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This Week in Schadenfreude: I Might Need Security

For the second time in as many days, we find a need to run this photo:

Lauren Boebert and Marge Greene heckling during the State of the Union

In yesterday's item, we noted that Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) has been cultivating a "Colorado persona" and a "Washington persona." The former is a more serious, constituent-oriented politician and the latter is a loudmouthed, grandstanding proto-theocratic fascist.

Before we continue, let us list some of the venues where the behavior above would not be acceptable:

In most of these contexts, you would be removed from the premises. In some, you might also be arrested. What makes it possible for Boebert and Greene to be so obnoxious is that lawmakers are largely a law unto themselves within the walls of Congress, and the only things that can really rein them in are their colleagues ("Ha!," in this case) or their sense of professionalism and decorum ("Double Ha!").

And that lays the groundwork for this week's schadenfreude, one which was submitted by a great many readers, for obvious reasons. It would seem that the Representative and her boyfriend bought tickets to see the touring company of the musical Beetlejuice in Denver. It would further seem that the Representative forgot she was at home, as opposed to D.C., and so was supposed to be using her "mature, serious Lauren" persona. And so, during the performance, she managed to squeeze in virtually every "obnoxious audience member" cliché possible:

Theaters don't like to kick paying customers out, but they can, and, in contrast to the U.S. House, they will. And if they do, they don't even have to worry about Fox and Newsmax and OANN devoting three full weeks of coverage to the matter, and how it shows how the evil socialists are trying to silence Christians and turn your children into trans Black Power activists.

In other words, Boebert managed to get herself tossed. And even then, the clichés did not stop. Playing the "Do you know who I am?" card? Check. Playing the "I have friends in high places!" card? Check. Specifically, Boebert threatened that she would use her pull with the Denver police and the Denver mayor. As if Mike Johnston (D) gives two craps about Boebert and her temper tantrum.

If you want to see footage of her being warned, then escorted out, then leaving the premises, it's here. If you forward to the 3:07 mark, you will see that as she and her date walked away, she was dancing and twirling. Given her overall behavior, we would be willing to bet any amount of money she was not straight that night. Alcohol? Probably. Something else? Maybe. But sober people do not behave like that.

Boebert's staff, along with the Representative herself, are trying mightily to spin this, and to explain that: (1) she just had a little too much fun, and (2) she is being singled out by... the commies? The haters? The deep state? Beetlejuice himself? One of those. In any event, behaving in such a manner that security gets called on you multiple times does not much comport with the image she's supposedly trying to project. And there's unquestionably a lot of schadenfreude that, at long last, she is paying a price, even if it's a small one, for this kind of jerk behavior. (Z)

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