Allen West concedes

posted at 8:01 am on November 20, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

One of the last Election Day questions has been answered after two weeks of fumbling by official in St. Lucie County, Florida.  The recanvasses and recount of the vote has left Rep. Allen West over 1900 votes short of victory, and early this morning West conceded the race to Patrick Murphy:

Florida Rep. Allen West — the tea party pugilist and face of the class of House Republicans that stormed to power two years ago — conceded Tuesday to 29-year-old construction executive Patrick Murphy in one of the nation’s highest-profile congressional races.

After two weeks of battle with St. Lucie County elections officials — and a recount of early votes that wound up extending Murphy’s lead — West acknowledged that he couldn’t surmount his 1,904-vote, or 0.58 percent, deficit. That difference was just outside the 0.5 percent threshold to automatically trigger a recount of all votes.

The West campaign sent out a lengthy statement by e-mail to the media this morning:

For two weeks since Election Day, we have been working to ensure every vote is counted accurately and fairly.  We have made progress towards that goal, thanks to the dedication of our supporters and their unrelenting efforts to protect the integrity of the democratic process.  While many questions remain unanswered, today I am announcing that I will take no further action to contest the outcome of this election.

While there are certainly still inaccuracies in the results, and the actions of the St. Lucie County and Palm Beach County Supervisors of Elections rightly raise questions in my mind and for many voters, after much analysis and this past weekend’s recount in St. Lucie County, our legal team does not believe there are enough over-counted, undercounted or fraudulent votes to change the outcome of the election.

While a contest of the election results might have changed the vote totals, we do not have evidence that the outcome would change.  Given the extremely high evidentiary hurdles involved in a successful challenge, I will not ask my generous supporters to help fund a drawn-out, expensive legal effort with little chance of success. Therefore, we will not contest the certification or challenge the seating of Congressman-elect Murphy.

West also hinted that Florida voters haven’t seen the last of him:

Only God knows what is in store for each of us. I have dedicated my life to serving this nation, and the results of this election will not change my purpose. Just as I did in the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan, just as I did on Capitol Hill, I will continue to fight for our Republic.

At the very least, West will have more time now to work with grassroots conservatives in organizing opposition to Democratic policies.  West has been a star at events like CPAC and Tea Party rallies and conventions, and that will only increase after this tough loss.  Don’t be too surprised if West challenges Murphy in 2014, when Barack Obama’s campaign isn’t around to drive turnout and the incumbent President typically loses seats in Congress.  This race was narrow enough that even just a little buyer’s remorse could make the difference in two years.


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And we gerrymandered him out of his seat because?

Revenant on November 20, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Took out west and sent back grayson

Cripe

cmsinaz on November 20, 2012 at 8:07 AM

BOEHNER GLEEFUL!!!!!

Communists in DC and media rejoice!!

Florida, blue for good.

TeaterMerica 2012!

Forward!

PappyD61 on November 20, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Don’t go away West . . . stay visible and active.

rplat on November 20, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Boehner has got to go.

ctmom on November 20, 2012 at 8:11 AM

And while we’re at it, can the kooky St. Lucie conspiracy theorists come and admit they were wrong. It turns out that all voters turned in TWO voter cards in this county. Hence the falacious 147% voter participation rumors that were eagerly stoked on the right. I seriously doubt Rogue Tomato or Resist We Much will come here and account for spreading of potentially dangerous lies about the election being stolen. But at least this thread gives an opportunity to say once and for all those theories were BUNK!

libfreeordie on November 20, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Damn.

MrLynn on November 20, 2012 at 8:16 AM

I think it’s time for a real 3rd party.

O.T. = Weren’t we promised a fence on the Mex. border??? WHERE IS THE FENCE?

stenwin77 on November 20, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Super upset about this.

gophergirl on November 20, 2012 at 8:17 AM

I think the Republicans begged him to drop the matter because when the massive fraud was discovered, they’d have to do something about it and it wouldn’t involve striking bargains and gladhanding. It would end elections.

