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Best: The fall of Allen West

Democrats had plenty to celebrate with the defeats of Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, but culture warriors on the left took special pleasure in the downfall of Florida Rep. Allen West, among the most notorious "tea party" blowhards in Congress. West, whose emotional range veers from anger to... J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press