Adam Kinzinger, Bennie Thompson, Bob Ferguson, D/S/Cs, David Montgomery, Donald Trump, Gay marriage, General Milley, George W. Bush, Harriet Hageman, Jan. 6 Commission, Joey Correnti, Kevin McCarthy, Liz Cheney, Matt Gaetz, Trump Derangement Syndrome, Tucker Carlson
Rep. Liz Cheney (RINO, Northern VA) has gone entirely over to the dark side. Let us, gentle readers, review the evidence. As we do, keep in mind this is only a portion of her disdain for Republicans, Wyoming and America since I last wrote about her on August 27. Enter “Liz Cheney” in the SMM homepage search bar to find everything I’ve written about her. She just can’t stop spitting in the faces of Wyomingites:
Chairman of the House January 6th committee Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) announced Thursday that Rep. Liz Cheney will be their vice chair. This comes over a month since the committee’s first session.
Thompson defended his decision, complimenting Cheney for seeking the truth. ‘Representative Cheney has demonstrated again and again her commitment to getting answers about January 6th, ensuring accountability, and doing whatever it takes to protect democracy for the American people,’ Thompson wrote in a statement. ‘Her leadership and insights have shaped the early work of the Select Committee and this appointment underscores the bipartisan nature of this effort.’
Right. Bipartisan. Cheney and one other Republican useful idiot appointed by Nancy Pelosi, who refused to seat republicans picked by Republican House leadership. By the way, that useful idiot, Adam Kinzinger (RINO, IL), has seen the writing on the wall and announced he’s retiring from Congress. Cheney, who isn’t nearly that bright, is going to ride this particular sinking ship all the way to the bottom. Cheney has to know this is a slap in the face of every congressional Republican, to say nothing of normal Americans. She has to know the propaganda value this has for D/S/Cs, and she does it anyway.
Consider this little speech Cheney made before the January 6 Committee:
I’ve heard from a number of my colleagues in the last several days who say they, quote, ‘Just don’t want this target on their back.’ They’re just trying to keep their heads down, they don’t want to anger Kevin McCarthy, the minority leader, who has been especially active in attempting to block the investigation of events of Jan. 6, despite the fact that he clearly called for such a commission,’ said Cheney, who voted to impeach Trump for his conduct on Jan. 6.
‘A week after, I asked each one of you to step back from the brink. I urge you to do what you know is right, to think of the long arc of history. We are told that it bends towards justice. But it does so only because of the actions of men and women in positions of public trust. … Will you be able to say you did everything possible to ensure Americans got the truth about those events, or did you look away? Did you make partisan excuses and accept the unacceptable?’
Does that, in any way, sound like a Republican? “The long arc of history?” What Republican even thinks like that, let alone says something like that? Was Liz Cheney writing Barack Obama’s speeches? And in more really bad news for Cheney:
Donald Trump is backing Harriet Hageman, a Wyoming lawyer, in a primary challenge against GOP Rep. Liz Cheney, Politico reports, citing three unidentified people with knowledge of his plans.
The Associated Press also confirmed Hageman as Trump’s choice, citing one unnamed source.
Trump’s pick for someone to challenge one of his most vocal Republican critics is seen as his most important endorsement so far in his post-presidency.
Interestingly, this was just a bit premature:
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., has called on Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to remove ‘turncoat Republicans’ Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger from all House committees on which they serve as members of the GOP conference.
Cheney, R-Wyo., and Kinzinger, R-Ill., sit on the partisan House select committee that’s investigating events surrounding the Jan. 6 violence at the Capitol. The two anti-Trump lawmakers were appointed to the committee by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
‘They’ve crossed the Rubicon, joined the other side,’ Gaetz said Thursday on his “Firebrand with Matt Gaetz” podcast.
‘So how do Cheney and Kinzinger justify a critique of [former President Donald] Trump for destroying our institutions and violating norms when they’re participating the Stalinist tactics of the tyrannical left?’
How indeed. Kinzinger down, Cheney to go. Lets hear what Harriet Hageman has to say:
‘When push came to shove, she chose Washington, DC. And she’s just used Wyoming as a mechanism to get there and have power,’ [Harriet] Hageman said about Cheney.
Hageman said Cheney’s support for impeaching former President Donald Trump and subsequently aligning herself with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the committee to investigate the January 6 protests prove she was only interested in earning political power in D.C., not in the people of Wyoming.
