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March 02, 2024 01:49 PM UTC

Trump Throws Boebert The Mother of All Lifelines

  • by: Colorado Pols
AI depiction of Donald Trump and Lauren Boebert by Scared Ketchup.

Facing likely defeat in her home district as Rep. Lauren Boebert’s unique combination of headline-snatching personal scandal and professional indifference (at best) to the needs of her constituents, Boebert made the desperate decision in late December to switch from the Western Slope’s CO-03 to the substantially more conservative CO-04 seat being vacated by Rep. Ken Buck. Boebert’s district switch has been by most accounts poorly received by the voters of Boebert’s would-be new district, and the only polling so far suggests that while Boebert currently enjoys a plurality of support, she also faces a hard ceiling in the lower 30s with 67% of voters surveying saying they will never vote for Boebert. This week, yet another scandal featuring criminal charges had the Boebert family in the headlines once again, and Boebert’s new neighbors justifiably wondering if they were in for the same wild ride as the Rifle/Silt micropolitan area.

Even at this career low point, however, Boebert wasn’t totally abandoned, picking up an endorsement from Speaker of the House Mike Johnson owing mostly to Boebert’s incumbent status soon after making the switch. Boebert also brings more financial reserves over from the CO-03 race than her competitors have raised. And this Saturday morning, just in time for the dinner table this evening, Boebert picked up the endorsement that some would argue counts for more than anything else:

As one of Donald Trump’s most loyal members of Congress, it’s no surprise whatsoever to see this endorsement. The biggest question is the timing, and the best answer we have is that Boebert’s endless and continuing train of embarrassments made it necessary to keep Boebert’s carpetbagging campaign competitive. There’s no denying the significance of this endorsement–a 2023 analysis of Trump’s endorsements in the 2022 GOP primaries in the Washington Post shows that Trump added ten points or more to the total of endorsed candidates. If Boebert is to be stopped from winning the primary with a low-30s plurality, the large and in many cases unqualified field of candidates will have to thin. Former state Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg is trying to position himself as the beneficiary of such consolidation, and as of today that task is more urgent than ever.

If Boebert is able to pull off this improbable district switch and win the June 25th GOP primary, it is one of the few scenarios that could actually put the heavily GOP CO-04 seat in general election play–much like former Rep. Marilyn Musgrave’s vulnerability allowed Democrats to “rent” this same seat for two years back in 2008. Democrats spent a great deal of 2023 plotting to pick off Boebert by capitalizing on her self-inflicted vulnerabilities, and her switch to the crowded CO-04 primary left a great deal of pent-up resources (and emotion) unreleased. It would be prudent for Democrats to develop contingency plans for this now less-remote possibility.

And there you have it, folks–the CO-04 primary is now in addition to a referendum on Boebert by a new set of conservative voters, a referendum on Donald Trump.

We’ll see if Trump’s endorsement is a lifeline, a nonfactor…or just maybe, in either June or November, a boat anchor.


15 thoughts on “Trump Throws Boebert The Mother of All Lifelines

  1. I guess the eastern plains Colorado GOP is so whipped into submission that they can't even nominate someone nominally local without their messiah chiming in and telling them what to do and how much to enjoy it. And they'll comply because they're a bunch of hapless, spineless twerps that only know how to loyalty-signal, and don't know when to stop.

  2. For those who know the musical tastes of the 4th District … is there a locally acceptable popular band with lyrics carrying the sentiment of The Who's lyric?

    There's nothing in the street
    Looks any different to me
    And the slogans are effaced, by-the-bye
    And the parting on the left
    Is now parting on the right
    And the beards have all grown longer overnight

    I'll tip my hat to the new Constitution
    Take a bow for the new revolution
    Smile and grin at the change all around
    Pick up my guitar and play
    Just like yesterday
    Then I'll get on my knees and pray
    We don't get fooled again
    Don't get fooled again, no, no

    Meet the new boss
    Same as the old boss

  3. Trump's endorsement of Boebert's leadership lists a number of things the Republicans (Trump, Boebert, and all the rest) have been unable to accomplish. I wonder if the 4th District will be satisfied with illusory "leadership."


  4. Washington Post has a long feature on Rep. Boebert:  Lauren Boebert doesn’t want to lose the House

    Standard material for those who read here. 

    What I found interesting were the top comments among the 4000+ offered.

    • The most popular "A puff piece about Lauren Boebert in the Washington Post. Jesus."
    • Next most popular:

    I wonder if Boebert talks to god when she’s having her fun bags fondled while giving hand jobs in the theater?

    She really is smart, although she couldn’t finish high school. But boy those tight jeans with holstered 9mm sure make her look smart. She’s such a good mom too, why she just posted her son’s bail after he was breaking car windows and shop lifting. She’s the type of leader that represents American values. Bigly!

    • Not much further down

    I wonder if WaPo's "Is Joe Too Old" reporter was out with a cold, and this article filled its place?

    What's next? A story on Jim Jordon's stellar coaching career????

    By far, most thought it a waste of the Washington Post's effort.  Some saw the piece as a "puff" for Boebert.   A few thought it was so over the top that it had to be a backhanded "compliment" of her awful presence among the far right.

    1. He’ll be opening a door for sure  The exit door  Now that she’s relocated to Windsor is she going to commute to the West Slope to fulfil her CD-3 opportunities after Tuesday? Those mileage reimbursement reports are going to be lit.

      This is stil Jerry’s to lose  

      “I’m not dumb,” Boebert said. “I knew all the attacks that would come my way. But I talked to God, I asked ‘How do I address this? Will this be perceived that I’m not fighting?’ And God said, ‘Do you have more faith in your ability to fight or my ability to open a door?’”

  5. I dont think it's a coincidence that Scared Ketchup is getting death threats and a prominent gay news website is under a Ddos attack from Russian hackers. 

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