Jeffrey Sabols, Jeffco insurrectionist, in newly released, brutal January 6 video

(“These were peaceful people, these were great people” – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Video of Indian Hills resident Jeffrey Sabol dragging an officer down the Capitol steps on January 6 has been released by the Justice Department on Friday, and has been featured on multiple news outlets since ( WUSA9 is here.) MSNBC‘s is here.. The bodycam video is disturbing to watch; an officer is dragged out of the line of his fellows, and down the steps, where he is beaten with flags, hockey sticks, fists, and feet. Sabol, in his distinctive #orangeandteal outfit, can be seen in the melee about halfway through.

Here is a tweet from Blossom Culp, featuring Parler video clip showing Sabol charging up the steps on January 6.

Until he became infamous for assaulting a Capitol police officer, Sabol  had lived a quiet life in Indian Hills, Colorado. He had no big social media footprint. Like many other insurrectionists, he had a history of domestic violence, leading to abuse charges, divorce and estrangement from his teenage son.  Local journalist Melanie Warren interviewed Sabol’s friend,  John Shepard, in an in-depth piece on Politico. An accurate photo of Sabol’s face is featured; Twitter had various posts incorrectly identifying Sabol.

Sabols was arrested on January 11 in Boston, trying to flee to Switzerland. He has been held in a psychiatric hospital until recently. His lawyer had petitioned for his release, which was denied by Judge Sullivan because Sabol is still considered dangerous, and, obviously, a flight risk. Sabol himself has claimed that he was trying to “protect” the officer, when he held the officer’s baton above his neck. He’s also blaming Trump in the now-common ” I was only following the President’s orders” defense.

Nine other Colorado insurrectionists have been arrested in connection with the January 6 attack on the Capitol. It’s worth noting that at least two of them had direct contact with Lauren Boebert – Gieswein, who took a photograph in front of Boebert’s Shooter’s Grille business, and Croy, who responded to Boebert’s tweet urging people to show up to the Capitol for Trump on January 6.

Scott Gessler Cashing In Yuge On Westminster Recall

Scott Gessler.

For those unacquainted with the municipal politics of Denver’s northwestern suburb of Westminster, the Westminster City Council is both a notable incubator of Colorado Democratic leadership like Sen. Faith Winter, Rep. Shannon Bird, and Adams County Commissioner Emma Pinter–as well as the stomping grounds of some of the wackier minor Colorado Republican political wannabes like Bruce Baker and Michael “Sustainability Scares Me” Melvin.

Last fall, Republicans led by Baker, who is running for another term on the city council after being bounced off back in 2017, launched a recall campaign targeting the present and former Mayor and two other city council members. The pretext was an increase in water rates, but the recall campaign is widely understood to be a partisan political fight with the goal of flipping the nominally nonpartisan city government to de facto Republican control. Only two petition drives were successful, setting up recall questions against City Councilor Jon Voelz and former Mayor Herb Atchison. Atchison resigned from office soon afterward due to an unrelated health issue, leaving Voelz as the sole recall target in the rapidly-approaching July 20 special election.

If you haven’t heard much about this partisan political proxy battle shaping up in one of Denver’s biggest and fastest-growing suburbs, there’s a reason for that. As the Colorado Community Newspaper affiliate Westminster Window’s Liam Adams picks up the story:

In less than two weeks, on July 20, Westminster voters will decide whether to recall City Councilor Jon Voelz and if so, to elect candidate Kathleen Dodaro to take his place. For months now, Defend Westminster has raised money and campaigned for Voelz to retain his seat. The Westminster Water Warriors — who originally sought to recall four members of Westminster City Council — would see a successful recall of Voelz as evidence that their messaging about Voelz’s stance on water rates was compelling for citizens…

The city will pay Community Resource Services of Colorado up to $250,000 to run the special election because it is not part of a coordinated county election. Voelz’s council seat is up for election again in November.

This is critical to understand: the cost of this recall election is being borne by taxpayers, for a special election to decide whether Jon Voelz will serve in office until the regular election just a few months later in November. It’s an indefensibly pointless waste of taxpayer money, and Voelz’s allies are hoping a resounding defeat signals voter displeasure with their time and money being so egregiously wasted.

