On his Washington Post blog, Chris Cillizza raves about Allen West’s speech to the annual banquet of the local Republican Party of the District of Columbia:
D.C. Republicans may have made a surprising choice in having the very conservative, tea party Rep. Allen West (R) keynote their Lincoln-Douglass Dinner [last] Thursday night. But West proved an adept politician, tailoring his speech almost perfectly for the audience.
In contrast to the bombastic speeches he’s given at other events, West delivered a measured, historically rooted case for black involvement in the Republican Party, with a focus on urban issues. He got a standing ovation for his support of school vouchers in D.C., which passed the U.S. House on Thursday, and he showed familiarity with many local Republican candidates and issues.
“Republicans are making progress in the black community in the city of D.C.,” he declared. He said that many black voters would privately express their frustration with Obama but were afraid to say it out loud: “It’s time for the whispering to stop.”
“He laid out a classic black conservative argument,” said Richard Ivory, founder of the blog HipHopRepublican.com. Ivory said that, in crafting such a D.C..-centered message, the Iraq veteran West proved himself to be a true military strategist.