With Herman Cain and Sarah Palin standing behind him, the right-wing provocateur came out in full force at a town-hall event on Tuesday, claiminghe’d “heard” up to 80 House Democrats were communists. While he declined to name names, he taunted the president to challenge his claim. “I really wish that standing here before you was Allen West and President Obama. We could have a simple discussion. But that ain’t ever gonna happen,” he said. When an audience member asked, “Why not?” he replied in a mocking tone, “Cuz he was too scared!” Responding to the comment, Congressional Progressive Caucus member Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) pointed out that the last member of Congress to accuse his colleagues of being communists, former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-CA), is now in prison for corruption charges. “Mr. West is in really very extraordinary company here,” he joked. West’s campaign manager rushed to do damage control, saying the congressman’s remarks were taken out of context.