Tailgunner Al West, in response to an audience question:
“I believe there’s about 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party that are members of the Communist Party.”
There are many things to love about that statement, but my favorite is West’s use of specific rather than rounded figures — “78 to 81″ — in his alleged count, just to give it the ring of authenticity.
The bad news is, this fool was once entrusted to lead U.S. troops into combat. The good news is, the Army caught on and eventually forced him into retirement.
The even worse news is, in the modern Republican Party people such as West are elevated to the status of heros and statesmen. Herman Cain, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, among others, have even advocated that West be selected as the party’s vice presidential nominee and West, humble man that he is, has said that if asked he would probably accept.
I have a list of reasons — 78 to 81 of them in fact — for why that would be a very bad idea.
– Jay Bookman