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What, exactly, is Liz Cheney trying to do?  She has to know she is going to be bounced out of Congress in November, 2022.  She is even less popular—enter Liz Cheney” in the SMM home page search bar to find everything on Cheney–with Wyoming voters than Gropin’ Joe Biden, and that’s quite an accomplishment.  Wyomingites, perhaps more than most Americans, care a great deal about individual liberty, and of course, the Constitution.  So when Cheney, Fauci-like, moans: “I am the Constitution!” they are not amused.

I recently observed Cheney hasn’t been anywhere near Wyoming since the summer of 2021, when she stopped in for the funeral of former Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi.  I was there, called in to direct the Gillette Chamber Singers as they sang the National Anthem.  Cheney looked distinctly uncomfortable, like a DC swamp creature out of its national habitat, which is precisely what she is.  Perhaps Tucker Carlson can provide insight:

If you live in Manchester, New Hampshire, first of all, congratulations, it’s a really nice place. But second, we thought we’d give you an explanation for what you may have just seen. So if you live there and last month, you thought you saw Liz Cheney wandering around downtown Manchester, no, you were not hallucinating. Liz Cheney was there. And that’s pretty weird if you think about it. Not a lot of people go to Manchester, New Hampshire, in November, so it probably wasn’t a family vacation. Nor is it likely that Liz Cheney went up there by accident. Manchester is an eight-hour drive from her home in the D.C. suburbs, and more to the point, it’s also eight hours from the CNN studios in downtown Washington that she inhabits more often than most of us go to church and much more reverently.

Manchester is also, not that it matters to her, more than 2,000 miles from Wyoming. That’s the state that she supposedly represents in the U.S. Congress.

So the question is: What was Liz Cheney doing in Manchester, New Hampshire, and of course, there’s only one conceivable answer. Liz Cheney plans to run for President of the United States.

Delusional, but why else would she visit New Hampshire?  Doesn’t she care about being reelected to represent Wyoming?

Yet apparently, Liz Cheney is the last person who doesn’t know this. {Americans don’t like unnecessary wars and rather like Donald Trump]

She has literally no idea. She believes she has a shot at the Republican nomination for president, and she believes that fervently enough to fly to Manchester, New Hampshire, in the middle of November. So what can we conclude from this behavior? Not looking at what she says, but what she’s doing? And the only answer is Liz Cheney is delusional. She’s living on another planet, and on that planet with her is the Republican Party’s fading leadership class. The people who stopped assessing reality are having new thoughts of any kind, right, around 2003. That’s the era in which they are frozen in amber.

A great many of those people are giving Cheney millions upon millions.  They have to know she’s not going to have a congressional seat, or perhaps they think they can cheat her back into office?  Sorry, but a congresscritter—apart from the Speaker of the House—just doesn’t have the kind of power that kind of investment would reward.  Unless, of course, they think they can scam her into the presidency.

In her inspector Javert-like pursuit of Donald Trump, Cheney is using her position on the January 6 Committee to damage or destroy Trump and everyone associated with him.  If she is thinking she can be president, that Trump Derangement Syndrome obsession makes a sort of psychotic sense.  Knock off Trump, and the way is clear for her ascension.  Her latest tactic to clear that path is violating the privacy of American citizens, as Byron York explains:

ABOUT THOSE JAN. 6 TEXTS. The House Jan. 6 committee has released a bunch of texts from the day of the Capitol riot given to them by former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. The texts that have gotten the most attention were sent to Meadows by three Fox News hosts, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, and Brian Kilmeade. As the riot raged, all urged Meadows to push President Donald Trump to make a forceful statement telling the rioters to leave the Capitol and end the violence.

Immediately after the texts were made public — read aloud at a committee meeting by Rep. Liz Cheney — some commentators used them to attack not Trump but the Fox hosts. The criticism was that the hosts were hypocrites because they privately recognized the destructiveness of the riot but downplayed it publicly. One commentator, the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake , grossly mischaracterized what Ingraham had said in an effort to fit the facts into his preferred anti-Fox narrative.

