Florida Rep. Allen West, whom many conservatives had thought to be their man, voted for House Speaker John Boehner’s plan that would increase the U.S. debt ceiling by $900 billion.
22 stalwart conservative Republicans refused to vote for Boehner’s plan, including Minnesota’s Michelle Bachmann and California’s Tom McClintock. (For the other 20, go here.) Florida’s Allen West is not one of the 22.
On the Laura Ingraham show, West defends his vote and calls the TEA Partiers — whose support got him into the House — schizophrenic:
“…one minute they’re saying I’m their tea party hero, and, what, three, four days later I’m a tea party defector, you know, that kind of schizophrenia I’m not going to get involved in.”
The dictionary defines schizophrenia as:
- Psychiatry. Also called dementia praecox. a severe mental disorder characterized by some, but not necessarily all, of the following features: emotional blunting, intellectual deterioration, social isolation, disorganized speech and behavior, delusions, and hallucinations.
- A state characterized by the coexistence of contradictory or incompatible elements.
Mr. West, if anyone is “schizophrenic” — loosely defined as being self-contradictory — it is you. The TEA Partiers are not being contradictory at all. In fact, our disapproval of your vote for the Boehner plan is entirely consistent with our beliefs and principles.
But you may be right about us being “schizophrenic” in the “delusions” and “hallucinations” sense, for when we once thought you to be our conservative hero, we must have been delusional and hallucinatory.