I only have two thing to say about Rep. West:
1. This same accusation was made by promonant Republicans throughout the 30'2, 40'2, 50's and 60's. It didn't quite work then as a political strategy and it certainly won't work now, especially given the fact that:
a) The Cold War is over!
b) We've already tried to kill Communism by fighting at least two wars, The Korean War and The Vietnam War (or more accurately, two political "campaigns"). Didn't quite work out as plan, but at least it's never spread beyond the Red Square, Communist China and N. Korea.
2. Rep. West is grasping at straws! There's no way people will take his comment seriously.
Sidenote: I don't think it would take too much of a stretch to guess what 81 members of the House he was referring to. Congressional Black Caucus anyone?
I mean, was he trying to say some Democrats in the House are extreme in their views? Erratic in their behavior? Uncooperative in their politics?
If so, sounds to mean he'd actually be talking about the Tea Party or any segment of the Republican Party. But I digress, I think it's pretty evident who he was referring to. Regardless of who his comments were directed towards, he's still way out of line and completely over the top with his accusation. Somebody needs to tell him that Cold War ended in the 80's under his political ideal, former President Ronald Reagan, and has been largely relegated to the Eastern hemisphere.
"The necessaries of life occasion the great expense of the poor. They find it difficult to get food, and the greater part of their little revenue is spent in getting it. The luxuries and vanities of life occasion the principal expense of the rich, and a magnificent house embellishes and sets off to the best advantage all the other luxuries and vanities which they possess. ... It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion."
-- Adam Smith
So in your world there is no Eastern Europe, Central America, Florida,. No Black Book of Communism, no Gulags, Berlin Walls, no Venona papers which demonstrated Communist influence within the US Government that the Democrats of the day denied, no communists professors in US universities and the American media, or the Obama White House. Instead it's all Republican political strategy?
The left has tried to made it impossible to question whether any member of the American government is far left, and will attack and ridicule anyone who makes such a suggestion, despite it being quite true in the past and no reason to believe it's not true in the present.
What makes you think the Cold War is over? Do you think the dream died for these people the moment the Berlin Wall fell?