Buddahpundit on November 20, 2012 at 8:17 AM

One less clown in the circus. West was always more bout seeing his name in the paper than getting anything done.

urban elitist on November 20, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Allen West and Mia Love; are democrats racist?

Tonight’s question on MSNBC./

FOWG1 on November 20, 2012 at 8:19 AM

libfreeordie on November 20, 2012 at 8:12 AM

No, dear. Our ballot is actually 4 pages long.
You turn in 4 pages, not 2 cards. They are counted as one vote.

katy the mean old lady on November 20, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Col West you are missed

philw1776 on November 20, 2012 at 8:20 AM

What you said, cmsinaz. I fear my former home state has tipped. Should have set up gates at the borders a long time ago.

Kissmygrits on November 20, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Was he the right color or the wrong color for the dems?

docflash on November 20, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Took out west and sent back grayson

Cripe

cmsinaz on November 20, 2012 at 8:07 AM

That combined with JJackson winning in a landslide pending a sentence plea pretty much summarizes the American electorate of 2012…we are indeed scr-ooed…

hillsoftx on November 20, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Allen West for RNC Chair.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Was he the right color or the wrong color for the dems?

docflash on November 20, 2012 at 8:21 AM

It’s less about color than the fact that he was off the plantation.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Was he the right color or the wrong color for the dems?

docflash on November 20, 2012 at 8:21 AM

It was about his character, way TOO HIGH to keep him in office…

hillsoftx on November 20, 2012 at 8:24 AM

I think it’s time for a real 3rd party.

O.T. = Weren’t we promised a fence on the Mex. border??? WHERE IS THE FENCE?

stenwin77 on November 20, 2012 at 8:17 AM

We aren’t even organized enough to get rid of Boehner and McConnell from leadership, much less start an effective 3rd party. The Tea Party can demand anything they want right now.

Let’s get all the conservatives together and choose a Speaker of the House and give Republicans the ultimatum. Give them several ultimatums.

Buddahpundit on November 20, 2012 at 8:24 AM

urban elitist on November 20, 2012 at 8:18 AM

go away.

MontanaMmmm on November 20, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Al Franken wouldn’t have quit.

DeathtotheSwiss on November 20, 2012 at 8:25 AM

I fear my former home state has tipped. Should have set up gates at the borders a long time ago.

Kissmygrits on November 20, 2012 at 8:21 AM

It’s all the worthless moochers that have took up residence. They don’t give a damn about this nation so long as those entitlement checks keep rolling in. Florida’s moochers are particularly pathetic- having moved there from NY and NJ, the cradle of the welfare state.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Boehner has got to go.

ctmom on November 20, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Ditto.

petefrt on November 20, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Al Franken wouldn’t have quit.

DeathtotheSwiss on November 20, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Al Franken also knew that his filthy party had all sorts of votes banked (i.e. Coleman votes suppressed or outright hidden in warehouses) to throw the election to him. Not to mention the lizard people vote.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2012 at 8:27 AM

urban elitist on November 20, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Why can’t the same be said about you here?

Oh.

I just said it.

Shy Guy on November 20, 2012 at 8:27 AM

One less clown in the circus. West was always more bout seeing his name in the paper than getting anything done.

urban elitist on November 20, 2012 at 8:18 AM

No worries, Ringmaster Pelosi still has the CBC.

HumpBot Salvation on November 20, 2012 at 8:28 AM

I heard that West’s hometown in Georgia asked him to come home and run from there, so that’s another possibility. Maybe he can do more good in the next few years as an outsider than he would be able to do in Congress.