But depending on your point of view, that might not even be the worst part of what’s happening:

The Colorado Democratic Party and Democratic leaders in the region have come to the aid of the anti-recall group. Meanwhile the pro-recall group has spent a total of $18,156 on its attorney, Scott Gessler, former Colorado secretary of state and candidate for Colorado GOP chairman, according to an analysis of campaign finance reports filed by both groups between September and June. Virtually all the Water Warriors’ expenses, some of which are still owed, went to attorneys fees… [Pols emphasis]

Let that sink in for a moment. Almost the entirety of the expenses paid by the pro-recall campaign are attorneys fees to Scott Gessler, the state’s most infamous Republican recall lawyer, thoroughly discredited election conspiracy theorist, failed candidate for Colorado GOP chairman, and Trump would-be coup d’etat “expert witness.” Now, we understand there was some litigation in the process, but the idea that Gessler’s law firm has received almost all the money raised for this recall campaign is astounding:

Expenditures stand out the most in the Water Warriors’ financial reports. The group has spent $19,156 in legal fees, almost all of which went to Gessler. Gessler has told the Window that even though he’s well-known in Republican circles throughout Colorado, his work for the Water Warriors has only been in a legal capacity, not a political one.

Currently, the total amount of legal fees the Water Warriors owe Gessler is about $40,000, but invoices are still coming in, said Debbie Teter, an organizer with the Water Warriors.

Additionally, the Water Warriors have spent $860 on Facebook ads…

In short, whatever argument it may have been that persuaded you to donate to the Westminster recall campaign, be it pique about your water bill or knowing full well it’s a partisan political power play, doesn’t matter! Because all your money, and we mean that so close to literally it’s jaw-dropping, went directly into Scott Gessler’s pocket. The $860 they committee has apparently spent advertising their efforts on Facebook is practically insulting to the campaign’s donors.

You’re damn right Scott Gessler’s not acting in his “legal capacity” or his “political capacity.”

This recall appears to be about one thing and one thing only: “Honey Badger” getting paid.

Weekend Open Thread

“If you are unable to understand the cause of a problem it is impossible to solve it.”

–Naoto Kan

From “Always Trump” to “Maybe Not So Much Trump”

Colorado Republicans are having a heck of a time trying to figure out how to prepare for the 2022 election with the specter of 2020 and Donald Trump still looming large behind them.

Earlier this week, former Colorado Republican Party Chairman and current Congressman Ken Buck (R-Greeley) performed his signature “Buckpedal” move by diving into a new conspiracy theory about how the 2020 Presidential election was somehow rigged by Google. This was quite the turnabout for Buck, who had previously vociferously defended the handling of the 2020 election as perfectly safe and aboveboard. What changed for Buck? It’s hard to say for sure, since Buck has a history of contradicting himself, but the smart money says that Buck is worried enough about avoiding a Primary in 2022 that he feels compelled to make it clear that he can out-crazy any other potential Republican challenger.

Buck’s successor as State GOP Chair, Kristi Burton Brown (KBB), is running into this same conundrum — but in the opposite direction. Brown was elected Party Chair earlier this year in part because of her consistent defense of “The Big Lie.” Indeed, all but one of the candidates for State Party Chair regularly expressed doubts about the validity of the 2020 election results (the only one who didn’t, Jonathan Lockwood, was never a serious contender for the job). But while KBB told the GOP faithful what they wanted to hear in order to get elected Party Chair, she’s coming to realize that the job of actually winning seats in a General Election is going to require a different approach.

As The Colorado Sun reports in its “Unaffiliated” newsletter, KBB spoke Thursday to the Foothills Republican club and sounded a lot different than she did just a few months ago:

Burton Brown was peppered with concerns about election integrity during the question and answer portion of Thursday’s event.

“The biggest issue for me is voter cheating and this whole national election, as we all know, was a set up. I just would like to know if you know about … what was done here,” a man asked.

Burton Brown said it’s a question that she is getting “all around the state,” and that the Colorado GOP is encouraging people to “get involved” and “get your eyes in the room” by becoming poll watchers and election judges. But she said there has been no proof of mass fraud in Colorado and that the only sure way for Republicans to lose in 2022 is for the party’s voters not to show up on Election Day because they think their vote won’t count. [Pols emphasis]

(There is no proof of widespread election problems in Colorado or across the country that would have changed the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.)

Burton Brown encouraged Republicans to move on from 2020. “The more we talk about the past, the more we talk about what happened instead of what we are going to do in 2022, the more our candidates are put at a disadvantage,” she said. “Because we are focusing on something we cannot control.”