But look at what actually happened. (Here I should say that I am a Fox News contributor and have been a friend of Ingraham’s for years.) This is what Ingraham texted to Meadows: ‘Mark, the President needs to tell people in the Capitol to go home. This is hurting all of us. He is destroying his legacy.’ [skip]

By the way, the committee-released texts also showed that Trump’s own son, Donald Trump Jr., was sending similar messages to Meadows at the same time.

Reality check: the sort of riot at the Capitol lasted only a few hours.  Most of the people there were not, in fact, rioting.  Only a small portion of the thousands present committed crimes, and what small part of the thousands of hours of surveillance video released to the public reveals is Americans, invited inside by the Capitol Police, politely seeing the sights and amiable chatting with the police.  After a few hours, they willingly left—this was the worst insurrection in history—and President Trump repeatedly did as his son and others asked and urged lawful behavior.

On Tuesday, 12-14, 21, I watched the Carlson, Hannity and Ingraham shows.  I normally don’t watch Hannity or Ingraham, but did because of this issue.  What they explained, and what the record shows, is they, and others, sent e-mails to Meadows, then the White House Chief of Staff, expressing their concern, and urging President Trump to try to stop the sort of riot.  Of course, Mr. Trump didn’t inspire it, had no role in planning it, and responded repeatedly and rapidly. Here’s the text of Trump’s video message, released just after 1600 that day.

I know your pain. I know you’re hurt. I know you’re hurt, I know your pain. I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side. But you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. We have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anybody hurt. It’s a very tough period of time. There’s never been a time like this where such a thing happened where they could take it away from all of us, from me, from you, from our country. This was a fraudulent election. But we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home, we love you. You’re very special. You’ve seen what happens. You see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel, but go home and go home at peace.

Keep in mind it wasn’t until about 1315 that day that President Trump ended his speech, far from the Capitol.  At about the same time, agitators began fighting with Capitol Police.  At about 1430, President Trump sent a Tweet saying “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement.  They are truly on the side of our country.  Stay Peaceful.”  At about 1515 Trump tweeted: “I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!”  And about 45 minutes later, Trump released his video message.

It’s interesting, and infuriating, to note Twitter deleted some of Mr. Trump’s tweets urging law and order as they banned him from tweeting, and wouldn’t allow comments or retweets.  Cheney, of course, made no mention of Mr. Trump’s continuing attempts to restore order.  It’s also interesting to note Trump offered the National Guard days before January 6, but Speaker Pelosi refused.  Odd behavior for one planning insurrection.

Cheney is falsely trying to suggest the Fox hosts and other’s messages prove an insurrection, but she’s lying. Cheney is also trying to support, and build, the insurrection narrative, which is also a lie.  Hannity, Ingraham and other’s public texts were no different in content and intent than their private e-mails sent to Meadows.  Ingraham, for example, displayed her public texts from January 6, on air, to prove her point.

Back to Carlson:

So the texts that Liz Cheney read aloud yesterday were a tribute to the people who wrote them, but because she is a liar, Liz Cheney attempted to twist these texts into proof of some kind of conspiracy. Part of the insurrection storyline, which, by the way, is getting very old. If Jan. 6 was an insurrection, we’ll believe anything, where’s the evidence of that?

Has Liz Cheney shown that a single prominent Republican in the United States of America plotted to overthrow the government of the United States? Well, no, she hasn’t. Not one. As with the prosecution of Kyle Rittenhouse, Liz Cheney is proving the defendant’s case inadvertently, and of course, she’s lying. They all are. The entire Jan. 6 committee is lying, and they’re not even lying very artfully repeatedly in just the last few days, nearly a year after it happened. The record is settled. We know the facts, Democrats have continued to claim, contrary to the facts, that many people were killed at the Capitol on January 6th.

As regular readers know, only Ashley Babbitt was killed by an incompetent, panicky Capitol police administrator.  We’re now beginning to understand at least one other American, a middle-aged woman, may have been beaten to death by Capitol Police, though they have, to this point, claimed she died of a drug overdose.  Carlson is right: Cheney, D/S/Cs, their media propaganda arm, and even some Republicans, are lying about January 6, and obviously trying to cover up what actually happened, and why there was no effective police preparation or response.