Night Owl on November 20, 2012 at 8:29 AM

urban elitist on November 20, 2012 at 8:18 AM

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

Fallon on November 20, 2012 at 8:29 AM

One less clown in the circus. West was always more bout seeing his name in the paper than getting anything done.

urban elitist on November 20, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Alan Grayson

Night Owl on November 20, 2012 at 8:30 AM

And while we’re at it, can the kooky St. Lucie conspiracy theorists come and admit they were wrong. It turns out that all voters turned in TWO voter cards in this county. Hence the falacious 147% voter participation rumors that were eagerly stoked on the right. I seriously doubt Rogue Tomato or Resist We Much will come here and account for spreading of potentially dangerous lies about the election being stolen. But at least this thread gives an opportunity to say once and for all those theories were BUNK!

libfreeordie on November 20, 2012 at 8:12 AM

It was 141%. Estimated turnout was 70%. They claimed the numbers were off because some voters did not turn in both cards. Which would suggest less than 141% if the turnout was near 70%.

“Potentially dangerous” is especially funny coming from someone who thinks that Bush stole the election from Gore in 2000.

Who is it dangerous to? The Democratic Party’s Election Workers? Gertrude Walker?

DeathtotheSwiss on November 20, 2012 at 8:30 AM

The GOP has gotten rid of Walsh and West… Who else?

Not another dime…

Fallon on November 20, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Why do democrats in St. Lucie County, Florida hate Black people?

It’s the only explanation.

locomotivebreath1901 on November 20, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Al Franken wouldn’t have quit.

DeathtotheSwiss on November 20, 2012 at 8:25 AM

You’re right. He would’ve kept on until they found enough votes in a car trunk, or something.

Thankfully, West has more honor than that.

Sterling Holobyte on November 20, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Thankfully, West has more honor than that.

Sterling Holobyte on November 20, 2012 at 8:31 AM

There, FIFM.

Sterling Holobyte on November 20, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Allen West can discharge a firearm next to my ear anytime. Best wishes

Slade73 on November 20, 2012 at 8:34 AM

One less clown in the circus. West was always more bout seeing his name in the paper than getting anything done.

urban elitist on November 20, 2012 at 8:18 AM

No worries, Ringmaster Pelosi still has the CBC.

HumpBot Salvation on November 20, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Not to mention Michelle Bachman and Steve King.

urban elitist on November 20, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Not to mention Michelle Bachman and Steve King.

urban elitist on November 20, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Night Owl on November 20, 2012 at 8:35 AM

West was always more bout seeing his name in the paper than getting anything done.

urban elitist on November 20, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Beyonce & Jay-Z
The View
Late night talk shows
Interviews with entertainment talk shows
Interviews with “hip” radio programs

Are you getting the point yet?

VibrioCocci on November 20, 2012 at 8:36 AM

urban elitist doesn’t get points, silly rabbit

Slade73 on November 20, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Oh yeah hillsoftx

cmsinaz on November 20, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Night Owl on November 20, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Make that two fewer clowns in the circus.

The difference is that we consider Maxine Waters and Alan Greysons amusing sideshows, you seemed to consider Alan West and Maxine Waters credible national candidates.

VibrioCocci on November 20, 2012 at 8:36 AM

Obamacare
Dodd-Frank
Lilly Leadbetter
Saving Detroit
Pulling us out of Iraq
Tightening the screws on Iran
5 million private sector jobs

urban elitist on November 20, 2012 at 8:41 AM

The difference is that we consider Maxine Waters and Alan Greysons amusing sideshows, you seemed to consider Alan West and Maxine Waters Michelle Bachman credible national candidates.

urban elitist on November 20, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Saving Detroit

5 million private sector jobs

urban elitist on November 20, 2012 at 8:41 AM

just shat my pants laughing at those two, but the others were pretty funny too

Slade73 on November 20, 2012 at 8:44 AM

urban elitist on November 20, 2012 at 8:18 AM

…Hi!…and a BIG FLUKE YOU!…to you!

KOOLAID2 on November 20, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Not to mention Michelle Bachman and Steve King.

urban elitist on November 20, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Guam is about to tip over, call your congressman.

