Allen West Wins Washington Post Award: "Worst Week in Washington"

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Award recipient Rep. Allen West
It looks like Rep. Allen West came away with two great accolades this week for his email tirade to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: The love of Stephen Colbert and the "Worst Week in Washington" award from the Washington Post.

The award from the Post comes courtesy of Chris Cillizza, who runs The Fix over at the Capitol.

"Ever typed an angry e-mail in a fit of pique but held off sending it -- just to make sure you weren't going waaaay overboard? Us too, nearly every day," Cillizza says. "Not so Allen West, the tea-party-aligned Republican congressman from Florida who, after being called out on the House floor by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, penned her a nasty-gram Tuesday."

West's rant was almost immediately turned into a fundraising ploy for him (the Dems did the same), and those who align with West seem to be in complete agreement with the congressman's statements to Wasserman Schultz.

So did the email and the ensuing attention drawn to the situation help or hurt West?

It's too early to tell, but Mother Jones found a study that answered nearly the same question.

In it, the researcher examined accounts of our elected leaders in congress and "epithets attacking either their intelligence or their sanity."

The result, they found, was that the more ideologically extreme a legislator is, they become more infamous -- which isn't the ideal scenario:

...infamy is more electorally harmful than beneficial. While infamous legislators raise more money than their lower-profile colleagues, their infamy also provides a fundraising boon to their opponents, and in House elections, infamy appears to have a direct negative effect on vote shares, at least for Republicans.

According to that study, West's outburst won't be helping him in 2012, but at least he got an award out of it.

"Allen West, for hitting 'send' when you should have hit pause, you had the Worst Week in Washington," Cillizza says. "Congrats, or something."


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11 comments
nanook5
nanook5

if you're looking for another ridiculous gaffe by west look no further than his facebook:"My condolences to the people of Norway after this vicious attack of terrorism. No country is immune to the evil and hatred of this enemy!"Now I know why he sees terrorists everywhere - it happens everytime West & his followers look in the mirror.

Leereb
Leereb

She is a blowhard and cry baby. He earned his stripes the hard way. Intellectually towers over her and his support base is the envy of his colleagues

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

West has yet to plant a flag in the one place that would benefit him the most....his mouth.

tex2
tex2

Allen West for President!

nanook5
nanook5

honestly i thought him saying that all liberal women add to the national debt and hurt america by not being subservient was about 1,000,000,000x more offensive, but that just goes to show you how sycophantic americans are, he can crap on all american women at once and no one cares, but DWS, how DARE he!!!

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

A man currently in search of wiggle room out of that corner he painted himself into.

Obamarmy
Obamarmy

Allen West: angry tea party torturer sexist 

nanook5
nanook5

it's true; everyone wishes they had a pack of brainwashed, drooling psychos willing to follow you around and agree with every foul thing you say, i'm jealous, leereb's jealous, mugabe's jealous

GuntherZorn
GuntherZorn

Of what? That tea party fantasy land that will never exist in this country because it is really nothing but fringe ideas?

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