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Nov. 20 2012 8:19 AM

Opening Act: If You Strike Allen West Down...

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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 19: Rep. Allen West (R-FL) (C) speaks during a news conference on the payroll tax vote with fellow House Republican freshmen (L-R) Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV), Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY), Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) at the U.S. Capitol December 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. The GOP congressmen were critical of the Senate and the legislation they passed extending the payroll tax holiday, unemployment benefits and an adjustment in the payments that go to doctors for medicaid visits. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Allen West concedes, and the 2012 elections for the House of Representatives sputter to an end.

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David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

Serving the people in the House of Representatives has been among the highest honors of my life, but this seat does not belong to me, or for that matter, to any individual.  It belongs to the people. I want to congratulate my opponent, Patrick Murphy, as the new Congressman from the 18th Congressional District. I pray he will serve his constituents with honor and integrity, and put the interests of our nation before his own.

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There’s a word that accurately summarizes the perspective of Republicans who believe that Latinos voted for Obama because they want amnesty for criminals and endless welfare, that young people voted for Obama because they’re ignorant and want free birth control, and that blacks voted for Obama because they wanted free cell phones: contempt. And it’s hard to persuade people to adopt your perspective, join your movement, or vote for your candidate when you speak of them with contempt.

McKay Coppins asks the conservative media how that "vet the prez" stuff worked out.

"Not only did we break stories that no one else would have written, we were mocked and attacked by flacks posing as reporters in the press," [Tucker] Carlson said. "Like Sam Feist, the Washington bureau chief at CNN, immediately attacked us. On what grounds, I don't get it. We shouldn't air footage of a president giving a speech?"

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David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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