"Covered in Alcohol and Unable to Stand"

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Sept. 28 2012 11:59 AM

"Covered in Alcohol and Unable to Stand"

Without tracking every bend and break in the race, I assumed that Rep. Allen West won a second term in Congress when he switched from a Democratic-leaning district to an adjacent swing seat. His opponent, Patrick Murphy, is a first-time candidate who's competitive because his father -- who founded the company Murphy works at -- bankrolls a Super PAC that runs anti-West ads. It's a bit of a mismatch.

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How do you lose the resume battle to someone who retired during the threat of a court martial? This is how. To be fair, all of West's ads are this Michael Bay'd-up and intense.

 

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.