Democrats, she said, are only using Cheney to pursue their political agenda against the Republicans.
‘She stepped on the bus with the Democrats, and they’re using her to punch us in the nose at every opportunity, and that’s not right,’ she said.
Cheney indicated she would still run for reelection despite her reluctance to appear and hold public events in the state.
‘Bring it,’ she wrote on social media soon after Trump announced his endorsement of Hageman.
“Bring it,” but to Northern Virginia or Dallas, certainly not anywhere in Wyoming. How reluctant is she to appear in Wyoming? The Federalist has looked into that:
Since her third congressional swearing-in on Jan. 3, it remains unclear whether Cheney has been back to Wyoming despite ample time to do so. An assistant in her Cheyenne office said she traveled back every recess, meaning Cheney would have been in the state she represents the second week of January after her vote on impeachment. Her assistant, however, could not confirm she had indeed gone home, and Cheney’s D.C. office did not respond to The Federalist’s repeated inquiries. While Cheney insulted Gaetz when he went to Wyoming, The Federalist has come up short finding any evidence she had gone back herself.
Of course. Her Wyoming staff can’t confirm when or if she’s been in Wyoming. Perhaps Cheney is so self-effacing, so humble, she’s been there many times without telling her political staff or Wyoming residents? Perhaps she just communed with the antelope, and they aren’t talking? As regular readers know, I have occasionally written about D/S/C socio-political anthropologists who venture out into the dangerous, unsophisticated wilds of Flyover Country, there to try to find some spark of humanity or goodness among the unfathomable, primitive natives. Such a person, one David Montgomery of The Washington Post caught a wagon train to Wyoming, and reported on Wyomingite’s opinions of Liz Cheney:
‘It’s kind of like a line in the sand was drawn,’ says [Bob] Ferguson, who voted for Cheney in 2020 but now sounds viscerally offended by her. ‘She hasn’t just turned on Donald Trump – she has turned on Donald Trump’s supporters. … She has insulted constituents in a very conservative state, called us insurrectionists. Nothing could be further from the truth.’ [skip]
The first person I interviewed, in Cheyenne at the southern edge of the state, was a retired elementary school teacher walking her dog near the state Capitol. She said she admired Cheney for standing up to Trump. She added, ‘I don’t know anyone else in Wyoming who supports her except me.’
I didn’t know—and I’m exaggerating only slightly—anyone did. Cheney is obsessed with Donald Trump, accusing anyone opposing her of being equally obsessed and standing against the Constitution. Consider what Carbon County GOP Chairmain Joey Correnti IV has to say about that:
‘It’s not because we’re Trump fanatics,’ Correnti insists. ‘My problem with my representative is she’s continuing to focus my voice as my representative on somebody who’s not president and may never be president again, and not focusing on fixing election concerns and the problems facing Wyoming.’ Correnti lit one cigarette after another and drank diet soda as he continued. ‘If (Trump) chooses to never come back to running for office or politics again, he has still left us with … a reawakening of the grass-roots voice. It’s our responsibility to pick up that ball and run with it.’
Notice Montgomery’s choice of “insists,” implying Correnti was vainly trying to be convincing. Folks in Wyoming have no need to convince leftist Beltway newspaper flacks of anything, and everyone to whom Montgomery spoke was either ridiculously polite, or he scrubbed their comments. Most Wyomingites are anything but polite when Cheney’s name comes up. They speak their minds and don’t much care if Beltway media swamp creatures buy it. And what’s with the gratuitous bit about cigarettes and diet soda? By all means, take the link and read the entire article, wherein Montgomery valiantly struggles to find people to say anything positive about Liz Cheney. This pretty much sums it up:
Cheney declined to comment for this story.
This isn’t helping Cheney either:
Wyomingites aren’t fond of this because they hate gay people. They’re very much live and let live folks. Anyone “coming out” in Wyoming is most likely to find people politely nodding, perhaps saying “that’s nice,” and immediately going back to their usual, daily business. What rankles people is Cheney choosing to make this overtly political gesture at this particular time, just more evidence of her turning her back on traditional values and aligning herself with D/S/Cs. In the same 60 Minutes interview, she had this to say about her terminal Trump Derangement Syndrome:
‘The Republican Party here has disowned you. They’ve called for your resignation. We’ve been told your approval rating here is down around 30%. Can you win this seat?’ CBS’s Leslie Stahl asked.
