The Last Word | November 20, 2012
>>> it that means i'm the number one target for the democrat party , all i got to say is one thing. bring it on, baby.
>> it's been broughten. today allen west conceded defeat.
>> i went back and tried to do an analysis of some of the recount data that we did get and we did not think we would be able to get that .08%. so we're not going to continue on to challenge this or contest it.
>> thus ends at least for now the storied political career of mr. west. but before he goes, a salute that has done more for cable news than any other living politician. except maybe for sarah palin . we'll never be able to pay him back fully, but hopefully this salute to some of his greatest hits will clear the size of our debt.
>> you must be well informed and well armed because this government that we have right now is a radical government.
>> i cannot change my color. people can change their sexual behavior. and i have seen people do that. i like chocolate chip ice cream . and i will continue to like chocolate chip ice cream . there's no word about me changing to vanilla.
>> give me that damn gavel.
>> radical islamic terrorism and they are here in our country. there are 36 training camps. there's one in northern florida. there's two in my home state of georgia . for those of you that take your summer vacations in new york, upstate of new york there's a place there.
>> take your message of equality of achievement, take your message of economic dependency, take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial spirit somewhere else . you can take it to europe, you can take it to the bottom of the sea, you can take it to the north pole , but the hell out of the united states of america .
>> joining me now on this sad day is msnbc contributor dave weigel. it was an amazing race. i thought west was a part of a particular kind of politics. he spent more money than any losing house candidate in history. outspent murphy by $14 million. what went wrong?
>> this is more than michele bachmann who ran for president. he didn't spend it that wisely. west was combative. we could show more video. he has an inspiring story. he grew up pretty poor. his family served military. he was contrite about why he did so, but he ran this campaign against patrick murty. he said he was a stand in. he had no real opponent. and they tried to demean him the way he demeaned everyone else who was his opponent in politics. it didn't play to that level of disrespect for your opponents at every level.
>> what a funny thing. but you bring up michele bachmann . democrats speak several of those members. michele bachmann who was a reasonable presidential candidate , almost lost joe walsh , actually did lose. do you think they are going to rethink that or just sort of a function of the unique circumstances of 2012 ?
>> it's almost new. josh mandel , who was another rising star , lost to sherrod brown , two years ago they wouldn't have thought he was going to lose. and same complaint there. he raise d a lot of money. $40 million in outside spending. he attacked him constantly. it failed there. who was advising him? there was just a sort of fog of advice around all