“Q*Bert” Crosses Up Her Talking Points

Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert, the Republican candidate for Congress in CO-3, is very comfortable in the role of right-wing provocateur. Boebert has the Fox News shtick figured out, and she knows her talking points…but she doesn’t quite seem to understand how those talking points are supposed to fit together.

Boebert was a guest on Fox Business this morning. We know this because Boebert Tweeted out a segment of her interview:

Boebert is obviously pleased with her interview since she is eagerly promoting the content. But there are a couple of “record scratch” moments in this two-minute clip that make Boebert seem like a foreign language student who has memorized many of her vocabulary words but still hasn’t figured out how to fit them into a sentence correctly.

Necesito hacer popó. Donde está la bibiloteca?

For example, Boebert bashes her opponent (Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush) for being a “socialist” and wanting to “bankrupt the country” with The Green New Deal. Boebert actually says that she is not opposed to renewable energy in general, but she gets a bit lost in trying to make her point about energy independence:

“We cannot be energy independent with only renewables, and especially when we are outsourcing to China, to Africa, where we know that they often use child and slave labor.”

Say what, now?

Our best guess here is that Boebert is referring to a talking point that State Sen. Vicki Marble has used before — that the lithium mined for batteries needed for electric cars comes from child labor in Africa (or something). If that is not what Boebert is trying to reference, then we’ve got nothing else to help you here.

Boebert babbles on:

“We have the world’s cleanest coal, right here in Colorado.”

Boebert seems to understand the clean coal process about as well as President Trump, who likes to talk about “clean coal” as though it is a shinier piece of rock. As FactCheck.org wrote in November 2018:

In his rallies, President Donald Trump repeatedly talks about “clean coal,” using the phrase more than a dozen times over the past three months. He also has said in other appearances that clean coal can be exported or “loaded up” on railway cars.

But “clean coal” refers to technologies deployed at power plants that make coal cleaner to burn, not to the fuel itself. Modern definitions require cuts in carbon dioxide emissions, and the only way to do that in a substantial way is through carbon capture. Just two coal power plants in the world use the technique, and it makes up less than 0.1 percent of American coal-fired capacity.

Speaking of things that are “clean,” Boebert then moves along to natural gas and the Jordan Cove Pipeline project:

“Our clean liquid natural gas could be sold to countries all across the world, and get them out of the grips of tyrannical, communist leaders. We can free other countries.”

Purchasing natural gas from the United States = freedom?

We assume the basic gist of this statement is that people might be able to break free from dictatorships if they had access to cheaper sources of energy, which…maybe?

As we’ve written before in this space, it’s fine to support Boebert as long as you understand that there are a LOT of policy issues that Boebert does not seem to understand herself.


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  1. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    You gotta know our junior senator is thinking to himself, “this clown could be going to Congress and they’re sending ME packing???”

  2. NOV GOP meltdown says:

    That word salad fail reminds me of Sarah Palins infamous interview with Katie Couric on so many levels. As Yogi Berra said its Deja Vu all over again.

    • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

      By “tyrannical communist leaders” she means Ttump’s bff I presume? (I doubt she knows the difference between communism and Puties authoritarian fascist government). Putin’s the second largest exporter of natural gas globally behind our bootstrappers (who just tried to rob $300 million from our agricultural fund). 

  3. The realistThe realist says:

    Boebert's got the best words! They just spill right out of that word processor mind of hers, not necessarily in the right order or connected to each other . . .  I wonder if tainted pork affects the brain. 

  4. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    Eight years ago this week, as guests of the German government,  our national "25x'25" steering committee toured renewable projects all across Germany: dairy farms powered 100% by methane capture projects; the community of Dardesheim, powered 100% by renewables. Solar feed-in-tariffs for producers large and small. Large wind projects designed for negative dispatch.   

    Energiewende (German for energy transition), was the brainchild of the very conservative farmers from the Bavarian region.  They understood they, too, could be energy producers.  What could possibly be more conservative than the right to be an energy producer, using local resources, trapping those dollars in the local economy? What they discovered is that once you remove the barriers to entry put in place by the fossil fuel and nuclear industry, entrepreneurs can and do fill the void the industry claims would exist without them. 

    Maybe Yosemite Sam should drop by Montrose and visit what may be the most progressive rural electric in the United States: Delta-Montrose REA.   


  5. RepealAndReplace says:

    If this woman gets elected, she will provide two years of comic relief for all of us. 

    • VoyageurVoyageur says:

      But if Trump is re-elected, she will be gauleiter of Western Colorado!

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      This piece on Lauren Boebert; for totally unknown reasons; brought back to mind the 1969 classic from the Firesign Theater.

      “How Can You Be in Two Places at Once When You’re Not Anywhere at all.”

      • Genghis says:


        Everything You Know Is Wrong comes to mind as well ("That was no crazed Sterno bum, but a respected law enforcement officer – Sheriff Luger Axehandle of Heater County, California.").

        • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

          Holy shit! I just listened to Calamity Janes’ video… It is worse than I thought. She is reading the same set of 3×5 note cards former state senator Steve King brought to the Bagel Street Irregulars group some years ago. 

          It featured the same set of non fact-based talking points your hear above. Some circumstances and names are different, but it is the same schlock.

          King left the meeting in a rage because the liberal loudmouths, led by my good friend and columnist Bill Grant, shredded him and left him stammering. The mile wide, inch deep, accusation is not new to western slope GOP electeds. It has always been so.

          Western Colorado Republicans do not elect those who think for themselves.

          Ask Dan Thurlow.

  6. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    “We have the world’s cleanest coal, right here in Colorado.”

    OK, I am confused. I thought the coal mined in Colorado is bituminous coal.
    Which is not cleaner than anthracite coal.

    • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

      You are correct, dave.

      She is not.

    • JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

      Well, it depends.  Colorado Geological Survey puts it this way:

      Colorado coal is mostly bituminous and sub-bituminous—with both underground and surface mines currently in operation on the Western Slope—and is characterized as of high heat, low sulfur, low to medium ash, and low mercury content.

      "cleanest" — e.g., low sulfur and low mercury — was a powerful attraction to some of the coal plants back East.

      • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

        Coal, like oil, has different properties depending on where it is mined and the geological circumstances of its creation.

        Anthracite is more brittle than bituminous coal and burns hotter (higher carbon content), but is relatively rare compared to bituminous and sub-bituminous deposits. Of course, even peat can be burned for fuel, but is very dirty and inefficient.

        Suffice it to say that all Calamity Jane knows about coal is what she reads on the 3×5 card given to her by the local GOP leadership. That is all she needs to know to represent western slope Trumplicans©.


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