Lauren Boebert’s Getting Kind of Scary

Rep.-elect Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert (center), with some well-armed friends.

In the weeks since the election as outgoing defeated President Donald Trump’s half-baked legal challenges and shockingly unscrupulous pressuring of everyone from low-level election officials to state governors to overturn the election continue, Rep.-elect Lauren Boebert, Colorado’s “QAnon”-familiar pistol packing hard-right Congresscritter-elect from the Third Congressional District, has cheered Trump’s refusal to accept the results vociferously–even as Colorado’s GOP chairman Rep. Ken Buck belatedly acknowledged Joe Biden’s victory, and then tried to assure local Republicans that the nutty conspiracy theories at the heart of Trump’s claims didn’t affect Colorado elections.

The growing cognitive dissonance among Colorado Republicans over our own all-mail ballot elections counted in almost all cases by Dominion Voting Systems hardware being fair and accurate, as Rep. Buck and Colorado’s Republican county clerks insist they were, and the stilted conspiracy theories requiring all of these same systems to have been massively defrauded in other states, is a serious problem for any local Republican who is trying to argue the President’s case with anyone capable of basic critical thinking skills.

Now that the Supreme Court has rejected Trump’s Keystone Kop legal challenges, and the Electoral College has voted, and Republicans from Mitch McConnell down through the ranks to Colorado’s GOP chairman have acknowledged reality, you’d think that even Lauren Boebert would see the writing on the proverbial wall.

And, well, you’d be wrong.

This morning, as unemployment benefits expire for millions of Americans and desperately needed economic relief legislation sits in limbo, Rep.-elect Boebert is exhorting “the people” to “put pressure” on state legislatures in six swing states–Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin–to “rescind” the certification of their states’ elections. That’s the certification that paved the way for the Electoral College vote that took place on December 14th making Joe Biden President. Obviously that’s not going to happen, but to flat-out ask for such a wildly undemocratic action so late in the process puts Boebert in the outer limits of the Trump dead-ender movement with such figures as Michael Flynn. We haven’t seen a call yet from Boebert to impose martial law, but that’s really all that’s left from here in terms of lawful (or even questionably lawful) escalation.

By now you’re probably wondering: what does the “pressure” Rep.-elect Boebert wants “we the people” to put on state legislatures look like? In 2020, in each of the states Boebert specified as targets for “we the people’s” wrath, “pressure” looks like this:

Before Lauren Boebert became Rep.-elect Lauren Boebert, her low-information extremism was more of a point of ridicule than a legitimate concern–at least that was the judgment of a slimmer than average majority of CD-3 voters who let it all slide, because voting for a propeller-headed Democratic wonk was something they just couldn’t manage.

Now that Boebert is about to be sworn into Congress in a matter of days, it’s crucial that she be made to fully explain her allegations about the 2020 election and the limits of her prescribed remedies. She’s put herself in the position of being Colorado’s leading elected Trump dead-ender mouthpiece, and now it’s time to own that responsibility. It would help Boebert’s credibility if she acknowledged the many points along the way where she revealed she doesn’t have a clue how anything works, but obviously we don’t expect that. Short of that, Boebert needs to tell Coloradans exactly how her conspiracy theories about the election do not apply to Colorado’s elections including her own. And if they do, she needs to tell us why Rep. Buck and Republican county clerks in her own district are lying, and why her own narrow election should be considered any more legitimate.

And above all, the voters of CD-3, to whom Boebert is still technically accountable even as her Twitter following grows exponentially, need to know how far she is willing to go. Will Rep.-elect Lauren Boebert make the unequivocal statement today that violence is an unacceptable means by which to resolve the 2020 presidential election?

If she will not, forget Scott Gessler or Jenna Ellis or John Eastman.

Colorado has a much more frightening and immediate concern.

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  1. kwtree says:

    The FBI is investigating whether the Nashville bomber was motivated to attack AT&T because of QAnon theories that 5G is a tool to spread Covid and dominate people. AT&T is a leader in building 5G towers and expanding the 5G network. 
     

    If it turns out that the terrorist was a fellow Q believer, can we expect Boebert to denounce his actions? Probably not. 

    • kickshot says:

      Screw Qanon. 

      If you appreciate having accurate weather forecasts or have an interest in climate prediction there are ample reasons from leading scientists and agency heads to not move forward w/5G:

      Head of NOAA says 5G deployment could set weather forecasts back 40 years.

      • Levi says:

        There is a difference between 5G as a communications protocol and the frequency allocations that 5G can be used on.

        5G on conventional cellular frequencies (~600Mhz-5Ghz) are harmless enough and provide incremental benefits in throughput and reliability.

        At issue is that the FCC would like to license 24Ghz spectrum and that has the potential to interfere with a bunch of things.  That is independent of 5G, however, 4G, 3G, 6G and so on would all cause the same issues.
         

