Red Dog Smith is obviously watching too much news lately, or somehow absorbing it through our befouled political atmosphere here in Mesa County or maybe he has his own Twitter account and I just haven’t found it yet.
I try to be honest with him and tell him what I do and don’t know on any topic he’s curious about, so I gave it my best shot when he asked me the other day in his endearing, innocent canine way, “What’s a Boebert?”
“I honestly don’t know for sure what a Boebert is,” I said. “My impression, based on the behavior of one individual who pretends to represent a large portion of the state of Colorado in the U.S. House of Representatives, is that a Boebert is someone who says all kinds of nasty, hateful things about other people in order to get attention, applause and money.”
He gave me that look, the one I get when I’ve either talked too fast or mumbled semi-coherently.
“You heard me correctly,” I said. “I don’t know for sure what a Boebert is, hard as that is to believe.”
The next look was the I’m sorry I asked look, which I get from both Red and Mrs. Smith on occasion.
“Okay, Red,” I said. “I’ll keep it short. Since you asked, here’s what some people have said on the Boebert question recently.”
A “proudly uneducated person” – @RonFilipkowski, former Republican
Someone who says “cruel, false, and bigoted things” – @KyleClark, Colorado journalist
Something that is “only going to get worse” – Mother Jones
A dangerous, toxic person – @bjsmith
Red growled at me about then. Clearly he’d heard enough.
“I get the picture,” he said.
“Not a pretty one, is it?”
“Nope, not a pretty picture,” he said.
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