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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Rep. Allen West Calls DNC Chairwoman 'Vile,' 'Despicable'

DNC Chairman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz unwittingly stoked the Lt. Col. Allen West hornet nest when she referred to him on the House floor after he had left. In response to West's support of the Cut, Cap, and Balance resolution, Schultz accused West of supporting a plan that would increase costs to Medicare recipients. Once word of Schultz's smear tactics got back to West, he fired off a scathing email to the DNC Chair, calling her 'vile,' 'despicable,' and 'unprofessional.' He also threw in something about her not being a 'lady.'

Here is the email via POLITICO:
From: Z112 West, Allen
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 04:48 PM
To: Wasserman Schultz, Debbie
Cc: McCarthy, Kevin; Blyth, Jonathan; Pelosi, Nancy; Cantor, Eric
Subject: Unprofessional and Inappropriate Sophomoric Behavior from Wasserman-Schultz

Look, Debbie, I understand that after I departed the House floor you directed your floor speech comments directly towards me. Let me make myself perfectly clear, you want a personal fight, I am happy to oblige. You are the most vile, unprofessional ,and despicable member of the US House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up. Focus on your own congressional district!

I am bringing your actions today to our Majority Leader and Majority Whip and from this time forward, understand that I shall defend myself forthright against your heinous characterless behavior……which dates back to the disgusting protest you ordered at my campaign hqs, October 2010 in Deerfield Beach.

You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!

Steadfast and Loyal

Congressman Allen B West (R-FL)
Note the difference in leadership style between Boehner and West. One cries while the other fights back.

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Senator Jim DeMint's Stark Warning to House Republicans

The good news is that the House passed the DeMint - endorsed Cut, Cap, and Balance (CCB) resolution. The bad news is that the odds of it getting through the Senate are nil. Obama would veto it if it magically got to his desk anyway. There's more bad news, unfortunately. The McConnell / Gang of six plan looks like it just might pass both Houses. DeMint is warning House Republicans that if the McConnell plan gets through the House, there will be enormous consequences for the Republican Party - it's possible extinction.

Via The Daily Caller:
Republican South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint said Tuesday that the McConnell back-up plan on the debt limit could be the downfall for Republicans.

“I think for Republicans to cave on this after what happened with the Continuing Resolution, again, I think you’d see a deterioration of base of support, and a whole lot of third party activity,” said DeMint at a meeting at the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation. “I’m afraid this is make or break time for Republicans.”

DeMint’s comments came in response to a question about the back-up plan being worked on by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. When it was first introduced by McConnell last week, the plan caused a fierce backlash among conservatives

But while the back-up option is by all accounts gaining traction, DeMint warned it could be the undoing of the Grand Old Party.

“It’d be suicidal for Republicans in the House to vote for it,” said DeMint.

The Senator, who is a conservative hero across the country, was one of the original signers of the Cut, Cap, Balance pledge, and then one of the co-sponsors when it was put into legislative language. But on Tuesday, DeMint not only blasted moderate debt-limit deals, he had harsh words for the entire process as well.
Conservatives began wincing as soon as the words of the plan came out of McConnell's mouth. We doubled over after learning that McConnell is actually working with Majority Leader Harry Reid on the particulars.

According to the AP, a surprising number of Republican Senators are getting behind the McConnell plan, which actually calls for more than $1 Trillion in new taxes:
President Barack Obama and a startling number of Republican senators lauded a deficit-reduction plan put forward earlier in the day by a bipartisan "Gang of Six" lawmakers that calls for $1 trillion in what sponsors delicately called "additional revenue" and some critics swiftly labeled as higher taxes.
The days of good cop / bad cop, establishment style politics are coming to an end. To DeMint's point, any Republican Senator who signs onto this deal and is up for reelection in 2012, he or she needs to be primaried at minimum. As for the House passing it, DeMint may be right about the end of the Republican Party at that point.

HERE is the entire AP article.

Video: Congressman to Chris Matthews: 'Obama Doesn't Send a Thrill up MY Leg'

Republican leadership should actually be quite embarrassed by their freshman colleagues, not because those freshmen are doing anything wrong but because they're upstaging the establishment Republicans. Case in point is Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) who completely manhandles MSNBC's Chris Matthews in this exchange. In fact, at no point, did Walsh back down over the course of 11 minutes. He didn't back away from his claim that Obama lied when he said senior citizens might not get their social security checks. He was in Chris Matthews' face the whole time, including when he told Matthews that Obama 'doesn't send a thrill up my leg, Chris.'

Watch it all because it's all good.

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