After state Sen. Don Coram formally entered the Republican CD-3 primary to challenge compounding calamity freshman Rep. Lauren Boebert, the congresswoman from Altamont Springs, Florida via Rifle volleyed back with a trademark broadside of adjective-laden vitriol, denouncing Coram as a “super-woke social liberal”–to which Coram disarmingly responded, “I have no idea what that means.”
Boebert’s rhetoric is always dialed up to 11, so distinguishing between the usual bluster and a strategic interest on Boebert’s part isn’t easy. But yesterday, we got the first real sign of how Boebert intends to handle her first primary as an incumbent–and Boebert wants to make this primary all about Don Coram:
So, first of all, we had to do some searching to find a single reference in the Durango Herald in 2017 to a letter requesting an investigation of Sen. Coram over his support for pro-commercial hemp legislation. It doesn’t look like the matter went any further, because the legislation Coram supported didn’t single out Coram’s hemp business in any way.
Also, in case you’re one of the few people in Colorado who still doesn’t know this, hemp doesn’t get you high. The giggle-snorting about hemp in this ad is clearly meant to make the listener believe otherwise.
With that established, the hypocrisy of Rep. Boebert impugning Sen. Coram’s ethics over laws to benefit commercial hemp production, while Boebert herself sits on the House Natural Resources Committee and her husband is questionably paid hundreds of thousands of dollars per year by one of the Western Slope’s biggest fossil fuel drilling companies, is nothing short of head-exploding. Boebert’s brazen hypocrisy, so audacious that it momentarily stuns, is another signature tactic that we took note of before she had a primary opponent.
Boebert caught her 2020 Republican opponent Scott Tipton napping, but then underperformed in the general election versus Tipton’s easy 2018 victory. By going recklessly negative early against Don Coram, Boebert is signaling her own weakness.
You don’t do this unless you’re nervous.