The Los Angeles times is having issues with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus “justifying” remarks made by Rep. Allen West last week when he said President Obama wants to make American taxpayers his slaves. West isn’t exactly happy with the Times trying to “rein him in” either. In a recent opinion piece titled, “America’s Dirtiest Job: Justifying Allen West,” Times writer Dan Turner can’t understand why anyone would stand by comments West has made and goes so far as calling Priebus a West “apologist.”

Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, has such a dirty job that it’s a wonder the Discovery Channel’s Mike Rowe isn’t following him around with a camera crew. Priebus, after all, has to serve as the apologist for Rep. Allen West of Florida, a “tea party” favorite who, with such unintentionally entertaining gaffe-sters as Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich out of the spotlight, is now the GOP’s reigning clown prince of umbrage-generating outrageousness.

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