Congressman Doug Lamborn represents Colorado’s deep-red 5th district centered around Colorado Springs. He is Colorado’s member of what conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer once derided as the Republican “suicide caucus” — the group of 80 far-right members of Congress determined to oppose President Obama and Democratic lawmakers at every turn and occasionally at very high cost.
Capitol Hill Republicans in general are enraged that the president plans to issue an executive order tomorrow lifting the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented residents as a way to push forward stalled immigration reform policy. Critics say Republican anger at the long-expected news is exaggerated, that it’s of a piece with the kind of knee-jerk anti-Obama sentiment that has reduced some of the party’s members — particularly members of the suicide caucus — to caricature-like opposition figures whose ideas on how to govern the country have narrowed to mostly just attacking the president.
Lamborn is a reliable example. Today, he asked constituents how they think Congress should respond to the planned executive order. The multiple-choice answer options Lamborn provided suggest the breadth of his thinking on how to approach policy disagreement in Washington.
A photo of the survey was tweeted out by Ethan Susseles earlier today under the words “Congrats, Colorado.” Susseles was campaign spokesman this year for Lamborn’s Democratic opponent, Irv Halter, a retired Air Force officer who lost after arguing that Lamborn is an ideologue and under-qualified to represent the 5th District in Congress.