In a May op-ed, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) outlined some things she has opposed since becoming a United States Congresswoman in 2020.
Basically, she states is anti-corruption. This is something anyone should be able to agree with her on.
Sadly, this is not the case.
Why Boebert Is Disliked
And the reason so few people take Boebert’s side is because of her style: she’s perceived as being a total kook.
What’s more, she has engaged in the same kind of favoritism and corruption that the Biden Syndicate has practiced over the years.
From waving pictures of dead babies around as a form of protest over extending protections of the Endangered Species Act to helping her son avoid criminal charges even though he was the cause of a high-speed accident back home in Colorado (Boebert’s son was driving an SUV that tipped over because of his reckless driving and the police found bottles of Xanax and stashes of marijuana in the overturned vehicle), Boebert has undermined her own cause.
When one is going in to shake up an old institution, like the United States House of Representatives, it is usually a good move to not make yourself the story. Although, if one is not very serious about their reform agenda, but instead is interested in shameless self-promotion, then Boebert’s moves make perfect sense. It is obvious that Boebert is not serious about her cause.
Or, more dangerously, she conflates what she perceives to be the national interest with her own personal interest.
Lauren Boebert Was Birthed by the Right-Wing Media
Lauren Boebert is the apotheosis of the Right-wing media ecosystem.
She got her propulsive start in politics just a few short years ago. A restaurant owner in the small town of Rifle, Colorado, Boebert was an ardent gun enthusiast.
Aggravated by the Democratic Party’s extreme stance on guns, Boebert got wind of a Beto O’Rourke rally that was being held in Aurora, Colorado, and drove to attend the wannabe Democratic Party presidential candidate’s rally in 2019. Once there, she heckled the hapless Texas Democrat—and was immediately noticed by Right-wing media outlets, who were also monitoring the event.
From there, she began her career as a semi-pro Right-wing heckler, traveling to an Aspen City Council meeting where she protested gun bans.
Again, this is an admirable position to take.
Boebert’s style, however, overshadows whatever issues she’s fighting for. She eventually worked her way up to running for office in a moderate district in 2020. Boebert barely won. I suspect it was less because of the unpopularity of her positions and more because voters were weary of her pugilism and obvious self-promotion.
Since taking office, Boebert has been a lightning rod in Congress. The Colorado congresswoman has managed to upset almost all her colleagues—not just the Leftists or the establishment Republicans. She led a bizarre, and let’s get real here, amateurish protest vote against Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) elevation to the Speaker of the House in January.
Even her usual ally, Fox News primetime host, Sean Hannity, took the congresswoman to task over her quixotic efforts to stymie McCarthy’s ascension to Speaker.
Things got so embarrassing for Boebert during the McCarthy fiasco that it was obvious she had no real plan for getting a Republican alternative to McCarthy as Speaker—even as she insisted that she, in fact, did have a plan.
It’s one thing to go to Congress looking to bust some heads in—even if they are members of your own party. You’ve just got to do it in a way that won’t alienate everyone all at once. Because when you do that, you lose everything. As Boebert is likely to do in the coming 2024 election.
The Democrats Shouldn’t Be Competitive in Colorado’s Third District
Her Democratic opponent from the 2022 Midterms who only lost to her by a measly 500 votes, is back … with a massive war chest. The Democrats in 2022 had written off Boebert’s district. Given how close that election was—how popular Boebert’s opponent was—the DNC is now pouring resources into cleaving Colorado’s Third Congressional District away from the Republicans.
Should the Republicans lose Boebert’s district in 2024 (which is all but a fait accompli), it will be no one’s fault other than Lauren Boebert’s. She has squandered the limited goodwill of her constituents and is on the brink, doing more harm than good to the GOP at this precarious moment in the Grand Old Party’s political history.
Republicans should drop Lauren Boebert and seek a more viable alternative in 2024 for her district. Even if they lose this one, at least they can push this self-aggrandizing naïf out of the way and pave a path forward for a more skilled Republican to compete in Colorado’s Third District.
A 19FortyFive Senior Editor, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (May 16), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.