Sunday, August 12, 2012

Recommended Reading

In the annals of around-the-bend Tea Party crackpottery, few rise quite to the level of Florida Congressman Allen West, a tough guy military man who turned tough guy politico after being drummed out of the service for confusing himself with Jack Bauer, and who rose to prominence on the back of his strident, Randian rhetoric that's anti-Democrat, anti-Muslim, anti-anyone who happens to disagrees with him. As Mother Jones' Tim Murphy helpfully explains, "West didn't just ride the tea party's wave in 2010—in many respects, he is the movement's political avatar." Read on as he explains the hows and the whys.

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