Imagine the shock and surprise of Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney when, unexpectedly, Wyoming voters were not appreciative of her efforts against the Constitution and the rule of law. It turns our Wyomingites are not fond of never Trumpers and of politicians that support policies that do things like, you know, raise gas prices above $3.00 per gallon (and climbing). Who coulda thunk it?
Just how politically tone deaf is Cheney? This tone deaf, according to an end of May article from the Political Insider:
On Wednesday [05-26-21], former GOP conference chair and Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney said that she sees her ‘re-election bid as a referendum on the future of the Republican Party.’
Cheney made her comments during an interview with the Wall Street Journal’s ‘Women, Power and Equity’ event.
See what I mean? Actually, it’s going to be a referendum on whether Wyoming voters want someone in Washington representing Wyoming, or Never Trump and D/S/C interests, which are pretty much the same thing.
Cheney said that voters are ‘potentially facing a choice between what she sees as traditional conservative values and loyalty to former President Donald Trump.’
Sorry Liz, but Trump’s policies are the closest thing to “traditional conservative values” anyone’s seen in a long time. But when you see things through a Trump Derangement Syndrome lens, that kind of warped perception is not only possible, but a stage 4 manifestation of the disease. People are “loyal” to Trump because of those policies, which reflect the Constitution and the rule of law, not because they have a D/S/C-like case of false messiah worship. Normal Americans know there is but one God. They’ll be equally loyal to any Republican president with the same policies.
She acknowledged that 2022 midterm election was going to be difficult for her, after she was booted from House Republican leadership earlier this month for repeatedly criticizing former President Donald Trump for his statements on the 2020 election.
Mrs. Cheney said the she ‘anticipates it’s going to be a hard-fought race.’ She now also says openly she regrets ever supporting and voting for Trump.
Whoo boy. No it’s not. What universe is she living in?
‘I really do think it’s one that will be a moment where the people of Wyoming can demonstrate to the country our commitment to the Constitution,’ she said during her interview.
Well, she’s right about that, which is why she’s going to be convincingly thrown out of office. Apart from what actual Wyomingites are saying, here’s proof:
A Club for Growth PAC poll showed earlier this month Cheney with a net negative image, with an unfavorable rating at 65 percent with a net rating of -36 percent.
52 [Annoying English teacher pro tip: sic—we don’t start sentences with numerals] percent also said they would rather vote for her opponent, no matter who it is.
Yup. That’s mild compared to what I’m hearing in Wyoming. Folks would vote for a rabid prairie dog over Cheney. So how is her anti-Trump rhetoric playing in Wyoming? The Washington Examiner explains:
The crowd of Wyoming Republicans vying to oust Rep. Liz Cheney is expected to clear out once former President Donald Trump chooses a favorite, a development that could sink the embattled incumbent.
More than a half-dozen Republicans have announced campaigns against Cheney in the 2022 GOP primary, threatening to divide the vote and boost the congresswoman to a fourth House term. But Republican insiders in Wyoming predict the field will winnow once Trump delivers an endorsement. Indeed, state legislator Chuck Gray, among the first and most active Republicans to mount a campaign against Cheney, would likely fold his bid if Trump endorsed a competing primary candidate.
‘It’s something Chuck would strongly consider,’ Gray campaign spokesman Rory McShane said Thursday, adding: ‘When [Trump] endorses a candidate, the others will drop out or their fundraising will dry up immediately.’
One thing I can guarantee through “lived experience,” which is all the rage these days, is Wyomingites don’t go cult of personality for any politician. They persist in the old-fashioned belief politicians are all louts and liars who are nothing more than generally untrustworthy hired hands. They’re people upon who Wyomingites have to keep an ever-watchful eye. Trump’s endorsement will be important because it will indicate who will support the Constitution and the rule of law, to say nothing of sane energy policies for Wyoming and the rest of the country. Yet Liz Cheney persists in attacking the man who actually made America energy independent, despite knowing her attacks do nothing but help the Biden handlers that have destroyed our energy independence, demonize half the country and continue to strengthen our enemies.
As regular readers know, I’ve little use for Brett Baier or Fox News since his gleeful 2020 election night abdication of integrity. However, on May 13, 2021, his interview of Cheney turned up some interesting comments, as The Daily Wire reports:
BRET BAIER, FOX NEWS HOST: I want to talk about the situation up on Capitol Hill, your political situation. your colleagues concluded that you couldn’t be effective as the GOP conference chair because of your eagerness to challenge former President Trump on his election claims. To be honest, do you agree with them? Could you have done that job considering what you were saying and doing?
