As regular readers may recall, at the end of the last school year I retired and moved from Texas to Wyoming. I moved from a state where there were more than two million people within 40 square miles of my modest home to a state with less than 600,000 people in a bit less than 98,000 square miles. Mrs. Manor and I love Texas, but our roots run deep in Wyoming’s high desert soil.
Among the interesting facts relating to Wyoming is our population allows only a single U.S. Representative, but two Senators, which is pretty much the opposite of most states, as representatives are apportioned by population. This makes that single representative more powerful than virtually any other. Our representative, sadly, is Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, a genuine son of Wyoming. She is #3 in the republican leadership.
As I’m sure you know by now, gentle readers, Ms. Cheney voted for the impeachment of former President Donald Trump. She was one of the ten ostensibly Republican Representatives that did. To say Cheney’s vote is not playing well in Wyoming is a classic understatement. I sent Ms. Cheney’s Washington office an e-mail politely expressing my displeasure at her vote, and assuring her she had, forevermore, lost my vote, and that of my extended family. I also noted that if what I’m hearing is accurate, and I’m sure it is, she’s lost Eastern Wyoming as well. I’m sure Jackson Hole will vote for her, but that’s because the billionaires from the coasts that maintain residences there have long ago chased out the mere millionaires. They enjoy Wyoming’s benefits while retaining their coastal sensibilities. I doubt it will surprise anyone to learn I have not received a reply from Rep. Cheney.
Most county Republican committees have expressed their displeasure, as has the state Republican Party, as Fox News reports:
With only a handful votes countering the censure motion, which passed 59-7, Wyoming’s GOP party has called on Cheney to ‘immediately’ resign, and vowed to withhold ‘future political funding’ from the Wyoming native.
The censure has called on Cheney to appear in front of the state’s GOP party for acting ‘in contradiction to the quantifiable will of the majority of the electorate of Wyoming.’
That last sentence is a pretty good, and very polite, example of understatement. Expressions of displeasure I’ve heard and overheard here in the Cowboy state—I’ve heard virtually no support for Cheney–tend to be substantially less polite. This illustrates the chasm between Beltway Republicans and Normal Americans in the wilds of Wyoming and elsewhere in Flyover Country. Normal Americans believe not only did Mr. Trump do nothing unimpeachable, it’s unconstitutional to impeach someone no longer in office. More about that shortly. Newsmax.com notes Cheney’s response.
‘The oath that I took to the Constitution compelled me to vote for impeachment,’ she said. ‘And it doesn’t bend to partisanship, it doesn’t bend to political pressure. It’s the most important oath that we take.’
Cheney also pushed back on the false claim that ‘BLM and antifa were behind what happened here at the Capitol.’
‘People have been lied to,’ she said. ‘The extent to which President Trump, for months leading up to Jan. 6, spread the notion that the election had been stolen or that the election was rigged, was a lie. And people need to understand that.’
She added, ‘The single greatest threat to our republic is a president who would put his own self-interest above the Constitution, above the national interest. And we’ve had a situation where President Trump claimed for months that the election was stolen and then apparently set about to do everything he could to steal it himself.’
The GOP, she asserted, ‘should not be embracing the former president.’
‘We need to make sure that we as Republicans are the party of truth and that we’re being honest about what really did happen in 2020 so we actually have a chance to win in 2022 and win the White House back in 2024,’ she said.
Let us also briefly visit Powerline, where Paul Mirengoff—no fan of Donald Trump—provides a bit more on Cheney’s response:
But there’s little to like in Cheney’s remarks to colleagues at last night’s closed-door GOP House conference meeting, as reported here. Cheney lectured the caucus, saying:
‘I have to tell you I am really, deeply, deeply concerned about where we are as a party. . . .
I’m also concerned we have to stand up. I owe you the truth, I owe my constituents the truth, you owe us the truth, we all owe each other that, and the truth is: We cannot become the party of QAnon, we cannot become the party of Holocaust denial, we cannot become the party of white supremacy.
We all watched in horror on what happened on January 6. We had a memorial service this morning for Officer Sicknick, one of the things that we saw on January 6 were members of the mob attempting to break into this building and breaking into this building wearing badges of Neo-Nazis, wearing the symbols of white supremacy—that can never be us.
If we ever want to win another election, if we ever want to get back to the point where we are fighting and battling and convincing people that they ought to support us, we have to do it on ideals. We are the party of Lincoln. We are the party of Reagan. We believe in honor and courage, limited government and low taxes. We believe in a stronger national defense and, mostly, we believe in fidelity to the Constitution of the United States.’
The Republican Party is not the party of QAnon, Holocaust denial, or white supremacy. It is in no danger of becoming that.
Mirengoff is quite right, but unlike him, I suspect her vote was far less a matter of conscience than of Trump hatred. Cheney’s hectoring of her colleagues reads like the most rabid D/S/C talking points. And “Holocaust denial?!” What Republican of any stature has ever espoused that ahistorical and insane idea? Wyomingites and other Normal Americans don’t like being falsely accused of being white supremacists, a term that has already become so abused it has about the potency of cries of racism—none at all. Like so many D/S/Cs she allowed hatred of the man to overwhelm her support of the Constitution, and with it, the beliefs of Normal Americans.