‘Absolutely,’ Cheney replied. ‘I think it’s going to be the most important House race in 2022, and it will be one where people do have the opportunity to say we want to stand for the Constitution.’
She added, ‘A vote against me in this race, a vote for whomever Donald Trump has endorsed, is a vote for somebody who’s willing to perpetuate the big lie, somebody who’s put allegiance to Trump above allegiance to the Constitution.’
Wyomingites do intend to stand for the Constitution—by voting against Cheney. This too did not set well with Americans, and Wyomingites in particular:
Rep. Liz Cheney offered a resounding defense on Wednesday of Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, praising him for ‘standing in the breach’ in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and drawing a contrast with some of her fellow Republicans.
Milley has spent much of the past two days fending off attacks during acrimonious hearings on the withdrawal from Afghanistan over his calls with China and interviews for books critical of Donald Trump’s presidency.
Many members of the Senate and House Armed Services committees devoted their time to questions about Milley’s interviews with Bob Woodward and other authors rather than to the 20-year U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, and its chaotic and deadly end last month.
Several asked why Milley had not resigned, and one suggested that if he were in China, he might be shot.
Cheney, one of only two Republicans on a select committee investigating the January attack, apologized to Milley while criticizing those who tried to ‘whitewash’ the riot.
‘It was an effort to stop the constitutionally prescribed process of counting electoral votes. It was the first time in our nation’s history we did not have a peaceful transfer of power,’ Cheney said.
No one is “whitewashing” anything. Normal Americans have consistently held that anyone actually breaking the law should face appropriate consequences, and there certainly was a peaceful transfer of power—everyone saw Gropin’ Joe stumble though his inauguration speech–but more on this shortly. Chilton Williamson Jr. at Spectator World.com has noticed, as his headline stated, that Liz Cheney is running scared in Wyoming:
Last Wednesday, Rep. Liz Cheney seized the opportunity during a House Armed Services Committee hearing to apologize to Gen. Mark Milley. She went on to assail the ‘despicable’ questioning of her Republican colleagues, who wanted information about phone calls Milley had made to a Chinese official last fall, in which the general had assured him that, were President Trump to launch a nuclear attack against China (presumably out of sheer frustration, or perhaps idle curiosity to learn what the result would be), he would tip him ahead of the fact.
This, of course, was a direct affront to the 70 percent of Wyoming citizens for had voted for Trump in 2020. Several days before that, Cheney had confessed to 60 Minutes that she had been wrong to oppose gay marriage in the past. (About the only people in Wyoming who believe in homosexual weddings are the staffs of the University of Wyoming and the community colleges, a few members of various school boards and assorted social workers.)
Cheney, as vice chairman of the January 6 Committee, continues to bang on about the Capitol riot as if it were the most monstrous thing since Fort Sumter. This despite the fact that it was scarcely more disruptive than the public’s invasion of the White House on Andrew Jackson’s Inauguration Day, and the only person killed, poor Ashli Babbitt, was shot by dead by a Capitol policeman inside the People’s House, which was as much hers as Speaker Pelosi’s and Sandy Cortez’s.
This is one of the most accurate outsider summaries of the feelings of Wyomingites I’ve yet seen. Here’s more:
Cheney is persona non grata in Wyoming, and it is too late for her to jump to another lily pad. She is too clumsy a politician to negotiate such a leap anyhow: more likely than not, she would land with a sodden splash in the pond water. Her only hope is that enough candidates enter the field to fracture the vote, permitting her to squeak back into office on a small plurality. Meanwhile, the football stadium at the University of Wyoming a mile from where I am writing this rocks during every home game to voluminous roars of ‘F– JOE BIDEN!’ Cheney protests that she doesn’t care for Joe overmuch, but she certainly seems to prefer him to his predecessor in the White House. He belongs to the same establishment that her father does. Washington has its own version of the Masonic Grip, but Trump doesn’t know it, never wanted to, and doesn’t now.
Take this link to an article by Matt Margolis at PJ Media. Margolis too is accurately assessing the Wyoming political winds:
Rep. Liz Cheney’s career as a congresswoman will likely be ending soon, and she seems determined to go down swinging like a lunatic at Trump. The Wyoming congresswoman believes that President Trump was ‘personally involved’ with the January 6 Capitol riot.
