Sunday, November 21, 2010
Why is this asshole on Meet the Press?
For this Sunday:
House Democrats overcame internal divisions this week to re-elect Nancy Pelosi as their leader and Republicans backed Rep. John Boehner as the new Speaker of the House. What's ahead for the lame-duck session and battles over the Bush-era tax rates, and Don't Ask/Don't Tell? Plus, newly elected members arrived in Washington for their orientation, what will be the role of the Tea Party in the 112th Congress? And Republicans Governors gathered this week as early 2012 positioning gets underway. We'll take a look at how that landscape is shaping up with our roundtable: Robert Draper, who takes us "Inside Sarah Palin's Inner Circle" in this Sunday's New York Times Magazine; The Wall Street Journal's Paul Gigot; Tea Party-backed Rep.-elect Allen West (R-FL); and Richard Wolffe, author of the new book "Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House."
Allen West. From Weigel
(then at the WaPo):
Last night in Jupiter, Fla., GOP congressional candidate Allen West told "tea party" activists that they needed to do more to get accountability from Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.).
"Let me tell you what you've got to do," said West, a retired lieutenant colonel. "You've got to make the fellow scared to come out of his house. That's the only way that you're going to win. That's the only way you're going to get these people's attention."
Look who's first to jump on the bandwagon of demonizing the newly elected black Congressman. The same person who just a few days ago was so deeply concerned about racism seeping out of the seams of the Democratic party.
Why is this asshole on Meet the Press?
What? Is he too uppity for you?
jms (and I know it's you, jms): try to follow along. This has nothing to do with race (and you know that, of course.) Allen West was exhorting his supporters to harass and intimidate a Democratic congressman, with the implication that violence may be necessary to achieve that end.
That makes him much more than a mere asshole. That makes him dangerous, and thoroughly unfit to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. The man's color is irrelevant.
Half of us are c^nts.
Half of us are pr!cks.
All of us are @ssholes.
If you don't have an anus, you aren't going to live very long, no matter what your skin color, gender, or ideology is.
If you keep talking out of your anus, you'll be recognized for the piece of feces you have become.
It's obvious that West was talking about Congressmen who refuse to talk to their constituents. He uses the plural, not the singular, which is the first problem with your interpretation of his words. If he was doing what you say he was doing, he would have said "him" through the video, not "them".
Well, actually, nothing is obvious from this hit video, because the video cuts in mid-sentence, so we can't see for ourselves what the question was, what the main point of his response was, or who he is even talking about. We're supposed to accept that he is specifically referring to one specific Congressman, even though he keeps talking about "them", and we're supposed to accept that he is giving instructions to commit violence, when it me it sounds like he's using metaphor. Perhaps if the sentences leading up to the quote were available, it would shed more light. But since this is a Democratic hit piece, I'm not holding my breath waiting for more of the video.
Classic cut and paste tactics. You don't like it when O'Keefe does it, so don't expect much respect from me when Democratic operatives do it. Get back to me when you have a little more of the video to put things in context. For instance, the question and the beginning of his response. Until then, it's an edited smear.
Now on to your smear:
exhorting his supporters to harass and intimidate a Democratic congressman, with the implication that violence may be necessary to achieve that end.
That makes him much more than a mere asshole. That makes him dangerous
And Willie Horton just happened to be black.
That inflammatory rhetoric only works because of his race, and you know it. If West was a white Congressman who said that, you wouldn't even try that sort of fear-mongering crap, because it wouldn't be threatening to you, and, presumably, the audience for your smear.
You conveniently ignore the fact that the next words out of his mouth are, "You've got to put pressure on them, and make them understand that you've got to come back and live the laws that you've established. Don't let them be a ruling class elite."
Far from "exhorting his supporters to harass and intimidate a Democratic congressman," West is exhorting them to contact their Congressmen and tell them to obey the law. Yeah, there's some real mob action there.
And I don't recall any liberal outrage when Barack Obama told his supporters to go out to their friends and neighbors, and "argue with them and get in their face", which was followed by an assault on a black Conservative two days later by Obama followers. And yes it did happen.
Don't worry. West's supporters aren't like that. They aren't liberals.