A Pre-Emptive Political Obituary For The Young Man Who Wants Allen West's Seat

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What you've just seen is an advertisement from a Democrat named Patrick Murphy, a 28-year-old small businessman and CPA who's running to represent Florida's 22nd district in 2012. Of course, we've already got somebody occupying that seat: Rep. Lt. Col. Allen West. Rep. West is arguably the fastest-rising star in the GOP pantheon. He's been in office two months, and he's already leading in polls to be the GOP Vice Presidential candidate in 2012. He's smart, handsome, and probably incorruptable. He says what he means, means what he says, and chases his goals with a ferocity and single-mindedness that'd make a piranha blush. You think you hate spending? Allen West hates it more -- he'll shut down the government single-handedly before acquiescing to another continuing budget resolution. Think you hate liberals? Not like Allen West hates liberals -- he thinks they're downright treasonous. Think you despise Muslims? Sorry -- ain't nobody despises Muslims like Allen West. He even tortured one!

Unfortunately for Patrick Murphy, he doesn't look like he's ever tortured anybody. What's worse, in the above clip he fritters away valuable camera time not demonizing his opponents. WTF? The video lasts 40 seconds, and he doesn't even call anyone "un-American" or claim that someone's values are "anathema to America." It's painfully obvious that Patrick Murphy is wholly incapable of leading a district like 22, in which hardworking Americans know, just know what America's all about, and who does or does not belong in it. Murphy's kind of namby-pamby tolerance will never wash with them. This young man is probably doomed.
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I cannot wait to cast my vote to anyone running against West.


allen west's greatest opponent will be the bigotry coming from his mouth & those of his followers.

Gina F.
Gina F.

Come on Brandon, Allen West hates spending so much he refused to pay several bills and had liens placed on him.I think you underestimate District 22 which will also have its boundaries changed with redistricting. Just because West was elected in an midterm election with low voter turnout does not mean Murphy or some other Democrat can't win in a Presidential election Year with a Strong Democratic candidate like Obama on the ticket.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Bingo! What Brandon fails to mention is that the demographics in a midterm election are vastly different than the demographics in a general election. First of all, only 42% of eligible voters participated nationally in the 2010 midterm elections. I do not know what the number was for district 22, but I suspect it is similiar.

Moreover, the demographics for a midterm election are historically older and whiter, which favors someone with West's ideology. Look at the latest polls in Wisconsin. The teabaggers are already being turned back, which is not hard to imagine because most of them are uneducated dolts who spew nonsense fed to them by rightwing radio and Faux News.

Middle class conservatives are stoogers for the elite, and Alan West is nothing other than the head stooge for district 22. He is on the fast track towards Palinism. A brief and failed political career followed by a successful transition as a mouthpiece for rightwing media.

Alan West will become a rich man, but he will not have a long term political career.

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