Yesterday, Congressman Allen West backed away from comments he made over the weekend that President Barack Obama, Democratic congressional leaders and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (whom he called "my dear friend the chairman of the Democrat National Committee") should "get the hell out of the United States of America."
He made these comments Saturday, in a Lincoln Day speech to the Palm Beach County GOP in which he misquoted Abraham Lincoln. He appeared on CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday, but host Bob Schieffer was too busy getting screwed around by Michele Bachmann to ask West anything more substantial than how he felt after running 13 miles.
Monday, though, West went on CNN, where Soledad O'Brien was less accommodating of his bullshittery.
"No, Soledad. Soledad, absolutely not, and you know that," said West, flabbergasted that someone could have the gall to take the words that came out of his mouth and spin them to mean what he said. "You should have listened to the entire speech. You didn't listen to the entire speech."
We can't speak for O'Brien, but we certainly listened to the entire speech -- the words that came after "get the hell out of the United States of America" were, "Yeah, I said hell."
Now he's clarified his statement so everyone knows that when he said "get the hell out," he actually meant, "Soledad O'Brien never read the Federalist Papers." For a guy who signs his ridiculous, insulting emails with "Steadfast and loyal," he sure backs away from his rhetoric when he isn't at a podium in front of hollering supporters.
West continued to flounder for several minutes, particularly during a segment when O'Brien triumphantly confronted West with the statistical fallacy surrounding his defense of calling Obama "the food stamp president." West stayed on message, asserting that the disgusting Democratic Party is flying in the face of all that is America and Freedom... though at one point, he did seem to wander a bit:
"If you can't understand that," he said to O'Brien, "please come down to South Florida. You and I can read the Federalist Papers, we can go over the Constitution, and we can have a great chat about this."
O'Brien, responding the same way women do when this reporter asks them to read the Constitution with him, laughed heartily and said no.