ByÂ Sean Lengell-The Washington Times
Run forÂ Senate in 2012, some say. Others suggest the outspoken conservative Republican would make a perfect vice presidential candidate next year.
Even a â€œWest for presidentâ€ movement has spread among conservative tea party supporters, who have used blogs,Â YouTube videos and aFacebook page to promote the man they want in theÂ White House come January 2013.
â€œAs long as theÂ tea party is the power broker of theÂ Republican Party, which it currently is right now, thenÂ West is a big player and will continue to be,â€ saidÂ Kevin Wagner, a political science professor at Florida Atlantic University. â€œWest is the real deal on tea party ideology.â€
Mr. Westâ€™s take-charge persona, strongly conservative views, frequent quoting of the Constitution and career military background have made him a folk hero to many and a popular guest on national TV and radio news shows.
He further ingratiated himself with his base by challenging his own partyâ€™s authority. In December, before he even was sworn in toÂ Congress, he publicly called out then incoming House Majority LeaderÂ Eric Cantor of Virginia for scheduling â€œonlyâ€ 123 workdays for 2011. He also questioned party leaders for holding several congressional retreats in early 2011, which he considered a waste of time.
The freshmanâ€™s star power got a huge boost last month when the Conservative Political Action Conference, a key player in conservative politics, gave him the high honor of the closing keynote speech at its annual winter gathering. As one of only two black Republicans inCongress, he has been credited with helping rebut claims that theÂ tea party is a whites-only movement.
â€œWest makes you take a second look at what it means to be Republican and what it means to be a tea partyer and what it means to be conservative in that it really is color-blind,â€Â GOP strategistÂ Ron Bonjeansaid. â€œOur fiscal issues arenâ€™t black and white. Rather, itâ€™s policy, theyâ€™re American issues, and everybody is affected by them.â€
To read more, visit:Â http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/mar/23/freshman-has-gop-abuzz-with-talk-of-12/
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