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Yes, Allen West did talk about the "horrific politics of charater assassination" during his keynote speech closing the Conservative Politcal Action Conference (CPAC) Saturday night - a spot that had been set aside for Sarah Palin until she found something better to do.

And of course the freshman congressman got cheers when he took credit for Keith Olbermann getting fired from MSNBC suggesting the liberal commentator got tossed after calling West "the worst person in the world five or six times."

Maybe Olbermann rides a Harley. More on that later.

The crowd clearly loved West, who defeated Democratic incumbent Ron Klein to win the seat that includes parts of Palm Beach and Broward counties.

West wears as a badge of honor the fact that Politico, Cook Political Report and others are suggesting West  could lose the 2012 election. Democrats are already running radio ads against him.

He told the crowd that they too have "endured the relentless and hostile attacks from the liberal left - such as being called racist. Perhaps they should see who is standing here as your keynote speaker."

West also made it clear that he has no intention of backing down from the campaign promises that he made. He has already called for longer work days for congress, deeper cuts in the budget and reforms to Social Security and Medicare.

During his speech, West renewed his pledge to fight for lower business taxes, elimination of capital gains taxes and to reform the tax code.

"Liberal progressivism has repeated failed all over the world," he said to cheers adding later, "Do you believe American can survive as a bureaucratic nanny state?"

West also offered this:

"We welcome the beliefs of others in America, but our co-existence must be based on a simple premise: When tolerance becomes a one-way street, it leads to cultural suicide. An American cultural value shall never be subjugated to any other as long as I have air in my lungs."

Before his speech, West met with bloggers who circled around him with the Flips like a fan club before their idol - at least that's how it looked on YouTube.

In a light momemt one blogger asked West if his motorcycle is made in America.

West said that as far as he knows his bike is "made in the United State of America." Then with a grin he said his motorcycle is a "Honda VTX 1800R retro and I would have anyone on a Harley try to outride me."

Harley riders - are you gonna take that?


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