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  • Allen West Admits Defeat

    In a rare concession to reality, beloved Tea Party caucus member Allen West, who has served only one term in Congress, has admitted that maybe he didn't win re-election after all

    Florida Republican Rep. Allen West conceded to Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy Tuesday morning, wrapping up one of the highest-profile and most expensive House races in the country.

    "While there are certainly still inaccuracies in the results, and the actions of the St. Lucie County and Palm Beach County Supervisors of Elections rightly raise questions in my mind and for many voters, after much analysis and this past weekend’s recount in St. Lucie County, our legal team does not believe there are enough over-counted, undercounted or fraudulent votes to change the outcome of the election," West said in a statement.

    Enjoy your day in the sun, reality. But don't get too comfortable. Allen West is a politician from Florida, and they don't take too kindly to your kind around them parts.

    Photo by John W. Adkisson/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Allen West, House of Representatives, Tea Party
  • Allen West Will Never Surrender to Math

    Though refusing to concede an election long after all the votes have been tabulated may seem like bad form, it's easy to see where Florida congressman Allen West is coming from. Democrats would also be eager to contest a vote that threatened one of their favorite legislators. Besides, West has come much closer to accepting defeat than liberals have come to accepting the reality that someone like West could get elected in the first place.

    Still, West insists that Democrat Patrick Murphy hasn't won the election, even though a recount performed at West's insistence has shown him losing by an even larger margin than originally reported

    Preliminary numbers released around 2 p.m. by the St. Lucie County board showed Murphy with an even greater lead, with 65,841 votes to West's 52,704. When those results are added to the final tallies in Martin and Palm Beach counties, Murphy's lead increased to 0.65 percent.

    It's lucky that the deadline for reporting results was Sunday at noon because at this rate, we may learn that West wasn't a congressman in the first place.

    Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Allen West, Florida, Patrick Murphy
  • From the Pork Barrel: Post-Election Bounce

    * Barack Obama's favorability ratings are way up after his win last week, putting him in an excellent position for any major elections that might be coming up in the next few weeks.

    * You ever get the feeling that all of life is but a multi-camera sit-com starring loving crank John McCain?

    * I think Sen.-elect Ted Cruz might giving us a little bit too much of an inside look at his psyche. Some things are inside thoughts.

    * Rep. Allen West has been denied a recount by a circuit judge. However, his petition to change the rules of mathematics is still being considered.

    * I can't believe Williamsburg is jumping on the secession bandwagon like this. What will become of its hipster cred?

    * Download our free iPhone and iPad app Indecision Election Companion and jump up into the the Peanut Gallery — our liveblog/instant reaction arena — to watch and respond as Sen. Lindsey Graham discusses Benghazi and David Petraeus on NBC's Meet the Press this Sunday at 10:30 am.

    Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

    Tags: Allen West, Barack Obama, Florida, House of Representatives, John McCain, Polls, Pork Barrel, Senate, Ted Cruz
  • Black Republican Caucus Down to One Dude


    Rep. TIM SCOTT (R-SC) sits at a desk, a copy of Roberts Rules of Order splayed open, a gavel in his hand. It is January 2013.

    Tim Scott: Oyez, oyez, oyez. The organizational meeting of the Republican Congressional Black Caucus will now come to order.

    Taps gavel once.

    Scott: The members* will rise and say the pledge to the flag.

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    Tags: Allen West, House of Representatives, Republicans, Tim Scott
  • Allen West Explains That Chinese and Somali People Don't Dream

    People like making fun of Rep. Allen West because he's supposedly always saying a lot of silly stuff. But I watched this new campaign ad for a whole 11 seconds before I heard him say anything verging on self-parody…

    "That's the American dream. There's no such thing as a Somali dream, a Chinese dream, there's one dream—the American dream and that's why people came to these shores."

    Okay, laugh all you want, but let me ask you this: Have you ever actually seen a Somali person dream? Or a Chinese person? Can you prove that they were dreaming?

    Well, then, don't you feel dumb.

    Tags: Allen West, China, Florida, House of Representatives, Somalia