Allen West Thinks He Was Cheated

Outgoing Rep. Allen West can always be counted on to combine three things: Macho, tough guy posturing and victim posturing (yes, simultaneously) and unsupported claims that strain credulity. Here he is on Mark Levin’s radio show, claiming that he was cheated out of his seat:

LEVIN: You are a national treasure. You are way too important to have something like this to happen and off you go. That can’t happen. So I’m really curious to know. Do you have further public service in mind, potentially?

WEST: The most important thing everyone has to understand is my voice is not going to be lost. We’ve gotten a lot of opportunities, a lot of offers, and we’re going to make sure we continue to have that platform. […] I’m a warrior and I’m a statesman and I’m a servant of this republic. I’m not going away just because of a congressional race where he seems to have to cheat to beat me.

LEVIN: He sure as hell did. It’s disgusting.

West is a warrior and a statesman in exactly the same sense that I’m an introvert and an aerobics instructor. And remember when he pulled out of the race, he said that while he still had unspecified concerns about the vote counts, he was conceding because even if all those concerns were answered he still wouldn’t be able to win. Now he claims he was cheated. Hey, whatever makes you sleep better at night.


  1. Larry says

    Wingnut definition of cheating: more people voted for the other guy and we couldn’t prevent them from voting at all.

  2. Doug Little says

    LEVIN: You are a national treasure.

    Well then let’s break out the formaldehyde and call the Smithsonian so they can prepare a big jar for him.

  3. says

    Saith West:

    I’m a servant of this republic

    Of all his claims, this one is the most despicably dishonest, IMO.

    Allan West & his co-ideologues are essentially doing their utmost to destroy the constitutionally-limited republic that is the USA.

    (I’ll grant that he sincerely believes what he says, but his advocacy & activity make it abundantly clear that what he says is false.)

  4. Akira MacKenzie says

    This attitude does not surprise me in the least for it is one I once shared with West and Levin. One of the things I remembered from my days as a conservative Republican was the feeling that our values and policies were self-evidently superior and moral. If all was fair and square we surely would have won because all of “decent” America shared our Red, White, and Blue love of America, Mom, apple pie, the troops, and of course, JEEZ-us. Therefore, the only way those liberals–the embodiment of all that was evil, tyrannical, and perverse in the America–could win was through fraud and deception.

  5. Akira MacKenzie says

    LEVIN: You are a national treasure.

    If Allen West is a “national treasure,” then it is no small wonder why American society is intellectually bankrupt.

  6. says

    When I read that I couldn’t help but mentally picture them rubbing their crotches together while they talked. “oooh, you’re suuuuuch a national …treasure.” I’m glad they’ve found true love in this hard, cold universe.

  7. iknklast says

    Of course he was cheated. The people who voted for his opponent were clearly not eligible to vote, or they’d have voted for him, so he was cheated because the wrong voters voted. Right?

  8. Doug Little says

    d. c. wilson

    Now I have the disturbing image of West wearing the Fonz’s jacket whilst suspended in formaldehyde.


  9. fastlane says

    I bet Ed looks hot in his aerobics instructor tights and legwarmers…or are you more of a Richard Simmons short shorts kinda guy?


  10. jnorris says

    TO: Alan West, former Republican congressman from Florida
    RE: voter fraud

    You can contact Pam Bondi, Florida Attorney General (Republican) at this number: 1-866-966-7226
    Until you do you do not get to claim cheating as an excuse for your congressional loss.

    So either man-up and admit you lost because too few people like you and voted for you,
    OR file an actual claim of fraud.

    BTW, I don’t believe you have the balls to do either, so you will just continue to whine like a spoiled 5 year old.

  11. says

    @ Akira @ 10.

    I note how Bill O’Reilly frames his arguments that way. If he doesn’t like a particular position or point of view, he labels it as “far Left” thereby absolving himself of the need to substantively address it. Simply giving it the label “far Left” is to render it not worthy of discussion.

    And whenever a judge or a politician rules or votes on something that favors the liberal position, conservatives brand that judge or politician as being “out of touch.” It’s the idea that the right wing conservative position is the normal default position that should never be changed or questioned.

  12. says

    “he labels it as “far Left” thereby absolving himself of the need to substantively address it”

    He CAN’T address a lot of things because to do so would require his having the intellectual capability and curiousity to examine the issues.

  13. Ichthyic says

    The most important thing everyone has to understand is my voice is not going to be lost.

    I think I’ll send him a Dieffenbachia* as a Christmas gift.

  14. dan4 says

    “…seems to have to cheat to beat me.”

    I hope Patrick Murphy sues West for slander for this claim.

  15. had3 says

    Technically I believe West is correct. The dollar per vote he paid was much higher than his opponent’s, ergo he was cheated.

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