All I can say is…you go, girl.
Boebert built her career on sanctimonious, though often incoherent, lectures on the supposed threats to the family of leftist sexual “depravities” like same-sex marriage or contraception use. She also filed for divorce last month, a fact that only got into the press this week. This follows other comical examples of Boebert’s “family values,” such as celebrating teen pregnancy or standing by her now-to-be ex-husband after he exposed himself to teen girls in a bowling alley.
Her choice to leave Jayson Boebert might be the first sign that there’s functioning brain activity in Lauren Boebert’s skull. As the bowling alley story suggests, the guy is a creep. He started dating then-Lauren Roberts when she was 16 and he was 22 years old. She dropped out of high school to give birth to their first child at 18. They got married two years later. During this time, he was arrested on domestic violence charges after a fight with her. In August, he was still at it, getting the cops called on him for reportedly threatening neighbors.
She’s a great big evil hypocrite who is taking advantage of liberal social policies, but that’s exactly what they are for — to give even evil fucks the right to self-determination. Even right-wing Republicans who aren’t very bright.
This story is tasty gossip. But it’s also a window into an aspect of red state life that hasn’t been much discussed, one which is likely fueling the ugly surge in misogynist rhetoric and policy being pushed by Republicans, especially the men. The dark little secret of red state life is there’s a lot of Lauren Boeberts out there: Conservative women who disavow feminism, but, when given a shot at more independence for themselves, gladly use hard-won rights like divorce and abortion. Republican men are getting increasingly angry about even this minor loss of control over women.
Calling Lauren Boebert a massive hypocrite is making the word “hypocrite” do some heavy lifting.
She has opposed sex-ed in public schools and then her 17 year son gets his girlfriend pregnant.
By the way, that apple didn’t fall far from the tree.
His girl friend was 15 years old.
Is this what they mean by GOP family values?
FWIW, the probability of two teen agers in a forced marriage getting divorced eventually is very high, something around 80-90%.
Well, no surprise, Boebert was a teen age mother as well.
Republican men are getting increasingly angry about even this minor loss of control over women.
Lauren Boebert…or will it be Lauren Roberts soon…is a con. I find it difficult not to wish Boebert the same hardships she has pushed onto other people so she can be rich. The same goes for others of her ilk.
Akira MacKenzie says
I got a feeling that if she had to tell the truth, Boebert would admit that she doesn’t really have a problem with social programs so long as a) she doesn’t have to pay for them, and b) they aren’t going to benefit the he people she hates.
I got a feeling that socialism would actually be a lot more popular if it weren’t for racism, sexism, homophobia, and of course, religion. (Fuck you, class reductionists.)
Marcus Ranum says
I don’t understand how it’s even possible to be “conservative” and a woman, unless she’s a misanthrope who hates everyone including herself.
SC (Salty Current) says
He definitely sounds like someone who should be around a shitload of guns.
Hmmm . wonder if Lauren Boebert would have voted to repeal no fault divorce laws as the Repugliklans are headed towards doing had this come up earlier?
Well, Amanda Marcotte had something to say about that as well, not too long ago:
I’ve been saying this for a while.
The Blue states have been bailing out the Red states for a long time.
Need an abortion or after care for a miscarriage?
In Colorado, the parking lots of abortion clinics are full of cars with Texas license plates.
In Idaho, marijuana is illegal, a serious crime.
It is so illegal that you have to drive an hour or two to find the nearest retail outlets in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, or Montana.
Are you or your relatives such as your kids gay or Trans in a Red state?
Already, they are moving to Blue states as a matter of simple survival.
On the West coast, when CPS picks up a runaway (or pushout) kid from Utah, they don’t automatically send them back to their parents or claimed parents. And they don’t trust the Utah CPS either.
A lot of those kids are runaways from various cuckoo Mormon cults and/or abusive Mormon homes and Utah CPS just sends them back anyway.
If they make divorce hard to get, Las Vegas, Nevada will once again become the state to go for a quick divorce, no questions asked.
The phrase “dark little secret of red state life” reminds me of Tony Judt’s observation about the economic dependence of rural western states on federal largesse despite their small-state/anti-collectivist ideology:
“None of the water-starved, western states of the U.S. could survive a year without the American equivalent of what the Europeans think of as regional subsidies … The appearance of individual self-reliance is part of the myth of the American frontier.”
from “Thinking the Twentieth Century”
Sphinx of Black Quartz says
@4, Akira MacKenzie:
Spot on. It’s called “drained pool politics,” for the phenomenon of southern towns closing down their public pools rather than allowing minorities to use them. And yes, the class reductionists are playing right into their hands. We can’t fix problems we aren’t allowed to discuss.
WMDKitty -- Survivor says
As much as I can’t stand her, I do hope she can safely disentangle herself from her STBX, who I gather just might be dangerous.
SC (Salty Current) says
Huh. Learned something new today. Thanks!
SC (Salty Current) says
Re Sphinx of Black Quartz’s #12 – here’s a recent episode of the 5-4 podcast about a related Supreme Court case. They cite Heather McGhee’s The Sum of Us, which I haven’t read yet but sounds very good.
Why isn’t Lauren chasing Jesus? How can she ignore eternal truths?
Does she not believe her own promise?
Maybe she chased Jesus, who then chased her away.
bcw bcw says
The 17 year-old son with the 15 year-old pregnant girlfriend also just missed a court appearance over his reckless driving conviction that seriously injured a passenger in his car.
John Morales says
So, reckless driving but not wreckless driving.
I know a woman who is still haunted by this situation. Her son-in-law and daughter were having sex as minors in high school. Once he turned 18, he was charged with statutory rape and convicted. He didn’t go to jail, they got married when legal, but he is now a sex offender and must register as such. Neither of them has known anyone else. Now they have kids in grade school. Love and The Law.
So, she’s available.
Why, having a dry spell?
The door is over there, right?
Marcus Ranum says
Liberals seem to think that pointing out conservative hypocrisy is going to somehow shame them. The fact is that they aren’t being hypocrites because they don’t really care about anything except power. Arguing with nihilists is pointless when they are willing to do or say anything.
It’s a waste of breath. They must be disempowered and their power-base plowed with salt. If that can’t be done, and they win, it’ll be endless fascist calvinball.
They sound a lot like Serena Joy in the TV adaptation: they, like the rhetoric, right until they get what they’re asking for.
Tabby Lavalamp says
That little smirk that Boebert gives when she thinks she’s making a clever point makes me want to go full Marjorie Taylor Green at her office mail slot.
@25 I was thinking the exact same thing about conservative women being Serena Joy clones! Frankly they scare me more than the men because of the Stepford Wife-like brainwashing involved to turn them like that