You and I both know the right-wing portions of this city will crow about Rep. Doug Lamborn
being the only Coloradan in Washington, D.C., who was "principled" or "strong" enough to vote against Wednesday's decision to reopen the federal government
What about those lily-livered Republican representatives Mike Coffman
, Scott Tipton
and Cory Gardner
? Here's how they explained their voting, as noted by KDVR-TV.
“America does not default on its debt. We pay our bills," Gardner said.
"Essentially, this proposal says we’re done fighting and we’re ready to begin an honest discussion ..." went Coffman.
From Tipton: "Today’s agreement includes positive steps to extend responsible spending reforms ..."
And here's Lamborn, joining dozens of other hard-liners
in playing games with global issues on behalf of viewers like you:
My constituents are calling me with nightmare stories about skyrocketing healthcare premiums as a result of ObamaCare. Businesses are only hiring part-time workers to avoid the ObamaCare mandates and penalties. I remain committed to protecting all Americans from this oppressive law.
I don’t believe our efforts here have been in vain. We have called attention to the need to reform federal spending and to bring more fairness to ObamaCare. I remain hopeful that the fight will continue and will gain strength from the American people in the coming months and years.
I would think even those frustrated by some of the effects of the Affordable Care Act,
present company included, could see that a Lamborn focused only on keeping Lamborn in office — and avoiding a primary from a Republican who could somehow manage to call himself more conservative — is not a Lamborn focused on anything else. Serving that end often helps out, say, defense companies — hence his fundraising history
(not to mention donations from
the National Rifle Association, as well as the Koch brothers) — but you'd better hope you're on that list.