At least one-third of the 700+ Republicans who have filed to run for Congress in 2022 (U.S. House or U.S. Senate) have been very clear about their belief that the 2020 Presidential election was fraudulent. Many of these Republicans are no doubt making the same calculation that Buck is making — that they’ll worry first about winning a Republican Primary before they concern themselves with re-positioning ahead of a General Election.

Now that she’s been GOP Chair for a few months, KBB obviously sees the math differently. Her mission is to help Republicans win races in a General Election — not to concern herself with getting candidates through a Republican Primary. In order to fulfill that goal, KBB is realizing that re-litigating the 2020 election nearly two years later isn’t something that Colorado voters are going to be particularly interested in doing.

The problem for KBB, of course, is that her new message doesn’t match her old rhetoric, and the GOP faithful doesn’t seem to be all that interested in shifting gears. Trump remains the overwhelming favorite to be the 2024 Republican Presidential nominee, and there’s ZERO chance that he’s going to stop talking about the 2020 election anytime soon.

You could argue that KBB is telling Colorado Republicans what they need to hear, but Buckpedaling on her concerns about the 2020 election results won’t endear her to the Republican base in our state. This is a problem that Republicans created themselves; we’re just happy that we don’t have to try to find the solution.

The T-Shirt Ad That Says A Mouthful

Now for sale in the merch section at the Colorado Republican Party’s website:

There’s…a lot to unpack here! We could do it but sometimes it’s better to let the jokes make themselves. Suffice to say that five minutes in a history book or 30 seconds in a middle school hallway takes care of this whole “children are not oppressors” business.

And remember, “white misses” is the shirt, not the wearer. The interchangeability is just a coincidence.

Friday Open Thread

“I think that America will not trust a party to defend America that isn’t willing to defend itself.”

–James Carville

Boebert Appears Unconcerned About COVID Outbreak at Concert She Attended in June

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-CO) isn’t showing any signs of worry about rising COVID cases in her district–or about a COVID outbreak that occurred at a music festival she attended during the last week of June.

“Great night at the Country Jam in Grand Junction, Colorado!” tweeted Boebert June 26, along with photos of herself and the crowd at the concert.

Country Jam, an annual event, is where Boebert was arrested in 2015 after telling arresting officers that they would be hearing from her “friends” at Fox News and after she encouraged juveniles to flee police custody at the scene.

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Today, as first reported by Westword, Colorado public health officials are calling Country Jam a COVID-19 outbreak site, with four staff members and 13 attendees contracting the virus there so far.

Boebert has been largely unconcerned about the pandemic in her district, essentially campaigning on a platform of downplaying the danger of the virus.

Her behavior during the campaign was criticized by public health officials.

RELATED: Read the Police Report on Boebert’s 2015 Arrest at the Country Music Jam

Both before and after this year’s music festival, health officials were concerned about the spread of the COVID-19 in Mesa County, where the festival took place, as hospital emergency rooms were filling up and local residents were lagging getting vaccinated in comparison to other parts of Colorado.

Yet, despite attending the concert and the alarming news reports about Covid in Mesa County, Boebert hasn’t acknowledged the seriousness of the situation in her district.

The Congresswoman’s most recent tweets on COVID took a shot at President Joe Biden for deploying his “Needle Nazis to Mesa County” and accused Dr. Anthony Fauci of “bullying” people into getting vaccinated against COVID.

“The people of my district are more than smart enough to make their own decisions about the experimental vaccine and don’t need coercion by federal agents,” Boebert tweeted today. “Did I wake up in Communist China?”

The Biden Administration is launching a program targeting areas, like Mesa County, where the virus is spiking and vaccine hesitancy is high. The vaccination rate in Mesa County has stalled at about 45%.

The surge is due, in part, to the rise of the Delta variant, which is considered to be a 50% more contagious variety of COVID-19 than the strain of the virus that previously dominated Colorado.

RELATED: Public Health Expert Says Beobert ‘Stoking Mistrust’ of ‘Heroes’ Who Work in Public Health

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The COVID-19 Pandemic State of Emergency Is Over

Gov. Jared Polis symbolically pummeling COVID-19 in March 2021.

As the Denver Post’s Saja Hindi reports, the day at least some Republicans wanted you to think would perhaps never come is upon us: the formal end of the state of emergency imposed by Gov. Jared Polis over a year ago to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis lifted the state’s emergency declaration on Thursday, nearly 16 months after it was issued.

