In case you missed it, Rep. Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene shouted at President Biden during the State of the Union speech on Tuesday — at the exact moment that Biden was talking about his son, Beau, an Iraq War veteran who died in 2015.
We waited a full news cycle to see which, if any, Colorado Republicans were going to comment on Boebert’s political theater performance; as it turns out, there wasn’t much to wait for. As far as we can tell, the sum total of the local GOP response to Boebert’s embarrassing antics was a both-sidery quote of disapproval from Rep. Ken Buck (R-Greeley) and an acknowledgment from State Rep. Matt Soper (R-Delta) that he didn’t mind a little racism so long as it was meant to offend Democrats.
No other Colorado Republicans would even pretend to say something, as South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham did on Tuesday.
Did Lindsey Graham mouth “oh shut up” after .@Laurenboebert called out Biden over the needless deaths of 13 Americans due to the hasty and poorly planned withdrawal from Afghanistan? Graham is a party-line DC warhawk who will always go along to get along. pic.twitter.com/tLX6QiQuYB
— Eric Matheny 🎙 (@EricMMatheny) March 2, 2022
Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi commented on Boebert and Greene’s nonsense with this zinger:
“Let me just say this, I agree with what Senator Lindsey Graham said: ‘Shut up.’ That’s what he said to them. I think they should just shut up.”
Here in Colorado there were plenty of Democrats speaking out about Boebert’s assholery, but only crickets from the likes of State Republican Party Chair Kristi Burton Brown (who did find time to comment on the SOTU — just not about Boebert).
Republican gubernatorial candidate
Hiedi Heidi Ganahl also commented on the SOTU, but did not mention Boebert; she was a guest on Mandy Connell’s show on KOA on Wednesday and the SOTU never came up (until the moment Ganahl left). This is pretty typical of Both-Sidey Heidi, who totally supports Boebert so long as the right person is asking. This was one of the many tweets that Ganahl deleted just before announcing her run for Governor last September:
Boebert has become the face of the Colorado Republican Party in large part because none of the adults in the room have stepped up to say something otherwise. Boebert’s antics on Tuesday hijacked the entire Republican response to the SOTU speech. Most Republicans just looked the other way.
Like Ganahl, Republicans pretend to love Boebert because they think their base wants them to love Boebert (and they are absolutely terrified of their base). They know the harm that Boebert is causing their brand, but they’re paralyzed in fear of losing support in a Primary Election if they raised their hand to object.
Remember this the next time you hear a Republican candidate in Colorado talk about how they would do a better job than Democrats of standing up to [Vladimir Putin/criminals/corporations/corruption/space aliens/etc.]. The GOP can’t even look its own bullies in the eye.
So happy Jason Crow is a Democrat. He brings the rational to politics and as a veteran understands codes of conduct. Boebert not so much.
Boebert is a joke. Soper is worse. What in gawd’s name has happened to Western Slope Republicans?
Agreed. How far CD3 has fallen since the days they were represented by John Salazar. It's sad.
John Salazar was kind of an exception to the norm in CD 3.
Look, it went from Mike Callahan the Clown, to Ben Nighthorse Campbell the Turncoat, to Scott McInnis the Plagiarist, the Salazar, to Scott Tipton the Dufus, to Q-bert.
Granted, Q-bert has taken what was at best mediocrity and brought it to new depths.
You make a good point but I think Campbell wasn't a bad CD 3 representative. He became a turncoat after he became a senator.
It was never Mike Callahan in Congress, he was lt gov. Do you mean Mike Strang? He was great. Then Ray Kogovsek, a fine man.
(Callahan was in the legislarure, but not Congress.
That's right. Callahan ran and lost to the Plagiarist. Which was unfortunate because even though he could act like a clown, Callahan would have been better than McInnis.
And Dionaea is right. Campbell was not that bad – at least until he had his infamous falling out with Sherrie Wolf. and changed parties
The 3rd CD was reasonably competitive until this last time around. I doubt we’ll see another Democrat in the office again unless the next redistricting gives the party a fighting chance. Another problem is the unfortunate decisions for Democratic candidates to agree to DCCC-selected campaign managers. They know more about the dark side of Mars than they do the 3rd District, refuse to learn, refuse to listen to people who can help and can’t buy media right to save their souls.
Campbell was a reasonably good congressman, as was Salazar. Scooter was mostly harmless because he was busy getting rich. Tipton was a quiet backbencher but didn’t see Boebert coming.
Toss in unfavorable redistricting and we’re screwed. To compound the felony, Sen. Don Coram, who has a fighting chance to take out Boebert in a primary, has an opponent who may split the anti-Boobert Republican primary vote. Zimmerman, unfortunately, has little name ID and very little money, but perhaps she may not hurt Coram.
It’s hard to see how a Dem would have a chance no matter who the Rep is.
We’re well and truly screwed over here.
(End of rant.)
I really hope you all get a break from the nonstop idiocy with Coram winning the primary. You all have been through enough.