Well, for the most part, a year later, it’s very clear January 6th was essentially what it appeared to be. Thousands of ordinary American citizens, voters, people who believe in our democracy far more fervently than Liz Cheney ever has, came to Washington because they sincerely believed democracy had been thwarted. They believed the presidential election was unfair, and they have a right to believe that, and by the way, in many ways, they were correct. The presidential election was unfair, and you don’t have to get into anything about voting machines to believe that.

This is particularly galling:

Consider the facts that we know. As Election Day approached, Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T shut down the Trump campaign’s ability to send text messages and then Google, this has never even been reported, but it is widely known, Google prevented the Trump campaign from raising money over Gmail. There’s no precedent for that. The Trump reelection campaign lost millions in donations. That was the whole point of it.

Robert Spencer at PJ Media notes

The Leftist political and media establishment now takes for granted that on Jan. 6, Donald Trump attempted a coup, with his slavish minions storming the Capitol and threatening the very survival of our free institutions. The only thing they haven’t been able to do is to prove it, even with a vindictive round of impeachment proceedings conducted after Trump left office and an endless round of somnambulant Jan. 6 insurrection hearings in a House committee.

So it was understandable that the far-Left propaganda organ the Daily Beast was thrilled Monday when Rep. Liz Cheney (R-NeverTrump) revealed numerous texts sent to Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Jan. 6, begging Trump to tell the people who had entered the Capitol to desist. They got him now, right? After years of the Russian collusion hoax and Stalinist show trial impeachment proceedings, they finally got him! Well, no. In fact, the texts Cheney revealed prove definitively that there was no Jan. 6 insurrection at all.

Final Thoughts:  Liz Cheney, leading the D/S/C charge while wrapping herself in the Constitution, is trying to convince Americans January 6 was an insurrection, planned, implemented and inspired by Donald Trump, that came within a hairsbreadth of taking down our government.  They have no evidence of that, because it’s not remotely true. None of the Americans charged and languishing without trial in the DC Jail have been charged with insurrection or anything remotely like it. D/S/Cs tried to prove it by impeaching Trump after he left office, and failed.

But he claimed the election was stolen!  He’s destroying democracy!  So what?  Americans get to say that sort of thing, even the President.  It’s that annoying First Amendment, you see, and there is substantial evidence to suggest that’s exactly what happened.  I get to say it too, but I can present proof.  Cheney can’t.  Besides, exercising free speech, particularly political speech which enjoys the greatest protection, is the virtual definition of supporting democracy.

The e-mails she unlawfully exposed prove one thing: Trump’s advisors and supporters urged him to try to stop the riot.  He did—repeatedly–over several hours, and the people at the Capitol responded, leaving peacefully after a few hours.  This is proof of an insurrection?  This is proof of criminal conduct?

What we should be worried about is a D/S/C Congress abusing its powers.  The congress can issue subpoenas only in furtherance of legitimate legislative goals.  What legislation is going to result from Cheney’s betrayal of American’s privacy?  And where are Republicans?  Where is their denunciation of Soviet tactics?

Mark Meadows has now been held in contempt by the D/S/C controlled House, and the corrupt Merrick Garland will surely indict him.  Take this link to Prof. Jacobson’s article on Meadows’ lawsuit, which alleges, among other things, the Jan. 6 Committee was unlawfully constituted, and therefore, it’s subpoenas and actions are also unlawful.

The article provides interesting excerpts from the suit, and a link to the entire document.  Prof. Jacobson ends thus:

As you can tell, the subpoena is a sweeping attempt to get Meadow’s electronic communications and phone records. This is a political attack.

I agree.  If Cheney believes she can knock Trump out of the 2024 presidential running, and/or diminish his influence such that she thinks she will have a clear path to the Republican nomination, she’s more delusional than I’ve yet imagined.  But as Tucker Carlson suggests, it’s the logical explanation for her actions.  The alternative is she’s actually mentally ill, an illness brought on by a terminal case of TDS.  I suppose both could be possible.  One thing is certain: Cheney’s popularity numbers in Wyoming might fall into single digits.

Take this link to an article by Andrea Widberg at The American Thinker.  Her commentary is, as always, insightful, and the article contains a link to Carlson’s video commentary.  I recommend watching Carlson’s 12-15-21 show.  No doubt, he’ll address D/S/C attempts to attack him.