Well, not exactly The Denver Post. Specifically, its editorial page editor, Curtis Hubbard. Yesterday, Hubbard wrote a scathing piece about Congressman Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, titled “Lamborn’s boycott call the latest gaffe in a congressional career full of them.”
Hubbard went off after we revealed that Lamborn had been calling Republican candidates and telling them they should boycott our newest bit of brilliance: Gazette TV. Lamborn was unhappy last Friday after I wrote about former U.S. Rep. Joel Hefley calling Lamborn a “knucklehead,” and then called a pair of House Republican candidates to suggest they not appear on the show.
Though Lamborn said afterward that his comments had been misinterpreted, the damage was done.
Hubbard pulled no punches.
“In calling for a boycott of the Colorado Springs Gazette, Rep. Doug Lamborn proved this week that, though he may be short on accomplishments in Congress, he is accomplished when it comes to bungling his way to a negative headline,” Hubbard wrote.
The Post editor attacked Lamborn for refusing to debate his opponent in the GOP primary, businessman Robert Blaha, though Blaha said he challenged Lamborn no less than 20 times.
“I’ve had a front-row seat to every one of Lamborn’s congressional bids, and his debate dodges are nothing new. Put another way, he’s as comfortable discussing issues in public as Barney Fife is reaching for his holster at a shooting range,” Hubbard wrote.
Then Hubbard handed out an enormous list of both Lamborn’s “accomplishments,” as he calls them, and “gaffes.”
From Hubbard’s piece (cut and pasted, along with links):
A look at the record shows Lamborn:
* Regularly picked fights with the Muppets via ongoing, yet unsuccessful attempts to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
* Took credit for bringing a veteran’s cemetery to southern Colorado — an effort started a decade ago by Hefley and supported by the entire delegation.
* Passed through the GOP-controlled House an oil shale subsidy plan that
A) was not wanted by many community leaders on Colorado’s Western Slope (aka Republican Rep. Scott Tipton’s Third Congressional District)
B) failed to generate money for transportation as initially claimed
C) failed to acknowledge that commercial shale development is years off and
D) had no shot of passing the Senate.
* Proudly taking credit for ranking among “the most conservative members” of Congress — as if voters in the age of hyper-partisanship and congressional ineffectiveness should laud that trait.
Now, when it comes to memorable gaffes, there’s plenty. Lamborn’s greatest misses include:
* Censoring a photo from being displayed at a hearing earlier this month for fear it was pornographic. One problem: Lamborn never looked at the image, leading one to wonder: How can you know pornography when you don’t see it? (And why was he so keen to see pictures of a dead Osama bin Laden but not of a young girl bathing in polluted water?)
* Introducing a new level of discourtesy to Congress by announcing in January he would not attend president Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address.
* Apologizing for comments likening the African-American president’s policies to “touching a tar baby”
* Being the only member of the state’s congressional delegation to withhold a signature from a letter calling for the extension of the wind energy production tax credit.
* Opposing the federal stimulus, and then appealing to the administration to spend stimulus money in his district.
* And, warning a couple who wrote a letter to the editor criticizing Lamborn shortly after he took office in 2007 — another voicemail message — that there would be “consequences” if they failed to respond.