Allen West Becomes a Star: The Vice Presidency, WashPo, and More
Since West gave the closing remarks at CPAC three weeks ago, however, he has ascended from mere fame into the lofty reaches of celebrity. Here's how.
CPAC: Allen West spoke at CPAC of the "three pillars of conservatism." Those are: "effective and efficient constitutional government," "peace through strength," and "never abandon our values." The first two "pillars" are obvious enough; the third West articulated by explaining why the Constitution was intended only for Christians and how gay marriage is bad for the economy. (Note: It is not a "traditional value" to worry about the economic impact of matrimonial sodomy. A congressman who worries about such things is not only a radical but something of a kinkypants.) West stole the show, and even Ron Paul's most rabid fanboys left the convention saying West was the best.
The Gingrich Bump: Last week, Newt Gingrich implied that West would be near the very top of his list of possible veeps, should the former speaker of the House seek and obtain the Republican nomination for president. If he's smart, he'll do it. Putting West on the ticket would go a long way toward guaranteeing that Gingrich, or whoever, wins Florida come 2012. And imagine what West'd do to Joe Biden in a debate. Terrifying.
The Gingrich Bump, Part II: As soon as news of Gingrich's statement hit the interwebs, rank-and-file Republicans swooped to the keyboards to protest. They weren't protesting Gingrich's endorsement but Gingrich's presumption. A typical comment from Daily Caller: "HA!!!!! So Newt would consider West huh. Is he joking? Newt would be lucky if West considered 'him' for his chief of staff!!!!" The sentiment was repeated again and again, on website after website.
Ramping Up the War on
Ramping Up the War on
Sexy Posed Shot in WashPo: If you take a look in this week's WashPo magazine, you'll find a big, beautiful spread of Allen West, along with a couple of hundred of his own words explaining his approach to governance. "You never want to question what's right," he says, and we know he means it -- Allen West is a man to whom right and wrong are never questions, always facts. You've never seen anyone so presidential as the Allen West in the WashPo photo. He looks big enough and strong enough to rip the legs from a wild boar. His eyes are solemn yet flinty, full of sly smarts. He is poised as a puma in repose, and his suit is crisp and expensive. His Army helmet bag, which he holds between his legs, is worn, lived in, and loved. Between the smart threads and the soldier gear, Allen West looks ready to go anywhere.
Follow The Juice on Twitter: @TheJuiceBPB.