Bishop on November 20, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Was Murphy that good of a candidate? Love and West both lost when they were suppose to win. Such a sucky Election Day

mrscullen on November 20, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Obamacare
Dodd-Frank
Lilly Leadbetter
Saving Detroit
Pulling us out of Iraq
Tightening the screws on Iran
5 million private sector jobs

urban elitist on November 20, 2012 at 8:41 AM

LOL!

Night Owl on November 20, 2012 at 8:47 AM

The difference is that we consider Maxine Waters and Alan Greysons amusing sideshows, you seemed to consider Alan West and Maxine Waters Michelle Bachman credible national candidates.

urban elitist on November 20, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Uh huh. You elected another “amusing sideshow” as vice president, and a former Klan leader was an “amusing sideshow” for 50 years in the senate.

Bishop on November 20, 2012 at 8:48 AM

I used to have free checking until Dodd-Frank came along.

eforhan on November 20, 2012 at 8:49 AM

We better move on that carbon tax before Manhattan and Hawaii follow suit…with the tipping over and such

Slade73 on November 20, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Slade73 on November 20, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Facts are stubborn things, my friend.

Of course, there is some evidence centering around the election results that Republicans dwell in a parallel universe where facts are considered irrelevant, if not subversive.

urban elitist on November 20, 2012 at 8:50 AM

urban elitist on November 20, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Obamacare — A joke. Huge tax increase on the middle class. Already phucking up costs and quality of health care in the US.

Dodd-Frank — Another joke. Does nothing to fix the problem.

Lilly Leadbetter — Another joke. Does nothing except make trial lawyers (aka the 1%) even wealthier. Passed by a party that doesn’t across the board even pay it’s own female staff the same as the male staff.

Saving Detroit — Saved the UAW. Taxpayer still on the hook for $25 Billion + with GM.

Pulling us out of Iraq — Followed the timeline set by Bush.

Tightening the screws on Iran — ROFLMAO.

5 million private sector jobs — not even close. 1 million less in the workforce now than in 2009. Not even taking into account population growth. Thanks for playing. If the dumbarse stayed out of the way job growth would have been 10 million +.

urban elitist = head clown

HumpBot Salvation on November 20, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Night Owl on November 20, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Make that two fewer clowns in the circus.

urban elitist on November 20, 2012 at 8:41 AM

You folks re-elected him by a landslide, knowing that he is a criminal and is likely not going to be able to come back to congress until he does his stretch in prison. That clown is still part of the circus.

Night Owl on November 20, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Obamacare
Dodd-Frank
Lilly Leadbetter
Saving Detroit
Pulling us out of Iraq
Tightening the screws on Iran
5 million private sector jobs

urban elitist on November 20, 2012 at 8:41 AM

No budget in 1,300 days
Pre-Armageddon in the NE
BenghaziGate
141% of the vote in St. Lucie Fl.
Philadephia voting corruption
UN Gun Control
American Apology Tour
Bowing to Dictators
20% of Americans on Food Stamps
Real Unemployment Numbers somewhere in the 20 percentile

Heckuva job, Scooter.

kingsjester on November 20, 2012 at 8:51 AM

And we gerrymandered him out of his seat because?

Revenant on November 20, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Because it wasn’t “his” seat to begin with, Ted Kennedy. The seat belongs to the constituents of the district.

KingGold on November 20, 2012 at 8:53 AM

VibrioCocci on November 20, 2012 at 8:36 AM

Obamacare
Dodd-Frank
Lilly Leadbetter
Saving Detroit
Pulling us out of Iraq
Tightening the screws on Iran
5 million private sector jobs

urban elitist on November 20, 2012 at 8:41 AM

.
The first three are worse than useless.

The Auto Manufacturers (Detroit) weren’t in any danger of being “lost”. They were going to have to go through an organized bankruptcy, and still are. The bail-outs only postponed this at our expense.

Are we out of Iraq?

I can see Iran is feeling the “pressure”.

What “5 million private sector jobs” ?

listens2glenn on November 20, 2012 at 8:56 AM

You folks re-elected him by a landslide, knowing that he is a criminal and is likely not going to be able to come back to congress until he does his stretch in prison. That clown is still part of the circus.

