Tag: the niceties of politics

Over The Top?

Dovetailing with the last post about jiggling boobs in commercials, another facet of British delicacy which I find both appealing and refreshing is their bare knuckle candor at which they interact with each other in Parliament. Politicians sometimes hide behind the notion that politcs, like tennis, is a gentleman’s game, hardly.

Florida GOP Congressman Allen West this afternoon dispatched a scathing personal email to Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, calling her “vile, unprofessional ,and despicable,” “a coward,” “characterless,” and “not a Lady,” and demanding that she “shut the heck up.”

Since when did Daniel Hannan join the House? You can read the entire email, and the Wasserman Schultz comment of the floor the precipitated it, in the link I provided.

So, here are the questions. I realize Allen West is new and all, but did he over do it? Should this have been sent straight to Debbie without CC’ing the world? Should his disgust at her as a human being be made public? Is he proving himself a neophyte by taking anything any politician says personally, not understanding that this is how the game is played, it’s not personal, it’s politics?

Or, is it about time that one of these clowns actually shows some stones and goes after the perpetrator of a personal attack like most of us would? Given the gravity of the situation we find ourselves wrt to the debt, the deficit, and out of touch politicians that could not gauge the pulse of the people with a stethoscope, isn’t some fiery rhetoric (that’s all it really is) a welcome respite?

I like Allen West a lot and think he has a huge future in politics with the sky the limit, but I’m hoping he thought this whole stunt through and calculated it’s effect prior to execution, and was not some reactionary impulsive out burst.