I suspect that most Americans wouldn't consider the military career of this Bronze Star-awarded man "blemished" after learning more about it. Here's a primer: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/27/po...rtner=USERLAND
He made a respectable showing in '08 (45%) despite being a newcomer running in a Democrat-leaning, lily-white district against an incumbent opponent who had 8x more money. Given how close the race might be in '10, and given that he's a fiery conservative black man who isn't a race pimp (thus negating his protected status within the media), look for the left to savage him (JDog already received his fax, apparently). I imagine a lot of outside money from both sides will pour into this campaign.
BTW, thx for posting that video, RK. I'd never seen it before and only vaguely knew about West before watching it. Before the usual suspect(s) on Potus Place gets the vapors about all the bayonet talk...he was speaking metaphorically.