COMMENTARY | Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was on "America's Election HQ" on the Fox News Channel recently when she was asked whether she would like another go as a vice-presidential candidate, according to the Daily Caller.
As she has so often done, Palin did not say yes or no, then tossed out a name of another possible candidate: Rep. Allen West, R-Fla.The choice of a one-term member of Congress as a running mate is interesting. West was a colonel in the Army. He is also black, comes from Florida, a swing state, and is a tea party favorite.
West is also not shy about saying what he thinks. His presence on the ticket would make the election entertaining as a result.
For example, according to Politico, West once sent an email to fellow Florida House member Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who is head of the Democratic National Committee, saying she was "vile, unprofessional and despicable." He also called her "a coward," "characterless," and "not a lady." This was in response to accusations from Wasserman-Schultz that West favored slashing Medicare to favor big oil companies.
According to the Huffington Post, West told President Barack Obama to stop boasting about killing Osama bin Laden, pointing out it was a team of Navy SEALs who did the job. He also suggested Obama, who has also boasted he does not bluff, spends too much time apologizing to the Iranians and other enemies of the U.S.
West would fulfill a traditional role of vice-presidential candidate in that he would be the attack dog, laying into the opposing ticket, while the man at the top remains more presidential. That was the formula Dwight Eisenhower followed by choosing Richard Nixon. West would also provide some ideological and personality balance to a candidate like Mitt Romney, who is known for his caution and moderation. Also, since West is very enthusiastic when he is on the attack, Democrats would fall into the trap of making him an issue -- never an effective strategy.
- Allen West
- President Barack Obama