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Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 07/20/2011

Rep. Allen West (R-House of Commons)


So, I spent part of the morning watching members of the House of Commons hoot, holler and heckle their way through question time with Prime Minister David Cameron about the News of the World hacking scandal. The mutual rudeness and contempt for the other side was softened by accents reminiscent of a Merchant-Ivory film. But this is the way it’s always been over there. Aside from religious freedom, it might also be why folks fled there to come here and start over. The rowdiness of the House of Commons makes the House of Representatives look like a stuffy tea party (um, no pun intended) filled with uptight, painfully polite people who are there under duress.

Leave it to a new batch of Republicans to liven up the joint.

You already know about Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), who called President Obama a liar in an attention-seeking YouTube video last week and then again on “Hardball” last night. Now comes Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) with a scalding letter to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) that was totally out of proportion for her “offense.”


So, West yesterday did what Republicans were doing yesterday, expressing support for the ill-advised “Cut, Cap and Balance” law that will go nowhere in the Senate. He was followed by fellow Floridian Wasserman Schultz, who is also the chair of the Democratic National Committee and whose district is next to West’s. Here's what she said.

Her’s was the typical Democratic criticism of the Republican measure. “The gentleman from Florida, who represents thousands of Medicare beneficiaries, as do I,” Wasserman Schultz said, “is supportive of this plan that would increase costs for Medicare beneficiaries, unbelievable from a member from South Florida.” Now, here’s West’s totally unhinged response.

From: Z112 West, Allen
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 04:48 PM
To: Wasserman Schultz, Debbie
Cc: McCarthy, Kevin; Blyth, Jonathan; Pelosi, Nancy; Cantor, Eric
Subject: Unprofessional and Inappropriate Sophomoric Behavior from Wasserman-Schultz
Look, Debbie, I understand that after I departed the House floor you directed your floor speech comments directly towards me. Let me make myself perfectly clear, you want a personal fight, I am happy to oblige. You are the most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member of the US House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up. Focus on your own congressional district!
I am bringing your actions today to our Majority Leader and Majority Whip and from this time forward, understand that I shall defend myself forthright against your heinous characterless behavior . . . which dates back to the disgusting protest you ordered at my campaign hqs, October 2010 in Deerfield Beach.
You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!
Steadfast and Loyal
Congressman Allen B West (R-FL)

Wow, get this dude a Xanax. And some perspective. Wasserman Schultz's House speech was critical, but a “2” on the flame-thrower scale. What is “vile, unprofessional, and despicable” is West and his lack of decorum. Where does he think he is? London?

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