Rep. Allen West (R-FL) appears to have some fairly strong opinions about what it takes to act like a lady, and he expressed them in an email to his colleague, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) yesterday. “You are the most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member of the US House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up,” he wrote to her. “You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!” Given the restrictiveness of Mr. West’s vision of ladylike conduct, I thought it was important to provide him with a primer on things ladies are allowed to do.
Primer follows. You'll like it.
It’s not surprising that West made the mistake of assuming that being a lady means a pliant, adorable cream puff. Lots of folks do. But Debbie Wasserman Schultz is heir to the best part of the lady tradition: the tough as nails one.
Being no stranger to tough-as-nails ladies (also drunk broads with guns, but that's another story) I say Amen to that!
I got an etiquette lesson for West on the end of my right arm. I'd like to use it if for no other reason than to see if black eyes would show on him.
Speaking of that, I just heard West 'play the race card' as explanation for how people feel about him.
Note to West: There's a helluva difference between a black MAN and what you are, and that ain't it. The reason people don't like you is because you're a right-wing asshole.