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Allen West Refuses Election Debate

The longer Rep. Allen West stays in the public eye, the more ridiculous he becomes. The things he has to say range from the merely stupid to the incredibly inane. His latest bit of posturing is declaring that he will not participate in a debate against his Democratic opponent because his opponent is too ignorant.

Instead of demanding a debate, my primary opponent would be better served by studying up on the issues and getting in touch with people he wants to represent…

If voters are to gain anything from debates, both candidates must be willing and most importantly, capable of putting forth substantive proposals and honestly and truthfully answering questions. Unfortunately for voters, Bob Crowder has shown no ability to do either.

As such, I refuse to waste the voters’ time by dignifying Crowder’s cynical political maneuvering.

He also refuses to meet with the Palm Beach Post editorial board. He explains his bizarre behavior:

Let me be clear. I am not a career politician. I did not learn to communicate in a city council chamber, or on the floor of the state house, or with the help of political consultants or masters of “spin.”

I learned to communicate on the battlefield, where “nuance” is not at all useful and can be dangerous, if not fatal. I learned that honor, integrity and character are the most important qualities any man can possess, and I believe a man must stand for something, or he will fall for anything.

Hey Allen, you aren’t on the battlefield anymore (and it’s a good thing; while you were there, you committed war crimes).

Comments

  1. eric says

    It is just incredible to me that Americans accept a party whose strategies for staying popular include refusing to discuss their policies in debate or the press, and making it more difficult to vote.

    Forget their substantive position on any policy; it doesn’t matter if these actions come from the left, right, or some other political dimension, they should ring giant alarm bells in every citizen’s heads that anyone doing them is incompetent to govern.

  2. thalwen says

    He learned to communicate on the battlefield? I see… the military has adopted Monty Python’s idea of the lethal joke by having its troops say really stupid and crazy shit in order to make the enemy die of laughter. If that’s true, then with the crap Alan West has been spewing, he deserves a medal.

  3. Mr Ed says

    Eric:

    It is just incredible to me that Americans accept a party whose strategies for staying popular include refusing to discuss their policies in debate or the press, and making it more difficult to vote.

    I find it incredible that they have any competition. We are so used to being marketed to that we no longer question the spin. Republicans no longer need to debate policy or talk to the press they have branded themselves as the party of low taxes, small government, and family values. This makes as much sense as thinking that drinking a soft drink will make me happier or wearing a certain brand of sneaker will increase my reproductive chances. Absent any real information on what will make me happy or propagate my DNA I might as well drink Coke and wear Nike. Similarly, absent understanding of issues I might as well go with the party that promises the most, and the Republicans offer low taxes and heaven.

  4. MikeMa says

    Maybe this ought to push West higher up the list for a Fischer award. It could be the projection of his own ignorance and inability to debate that prevents him from doing so. The man has said some pretty stupid and easily refutable things. His opponent would nail those presumably.

  5. says

    What awful kind of personal baggage does it take to fuel that level of resentment?

    Mr Ed “Republicans no longer need to debate policy or talk to the press they have branded themselves as the party of low taxes, small government, and family values.”
    And Strong on Defense®.

  6. slc1 says

    Hey Allen, you aren’t on the battlefield anymore (and it’s a good thing; while you were there, you committed war crimes)

    Source?

  7. Reginald Selkirk says

    I have seen stranger things. In the early 1980s, a Lyndon Larouche acolyte, Sheila Jones, was running for mayor of Chicago. A radio station held a debate for the lesser known mayoral candidates. Jones was a no-show. Instead, she sent a flunkie who made a brief statement that Jones was boycotting the debate in order to protest the (alleged) press blackout of her campaign.

  8. says

    Modusoperandi:
    Thanks for the link. I didn’t know that about this asshat bastard Mr. West.
    Also, it was good to read that George Washington forbade torture. Yet the Tea Party, that idolizes the Founders, also loves West. They make less and less sense every day.

  9. says

    Allan West was, afaia, only ALLEGED to have committed a war crime. Now, being the completely honest, professional U.S. Marine Lt. Col. that he is…wait, what’s that, he’s not an ex-marine? He’s an ex-ARMY Lt. Col.? An ex-ARMY Lt. Col. who was disciplined and fined $5K (effectively ending his career in the Army) before being allowed to retire with full benefits in 2004? That Allan West, yeah, he’s a dirtbag.

  10. matty1 says

    Allan West was, afaia, only ALLEGED to have committed a war crime.

    The video modusoperandi linked to shows him claiming to that “I found a pistol and I shot it near his head”, is that a war crime or not? If so a confession surely ranks above alleged.

    Also what is going on in that speech, the text describes it as a military legal hearing but there is a crowd there whooping and cheering like it is some kind of political fundraiser.

  11. Jordan Genso says

    I would love it if his opponent responded with:

    Let’s say that hypothetically, Allen West is a cowardly scumbag who is too scared to debate me because he knows it would reveal his utter lunacy. In that scenario, would his actions be any different than his actual actions have been over these past few days in avoiding this debate?

  12. d cwilson says

    So, West refuses to debate his opponent. Why not? His party’s presumptive nominee refuses to specify anything about his policy agenda beyond repealing the ACA.

    Maybe the GOP has realized their best strategy is to say nothing. Less likely for the voters to figure out what they’re really up that way. Or maybe he’s just a giant asshole. For some reason, that’s considered an endearing quality among teabaggers.

    my primary opponent would be better served by studying up on the issues and getting in touch with people he wants to represent…

    West doesn’t seem to understand he’s in a general election, not a primary.

  13. says

    d cwilson, to be fair, West probably means his principal or main opponent, not the opponent he’s facing in a primary.

  14. Michael Heath says

    eric writes:

    It is just incredible to me that Americans accept a party whose strategies for staying popular include refusing to discuss their policies in debate or the press, and making it more difficult to vote.

    Forget their substantive position on any policy; it doesn’t matter if these actions come from the left, right, or some other political dimension, they should ring giant alarm bells in every citizen’s heads that anyone doing them is incompetent to govern.

    I agree and have come to strongly suspect that refusing to be transparent is another signal validating loyalty to the conservative tribe. This is both dangerous and idiotic, but that’s contemporaneous conservatism for you.

    It also doesn’t help that even the mainstream media has little appetite to put apply scrutiny to any political leaders during interviews, including Democrats. I’ve come to think these media elites perceive it as bad form to ask probing questions.

  15. says

    “The video modusoperandi linked to shows him claiming to that “I found a pistol and I shot it near his head”, is that a war crime or not? If so a confession surely ranks above alleged.”

    Matty:

    I’m aware, at least since the post featuring a LOT of concern troll posts of last week, that you don’t like my style of commenting. Well, I don’t really give a fuck what you like or don’t like but, just in case you’re NOT being deliberately obtuse; two things.

    1.) “Allegedly” is correct, as West did not admit to having committed a War Crime in any venue that I’m aware of–his comments notwithstanding…

    AND

    Do you, like, get snark?

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