It is time, once again gentle readers, to look in on the rapidly disintegrating political fortunes of Wyoming’s single representative, Liz Cheney. I saw her the other day. I was called to direct a choir at the funeral of retired Wyoming senator, Mike Enzi, who died suddenly and unexpectedly. We all die suddenly, but Enzi apparently keeled over on a solitary bike ride and that was that. No one is saying, but I’d guess a heart attack or massive stroke. Anyway, Cheney, seated in a rather large DC contingent that included Mitch McConnell and Joe Manchin, seemed rather uncomfortable. In Wyoming, she has good reason to feel that way, as Newsmax.com reports:
As she attracts national attention from the televised hearings on the events of Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol, Rep. Liz Cheney is also clearly in big trouble with her fellow Wyoming Republicans.
Furious at Cheney becoming one of ten GOP U.S. Representatives to support the impeachment of former President Donald Trump and her continuing attacks on him, Republicans want her out in 2022.
According to a just-completed McLoughlin poll among likely Republican voters in the Cowboy State, a whopping 72% have an unfavorable opinion of their state’s lone U.S. Representative.
When Cheney is pitted one-on-one against state Rep. Chuck Gray (for whom the poll was conducted), he demolishes her 63% to 24%.
That report was from July 30. Cheney’s prospects, if what I’m hearing from fellow Wyomingites is accurate, and I’m sure it is, have not improved since. This Washington Examiner report, also from July 30, is even more bad news:
Embattled Rep. Liz Cheney’s position on charges President Donald Trump played a role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot has not turned around her negative ratings back home in Wyoming, and now she’s on the verge of losing her reelection.
In polling data provided to Secrets, just 23% of regular primary Republicans plan to vote for her, 77% said they won’t.
And as bad, her image as a conservative like her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, has also been hurt. In the McLaughlin & Associates survey, 53% described her as liberal, and only 26% labeled her conservative.
Polling from two Republican challengers angling for Trump’s endorsement shows she is in trouble. Both show that she lacks the support of 7 in 10 Republican primary voters.
Republicans aren’t waiting until 2022 to express their displeasure:
Two Wyoming Republican leaders voted to no longer recognize Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wy.) as a member of their party, six months after she voted to impeach former President Trump, per the Casper Star-Tribune.
Why it matters: While symbolic, the move is the latest censuringthat Cheney has faced for diverging from much of her party’s response to the Capitol riot.
State of play: The Republican parties of Park county, in the state’s northwest, and Carbon county, in the south, voted to no longer recognize Cheney as a GOP leader.
Both county boards passed their resolutions unanimously and submitted letters about the votes to Cheney’s office last week.
Joey Correnti, chair of the Carbon County Republican Party, expects other counties to follow suit, according to the Star-Tribune.
I’ll observe only this kind of thing is uncommon in Wyoming. It takes a special kind of arrogant stupidity to provoke it.
Bill Sniffin, writing in The Cowboy State Daily on August 22, noted:
Both 60 Minutes from the CBS network and Gannett’s USA Today were doing major pieces on the outspoken Liz.
The main reason for all the attention is Liz Cheney’s continued bashing of former President Donald Trump. What is so incongruous about this is the fact the state Liz represents — Wyoming – had a higher level of voter support for Trump than any other state in the nation is the state in 2016 and 2020. In 2020, nearly 70% of Wyoming’s voters supported Trump’s re-election.
It’s not so much Cheney’s descent into the terminal stages of Trump Derangement Syndrome, particularly some seven months after he willingly and peacefully left office, just as the Constitution provides. It’s that she won’t let it go, and depicts herself as the sole champion defending the Constitution. Wyomingites tend to take the Constitution seriously, and her claim to be preserving the Constitution by an Inspector Javert-like obsession of Trump rankles. They would feel the same if she were so single-mindedly pursuing anyone. Well, perhaps not Joe Biden… That her resolute pursuit is giving—to stretch a comparison—aid and comfort to the enemies of Normal Americans in time of war at home and abroad is icing on the cake.
I repeated my thoughts from an earlier column, that it does not make sense for Cheney to ever run again for her Wyoming seat. There are three reasons why this is a bad idea for her:
First, because of her Trump-bashing, she has become a national media darling and is positioned to run for president as a nominee from the moderate wing of the Republican party.
Second, even if she runs again for the House and wins, it will be an ugly, expensive and grueling campaign. It will be her against Trump, which she might relish, but again, why take on the responsibility of representing Wyoming for two more years when she has much bigger national fish to fry?
And third, finally, why risk losing a Wyoming election? I find the possibility of a loss hard to grasp, however, since if she runs, some 14,000 Democrats and Independents will cross over on primary election day to pretty much guarantee her reelection.
I have to take issue with Sniffin. If Liz Cheney imagines she’s a viable presidential candidate in 2024—or ever—she’s more delusional than Joe Biden. Running for the House won’t be Cheney against Trump, but Cheney against most Wyomingites, who know D/S/Cs are after them. Trump is just the symbol and whipping boy for their hatred of Americans and America. Finally, perhaps Sniffin is more attuned to Wyoming politics than I—I’ve been away a long time—but I don’t see Cheney winning. That kind of electoral fraud is unusually hard to pull off in Wyoming.
