US – Politics – A Repeat of 2008’s Vice-Presidential Calculations? – Why Else Would Anyone Consider Rep. Allen West as Running Mate? – 12 April 2012

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_West_(politician)


We still don’t know who the presidential nominee for the Republicans will be…presumably there’s only one credible possibility, but we still don’t know. I still think the conservative vote might unite behind one candidate and force a big ugly showdown with the current frontrunner.

But we are now being treated to some speculation about who the vice-presidential nominee will be. Remember, last time around, the Republican nominee, since he was perceived as more moderate (and once genuinely was), thought it would be a bright idea to offer the veep slot on the Republican ticket to a certain one-term reality-challenged Alaska politician, apparently because she happened to be a female reality-challenged Alaska politician. As it turned out, this person turned out to be an albatross around the neck of the Republicans confirming the voters’ worst suspicions about how cracked and irresponsible leaders from that party have become.

Well, now we’re being treated to almost exactly the same thing. A Republican nominee perceived as more moderate (and who once genuinely was) is now being encouraged to offer the veep slot on the party’s ticket to a certain one-term reality-challenged Florida politician, apparently because he happens to be a black reality-challenged Florida politician. I suspect that, if he does get on the ticket, it will again be the case that the Republicans will have an albatross around their necks confirming the voters’ worst suspicions about how cracked and irresponsible leaders from that party have become.

This is a politician who has reached back to the Age of McCarthyism to label the members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus “communists”, despite any evidence for the claim. This is a politician who has actually warned the president to “stay in DC” rather than visit Florida to give a speech and called the President “arrogant” for daring to exercise the freedom of speech in the state West apparently thinks is his turf alone. Apparently he has also encouraged Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to leave the country.

This is someone who, also, has the firm backing of a certain one-term reality-challenged Alaska politician. (You know, just to show you how much we’re in for.)

Anyone want to take bets on whether he will be the Republican Party’s choice for vice-president at the convention? I would lay pretty good odds…but there is an amusing complication to consider. The one thing this guy has said that isn’t raving in the past couple months is that when George Zimmerman pursued Trayvon Martin after being told by a police dispatcher not to do so, he no longer had the protection of the law in what he did afterwards. This not being an exactly popular point of view amongst so-called conservatives in the Republican Party, I would say that, even taking into consideration the most flagrant and extreme of the comments he has made, we’re probably looking at an even chance of nomination. Hell hath no fury like a right-wing racist scorned.

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