Allen West Goes Commie Hunting

Wingnut Rep. Allen West of Florida is on a commie hunt, telling constituents during a townhall meeting that there are as many as 80 Democrats in Congress who are communists — or so he’s heard. And his spokespeople are actually defending that claim.

West warned constituents at a Tuesday town hall event that he’s “heard” that dozens of his Democratic colleagues in the House are members of the Communist Party, the Palm Beach Post reported. There are currently 190 House Democrats.

West spokeswoman Angela Melvin later defended West’s comments — and clarified to whom West was referring.

“The Congressman was referring to the 76 members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The Communist Party has publicly referred to the Progressive Caucus as its allies. The Progressive Caucus speaks for itself. These individuals certainly aren’t proponents of free markets or individual economic freedom,” Melvin said in a statement to The Huffington Post.

And this is the guy Herman Cain thinks would be an “excellent” vice president for Romney.

About Ed Brayton

After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

  • http://blogingproject.blogspot.com/ Ing: I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream So I Comment Instead

    He’s right. isn’t the role of a VP to have someone to play the bad cop/ Worse choice so people won’t assassinate me

  • had3

    According to the CPC’s website, here are there 4 goals:

    The four, core principles of the Progressive Promise:

    1. Fighting for economic justice and security for all;

    2. Protecting and preserving our civil rights and civil liberties;

    3. Promoting global peace and security; and

    4. Advancing environmental protection and energy independence

    If that’s not communism, Allen West is an idiot! Of course, the 2 may not be mutually exclusive.

  • The Lorax

    Someone claims to have a list of communist sympathizers within the US Government? Huh, why does that sound so familiar…

  • Reginald Selkirk

    “As many as 80” – that’s odd, I heard it was exactly 57.

  • http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    To be fair, Allen West is fucked in the head.

  • raven

    Only 80 commies in congress?

    West isn’t trying hard enough. McCarthy found 500 in the state department alone.

  • raven

    The Tea Party really needs to update their demonology. Commies are all but extinct.

    These days the “commies” are gays, witches, women, Moslems, scientists, and atheists among others.

    West should be able to find 80 Democratic closet Moslems without even trying too hard.

  • dingojack

    Allen West pulls on huning jacket and hat, picks up his double-barrelled shotgun then looks directly at the audience. In his best Elmer Fudd voice he declares:

    “Shhhh, I’m hunting Wed Commies, heh heh heh”.

    @@

    Dingo

  • baal

    If the us communist party were something other than a near fiction or if we had a block of actual leftists West might have a point. We don’t and he doesn’t.

    I support the progressive caucus but while they are left of center, there is a lot more left available to them. That said, despite being a big caucus in the house, the DNC doesn’t seem to pay them any mind and here we’re talking about the wingnut WEST again. How often does Grijalva get on TV? (now and then, not -0- but not too far from -0-).

  • http://www.rodlamkey.net reverendrodney

    It must be asked: “From who, exactly, did you hear this?” and:

    “Who are those commies?”

    Name names.

  • http://anexerciseinfutility.blogspot.com tommykey

    Didn’t anyone tell Allen West that the Cold War ended two decades ago?

  • slc1

    Re raven @ #6

    Actually, the number of commies that McCarthy claimed to have found varied from speech to speech. As Richard Rovere documented in his book on the senator, in dozens of speeches, he never used the same number twice.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    I kind of wish it were true.

  • Don Quijote

    Reginald Selkirk @4

    I wonder if West has a son who plays solitaire.

  • mikeym

    I’ll bet that a lot of those 80 communists also appear on Michele Bachmann’s list of anti-American congresspeople.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    The Tea Party really needs to update their demonology.

    No, actually they don’t. The word “communist” has always meant anyone who questions the Most Holy Doctrines of government of, by and for the rich. That’s what it was used to mean in the ’50s, that’s what the liebertarians have always used it to mean, and that’s what the Republicans use it to mean today.

    Just another reich-wing extremist meme kept alive by libertarians until the Republicans needed it again.

  • Alverant

    So according to him, if you’re not in favor of completely free markets without any kind of consumer protective regulation, it’s the same as there being no free markets at all.