Polis rescinded all of his pandemic executive orders, he told The Denver Post in an interview, but signed the Recovery Executive Order, which is focused on the economy and federal reimbursements…

In June, he said he would begin to phase out his emergency powers.

“This has been a challenging year for our state and country,” he said in a statement. “We’ve experienced pain and loss, but through it all, Coloradans did their part, made good choices by wearing masks, socially distancing and sacrificing moments with loved ones and we succeeded in having one of the lowest COVID fatality rates in the nation.”

So ends almost a year and a half of misguided resistance to common sense and wacky conspiracy theories–but as Rep. Ken Buck can tell you, there’s always another way to get to the conclusion you’ve preordained, like Gov. Polis having another secret emergency order that he can still use to send the stormtroopers into your cul de sac at any moment. Less sensational but sadly more possible, COVID-19 variants spreading and mutating among unvaccinated population could indeed make another emergency necessary down the road if the pandemic isn’t crushed in the near term.

Either way, it should be a comfort to even the most resistant “COVIDiot” resister to know now that just like he said all along, Gov. Polis never had any intention of pulling an Emperor Palpatine with his emergency powers. The reality is that Gov. Polis was cautious to the point of vulnerability to criticism about imposing public health restrictions to control the spread of the pandemic, and pushed to quickly ease restrictions as case numbers declined. The result of Gov. Polis’ management of the pandemic, a death rate from COVID-19 significantly below the national average, speaks for itself along with Polis’ high job approval rating.

To everyone who played by the rules and got your shots, thank you. You’re the reason it didn’t get even worse.

The rest of you should think about all the things you heard (and said) in the last year that didn’t come true. The one prediction that did come true, unfortunately, was that a whole lot of Americans would die from COVID-19.

VIEW PAC Disowns “Carnival Barkers” Greene, Boebert

Rep. Lauren Boebert and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.

The Hill reporting on the decision by a Republican political action committee specifically devoted to increasing the number of Republican women in Congress to not endorse for re-election in 2022 the “Q-Some Twosome” freshmen: Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Lauren Boebert of Colorado:

“While we rightfully celebrate the number of GOP women serving in the House, I’ve always professed quality over quantity,” VIEWPAC Executive Director Julie Conway told the outlet…

“Our women have fought too hard for too long to be respected and taken seriously as legislators, policy makers and thought leaders. We cannot let this work be erased by individuals who chose to be shameless self promoters and carnival barkers.” [Pols emphasis]

VIEW PAC, which has raised more than $20 million for Republican female candidates since 2010, said it will not be endorsing the Greene or Boebert in the 2022 midterm elections, when both lawmakers will be seeking a second term in Congress.

This is by far the most overt condemnation of Boebert we’ve yet seen from any national Republican interest group, and it’s a sign that Boebert’s Trump-style strategy of dragging the news cycle from one relentless outrage to another may be wearing thin with the GOP establishment–especially with MTG and Boebert now one-upping each other in daily validation of Godwin’s Law.

The problem, of course, is that MTG and Boebert are tapped into the same base of pro-Trump support over which whatever the GOP “mainstream” consists of in 2021 has less control over today than ever before. For all practical purposes, MTG and Boebert under a resurgent ex-President Donald Trump are the party now.

With that said, even in this scathing expression of no confidence from fellow Republican women, Boebert plays second fiddle:

“I think that they would rather draw attention to themselves, and really Marjorie Taylor Greene more than Boebert, but they’re cut from the same cloth,” Conway said, according to Insider.

We’re not sure what’s worse for Boebert–being disavowed by a leading PAC devoted to electing Republican women, or still being merely MTG’s understudy in loathsomeness while it happens? Even in scorn, Boebert just doesn’t measure up to her more bombastic peers.

As for Republicans actually holding Boebert accountable? We’ll see once the 2022 primary (if any) is over.

Get More Smarter on Thursday (July 8)

It’s really hot today. It’s going to be really hot tomorrow, too. Don’t skimp on the sunscreen. Let’s Get More Smarter; if you think we missed something important, please include the link in the comments below (here’s a good example). If you are more of an audio learner, check out The Get More Smarter Podcast. And don’t forget to find us on Facebook and Twitter

 

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*Daily Coronavirus numbers in Colorado:
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*How you can help in Colorado:
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*Locate a COVID-19 testing site in Colorado:
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*Coloradans can now get a COVID-19 vaccine at one of six locations without a prior appointment. 

