By Peter Paton
Congressman Allen West of Florida 22 is arguably standing at the crossroads of his brief, fiery and meteoric political career, and facing decision points which could determine the future of both the illustrious Colonel, America and perhaps even the State of Israel.
Congressman West, the erstwhile darling of the Tea Party, and great defender of the State of Israel, has run into choppy political waters of late, by angering a section of his Tea Party faithful by two contentious and controversial votes in the Congress, the first being for voting against a provision that would have repealed $100 million in funding for the construction of school-based health centers that were designated by Obamacare, and the second in support of the Speaker John Boehner’s fractious debt ceiling budget increase.Despite these flare ups with the Tea Party faithful, West remains the undeclared leader of the right wing Conservative movement, which is moving and dictating the shape and direction of the Republican Party in current times.
Colonel West has been a constant thorn in the side to the Democrat Party and its Leadership, who view him as their No.1 political enemy, with his well publicized spat with the Chair of the Democrat National Committee Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, still fresh in people minds, and his constant public needling and barbing of President Obama’s administration, which has led to the Democrat’s publicly vowing to unseating Congressman West in the November Congressional elections of 2012.
The political permutations in front of the Congressman are hard to be conclusive about to any point of certainty. Colonel West has already declared that he won’t be running for Bill Nelson’s Florida Senate seat, and has continuously stated that he is not running for President in 2012, preferring instead to defend his Congressional seat in Florida 22. However, his Florida seat is made up of an escalating number of Liberals, who together with the Democrat’s intention to mount a colossal campaign to dethrone him, gives no guarantee West will be able to hold onto his seat, especially at the risk of his star fading in the backdrop of what is certain to be the most , combative and eagerly media covered Presidential election of all time.
In the light of of this, it is tantalizing to suggest that Allen West may well find himself between a rock and a hard place in political terms, and that the hand of God is ultimately maneuvering the influential Colonel West into declaring his candidacy for President in 2012, a move which would surely ignite the Presidential race and make him the immediate Tea Party front runner, and the Liberal’s worse political nightmare, and steer possibly a victorious Congressman Allen West into the Oval Office.
Peter Paton is an International PR and Strategic Adviser
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