Night Owl on November 20, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Spare us the sanctimony. You’ve got a senator from Louisiana who was booking prostitutes from the floor of the Senate..

plewis on November 20, 2012 at 8:57 AM

HumpBot Salvation on November 20, 2012 at 8:51 AM

to urban elitist – facts are stubborn things you elitist POS :)

Slade73 on November 20, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Obamacare
Dodd-Frank
Lilly Leadbetter
Saving Detroit
Pulling us out of Iraq
Tightening the screws on Iran
5 million private sector jobs

urban elitist on November 20, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Obamacare – another entitlement program adding trillions to the debt which the president knows nothing about (“If you like your doctor …”)
Lilly Ledbetter – an extension of a pre-existing law that allows lawyers to sue more people
Dodd-frank – costing middle class folks more money in fees every day while still enriching banks
Saving Detroit – Really? First of all, Detroit the city is a featering sore. If you mean the auto bailout then that was a flop too. GM still owes tens of billions, Obama took over GM illegally, hence Government Motors, and GM is failing once again. Can you say picking losers?
Pulls us out of Iraq – on the timetable set up by … wait for it … Bush
Tightening the screws on Iran – you must have loose screws if you think they’re not moving forward with a nuke
5 million private sector jobs – we’re still at a net negative because millions more dropped out of the work force.

I thought you were smarter than this. Your talking points have been debunked. Why not go for the successful Arab Spring turned American slaughter?

VibrioCocci on November 20, 2012 at 8:58 AM

it’s not the color of his skin but the content of his character!

Pragmatic on November 20, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Spare us the sanctimony. You’ve got a senator from Louisiana who was booking prostitutes from the floor of the Senate..

plewis on November 20, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Spare us..you’ve got one who was running a whorehouse from his condo.

HumpBot Salvation on November 20, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Where is the Republican spin machine. It’s always the Democrats that win these battles. Do you really believe if a Democrats was at .58, just outside the .50 that automatically triggers a full recount, they wouldn’t get a full recount? Is it just that they want it more? I’d love to know what’s going on. Perhaps the Koch Brothers should create a election supervisors project like George Soros did the Secretary of State project, so they can control the vote. The Democrats have all this theft and stealing elections down pat.

bflat879 on November 20, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Boehner has got to go.

ctmom on November 20, 2012 at 8:11 AM

What in god’s name does this have to do with John Boehner? Besides, Boehner is probably lamenting the loss of West, since West was a true good soldier in the freshman class. You really just blurt this stuff out without checking the facts, don’t you?

Incidentally, folks, the moral of this story is that the firebrand rhetoric that gives Hot Air readers their jollies doesn’t actually necessarily play so well to the voters of a swing district, especially one that hasn’t voted for a candidate before. Allen West may well be back — he is an impressive guy in so many ways — but he’s going to have to learn how to run a different kind of race.

Patrick Murphy is a deeply unimpressive candidate, and yet he still managed to eke out a victory over West. That alone is an unhappy comment on the poor campaign West ran against him, which unnecessarily descended into the sewer (with West running tons of ads about Murphy’s old bar-fight conviction). Make no mistake, going negative like that — and not from a Super-PAC ad, but West’s own campaign ads — hurt him significantly, dropping his poll numbers from a steady lead and likely win to this agonizingly close loss.

Esoteric on November 20, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Spare us the sanctimony. You’ve got a senator from Louisiana who was booking prostitutes from the floor of the Senate..

plewis on November 20, 2012 at 8:57 AM

You’ve got one who cheated prostitutes out of the money he agreed to pay them, acted like he cared and then never called them again. LOL! War on women? We can do this all day if you want.

Night Owl on November 20, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Night Owl on November 20, 2012 at 8:35 AM

That’s my former district. If Zombie Hitler were to run in IL 2-and be a BLACK demonrat…he’d win in a landslide. Most of the voters in that district are vile RACIST leeches!

annoyinglittletwerp on November 20, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Spare us the sanctimony. You’ve got a senator from Louisiana who was booking prostitutes from the floor of the Senate..

plewis on November 20, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Did he leave any of them to drown?

