Rep. Allen West (R-FL), a former Army Lt. Colonel and national Tea Party sensation, is not happy with the current crop of presidential candidates in his party. During the Q & A section following a speech he gave at an event sponsored by the neoconservative Center for Security Policy, West said none of the candidates “really understood national security”:
WEST: You know, this is not rocket scientry [sic]. But yet, when you listen to the debate last week that they had with the potential GOP presidential candidates in South Carolina, I gotta tell you, it scared the hell out of me. Because none of them really understood national security. None of them really, you know, understand these points. And, you know, we know the left doesn’t want to stand up for the defense of this country. And what happens all of a sudden when we lose that mantel?
Meanwhile, West’s unhappiness with the GOP field is shared by GOP voters. A New York Times/CBS News poll released today found overwhelming dissatisfaction among Republican voters with the 2012 field, with 71 percent saying they hope some new faces get in the mix.