Appreciate Western civilization? Thank Allen West, says county GOP chairmanby George Bennett | August 10th, 2011
“He may all by himself just have saved Western civilization,” Dinerstein said when he introduced West at a Republican Executive Committee meeting in West Palm Beach.
Dinerstein said West’s decision to go against many in the tea party and support a debt ceiling compromise assured its passage in the Republican-controlled House and spared the GOP any blame for a federal default or government shutdown.
“The first nationally recognized House figure that publicly said ‘I’m in’ was Congressman Allen West. And that was not just one vote, because Allen is the de facto leader of the freshman Republicans in Washington. And that allowed every one of them to go to their constituency and say ‘Guys, Allen West is in. This is a deal that we can live with.’ “
If the deal had failed in the House and any havoc had ensued, Dinerstein said, “it would have been on us. And ‘on us’ means the country would say ‘We don’t trust you to run the country in November 2012.’”