    Riiiiight.

  • John Hinkle

    Hey, this is the rogue Allen West. He’s making bold statements. He’s off the reservation. He’s a Tea Party favorite.

    Sarah Palin wants him to be VP. That says a lot right there.

  • d cwilson

    How often does Grijalva get on TV?

    To get on TV these days, a congressman has to really say the most outrageous things he can think of. West knows this. Louis “Terror Babies” Gohmert knows this. The hamster running on the wheel inside Michele Bachmann’s head knows this.

    The problem the progressive caucus says is that the things they’re for: clean environment, economic justice, peace and security, etc, sound too nice. To get on TV, you have to be able to point to some nebulous “other” that people can blame everything that’s wrong in their lives on and you have spit fire and venom at anyone who dares question the validity of your chosen hobgoblin. Preferably, the hobgoblin should be some group of foreigners or people whose beliefs are a step outside the mainstream.

    The only people progressives can point to as the villain are our sacred job creators. That’s exactly the wrong kind of framing if you want to get on the corporate media.

  • bksea

    As president of the Fucked-In-The-Head party, I would hereby like to publicly declare that all Republicans are allies of the Fucked-In-The-Head party.

    There, by West’s reasoning, all Republicans are Fucked-In-The-Head.

  • Pinky

    It sounds like Allen West was drunk and watching “The Manchurian Candidate” movie.

    (Heavy sigh) Allen, Allen, Allen, it is a great classic movie with some outstanding performances by Frank Sinatra, James Gregory (who plays Senator John Yerkes Iselin; the character you are channeling) and Angela Lansbury in what I think is her best performance.

    Allen, it was only a movie, not a documentary.

    From The Manchurian Candidate (1962) (Via IMDb)

    Mrs. Iselin: [at meal time] I’m sorry, hon’. Would it really make it easier for you if we settled on just one number?

    Sen. John Yerkes Iselin: Yeah. Just one, real, simple number that’d be easy for me to remember.

    [Mrs. Iselin watches her husband thump a bottle of Heinz Tomato Ketchup onto his plate]

    Sen. John Yerkes Iselin: [addressing the Senate] There are exactly 57 card-carrying members of the Communist Party in the Department of Defense at this time!

    Life imitates art!

    Towards the end of his presidency, Ronald Reagan was thought by some to be mistaking the movies he had made with reality. Perhaps Allen West has difficulty determining shit from shinola.

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    References for those jumping to defend RR:

    http://hnn.us/articles/58928.html

    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/side-effects/201101/when-did-reagans-first-signs-alzheimers-appear

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2001/nov/14/artsfeatures1

    To be sure I am not making fun of Ronald Reagan’s illness. Alzheimer’s disease is a terrible malady. A younger me was fond of Reagan when he was the president. I still carry echos of that fondness today, even though he was a demagogue at times.

  • reddiaperbaby1942

    Well, the Republicans are already going back to the fifties in their attitudes toward gender roles and sexuality. This is just more of the same thing. Just wait: they’ll start speaking out against civil rights and integration. (As some isolated voices on the far right in fact already are, in an attempt to appeal to southern white male voters.)

    I spent my teens and early adulthood in the fifties. I don’t EVER want to go back there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1531393070 danrobinson

    “…Herman Caine thinks…”

    Oh Ed, you can never quite hide the comedian in you!

  • Pieter B, FCD

    I wasn’t a Red Diaper Baby by a long shot, but I remember the ’50s about as well as you, ’42. My older sister got a master’s degree, but her starting salary (early ’60s) was determined by her typing speed. One girl in my high school class died from a botched abortion, and a couple of others just left town on very short notice and were spoken of only in whispers.

    We had to cross the state line to buy condoms, and even then they were not openly displayed in the drugstore, you had to go to the back counter and ask for them in hushed tones. Can’t say I’m nostalgic for the mores of that era.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    Not too long ago, on a different blog, I had a guy tell me that I was racist for bringing up his calling President Obama, “Spearchucker”. The burnin’ stoopit is thermonuqlar in some of them.