Reflecting on Florida's Congressman Allen West's speech before the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches Friday, Crowley Political Report has come to the conclusion that the former Army Lt. Colonel may be calming down a bit.
Now this is in relative sense.
West still tosses red meat to the crowd. He still acts as if the United States is in immediate peril of disappearing from the continent.
But his overall tone was, well, calmer.
And the overflow crowd - most of them - loved him.
So what is the appeal? Mostly, it appears to be that he really believes what he says and pulls no punches. And people - some whom you would least expect, were eating it up.
West will describe the prison facilities at Guantanamo as a "5 star resort" compared to what prisoners are entitled to receive.
And he notes that not only is he pro-life but he believes abortion is an "epidemic" in the black community.
West, 50, describes himself as a "regular guy" who can outrun the average college kid in a six mile race.
He calls the Tea Party "one of the greatest things" to happen to America - which seems like a helluva of an assessment coming from a man who prides himself on being a student of American history.
West is still a simmering stew of conflicting emotions...but he did appear a touch calmer.
And, he's able to make his audience laugh, even as he warns that there may be doom ahead.
It is an interesting combination.
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