Allen West, Not Disappointing

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Nov. 9 2010 12:45 PM

Allen West, Not Disappointing

A budding star of the GOP's freshman House class has picked , as his chief of staff, a local conservative radio host who... well, who talks like a local conservative radio host.

She said at a rally, with West standing by, "Calling illegal immigrants 'undocumented workers’ is like calling a drug dealer a pharmacist without a license." She was furious that children of illegal immigrants were educated in public schools and received health care at emergency rooms. "There are people who want to change your way of life, and some of them may be your gardeners," she said.

Her anger is not limited to illegal immigrants. "There’s no way I’m going to live in a country that’s been radically Muslim-ized … and I’m not afraid to say it," she said at a protest in Jupiter. She also said at the protest that the United States was "this close" to moving towards "fascistic and tyrannical rule.

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West survived an expensive and bruising race to beat Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.), and Republican-run redistricting (if a ballot measure reforming this is not upheld) may make the seat safer, so it would be sort of irrational for him not to double down. Another detail that demonstrates just how much a product of the new, mad-as-hell conservative media West is: "Over the past four years, West is believed to have been on Kaufman’s show more than 100 times."

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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