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Rep. Moran: Allen West 'Is Not Representative of the African-American Community

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“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it."

Are you starting to think that Rep. Allen West's infamous "get the hell out" line is being overplayed and over-analyzed? You're not alone.

However, it seems that some media outlets can't get enough of it.

While being interviewed by MSNBCs’ Martin Bashir, Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) was asked to weigh in on the comments Rep. West had for Democrat leadership.

“What is provoking this kind of behavior?” Bashir asked. “We had the spectacle of a discourteous governor from Arizona waving her finger in the face of the president. Now we have a Congressman suggesting that a president who won a majority at the last election should ‘get out’ of this country.”

Wagging you finger is inappropriate, but jabbing is acceptable

After comparing conservative criticism for President Obama to a Disney cartoon, Rep. Moran launched into a heavy-handed rebuke of Rep. West.

"People like Mr. [Allen] West, and Governor Brewer and so on, particularly Mr. West, is not only not representative of the African-American community,” said Rep. Moran, who, among other things, is apparently a spokesman for the African-American community, “Or of the Republican Party, let alone of the American public. So what he says really is of little or no consequence, but it's unfortunate."

Watch the exchange via Mediaite:

"He just seems clueless now that he has climbed aboard ship. He's climbed this ladder of opportunity that was constructed by so many of his ancestors' sweat, sacrifice, blood, you know they did everything they could for his generation to be successful,” Rep. Moran said.

“But now that he's climbed on board ship, instead of reaching down and steadying the ladder, he wants to push it off. 'I'm up here. If you're not with me, too bad.' And President Obama, fortunately, is the kind of guy that says 'I was very fortunate to get where I am and I'm going to spend my life trying to steady that ladder of opportunity by reducing college tuition and training our workers, trying to get a decent job for everybody. Making sure that while I'm African-American, it really doesn't matter. What matters is my commitment to public service, my love for this country and I'm going to leave a constructive legacy,'" he said.

Rep. Moran went on to say that President Obama "doesn't engage in this nonsense" and that, to some extent, "he's our Lion King.”

[Author's note: As the Saul Alinsky quote on the frontpage suggests, this recent obsession over Rep. West's comments may be about much more than righteous indignation and hurt feelings.]

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