 

Western Colorado is very dry and in significant danger of suffering serious wildfires. As Colorado Public Radio reports, the federal government is trying to help:

There’s a confluence of events happening in the West this summer: extreme heat, extreme drought and the possibility of another record-breaking wildfire season, all driven by a long-term drying trend worsened by climate change. It’s so serious that President Joe Biden convened a meeting last week with Western governors to talk about wildfire preparedness and response.

“This is an area that has been under-resourced. But that’s going to change, if we have anything to do with it,” Biden said. “We can’t cut corners when it comes to managing our wildfires or supporting our firefighters.”

Members of Colorado’s Congressional delegation have their own ideas for how to deal with the twin problems of drought and wildfires.

[Cattle rancher Mark] Roeber says he’s talked to Democratic Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper, as well as his local representative, Republican Lauren Boebert, about the need for financial assistance for the ag industry, in particular flexibility in some existing programs, as well as better water efficiency policies and water infrastructure — from storage to piping.

Western Slope leaders probably shouldn’t count on much help from Rep. Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert, who remains more interested in scoring political points than policy victories:

Boebert backs increasing water storage capacity, something she hit on during a recent hearing.

“I support efforts to streamline cumbersome and bureaucratic policies in order to allow the construction of new water storage projects,” she said.

Boebert sits on a water subcommittee in the House, but when it held a public hearing on the subject, she did not ask any drought-related questions. Instead, she focused on potential conflicts of interest by Elizabeth Klein, the Interior official testifying at the hearing.

As CPR notes, supporting more water storage isn’t an idea that’s going to do much to help with severe drought conditions NOW.

 

Congressman Ken Buck (R-Greeley) is worried enough about a potential Republican Primary opponent that he’s gone full “election truther.” Buck is spinning a strange tale about Google somehow manipulating search engine results to allow Democrat Joe Biden to defeat Republican Donald Trump, or something like that. This doesn’t make a lot of sense, but then, that isn’t the point, is it?

 

The Denver Post reports on a law signed by Gov. Jared Polis — inspired by the death of Elijah McClain in Aurora — that restricts the use of ketamine by first responders.

 

New data again shows the importance of receiving both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in order to protect against rising strains of the “Delta Variant.” The “Delta Variant” is overwhelming medical response teams in unvaccinated areas such as Southwest Missouri. As POLITICO reports, the “Delta Variant” is probably much more widespread than federal officials can even estimate.

In related news, a Colorado mother of four is the final winner of a $1 million lottery for receiving her COVID-19 vaccination.

 

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The Big Lie, Ken Buck Style

President Donald Trump, Rep. Ken Buck.

Colorado’s Rep. Ken Buck has been in a real predicament over the past few months. As a Republican who conceded that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election relatively quickly, and by that we still mean taking over a month, Buck has emerged as a major problem for adherents of what’s become known as the “Big Lie” that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump. Buck, in his former position as chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, organized an event last December with Republican county clerks to explain to the party faithful that even though Colorado uses Dominion Voting Systems hardware and sends “unsolicited” mail ballots to all active voters, our elections are secure and accurate.

Because debunking the Big Lie here in Colorado effectively debunks it everywhere else, this has had the effect of making Buck considerably less popular with his fellow Republicans–a problem that only got worse after Buck publicly defended Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming while Cheney was being excommunicated for her own refusal to back the Big Lie. This was originally taking place amid speculation that Buck might retire from Congress, but in April Buck announced that he would run again for re-election in 2022.

Which leads to the next logical question: how does Ken Buck intend to stave off a pro-Trump primary challenge? Today, courtesy Lauren Windsor of the Undercurrent, we got the answer:

As you can see in the clip above, Ken Buck now says the 2020 election was “stolen”–not by rigging the actual votes, but because Google supposedly changed their search algorithms to “disadvantage” Donald Trump and advantage Joe Biden. Buck asserts that fully 15 million votes for Trump were “moved” to Biden due to this action by Google, though probably not members of his audience since they “Google in a more sophisticated way.” Under questioning Buck admits that the 15 million number is speculative, but he insists that the downranking of conservative media outlets in search results was all by itself enough to flip the 2020 elections. And since Americans are “so upset with boys playing girl sports, Critical Race Theory, and all the other things that are going on,” Buck says, Republicans will win back the House in 2022 and immediately hold hearings to prevent “the algorithms” from happening again in 2024.