        — Signed your friendly neighborhood radio engineer

        • kickshot says:

          What's to be gained by keeping xG off the 24GHz frequency? Doing so would keep the weather satellites performing as needed but not fulfill 5G's claims as a jump in technology:

          Both the FCC and the wireless industry are racing to deploy 5G technology, which will deliver information at speeds 100 times faster than today’s mobile networks. But scientists have found this technology could interfere with critical satellite data used in weather forecasting, pitting the interests of science and safety against a pressing national priority.

          Right now it seems as if weather satellites are interfering w/5G (planning and promises). Moving forward 5G would interfere w/weather satellites that assist in predicting damaging events of which we will see more and more with climate change advancing.

        • Diogenesdemar says:

          I personally see 5G as a political nonstarter . . .

          . . . oh sure, admittedly, there’s lots of Republican lives that would be significantly enhanced by the much faster porn downloads

          . . . but, you gotta’ remember, these are mostly the very same 48% Ttump folks who are already having difficulty with those 15 to 20 flushes.

          • kickshot says:

            For a nonstarter it has tsunami of $$$$ behind. More than could possibly be explained by the porn industry (recently crippled by Mick Kristof and one op-ed) alone.

            • kwtree says:

              Where do you think that the anti-5G money is coming from? Why are the Q fetishists spreading rumors that 5G spreads coronavirus? Whose self-interest is against wide a public adoption of 5G speeds? Most of the Q money originally came from non-communist China or Russia. What self- interest do foreign actors have against 5G expansion? Anything to do with satellites? 

              It’s a real question- I know little about bandwidth, GHz frequencies, etc. 

              • kickshot says:

                What anti-5G money? The noise I have heard along those lines comes from 3 sources – 1) grass roots, sometimes whacked out publishing handouts and web articles for free, 2) grass roots from savvy people publishing handouts and web articles for free and 3) labs and scientific agencies giving opposing testimony to decision makers.

                Read the Post article. It is written for the lay person.

                Right now the FCC (appointees) and the wireless industry (big, big $$$) are racing to deploy 5G technology. NOAA is the main agency opposed. The battle has been going on for years.

                You can add Huawei to the 5G mix. they want to provide the infrastructure and (some will say) use it for a surveillance platform.

                • kwtree says:

                  The (more recent) Washington Post 5G article laid out the controversies. My lay-person takeaway is that 5G is deployable for cellphone and wireless use without degrading weather data if the adjacent 24Ghz bandwidth isn't overused. It could also be that the orbiting weather satellites need to be upgraded.

                  It's a science problem that scientists will have to resolve in the Biden administration.

                  But I'm pretty sure that 5G towers don't cause covid, and don't function as a method of social control.  That myth is spread by QAnon, by the Taipei – founded Epoch Times, and by Russian and other foreign social media influencers.

                  Following the money leads us to a market-share conflict between Huawei, the Chinese Communist Party telecom giant, and Taiwanese chipmakers.

                  It would be kind of surreal if our Qbert, other congressional Qnonnies, and perhaps the Nashville bomber were all ginned up against 5G by a Taiwanese marketing scheme.

                  • kickshot says:

                    What are the challenges to upgrading satellites? Funding vs. tax cuts? The reality of climate change? "We can just get forecasts from The Weather Channel" but where does The Weather Channel get their data for their substandard forecasts?

                    "overuse" of the frequency band is too permissive a term that will lead to abuse. Interference is closer to the proper way to frame the argument.

                    In the run-up to the Egypt conference, meteorologists, the wireless industry and government regulators have been tussling about how to define an appropriate level of interference. The WMO had been pushing for the biggest buffer, of –55 decibel watts. European regulators had settled on a less-stringent recommendation of –42 decibel watts for 5G base stations. In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission had advocated a much looser restriction, at just –20 decibel watts — which would have allowed more than 150 times more noise than the European proposal.

                    Science was supposed to have solved climate change by now. Some problems are very difficult when swimming upstream against the unthinking challenges of society and culture.

                    Market share is a secondary consideration in the Huawei vs. other Asian chipmakers contest. Anyone letting Huawei into their infrastructure has to consider the security they've sacrificed already and still stand to lose.

                    Russia has a software methodology for hacking our security. China and Huawei have taken a hardware path.

                    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

                      Myself, I’m waiting for Q-Bert’s position on the COVID vaccines that all “contain” Bill Gates’ microchips.

                       

  2. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Don't get too excited. After Congress convenes on January 3, "pistol packin' mama" becomes the concern for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

    Just think, Kevin Mac will have the delightful time of channeling both Boebert and Marjorie Greene from Georgia. 

  3. The realist says:

    Boebert will embarrass herself repeatedly, and will embarrass all of those who voted for her. 

    • Gilpin Guy says:

      But on the bright side, Pols will have a field day chronicling her faux pas and stupidity over the next decade.  What a perfect seque from Cory.  Hard to believe but they won't miss him a bit with Lauren 'Bullshit' Boebert taking up the mantle of dumbest congress critter in Colorado.  Poor Joe Neguse will get no love from these guys even though his actions and ideas are probably more worthy of discussion.  I guess it's that tried and true business model that stupid sells.

