Uh Oh, “Q*Bert”

The local ABC affiliate in North Carolina reporting tough news for a big name in the 2020 Republican MAGA Congressional class, as far-right Rep. Madison Cawthorn appears to be losing his bid for a sophomore term in Congress:

U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn struggled Tuesday to hold on to his western North Carolina seat, facing a stiff challenge from a state legislator in the Republican primary.

With most votes counted, election results in the 11th District Republican primary showed the first-term congressman and pro-Donald Trump firebrand slightly trailing state Sen. Chuck Edwards…

Several GOP leaders have turned away from the 26-year-old congressman, with some citing a series of unforced errors, such as calling Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy a “thug” after Russia invaded his country. Cawthorn also infuriated fellow Republicans in Congress when he alleged on a podcast that he had been invited to an orgy in Washington.

There’s no question Rep. Cawthorn’s preeminent edgelady colleague Rep. Lauren Boebert is watching this result with real concern, facing her own Republican primary challenge next month from an opponent looking to cast Boebert as a similarly ineffective self-interested blowhard like Madison Cawthorn. Like Boebert, the argument against Cawthorn is that he has squandered his influence in Congress through self-discrediting antics that did nothing to further the interests of the voters who elected him. We couldn’t honestly say which of the two is worse, but since Cawthorn is going down in defeat first he’ll be the standard Boebert is compared to from now until June 28th.

If the accountability that caught up with Cawthorn tonight is contagious, that’s very bad news for Lauren Boebert. Boebert’s district is very similar to Cawthorn’s in terms of partisan split, both a Cook PVI of R+9, and Boebert has undeniably gone “full Cawthorn” in her first term. Now we’ll see if Colorado CD-3 primary voters, which include thousands of unaffiliated voters participating, are as fed up as those GOP primary voters of NC-11.

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  1. Voyageur says:

    Oh, man, Madison Cawthorn lost.

    A giant has fallen.

    Okay, a giant hemorrhoid.

    But a giant, nontheless.

  2. Sparky says:

    It’s a real shame Don Coram’s fundraising is so anemic and enthusiasm for him seems to be weaker than the forces that were embarrassed by Cawthorn. I guess it just proves that they’ll only turn on these lunatics when they make goofy videos and attack the party itself but will happily tolerate all the fascism, lies, corruption, and rampant stupidity.

    Maybe we’ll have to wait until Boebert also gets caught trying to bring her guns in an airport and makes some embarrassing videos herself showing her white trash lifestyle. I’m sure she’ll do that sooner or later.

    • Meiner49er says:

      Cawthorn lost because North Carolina Good ol' Boy Republicans rallied around his opponent. The problem for Coram in Colorado is that the "Good ol' Boys" in the Colorado GOP are in the minority. The Colorado GOP would have rallied around Cawthorn.

  3. Chickenheed says:

    The only things I liked about Cawthorn were his "scandals".

  4. Thorntonite says:

    Cawthorn lost because he said members of congress had invited him to orgies and he had seen them doing cocaine.  Given that it is unlikely that congressional Democrats were going to share their blow with him or invite them to their menage-a-manys, Republicans realized that he had to be talking about them…and that was the bridge too far.

    Not the guns at the airport or the Zelinsky is a thug or the neo-NAZI rhetoric.

    So long as Boebert doesn't go public with the drugs and the sex stuff that apparently is going on at the Congressional Republican Bible Study meetings, she'll be fine.

  5. Q-Bert hasn't pissed off the entire Republican establishment enough to trigger the incoming scandalstorm that did in Cawthorn. And Cawthorn's opponent is just as bought in to the whacko lies; Coram is too far left to win much Republican primary support from actual Republicans these days. Just MHO…

  6. Voyageur says:

    Cawthorn did a gay sex tape.  That was the bridge too far for homophobic Republicans.

    • JohnNorthofDenver says:

      Those tapes and pictures released by his staffer and cousin who had cash money deals. Those deals manifested after he claimed Republicans were having "sexual get togethers". 

      As the bard said of a lady who doth protest too much… 

      They aren't going to Chery's Jubilee so where are they having these orgies? Who attends of Republican elected officials but also who in the party apparatus? Now that the primary is finished the press should be seeing if Madison wants revenge by outing them. 

    • Duke Cox says:

      It is fair to expect there is more where that came from. Is Gaetz next?

      • JohnNorthofDenver says:

         Lisa Wiggins who was secretly recorded? the cousin? That source is gone im suggesting that Madison would bury the hatchet in those very republicans.

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