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July 31, 2023 2:47 pm MST

BREAKING: Suck It Tuberville, Colorado Keeps Space Command

  • by: Colorado Pols

UPDATE #2: Never forget how Colorado GOP chairman Dave “Let’s Go Brandon” Williams bet against Colorado and lost, dragging the state party’s brand down with him:

This will be an interesting follow-up.


UPDATE: Nicely done, Rep. Brittany Pettersen:


Colorado Springs Gazette trying unsuccessfully to save Sen. Cory Gardner in 2020 by suggesting “a vote for Gardner is a vote for Space Command.”

Colorado Public Radio’s Caitlyn Kim reports, with help from the AP–one of ex-President Donald Trump’s final acts of political treachery against Colorado, a state that consistently jilted Trump and was delighted to see him go, has been undone by his duly elected successor:

The AP reported Monday afternoon that the Biden Administration decided to overturn former President Donald Trump’s decision to move the headquarters to Alabama. CPR News confirmed the decision with a source familiar with the matter.

The announcement brings an end to months of speculation over whether the new command would remain in Colorado or move to Alabama.

It was a vindication to Colorado’s congressional delegation, who worked publicly and behind the scenes for the last two years to get the Biden administration to reconsider the basing decision made in the last weeks of the Trump administration. That effort included requesting investigations from two offices, the Government Accountability Office and the Department of Defense’s Inspector General.

Colorado’s Democratic U.S. Senators, who had to play hardball to get the administration’s attention, are ebullient in victory:

We haven’t yet heard from the Republican representing the Colorado Springs area where Space Command is located, Rep. Doug Lamborn, but the last-minute decision to move Space Command to Alabama as a reward for the loyalty of Alabama Republicans in Trump’s attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election was unjust enough to get even Colorado’s least inspiring backbencher off his duff to resist. Lamborn basically has no choice now but to thank the Biden administration for saving thousands of jobs in his district, which we hope Lamborn manages to get through without some embarrassing partisan begrudgment.

It’s possible we’ll hear from GOP Sen. Cory Gardner about this decision as well, much like Gardner tried to glom on to the FDA’s recent decision to allow over-the-counter sales of an oral contraceptive for credit he didn’t deserve. The problem is, we got into this predicament over Space Command because Trump as policy doesn’t reward losers like Cory Gardner.

All told, it’s probably better for Republicans to let Hickenlooper and Bennet have this one.

No matter how you look at it, for Colorado this was not the GOP’s finest hour.


17 thoughts on “BREAKING: Suck It Tuberville, Colorado Keeps Space Command

  1. It might have been a tougher decision had Richard Shelby still been in the US Senate from Alabama. Shelby was respected on both sides of the aisle.

    Coach Tommy just doesn't have the clout; or the respect; that Shelby had.

    1. To the best of my recollection, Richard Shelby didn't slow roll military promotions, retirements, and moves.  Tommy has.

      I don't know that Biden & his military advisors made their choice on the basis of Tuberville being obstreperous — but I bet they don't feel bad at all about the outcome and the demonstration that he is merely a rock in the road, incapable of doing much that is positive for his constituents.

  2. Wasn't CO GOP chair Dave "Brandon" Williams pushing for the move to AL because of the reproductive choice laws in AL? (I thought he was bashing Stillborn for standing in the way of the move.)

      1. "Quickie"? I'll bet there's a great story behind that.

        Now that Bimbobert has come out in favor of keeping Space Force in Colorado, has Stillborn grown a pair of cojones yet and done the same? (I can't imagine that Lamborn is actually fearful of blowback from Dave "Brandon" Williams if he publicly calls for keeping Space Force in Colorado.)

  3. I know in the Get More Smarter Podcast, there was discussion that Dave "Hold My Beer" Williams was smart.  But, in the immortal words of Forrest Gump:  "Stupid is as stupid does."

  4.    Let's also give a big hand to Mike Rodgers (R- AL) for holding up the Space Command funding "Until a concrete decision is made". So Mike, you're good now, right?

    1.  Ahhh Coach…Coach.  Your taking this whole "Every accusation a self own" thing Way Too Seriously.

        “This decision to bypass the three most qualified sites looks like blatant patronage politics, and it sets a dangerous precedent that military bases are now to be used as rewards for political supporters rather than for our security,” Coach Spudtown wrote.

        That was how you got it in the first place now, wasn't it?

  5. At least "What the Heck Brandon" is consistent in backing losers. Takes one to know one I guess. Dude is going on an epic run that is going to make KBB look competent. Burn it to the ground Brandon. They are going to pump so much money out of Colorado to pay for Trump's legal bills that the only place that Republicans are going to be competitive will be in the Evangelical churches.

  6. This all has a very Dark Brandon vibe to it. I’m just a kindly old Grandpa but I’ll rip your face off if you hold up any more of my nominees. Have a nice day Tommy!

  7. Tuberville,like a toddler with a gun. And we just caught this one in the groin. We elected him….this one is on us.

    Paraphrased from one of the Alabama op/ed columns.

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