D/S/Cs are extremely good at never breaking ranks and never criticizing one of their own no matter how deserving. Republicans may claim the moral high ground for their drop of a hat willingness to bayonet their wounded on the political battlefield, but when they do, they’re being played for suckers, and liberty, limited government, low taxes, fidelity to the Constitution and more lose.
D/S/Cs are, of course, rallying to Cheney’s defense. Nothing so gains their temporary tongue bathing as a Republican that betrays the principles of their party and embraces whatever anti-America/Constitution narrative they’re selling at the moment. That’s the issue here, not “Trump Supporters” versus Never Trumpers.
As I’ve often noted, Republicans/Normal Americans do not worship politicians. They do not see politicians as their saviors. They see them as their hired hands, their representatives, and they tend to distrust them all. In the case of Donald Trump, they—and I—were pleasantly surprised. There was a man who kept his promises, upheld the rule of law, and honored his oath to defend the Constitution. They also appreciated his willingness to fight those that attacked them and the Constitution. He was as far from the sensibilities of the Deep State and the permanent bureaucracy as one can imagine, which is why they so hated him and worked tirelessly to destroy him even before his inauguration. Calls for impeachment began mere minutes after he took office, and the second impeachment farce will play out after he has left office, almost surely with the same result as the first.
With D/S/Cs politics is intensely personal. It envelops them and constantly occupies them. Not so for Normal Americans, which is why Cheney has so annoyed them, and why she had best enjoy the remainder of her final two years in office. She’s not getting reelected.
Let’s analyze Cheney’s explanation. Her oath also apparently compels her to vote for the unconstitutional: one can’t remove from office someone that no longer holds the office. As to the rest of her faux morality, Wyomingites are less than impressed.
We now know BLM, Antifa and related criminal organizations were involved—many have already been identified and arrested—and the assault on the Capital was planned long in advance and began long before President Trump ended his speech, which venue was a considerable distance from the Capital. We also know the FBI and New York Police knew of the danger and told Capital authorities, who apparently did nothing to prevent or handle it. Cheney is repeating D/S/C talking points, which have already been proved to be lies.
Even Time Magazine has blatantly admitted the election was rigged, though they characterized it as “fortifying” the election, by ensuring the right—left—candidate was elected. No wonder Gropin’ Joe Biden didn’t have to do any real campaigning; it was in the bag before it began, and it takes no imagination to realize he and his handlers knew that. As Joe said, they built the greatest vote fraud organization in history.
Again, Cheney is spouting D/S/C narratives. I’ve no doubt the near future will provide more than sufficient, indisputable proof of election fraud sufficient to have thrown the election, not that voluminous proof doesn’t already exist. Sadly, our federal law enforcement agencies will have no role in preserving election integrity–quite the contrary–and the D/S/C controlled congress in H.B. 1 seeks to codify nationwide election fraud and establish a permanent one party state. Cheney is ably assisting them by supporting not the Constitution, but their propaganda efforts to destroy it. Wyomingites are more than sharp enough to figure this out.
While one may reasonably disagree with the tactics Mr. Trump used to try to expose electoral fraud, his goal was the goal of all honest Americans: electoral integrity. One of the greatest threats to the Republic is politicians who will not fight for electoral integrity and the Constitution. Wyomingites aren’t upset because they think Cheney betrayed Trump personally, but because she betrayed their constitution-based ideals, and in so doing, is helping D/S/Cs that want to turn America into a one party state.
The GOP is not embracing the former president,” but embraces the pro-America policies and beliefs he exemplified. How bizarre that any president should be vilified for putting America first. I’ve already demonstrated Cheney is not telling the truth. Ignoring and insulting the 75 million Normal Americans—I suspect the number was considerably greater—that voted for Trump and his embrace of America will not win back the House and Senate in 2022 or 2024. It certainly won’t win either back if ostensible Republicans actively help D/S/Cs succeed in codifying election fraud, packing the Supreme Court and their other anti-American and unconstitutional plans.
Oh, and “QAnon”? I’m probably better read than the average bear on such things, but I’ve no idea—other than D/S/Cs claims–what that might be, nor have I ever met anyone that claims membership, or anyone that knows anyone that does. It’s entirely reasonable to think few, if any Normal Americans know more about this than do I, so it appears Cheney has bought this D/S/C boogey man/narrative as well.
Liz Cheney obviously doesn’t understand this, but Wyomingites do, which indicates she doesn’t understand Wyoming. Even if they didn’t much like Donald Trump, they absolutely supported his America first policies, particularly now that they’ve had several weeks of the opposite for convenient contrast. Because Liz Cheney abandoned them to embrace D/S/C lies/narratives and their plotting to abandon our republican form of government, they’re going to return the favor and help her find another sort of employment. The Harris Administration is working hard to destroy the energy industry, which they claim will produce millions of high paying jobs. Perhaps Ms. Cheney should learn to code, or produce solar panels?