The Los Angeles Times is having issues with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus "justifying" remarks made by Rep. Allen West last week when he said President Obama wants to make American taxpayers his slaves. West isn't exactly happy with the Times trying to "rein him in" either. In a recent opinion piece titled, "America's Dirtiest Job: Justifying Allen West," Times writer Dan Turner can't understand why anyone would stand by comments West has made and goes so far as calling Priebus a West "apologist."
Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, has such a dirty job that it's a wonder the Discovery Channel's Mike Rowe isn't following him around with a camera crew. Priebus, after all, has to serve as the apologist for Rep. Allen West of Florida, a "tea party" favorite who, with such unintentionally entertaining gaffe-sters as Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich out of the spotlight, is now the GOP's reigning clown prince of umbrage-generating outrageousness.
After West said at a campaign event Sunday that President Obama was a proponent of slavery, it was Priebus who got Blitzered. Asked by CNN host Wolf Blitzer -- whose political beliefs are hard to decipher but whose disdain for indecorous politicians is clear -- to explain West's remarks, Priebus did his sputtering best but came up badly short.
"Allen can say what Allen wants to say, but I think what he's really trying to say is that if we become a dependent society, if everyone is reliant on the government -- I mean, listen. Barack Obama is the one that put out this 'Life of Julia' website. I think we all know what that is. It's a life of a girl from preschool to, I think, death or near death, showing how every step of her life..."
West responded on Huckabee over the weekend with the following:
I really feel that it is demeaning to me to think that I need some individual to justify me and my existence. Look, I went through 22 years being in the military, I rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel, I have a bachelor and 2 masters degrees. And for these white liberals to believe they can have this condescending manner toward black conservatives that we need to have approval from our quote unquote, I guess “masters”, for us to be able to speak – see that’s where the true racism really lies governor is with the white liberals who don’t want to see someone such as myself that broke away from their dependency class and is out here and able to possibly contend against them with the policies that they are promoting that’s destroying the black community. I know I’m their #1 target and it just emboldens me to speak out even stronger.
And the heck with them if they think someone else needs to approve of me and what I stand for.
Maybe Turner got confused. It seems "America's Dirtiest Job: Justifying Barack Obama" would have been a better piece to write. Just how do you justify 45 millon people on food stamps, 8.2 percent unemployment, $15 trillion in debt, Solyndra, Fast and Furious.....? Just to name a few. According to Turner, telling it as it is without a political correctness filter is the definition of "gaff-ster" (notice how Turner didn't mention Joe Biden in his list).
Katie Pavlich is the Editor at Townhall.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiepavlich. She is a New York Times Best Selling author. Her latest book Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women, was published on July 8, 2014.