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After Madison Cawthorn’s primary loss, is Lauren Boebert next?

Is Lauren Boebert about to “Cawthorn-ized“? We’ll find out. The same group that posted nude video of Rep. Madison Cawthorn has now turned their attention to Rep. Boebert, who faces her own main challenge on June 28 (ballots will be mailed June 6).

But can lightning strike twice? According to David B. Wheeler, leader of this group (The American Muckrakers PAC – aka FireBoebert.com), Boebert’s primary resembles Cawthorns. The counties are demographically “very similar,” he says. And just as Cawthorn faced a North Carolina state legislature, Boebert’s challenger is Republican Colorado State Senator Don Coram. There is also a sense that none of the incumbents care about their district, instead being more interested in their national profile.

No two races are the same. Cawthorn attempted to change congressional districts — a move that failed and likely damaged his image. And, of course, North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis supported Cawthorn’s opponent. Those are two big ingredients that Boebert’s opponent doesn’t yet have (Colorado has two Democratic senators and a Democratic governor). For the same reason, Boebert must defend a district that includes the liberal enclave of Aspen, Colorado (a potentially large source of anti-Boebert fundraisers). And Wheeler tells me: “The opponent [Boebert] (In 2020, Boebert defeated a Trump-backed five-term Republican congressman named Scott Tipton.)

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Rep. Madison Cawthorn is awaiting the results of the North Carolina primary.

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Cawthorn and Boebert share another obvious similarity: “Their personal lives seem to be an absolute mess,” adds Wheeler.

In fact, much of the drama has already been reported. In 2004, Boebert’s husband was arrested for exposing himself to two women at a bowling alley (Boebert was there). That same year, he was arrested on charges of domestic violence against her and served seven days in prison.

A few months later, Boebert was charged with assault him.

And then… they got married.

Since then, Boebert has had exposure to the law, including a 2015 incident in which she was handcuffed at a country music festival after she allegedly encouraged minors detained for underage drinking to leave police custody. Boebert reportedly told police that “she had friends at Fox News and that the arrest would be national news.”

So there are obvious similarities between Cawthorn and Boebert. And there won’t be a shortage of material to use against Boebert, including things to come (scandals are like cockroaches – there’s probably a hundred hiding for every one you see).

That raises an interesting ethical question: should we cheer for this shit show?

As a conservative, I’m certainly happy to swap toxic Republicans like Cawthorn and Boebert for more conservative, mainstream Republicans. (And I wish someone would try this on the progressive versions of Cawthorn and Boebert: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar.) But the question is whether the end (pushing out extreme politicians) justifies the means (engaging in a mud fight ).

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Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene shout “build the wall” as President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address in March.

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Obviously we are talking about negative campaigns here. There’s something inherently dirty about it, even though these contestants are beyond pale.

I think part of the story, however, is that groups like American Muckrakers fill a niche once occupied by political parties and local newspapers.

In recent years, both institutions have been neutered (with local reporting replaced by national media), allowing politicians to evade local accountability. “Nothing against the press or voters in those counties, but for some reason Democrats or their opponents are afraid to push them,” Wheeler says, adding, “We’re going to make it harder for law enforcement or voters to ignore the behavior.” those crazy members of Congress.”

Though American Muckrakers have been instrumental in highlighting less salacious scandals like Cawthorn’s attempt to get a loaded gun through airport security, they’re probably best known for a nude video of Cawthorn (in his words) “having a badass with a friend.” .

However, don’t expect the group to necessarily post similar videos of Boebert, if any.

“We learned a great lesson about nudity,” Wheeler tells me. “It was probably the nail in there [Cawthorn’s] political coffin, but I’m not sure we’ll go that route again.” The pushback was quite strong and the group was unexpectedly portrayed as homophobic. ActBlue, the left-leaning fundraising platform, dropped them. (“We’re considering litigation against them,” says Wheeler.)

It won’t be easy, but at least it seems so possible that Boebert will continue the trend that started with Cawthorn’s defeat last week. When that happens, the game is on. Extreme politicians from “safe areas” (who have assumed the rules don’t apply to them and that they can act with impunity) will again find that there are some expected standards of behavior – even for them. Competition makes us better. It keeps us on our toes.

Defeating weak politicians like Cawthorn and Boebert after one term in office would serve as a kind of course correction and send a message to everyone else.

Not everyone is Harry Houdini. Not everyone is Donald Trump. Sometimes people are held accountable. Sometimes the empire strikes back.

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