Bishop on November 20, 2012 at 9:02 AM

He lost to a veritable clown.

But then it is Floriduh.

CorporatePiggy on November 20, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Thus concludes the awfulness that was election day. I think he wins that seat in ’14 and I hope he goes for it.

Meanwhile, the state needs to investigate that county and their election practices and remove, if possible, the folks in charge.

changer1701 on November 20, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Ouch! Ted Kennedy was a effing murderer. I think that’s the trump card.

Slade73 on November 20, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Please move to Texas Col West. We’ll need you for our succession efforts. Oh, and we aren’t racist like the Florida democrats.

Thanks.

txag92 on November 20, 2012 at 9:05 AM

That’s my former district. If Zombie Hitler were to run in IL 2-and be a BLACK demonrat…he’d win in a landslide. Most of the voters in that district are vile RACIST leeches!

annoyinglittletwerp on November 20, 2012 at 9:02 AM

I bet they elect him again once he gets out of prison. I also bet his wife runs for his seat in the special election and wins, so there will be no disruption in the family corruption business!

Night Owl on November 20, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Obamacare — A joke. Huge tax increase on the middle class. Already phucking up costs and quality of health care in the US.

Dodd-Frank — Another joke. Does nothing to fix the problem.

Lilly Leadbetter — Another joke. Does nothing except make trial lawyers (aka the 1%) even wealthier. Passed by a party that doesn’t across the board even pay it’s own female staff the same as the male staff.

Saving Detroit — Saved the UAW. Taxpayer still on the hook for $25 Billion + with GM.

Pulling us out of Iraq — Followed the timeline set by Bush.

Tightening the screws on Iran — ROFLMAO.

5 million private sector jobs — not even close. 1 million less in the workforce now than in 2009. Not even taking into account population growth. Thanks for playing. If the dumbarse stayed out of the way job growth would have been 10 million +.

urban elitist = head clown

HumpBot Salvation on November 20, 2012 at 8:51 AM

*wiping tears from eyes*

Thank you. I was trying to get over my laughing fit, unsuccessfully, and formulate something other than a standard cut and paste. You did the hard work.

Thanks again.

*doubles back over in gales of laughter*

98ZJUSMC on November 20, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Spare us the sanctimony. You’ve got a senator from Louisiana who was booking prostitutes from the floor of the Senate..

plewis on November 20, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Spare us..you’ve got one who was running a whorehouse from his condo.

HumpBot Salvation on November 20, 2012 at 9:00 AM
——-

Ahhh, amateurs.

There are countless dooshbags on both sides of the aisle, but the dooshbag world gold medal goes to Scott DesJarlais – the pro-life as*hole who forced his wife to have 2 abortions, forced his mistress to have 1, and he STILL HAD TIME AFTER ALL THAT to have sex with 6 of his underlings.

THAT is dedication to the craft, people.

Dave Rywall on November 20, 2012 at 9:08 AM

I bet they elect him again once he gets out of prison. I also bet his wife runs for his seat in the special election and wins, so there will be no disruption in the family corruption business!

Night Owl on November 20, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Prior to the 1990 redistricting, IL 2 sent ‘bastions of morality’ Gus Savage and Mel Reynolds to Congress….I believe it.

annoyinglittletwerp on November 20, 2012 at 9:09 AM

How anyone can vote for someone as repugnant as Grayson is not fathomable to me.

The stark difference between Grayson and West shows how big the division in our country is.

We not only need West, we need a lot more like him.

Jgriff on November 20, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Liberals are willing to lie to win, Conservatives lose because they tell the truth.

Its a sick electorate.

