It probably shouldn't have been a surprise that Doug Lamborn, Republican congressman from Colorado Springs, decided to boycott President Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday. Lamborn, after all, is the same guy who referred to Obama's economic and debt-reduction policies as a "tar baby" in July. (Oops, guess, the historically racist significance of that expression escaped Lamborn, who was named Keith Olbermann's Worst Person in the World that week.) But it was surprising nonetheless.
I guess you just don't expect a U.S. Congressman to act like a six-year-old and throw a temper tantrum when he doesn't get his way. But Lamborn was definitely the obnoxious, screaming little boy in the supermarket, the one that everyone shakes their head at.
Lamborn's office told various media outlets that while he "respects the President personally, and the office of the President," he wants to "send a clear message that he does not support the policies of Barack Obama, that they have hurt our country."
Lamborn's decision stands in stark contrast to Colorado Senator Mark Udall's two-years-and-running request to his colleagues that members of the Democratic and Republican parties actually sit together during the speech. "Date night," as it has been called, has been both encouraged and chided by various elected officials.
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Lamborn had previously said that he planned to sit with the members of the Colorado delegation, a bi-partisan group, but later changed his mind.
In July, after the tar-baby comments, Lamborn apologized to Obama, telling a local media outlet that "I absolutely intended no offense, and if this is at all on his radar screen, I am sure that he will not take offense and he'll be happy to accept my apology because he is a man of character."
Lamborn himself? Not so much.