Allen West: Responsibility for Tomorrow

Allen West killed it at CPAC. Does this man not look like an up and comer?

Freshman Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) gave a speech to close this year's Conservative Political Action Conference that earned a more enthusiastic reaction from conservative activists than those given by most rumored 2012 presidential hopefuls over the past three days.

His power comes from his clear thinking and military style values, which also results in some sharp edges that may make him vulnerable in future elections. But West has an ability to couple constitutional ideals with a sense of mission and inspiration, and that's something we need badly.

"I say we start looking at every government agency and program that's been created in the last ten years, and let's start making some hard choices," said West, who received a loud cheer when he singled out the Environmental Protection Agency.

West took the coveted speaking slot that was rejected by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who declined to attend CPAC for the fourth straight year.

West just won office in Florida. You can see why Dems want desperately to derail his career asap - the upside on West is enormous.

West, who represents a district that voted for President Obama in 2008 and Sen. John Kerry in 2004, will be a top Democratic target next year and opened his speech by noting the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has already run a radio ad in his district.