Speakup on November 20, 2012 at 9:10 AM

My fellow Conservatives in California who are now considering moving to Texas. That state is already solidly Republican. I implore that you move to Florida and we take back that state from limosine liberals from NY. West, you need to run for President in 2016 instead. I trust that, unlike Cain, you will fight back when the Democrats try to destroy you.

Decoski on November 20, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Dave Rywall on November 20, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Did he kill anyone? Was he a Grand Dragon of the KKK? People who have sucky personal lives do not trump people who cause the death of someone or spend half their life in the KKK. You are awarded no points…

Night Owl on November 20, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Dave Rywall on November 20, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Still a piker compared to anyone in the Kennedy clan.

HumpBot Salvation on November 20, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Esoteric on November 20, 2012 at 9:01 AM

You are so right I’m going to call President-elect Romney and beg him to put you on his cabinet.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on November 20, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Decoski on November 20, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Cain destroyed himself with that crap about Perry and his ‘racist rock’.

annoyinglittletwerp on November 20, 2012 at 9:23 AM

There are countless dooshbags on both sides of the aisle, but the dooshbag world gold medal goes to Scott DesJarlais – the pro-life as*hole who forced his wife to have 2 abortions, forced his mistress to have 1, and he STILL HAD TIME AFTER ALL THAT to have sex with 6 of his underlings.

THAT is dedication to the craft, people.

Dave Rywall on November 20, 2012 at 9:08 AM

And yet…… The Dem ranks are filled with filthy hypocrites who claim to be pro-life but obligated to keep abortion as “a right.” Seems to me that your feigned outrage is pretty one-sided. About what I would expect from a Candadian doucebag who seems to think anybody gives a damn what he thinks about conservative Americans.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2012 at 9:30 AM

If any of you people still believe the the Rep.are not the one,s behind Wests loss then i pity you. They are the one,s who redrew the district to make it harder for West to win.Congressman West i hope you and other true conservatives will join other conservatives to form a new party.Herman Cain and Gov. Palin knows just how you feel Congressman West.These elite Rep Bastards will turn on any conservative to try to keep their grip on power.Now they are going after Rush and talk radio.I look for Rush to say any day now.To Hell with these jerks and come out 100% for forming a new conservative party.Very strong on conservative spending and all financial matters and more libertarian on most social matters revering it back to the states were it belongs.

logman1 on November 20, 2012 at 9:32 AM

I still wish West had run against Bill Nelson rather than seeking re-election to the House. I think West would have had a better opportunity to take that Senate seat than Connie Mack ever did.

dczombie on November 20, 2012 at 9:33 AM

I hope West will make Voter ID and vote integrity his issue.

perries on November 20, 2012 at 9:33 AM

One less clown in the circus. West was always more bout seeing his name in the paper than getting anything done.
urban elitist on November 20, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Yet you morons never seem to have problems with the likes of Grayson. As long as it has the D for dumbass seal of approval right buffoon? As far as I’m concerned you dimoturd cockroaches can all GFY.

bbinfl on November 20, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Facts are stubborn things, my friend.

Of course, there is some evidence centering around the election results that Republicans dwell in a parallel universe where facts are considered irrelevant, if not subversive.

urban elitist on November 20, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Project much?

ghostwalker1 on November 20, 2012 at 9:35 AM

logman1 on November 20, 2012 at 9:32 AM

I’m not sure why your entire comment is bold, has strange punctuation, and no spaces between many sentences. Nonetheless, I have to point out that you’re wrong here.

Florida has some funky laws about redistricting that prevent the majority party from having an advantage. The new lines are drawn by some supposedly nonpartisan panel of judges (usually so-called nonpartisan panels have a dem advantage) and they’re not supposed to create districts that give a special advantage to either party in the balance of power. I can’t remember all of the specifics, but I know that the FL redistricting law prevented the Republican legislature from redrawing the lines to give our guys an advantage.

dczombie on November 20, 2012 at 9:36 AM

This and the loss by Mia Love were the biggest heartbreaks of election day.