And with that, yes, Buck probably avoids a MAGA primary. Democrats who found themselves in the odd position of praising Ken Buck for his honesty immediately after the election can stop now, because Buck has given the faithful a replacement conspiracy theory for the thoroughly debunked Big Lie that can truly live on forever. This was never about trust-busting for Buck, but an ideological quest to force internet companies to abandon their high-profile struggle against the spread of dangerous misinformation–which (there’s no nice way to say this) fully explains any downranking of right-wing “news” sites in search results by Google.

In the end, Buck came crawling back to Trump–like the whole Republican Party has.

Perennial Wannabe Dan Caplis Courts Crazies With Jenna Ellis

A mercifully small number of people interested in the earliest phase of the 2022 U.S. Senate race in Colorado will tune into the far-right Real America’s Voice streaming news channel this evening to watch former Donald Trump couptorney Jenna Ellis, desperately trying to avoid the ignominious fate of co-coupspirators Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell by career-shifting to conservative commentator, interview longtime local ambulance chaser and perennial would-be but never seems to be serious Republican candidate Dan Caplis–most recently name-checked as a potential GOP challenger to incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet. Caplis has been inserting himself into preliminary campaign rumors in literally every election cycle since at least 2008 without success, so it’s important to take his machinations with a larger than usual grain of salt.

The ostensible subject will be Trump’s lawsuit announced today against Facebook, Twitter, and Google, which competent legal opinion doesn’t put much stock in. It’s a much safer subject matter for both Ellis and Caplis than, for example, the six-month anniversary of the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol this week. Caplis regularly hosted Ellis after the 2020 elections to hype her baseless claims that the election was stolen while the promotion of the Big Lie was ramping up, as noted by the Colorado Times Recorder:

Caplis told Ellis how impressed he was with her professionalism.

“As this gets into courtrooms, I hope that you become the leader of the [Trump] team,” said Caplis on air. “Because it is moments like this where some of the greatest legal talent in American history has had a chance to show itself. And boy, I would love to see you at the tip of the spear.”

But after Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol, Caplis didn’t want to talk about any tips of any spears:

As for whether or not Caplis still believes that the 2020 election was stolen, like Ellis does even though Ellis reportedly doesn’t buy Sidney Powell’s latest theory that Trump will be “reinstated” sometime next month? We’ll have to see what Caplis has to say about that in the friendly confines of Ellis’ program tonight. But Caplis’ predicament is illustrative of the difficulty Republicans face in 2022, with the need to please the Trump-loyal base by forcibly regurgitating the Big Lie for the primary–and then somehow try to pivot and be taken seriously by a majority of general election voters.

With that said, Dan Caplis is not the answer to this riddle any more than he was in 2008.

Q-Some Twosome, One Script

THURSDAY UPDATE: Rep. Lauren Boebert, once again trying not to be outdone:

“Needle Nazis.” And with that, Boebert’s back in the race!

To the bottom.

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Two Tweets exactly six minutes apart show the eerie like-mindedness of what we’ve taken to calling the “Q-Some Twosome,” Reps. Lauren Boebert of Colorado and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who have either mind-melded into a single entity or are reading from the same set of tragically unhelpful talking points in increasingly outright opposition to holdouts getting vaccinated against COVID-19:

Six minutes later:

Once again, MTG takes it to the next level by invoking actual “brown shirts” (for the kids, that means Nazis) going door to door instead of just, you know, “the government.” We’ve said it before: every time Boebert jumps out in front of the crazy train, MTG or another more press-savvy member of the hard-right “America First” freakshow is ready to go with an outrage that makes whatever Boebert said look tame by comparison. Perhaps realizing this, Boebert fired off another scrappy one-liner this morning to get back into contention:

It’s a race to the bottom, folks, but from what we’ve seen in these first six months of Boebert in Congress, she just doesn’t have the charisma to keep up with her more bombastic peers competing for the far right end of the spotlight. This is significant with respect to 2022 since in most cases, under the current maps MTG and the other “America Firsters” reside in much less competitive districts than Colorado’s CD-3 where Boebert won by about six points. Boebert constantly playing second fiddle while her putative allies like MTG rake in the attention and campaign cash is an increasingly serious problem for her, and her margin of safety is much smaller.

Perhaps Boebert and MTG can talk this over on MTG’s next trip to the Holocaust Museum.

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