      • RepealAndReplace says:

        She is the gift that keeps giving….

      • JohnInDenver says:

        I have some hope that Boebert will act in such a way that the voters of the 3rd District (however it is defined) are able to consider if she is their preferred option when other Republicans are running in a primary (as opposed to an incumbent's glide) and there is a Democrat able to run unhindered by a looming pandemic.

        • RepealAndReplace says:

          I really believe the only chance for the Dems in the CD is if the redistricting commission draws better boundaries. And I'm not sure what that would take.

          Some one suggested adding Summit County a few days ago on another thread. That would obviously help the Dem candidate but would it be enough? 

          We really gotten to the point where a chimpanzee with a "R" next to its name could win in certain districts (e.g., CD 4 or 5). Duke's cat, with a "D" next to its name, could win in CD 1.

          • kwtree says:

            Duke’s cat  would have to primary V’s dead parrot in CD1.

            If only Duke’s Cat ( or Duke himself) had any interest in public office in CD3, I’d support their campaigns.

            • Duke Cox says:

              Kind words, thank you.

              Truth to be told, the first time I was asked to run for CD3 was in 1976.(that far back, I think now it was for the statehouse they first recruited me). I am not suited to the legislature, as I have no patience with mendacity and selfishness. And…I can make enemies at a prodigious rate.

              Besides…I hung up my Resistol years ago.

          • 2Jung2Die says:

            If Colorado goes to 8 districts, I'm having an extremely tough time imagining a district that keeps NW CO intact yet becomes more competitive for Ds. I haven't done enough drinking this morning to seriously consider putting Larimer or Boulder counties in with the NW, but if anyone thinks a couple stiff bloodies would get me there I'll try. I don't think adding Summit by itself would make a game-changing difference.

            • Gilpin Guy says:

              Better to create an eighth district out of Front Range communities since that is where the growth has been and are competitive for progressives.  A House delegation of 5-3 is a potent check on whatever loon gets crowned in the hinterland.  Boebert's vote in Congress doesn't count any more than Tipton's did.  With Jefferson County turning blue, there are a lot of possibilities for redistricting that favor Dems without trying to placate the Climate Deniers.

            • ParkHill says:

              The Republican Party is likely to split (crazies from non-crazies), or else we'll see a third RW Party arise. In either case, we'll have a different ball-game.

              Some Republican districts are Red enough of have established incumbents, but I think most of the red districts under 60/40 will flip to the Democrats. 

      • notaskinnycook says:

        And Menken knew it 100 years ago:

        No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help mehas ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby. The mistake that is made always runs the other way. Because the plain people are able to speak and understand, and even, in many cases, to read and write, it is assumed that they have ideas in their heads, and an appetite for more. This assumption is a folly.                                                       — H. L. Mencken “The Evening Sun”. 18 September 1926

    • unnamed says:

      Anybody that actually voted for her should be embarrassed.  They should be ashamed that they voted for her, whatever the reason.  Sarah Palin looks like a Rhodes Scholar next to her.

      • Conserv. Head Banger says:

        Sarah Palin can field dress a moose. Can Lauren?

        • The realist says:

          No, but she was busy looking to break into the big time in between arrests and court hearings!

          • Diogenesdemar says:

            I wonder if little Miss Bobie Doll has ever looked into having that hand surgically removed from her hip? . . .

            . . . Was she born that way? Or, is she suffering from the long-term effects of some sort of tragic childhood superglue accident?

            . . . I know from personal family experience that despite all those repeated warnings from my mother, my sister just kept right on making that face — and sure enuf, one day, it eventually did freeze that way . . . Same kind of thing for Bobie, maybe?

            Well, one thin’s certain fur shur, — all them CD3ers got theyselves just exactly what they set out to vote fer . . .

  4. JohnInDenver says:

    So, I had some unexpected time to kill and decided to scratch my itch of curiosity about what was going to happen to Shooter's Grill.  As part of the campaign, Boebert went on about how endangered small businesses were, and I know restaurants in small towns are particularly vulnerable to swings in the local economy. So, what news at  shootersgrill.com/

    It is astonishingly bad … Choice of links in a header:

    Shop … with blank tiles, items that are sold out, and a few other approaches to marketing which a nonprofit I volunteered with was warned against.

    An "Our Story" page which includes:

    What We Make

    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.

    "Our Menus" are images of the hard copy (and seem slightly out of focus to my eyes).

    A "DONATE" link to a description of a Texas organization called Grace After Fire, for women Veterans [that's the arrangement of lower and upper case] which says, at the end of the page "Where do we stand on getting the checkout page to ask if they want to donate directly to Grace After Fire Charity?"

    A Franchise page which is totally empty. 

    A contact page which has an email form and a listing of other ways to connect, headed by Lauren Boebert's name. 

    A Membership link which doesn't really explain any sort of membership plan, but has three tiles:

    Gear            Shooters Grill GEAR       Shooters Grill GEAR

    SMH.

  5. murallen says:

    I like to go on Twitter and tell Lauren how stupid she is. I doubt she will last the entire 2 years

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