REP. LIZ CHENEY (R-WY): You know, I think the question really is what kind of a party are we going to be going forward, Bret? And I think that it’s very important for us to be a party based on truth. I think it’s important for us to understand the threat that the claims the former president is making, the threat is ongoing. I think we know that the kinds of language we’ve heard from him has caused violence in the past. And there’s clearly an attempt to unravel the democracy, if you will, by focusing on challenging the legitimacy of the election, moving us away from, abandoning the rule of law. And so I think that for us, as Republicans, we have a huge set of issues, we’ve got to be able to defeat the Democrats over, and we’ve got a huge set of policies we’ve got to be able to implement, we have to get people to vote for us. And we can’t do that if we are a party that’s based on a foundation of lies. I think what the former president’s doing is dangerous.
Let’s keep in mind it is D/S/Cs that have been contesting every election since the 1980s. It is D/S/Cs who have never admitted Trump’s election was legitimate–there is less than no evidence of election fraud in that race–and did everything they could to remove him from office, even after his term in office expired. One doesn’t “unravel the democracy” by demanding election integrity. One does by trying to prevent and abolish election integrity. It is Cheney that is furthering D/S/C lies.
BAIER: So, if you look at the numbers in Wyoming, 70% of Wyoming voted for President Trump, actually more people voted for President Trump than voted for you, a higher percentage voted for President Trump. Now you’re saying you’re dedicating your life to opposing him. So why — we’ll put up those numbers — why should Wyoming voters, say, re-elect you when you’re spending so much energy opposing him? So little opposing Biden?
CHENEY: Well, you’re wrong.
Wyomingites think otherwise.
BAIER: So you mentioned Schumer and Pelosi — take a listen to this.
CHUCK SCHUMER, SENATE MAJORITY LEADER: Liz Cheney spoke truth to power, and now they’re firing her.
REP. HAKEEM JEFFRIES (D-NY): What would a patriot do? A patriot would do what Liz Cheney has done. And she’s paid a heavy price for it.
NANCY PELOSI, HOUSE SPEAKER: For her courage, for her patriotism. And I wish her well, perhaps this challenge will make her stronger.
BAIER: Are you comfortable with all of these Democrats singing your praises? Day after day?
Wyomingites certainly aren’t.
CHENEY: Bret, look, what we’re talking about, these issues of the Constitution and the rule of law, should be above politics, it should be above partisanship, it should be above party. Every single one of us, everyone watching this show, everybody who works at Fox, everybody who’s elected to office, all of us have to love our country more. And that means that there are moments when you have to put politics aside, when you have to say, I will not be part of unraveling the democracy, that is a fundamentally important thing, the most fundamentally important thing we do, obeying the rule of law, standing up for the Constitution. And I think that we would all be better off as a country, frankly, if more of us said, ‘We’re gonna stand by the Constitution, we’re going to defend the rule of law, let’s have a vigorous debate about substance and policy.’ Those are really important issues. And I disagree about just about everything with all of those people that you just showed, but those substantive policy debates need to be conducted in a way that is worthy of the people that have fought for our freedom, worthy of the people who have died for our freedom, and that reflects who we are as a nation. We need to be proud of our ideals. And we need to know we have the better ideas, and that’s how we beat the Democrats.
Riiiight. So we support the Constitution, the rule of law, and our democracy—it’s actually a representative republic—by attacking the president who did more to support American constitutionalism than anyone in decades. Wyoming voters are just a bit smarter than that, and they really don’t like politicians that lie to them, as Glenn Greenwald explains at Substack:
In an interview on Tuesday with Fox News’ Bret Baier, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) denied that she spread the discredited CIA ‘Russian bounty’ story. That CIA tale, claiming Russia was paying Taliban fighters to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan, was cooked up by the CIA and then published by The New York Times on June 27 of last year, right as former President Trump announced his plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. The Times story, citing anonymous intelligence officials, was then continually invoked by pro-war Republicans and Democrats — led by Cheney — to justify their blocking of that troop withdrawal. The story was discredited when the U.S. intelligence community admitted last month that it had only “low to moderate confidence” that any of this even happened.
When Baier asked Cheney about her role in spreading this debunked CIA story, Cheney blatantly lied to him, claiming ‘if you go back and look at what I said — every single thing I said: I said if those stories are true, we need to know why the President and Vice President were not briefed on them.’ After Baier pressed her on the fact that she vested this story with credibility, Cheney insisted a second time that she never endorsed the claim but merely spoke conditionally, always using the ‘if these reports are true’ formulation.
By all means, take the link and read the whole thing. One more excerpt:
Liz Cheney, as she so often does, blatantly lied. That she merely spoke of the Russian bounty story in the conditional — ‘every single thing I said: I said if those stories are true’ — is completely and demonstrably false. Indeed, other than Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), there are few if any members of Congress who did more to spread this Russian bounty story as proven truth, all in order to block troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
And of course, where Cheney is concerned, getting Trump is always more than sufficient justification for playing fast and loose with the truth. Wyomingites are tolerant people. If Liz Cheney wants to consume herself with hatred for Donald Trump, her choice, her consequences. But drag Wyoming into it, support those actually doing damage to the Constitution, that’s another matter. Come election night, 2022, the only issue is going to be how badly Cheney loses.