As I noted, Cheney is making the rounds of the D/S/C propaganda media. She recently—08-15-21–appeared on ABC’s This Week:
Cheney said, ‘Absolutely President Biden bears responsibility for making the decision [referring to Biden’s disastrous withdrawal]. There’s no question that President Trump, his administration, Secretary Pompeo, they bear very significant responsibility for this. They walked down this path of legitimizing the Taliban, perpetuating this fantasy, telling the American people that the Taliban were partners in peace. President Trump told us the Taliban was going to fight terror. Secretary Pompeo told us the Taliban was going to renounce al Qaeda. The Taliban released prisoners across Afghanistan. There’s real concern they’re not just fighters in those prisons who will join the battle in Afghanistan, but the terrorists globally will be fed new soldiers for that fight. The delegitimization of the Afghan government — at one point, president trump said they would invite the Taliban to Camp David.’
Karl interjected, ‘On September 11.’
Cheney said, ‘Yes. This disaster certainly began— look, the notion of we will end endless wars, that campaign slogan, what we’re watching in Afghanistan is what happens when America withdraws from the world. Everyone who has been saying America needs to withdraw well we’re getting a devastating, catastrophic real timeless lesson in what that means.’
Cheney, a week earlier, also attacked Trump on Meet The Press:
Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) said Sunday on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ that former President Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s ‘surrender agreement with the Taliban’ led directly to the unfolding situation of the Taliban taking over Afghanistan as the U.S. military withdraws.
Cheney said, ‘We know the Taliban has never renounced al Qaeda. This is one of the things that was such an indefensible step by the Trump administration. When President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo designed to sign a surrender agreement with the Taliban.’
Breitbart.com reports Rep. Warren Davidson, an Army veteran, has a different view:
Cheney, along with Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO), sponsored in July 2020 an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would restrict then-President Trump’s ability to withdraw troops from Afghanistan unless certain conditions were met.
The amendment, otherwise known as the Afghanistan Partnership and Transparency Act (APTA), would restrict the use of funds to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan below 8,000 unless certain conditions were met. This included:
‘… that the intended withdrawal of the United States Armed Forces in Afghanistan—(A) will not compromise or otherwise negatively affect the ongoing United States counterterrorism mission against the Islamic State, al Qaeda, and associated forces; (B) will not unduly increase the risk to United States personnel in Afghanistan; (C) will not increase the risk for the expansion of existing or formation of new terrorist safe havens inside Afghanistan; will be undertaken with the consultation and coordination of allies supporting the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organization-led missions; and (E) is in the best interest of United States national security and in furtherance of United States policy toward Afghanistan for achieving an enduring diplomatic solution.’
Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) told Breitbart News Tonight host Rebecca Mansour in January 2021 that Cheney’s amendment was ‘egregious’ and the ‘opposite’ of what America should do. Other House conservatives raged against Cheney’s efforts to stall Trump’s efforts to end the war in Afghanistan.
By all means, take the links, particularly the last one, and read everything. And by the way, we’re now learning Cheney, one of the few collaborators on the January 6 witch hunting commission, has supported issuing dangerous demands for the electronic communications of not only former Trump Administration officials, but Trump family members, a wide variety of citizens, and even fellow congressmen. It’s hard to imagine anything more likely to utterly destroy any cooperation in Congress. Take the link for the list. It’s a jaw-dropping, evidence free, fishing expedition. And when D/S/Cs, with Cheney’s help, drop the results of their witch hunt before the 2022 midterms, Wyomingites aren’t going to take kindly to Cheney’s participation–even more so than now.
President Trump and Secretary Pompeo have not been shy in correcting the record, though the D/S/C media is, as always, doing it’s best to bury the truth. The agreement they negotiated was conditions based, and both confirm—as do others from the Trump Administration who were in a position to know such things—when the Taliban violated conditions, there was a swift and decisive military response. Both confirm they would never have withdrawn as Biden has done, and surely would not have negotiated from a position of abject weakness and submission.
Can they be believed? Removing troops in the dead of night without telling our NATO allies, leaving behind billions in advanced military equipment, and leaving tens of thousands of Americans and allied civilians behind enemy lines to be taken hostage and/or murdered, all the while held for ransom, trusting in the Taliban, indicates clearly Joe Biden, who has told lie after lie, cannot be believed or trusted. By any reasonable standard, what Pompeo and Trump have to say is believable because one need not be a political or military genius to avoid what Biden has wrought, and the records supports them as it does not support Biden.
Trump signed “a surrender agreement with the Taliban”? Far from it. It’s absolutely clear Trump has never had difficulty walking away from a bad deal. The American public are not outraged because we’ve pulled our troops out. That’s been long in coming. They’re outraged by how badly Biden is doing it. Liz Cheney, blinded by hatred for Donald Trump, and her clear disdain for Wyomingites, can’t stop helping D/S/Cs do even worse. Americans tend not to like that sort of thing.
In light of the death of 20 year-0ld Marine, Rylee McCollum of Jackson, WY in the Kabul suicide bombings, I’ll be extra kind and add a bit of advice to Liz Cheney: don’t be stupid enough to keep blaming Trump. Wyomingites really aren’t going to like that. The smart thing to do is to say nothing at all.