Cheney will certainly have a hand in exaggerating and outright lying to make that case, despite the FBI—the FBI?!—admitting there was no organized conspiracy/insurrection, and certainly none involving Donald Trump. This too, isn’t looking good for Cheney:
Republican political consultants are reportedly choosing between House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Never Trump Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) as congressmembers gear up for the midterms.
Jeff Miller, a prominent lobbyist in Washington who has close ties to McCarthy, is telling other Republican political consultants that they must choose between working with McCarthy or working with Cheney, according to the New York Times. In recent weeks, Miller has been giving off the message of ‘us-or-her.’
Tucker Carlson, the most popular Conservative commentator on Cable TV, and often, on broadcast media period, has produced a three-part documentary on January 6, which will not air until the first week in November. Cheney attacked it before anyone saw anything other than a trailer, which promises to badly damage the predetermined January 6 narrative of the Cheney commission. Cheney isn’t taking it well, and has demonstrated her fidelity to the Constitution by demanding the First Amendment be abridged where Carlson is concerned:
Fox News host Tucker Carlson tore into Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) after she tweeted the upcoming documentary about the Capitol riot is ‘the same type of lies that provoked violence on January 6. As @FoxNews knows, the election wasn’t stolen and January 6 was not a ‘false flag’ operation.’
Carlson’s documentary, titled ‘Patriot Purge, promises to uncover the ‘true story behind 1/6″ and is set to premiere November 1 on Fox Nation, the network’s online streaming service. Cheney was among the many critics who said Carlson’s production is dangerous despite it not being released yet.
‘The bottom of her statement, Cheney made her point explicit: ‘Make this man stop talking. Deplatform his show at once.’ That was a point of the tweet and it was pretty amusing to read it. This is not CNN. We work for Fox News. Our bosses don’t pull people off the air just because some screechy little politician does not like what we say. Sorry, Liz Cheney. Keep in mind that Liz Cheney has not even seen the film she is so angry about, just the trailer. A minute and 42 seconds pulled from three full episodes. Liz Cheney is not waiting for the facts here. She knows for certain we have weapons of mass destruction, and she plans to invade,’ Carlson said on Thursday.
‘In some ways, you can see why Cheney was so enraged by our trailer. Until yesterday, she and Nancy Pelosi had a monopoly on how Americans were allowed to understand January 6th. It was a ‘racist insurrection,’ they told us with straight faces. ‘It was the single worst day of political violence since 9/11, the Civil War.’ That was there often repeated storyline, and they were entirely in charge of that storyline no questions were allowed,’ he continued. ‘But unfortunately for them, that is not how a free society works.’
Fortunately for Wyoming and America, pulling off the kind of election fraud necessary to save Liz Cheney is unlikely in Wyoming. Wyomingites, despite Cheney’s $5.1 million dollar campaign war chest, are going to send her back to the Beltway, but not as Wyoming’s representative. I’m sure she can get a job with the DNC or as a D/S/C lobbyist. The Lincoln Project might be hiring…
It’s going to be interesting indeed to see if Cheney again sets foot in Wyoming. If she does, she’s not going to get a warm welcome.
I have had family in Wyoming for many years, and I find your description of Wyoming residents to be true and accurate. Good down to earth folks, that don’t take to well to liars and liberals. Enjoy your work. You are another important voice for freedom.
Mike McDaniel said:
You’re very kind. Do spread the word, please?
Alan Booth said:
Excellent post, as usual. Having lived there, as you know, I find it hard to believe she will be re-elected. As to the Vindman quote at the end of the post: that is exactly the point of the sacred First Amendment.
Mike McDaniel said:
Dear Alan Booth:
Thanks, and what you said.
Kathryn of Wyoming said:
Such a great article! If the wretched woman doesn’t shut up I’m pretty sure my head is going to explode. The only thing I fear is a repeat of what got her elected in Wyoming in the first place. Few of us were happy when the carpetbagger won that election. I hope and pray that, if necessary, any candidate standing in the way of getting rid of Cheney–and that includes Hageman–will be willing to fall on their sword.
Mike McDaniel said:
Dear Kathryn of Wyoming:
Oh dear, don’t let your head explode. Let’s help Cheney explode her electoral chances instead.