It was all Dana Perino's doing. The former White House press secretary under George W. Bush was the one who insisted that former Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., write a book, which undoubtedly sports the best cover image of any in current politics. (Motorcycle: check. Patriotic bald eagle: check. Samurai reference: check.)
West gave Perino credit for the idea to write "Guardian of the Republic," a book that is out in April, though Whispers received an early copy.
"She may be tiny in stature, but she certainly makes it up in her resolve," West said of "The Five" Fox News co-host.
Perino paid back the favor in an email to Whispers.
"I think many Americans will be interested in learning from what he has to say and there's no doubt he'll say it entertainingly," she says.
In reality, the book is more serious than the cover lets on. It's biography with little history lessons. It uses West's trademark racially-tinged rhetoric to dig Democrats and President Barack Obama.
But first, it's West's explanation as to why his outsider status in politics, that of a black Republican, makes him like a Japanese samurai warrior without a master; a "ronin" if you will.
"I've always been drawn to the warrior spirit and the code of the samurai," West wrote. "But it is the ethos of the ronin that truly resonates with me."
A samurai becomes a ronin when he both he loses his master -- either by death or disfavoring -- and then refuses to kill himself in a ritual disembowelment by sword called Seppuku. (Pretty gross, right?)
West said he identified with the ronin because his masters, a.k.a his parents, both passed away before he turned 34 and their conservative teachings cast him as an outsider.
"I was treated as persona non grata not only by those who didn't share my views but also by some in my own African-American community," he wrote. "Because I refused to succumb and live my life according to other people's code, I was cast out."
In return, he dissed the Democratic-leaning African-American community saying they're "shackled to the twenty-first-century plantation" and that voters have "enabled affirmative action to find a home" by electing Obama to the White House.
"America fell for the gimmick candidate, disregarding every fact and warning sign in the rush to have 'the first African-American president,'" he wrote, asking what comes next. "The first Hispanic president? The first gay president? The first transgender president? The first Muslim president?"
"(Oh, wait…)," West said.