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April 09, 2012 5:02 PM The West Bandwagon Builds Momentum

By Ed Kilgore

First it was Sarah Palin. Now it’s Herman Cain urging the GOP (and implicitly, Mitt Romney) to put the Wild Man from Plantation on the national ticket:

The former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza explained on the radio show, “Here’s why. He is direct. People in Florida love him. He has a huge following. He is from Florida - Florida is going to be one of those key states But more importantly, Col. Allen West is a dedicated patriot, he served in the military and he’s willing to serve his country some more.”

It really, really ain’t happening, but the more this sort of talk circulates in the fever swamps, the less flexibility Romney is going to have to pick a running-mate who is a general election (or White House) asset instead of an act of submission to movement conservatives and a nod to racial, ethnic or gender diversity. This is, after all, precisely how John McCain wound up giving the nation the great gift of permanent celebrity for Queen Esther of the Permafrost.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • troglodyte on April 09, 2012 5:18 PM:

    Oh, please! Cant we just imagine the fun that Messrs Romney and West would have campaigning with each other? Game Change, indeed!

    Flame On!

  • T2 on April 09, 2012 5:20 PM:

    the quantity of outright insane quotes coming from West will doom any chance to be considered for VP. Actually, an endorsement by both Palin and Cain should be the kiss of doom to any politician. crazy is as crazy does.

  • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© on April 09, 2012 5:22 PM:

    The country would be no better off if McCain had chosen Lieberman, a far more accomplished war-monger and political wh@re.

  • Wapiti on April 09, 2012 5:25 PM:

    Didn't West resign/retire for the good of the service (to avoid the possibility of a court martial)? I'm frankly boggled that he was elected to Congress, or allowed to be seated there.

  • Sam Simple on April 09, 2012 5:32 PM:

    It would be a disaster for the GOP and the greatest thing that ever happened to shit-for-brains West to nominate this mongoloid as VP to Willard!

  • Anonymous on April 09, 2012 6:11 PM:

    Yes Mitt! Choose West. You'll win with West! I promise! Go West!

  • hells littlest angel on April 09, 2012 7:24 PM:

    I think Michael Steele is more Romney's type.

  • nicmacplato on April 09, 2012 7:37 PM:

    Being from Plantation, I can tell you that West was palm carded in while Klein was given a golden parachute to help make it happen. West couldn't tell the difference between shinola and a hole in the ground and probubly doesn;t know just how owned he is.

  • rip on April 09, 2012 9:14 PM:

    Fortunately for Romney, Rubio appeals to the wingnuts, offers "diversity", and doesn't scare swing voters. While I'd love to see Romney shoot himself in the foot by repeating McCains blunder, it's not going to happen.

  • MattF on April 10, 2012 9:14 AM:

    One can dream, I suppose... One true thing is that 'serious' VP candidates will think twice about running with Romney, so Romney might have to settle for a second or third tier person. But West? I don't think so.