I agree with Sarah Palin’s analysis regarding her choice for VP. Here is a portion of what she told Sean Hannity:
Top of my list is Allen West. I love that he has that military experience. He is a public servant willing to serve for the right reasons. He understands the Constitution. He understands our national foreign policy issues that must be addressed. He has served. I really like him.
They’re going to get clobbered. The media will make things up about them and their record and their reputations and their families. So no matter who it is, so they might as well get someone who is passionate and strong, as I say, like about Allen West, understands the Constitution and wants to put government back on the side of the people.
There are several additional reasons that I have for liking Allen West. Mitt Romney needs to throw the tea party conservatives a bone, and turn a cold shoulder to the GOP establishment for a change. Once the primary season got underway, it became clear that the main goal of the GOP establishment was to make sure a tea party conservative did not win the nomination. They were not immediately trying to make sure that Romney won – they were willing to consider Mitch Daniels, Chris Christie, or even Paul Ryan as the final nominee – as long as it wasn’t a tea party conservative. There are significant trust issues separating the tea party conservatives from Mitt Romney. Thus far, Romney hasn’t been able to prove that his flipping on his previously held positions is permanent. While this turns off tea party conservatives, it does give the Bob Michel wing of the GOP comfort.
Mitt Romney can defeat Obama under the right set of circumstances, but he can also lose to Obama. The fear and loathing the establishment has for tea party conservatives must stop, and Mitt Romney is going to need to embrace tea party conservatives as well as the establishment in order to defeat Obama. Mitt is not going to win by running on his record and biography. He needs to speak to us, and assure us that he truly has changed and is not going to flop back to previously held positions. No surrogate can do this. He must. Choosing Allen West as his VP will have the calming effect of knowing that we have one of ours sitting at the table of his kitchen cabinet.