Outgoing Rep. Allen West can always be counted on to combine three things: Macho, tough guy posturing and victim posturing (yes, simultaneously) and unsupported claims that strain credulity. Here he is on Mark Levin’s radio show, claiming that he was cheated out of his seat:
LEVIN: You are a national treasure. You are way too important to have something like this to happen and off you go. That can’t happen. So I’m really curious to know. Do you have further public service in mind, potentially?
WEST: The most important thing everyone has to understand is my voice is not going to be lost. We’ve gotten a lot of opportunities, a lot of offers, and we’re going to make sure we continue to have that platform. [...] I’m a warrior and I’m a statesman and I’m a servant of this republic. I’m not going away just because of a congressional race where he seems to have to cheat to beat me.
LEVIN: He sure as hell did. It’s disgusting.
West is a warrior and a statesman in exactly the same sense that I’m an introvert and an aerobics instructor. And remember when he pulled out of the race, he said that while he still had unspecified concerns about the vote counts, he was conceding because even if all those concerns were answered he still wouldn’t be able to win. Now he claims he was cheated. Hey, whatever makes you sleep better at night.
Like Dispatches on Facebook: