidate for Congress in Florida's 22nd District. Today, one of Col. West's supporters e-mailed me a New Republic article about the candidate that is truly a disgrace to that magazine's reputation.
However, the article is not all bad. For instance, I didn't realize that Col. West reads Bastiat in his spare time. Excellent! And there is one passage in the article that I found particularly informative:
[T]he national party showed little interest in rallying behind someone so controversial. Looking at the giant ziggurats of cash the Democrats were building to protect their newly won seats, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) frantically searched for candidates who were safe and, most crucially, had access to a lot of money. In the 22nd -- a district the Democrats took in 2006 but which still boasts more registered Republicans than Democrats -- a scion of a famous Florida political family, a well-connected state representative, and the popular mayor of cash-soaked Boca Raton were all begged to run. All declined.
Now, wait a doggone minute. If Col. West is "controversial," isn't it because it was his job to actually fight the war that the national party supported? To hell with "safe" candidates and famous "scions." Here the GOP has the flesh-and-blood refutation of all those "chickenhawk" slurs, a heroic character straight out of a Tom Clancy novel whose candidacy instantly makes FL-22 a contest worthy of national interest, and yet the NRCC "frantically searched" for somebody else -- anyone else -- to run for this seat? Outrageous!
That is the perfect capsule summary of what's wrong with the GOP HQ people in Washington. Every conservative who's tired of the politically tone-deaf idiots who are running the Republican Party into the ground ought to
(Excerpt) Read more at rsmccain.blogspot.com ...
The left has started it’s first attack on Col. West. PING!!!
That is so true, I have seen the GOP not support so many conserative candidates for congress and senate in Arkansas. They didn't even bother to have a candidate for 2nd district this go around. pi$$ on the GOP
That’s where we are these days: the money in the Party is being spent on candidates with a lousy message. And the candidates with a great message get no support.
All the more reason for EVERY Freeper who cares about this coming election to unite behind Allen West! NOW!
Thanks for the ping, Fox.
This story makes me sad though. Not only is the left attacking West, but the GOP is "afraid" of guys like him. I don't know which makes me sicker. I can vote against Obama as a matter of principle, which becomes a vote for McCain, but the entire party has been co-opted by Dems in GOP clothing. Sickening.
Seems like that TNR reporter, Eve Fairbanks, has quite a checkered and racist past. One that is filled with both racial and political bias.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.