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  •  You don't understand Allen West. (1+ / 0-)
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    This is not about conceding. He will not give up his seat. Period. He will fight legally, and he will fight illegally. He is likely willing to do things Murphy is not in order to prevail here. This is a man who tortured people against orders. He personally tortured someone, and reportedly enjoyed it. You guys underestimate him at every turn.

    •  I have a feeling he won't accept reality (3+ / 0-)
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      I may be wrong, but I can't help but think this is going to end in January with West refusing to surrender his offices and being dragged from the Capitol kicking and screaming by security.

    •  Ultimately, can't the House refuse to seat him? (1+ / 0-)
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      I mean, technically, once the election results are certified, he's toast come January.

      For a better America, vote the GOP out of office whenever and wherever possible and as soon (and as often) as possible!

      by dagnome on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 07:02:07 PM PST

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      •  They can serve him with papers. (0+ / 0-)

        That is the same thing courts can do. But what if he ignores all the paperwork, just dismisses it? If he basically says "come and get me", who is going to do that? Murphy?

        •  Well, in that unlikely case, it'd have to be the (0+ / 0-)

          Capitol Police.

          I don't think the House leadership will let that come to pass, though.  One more seat doesn't get them that much more and the guy's a liability.

          "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

          by auron renouille on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 01:09:01 AM PST

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    •  conceivably I overestimate him (0+ / 0-)

      I think Allen West is ambitious. I do not think he will choose to destroy his life in the next month and a half. But if he does, well, it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

      What you don't seem to acknowledge is that West has very little control in this situation. It doesn't matter much how ruthless he is when he has all the power.

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      by HudsonValleyMark on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 02:17:51 AM PST

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