January 5, 2011. A day we have awaited for so long. A day that will go down in the history books. A day when all our hard work over the past year — from organizing and attending Tea Party rallies, to attending congressional Town Hall meetings, from walking neighborhoods for our candidates in the primaries, to making get-out-the-vote phone calls nonstop in the days leading up to Election Day — pays off. A new Congress has been sworn in that includes a House freshman class more vigorous, more ready to fight for We The People, than any in memory.
For those of us who want to see the GOP draft Allen West as its presidential nominee only 19 months from now, it is an especially important day. For a “Draft West” movement to even be possible, he will need to become a household name, and quickly. But the great thing is, the media simply cannot stay away from Allen West; he is a magnet. Now that Congressman West has been sworn in, the already heavy media coverage West has been getting since November 2 is about to go to a whole new level. Just today, he was interviewed by NPR and CBS, and featured as one of “five frosh to watch” by Fox News, in addition to the expected coverage by Florida media outlets.
The media think that they want to interview Allen West because he’s what they think is a rare species, a black Republican. (They’re as wrong about that as they are about everything else, of course; black Republicans are getting less rare every day, and Allen West is always quick to point this out.) Allen West is a rare species, all right, but not in the way the folks in “mainstream” media tend to think. Allen West is the rarest political species of all: a person who knows the truth, says it out loud, and doesn’t back down in the face of opposition. When I read the transcript of the NPR interview, I found myself laughing out loud: It was hilarious to see the politically-correct interviewer try to make Allen fit into his own pre-formulated narrative. It just did not work. (Read the whole thing, if you have time; it’ll make your day.)
In fact, the more the interviewer tried to trip Allen up, the more Allen shone. His clarity, insight, honesty and common sense only stood out all the more clearly against the mushy background of the interviewer’s all-too-predictable, conventional thinking.
The 112th Congress is now in session. I can’t wait to see what happens next.