Raquel Pinkbullet on November 20, 2012 at 9:36 AM

So the democratics get away with stealing another election.

slickwillie2001 on November 20, 2012 at 9:37 AM

At the very least, West will have more time now to work with grassroots conservatives in organizing opposition to Democratic policies. West has been a star at events like CPAC and Tea Party rallies and conventions, and that will only increase after this tough loss. Don’t be too surprised if West challenges Murphy in 2014, when Barack Obama’s campaign isn’t around to drive turnout and the incumbent President typically loses seats in Congress. This race was narrow enough that even just a little buyer’s remorse could make the difference in two years.

The big issue is voter fraud. We need photo ID laws in all
states; with 36 repub governors they should be able to get the ball rolling. Paper ballots being the standard would help also.

It makes little difference if there is a “little buyer’s remorse”
next election; the dems will just up the anty on voter fraud.

Amjean on November 20, 2012 at 9:37 AM

So the democratics get away with stealing another election.

slickwillie2001 on November 20, 2012 at 9:37 AM

And it ticks me off that there is not a huge outcry and investigation into this. I think I will comment on this somewhere
(hot air?) every day until the next election!

Amjean on November 20, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Spare us the sanctimony. You’ve got a senator from Louisiana who was booking prostitutes from the floor of the Senate..
plewis on November 20, 2012 at 8:57 AM

And you have a corrupt dimoturd senator from MO whose husband was making business deals in the Senate lunchroom. Your pathetic party isn’t any better fool it just has a better propaganda machine than the republipukes do to hide their garbage from the idiot public.

bbinfl on November 20, 2012 at 9:42 AM

I hope West will make Voter ID and vote integrity his issue.

perries on November 20, 2012 at 9:33 AM

I hope so, but all the voter laws in the world can’t make the people that run the big-city democratic districts honest. When they can throw Republican observers out for a couple of hours and get away with it, what is our alternative?

slickwillie2001 on November 20, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Dave Rywall on November 20, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Did he kill anyone? Was he a Grand Dragon of the KKK? People who have sucky personal lives do not trump people who cause the death of someone or spend half their life in the KKK. You are awarded no points…

Night Owl on November 20, 2012 at 9:17 AM
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As previously stated, there are lots of as*holes on both sides of the aisle.

I acknowledge your list of law-breaking as*holes and have stated many many times that Ted Kennedy should have rotted in jail.

Now run along now and come back when you’re adult enough to list and acknowledge to criminals on your side of the aisle. Anything less makes you a useless partisan hack.

Dave Rywall on November 20, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Dave Rywall on November 20, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Still a piker compared to anyone in the Kennedy clan.

HumpBot Salvation on November 20, 2012 at 9:19 AM
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As previously stated many times on this site, I thought Ted Kennedy should have rotted in jail.

Now if you wish to continue the discussion of illegal and/or immoral activity by elected officials, you’re going to have to put on your big boy pants and talk about GOP as*holes too, or else you should just stfu.

Dave Rywall on November 20, 2012 at 9:46 AM

This and the loss by Mia Love were the biggest heartbreaks of election day.

Raquel Pinkbullet on November 20, 2012 at 9:36 AM

The rat-eared wonder getting a second term is at the top of my list. West and Love had to be defeated. The filthy bastards are running on the idea that the GOP is nothing but old white men so they couldn’t have people of color on the GOP side of the aisle. Therefore West and Love’s districts are now represented by old white men with no integrity and the willingness to steal elections.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2012 at 9:47 AM

And yet…… The Dem ranks are filled with filthy hypocrites who claim to be pro-life but obligated to keep abortion as “a right.” Seems to me that your feigned outrage is pretty one-sided. About what I would expect from a Candadian doucebag who seems to think anybody gives a damn what he thinks about conservative Americans.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2012 at 9:30 AM
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When I haev a well documented track record here of calling out as*holes on both sides of the aisle, you saying “Seems to me that your feigned outrage is pretty one-sided” is pretty f*cking stupid and/or clueless.

Dave Rywall on November 20, 2012 at 9:47 AM

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