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There seem to be no bottom to the depths to which Trump Derangement Syndrome is driving Liz Cheney.  Thomas Friedman of The New York Times is helping her plumb them:

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman was ruthlessly mocked on social media Wednesday after he floated the possibility that President Biden could dump Vice President Kamala Harris and select Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) as his running mate in 2024.

In his latest column, Friedman ​used the example of several opposition groups coming together to form a unity government in Israel, which he likened to the US in terms of going from ‘Off Broadway to Broadway.’

Other than America not having a parliamentary system, what a great idea!  Of course, D/S/Cs don’t recognize the Constitution anyway, so…

Friedman then asked: ‘Is that what America needs in 2024 — a ticket of Joe Biden and Liz Cheney? Or Joe Biden and [Sen.] Lisa Murkowski [R-Alaska], or Kamala Harris and [Sen.] Mitt Romney [R-Utah], or [Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate] Stacey Abrams and Liz Cheney, or [Sen.] Amy Klobuchar [D-Minn.] and Liz Cheney? Or any other such combination.’

Wow.  Endorsement by the NYT, to an actual Republican or other Normal American, is like a crucifix to a vampire.  I’m sure Liz, Lisa and Mitt were intrigued and honored, but Liz was apparently not compelled to respond to say “no,” or at least I couldn’t find any such statement on her part.  One would expect that of actual Republicans.

Twitter was ablaze in response to Friedman, as was the D/S/C press.  Normal Americans ridiculed Freidman, and so did D/S/Cs who aren’t in on the “Cheney is a useful idiot” scam. A useful idiot, by the way, is a Communist term for someone communists can get to betray their own country.  SF Gate was actually relatively sane:

What Friedman is embarrassingly blind to is the fact that there’s little evidence his primary goal — ‘creating a broad national unity vehicle that enables more Republicans to leave the Trump cult’ — is possible with a figure like Liz Cheney.

Aside from the fact that there are many reasons Democratic voters would have major issues with Cheney, poll after poll has shown that Trump remains highly popular among Republican voters. While there are polls that show that there’s a significant proportion of Republicans who do not want Trump for president again 2024, Friedman mistakes a desire to move on from Trump the person for a desire to move from ‘Trumpism’ the ideology as loosely defined.

As I’ve been writing for some time, Normal Americans want a competent and sane president who is actually pro-American, which one might broadly describe as “Trumpism.”  Most understand clearly that’s possible without Donald Trump, though it was Trump who demonstrated that it is still possible.  SF Gate is right no such “national unity” ticket is possible, but not for reasons they think.  Obviously, as much as they appreciate Cheney as a useful idiot, they recognize Cheney isn’t a true believer.  Normal Americans know a national unity ticket isn’t possible, particularly with a D/S/C as it’s head, because the D/S/Cs would never nominate anyone competent, sane and pro-American, and as John Nance Garner said, the vice presidency isn’t worth a bucket of warm spit (it’s widely understood he didn’t say “spit”).

In the Nation’s Swamp, Rep. Cheney is determined to get to the pre-determined truth about January 6.  Republicans aren’t playing along:

Democrat-allied Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) on Wednesday reportedly said she may subpoena House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). This comes after McCarthy communicated he would not cooperate with the January 6 Committee.

‘I wish that he were a brave and honorable man. He’s clearly trying to cover up what happened. He has an obligation to come forward, and we’ll get to the truth,’ Cheney told CNN.

We know what happened.  The cover up extends to keeping the public from learning what Government, and the D/S/C Party did to ensure a riot.

Cheney’s comments came on the day McCarthy announced in a letter he would not participate in the select committee’s ‘abuse of power that stains’ the House ‘and will harm it going forward.’

The “harm” to which McCarthy refers is the precedent of grilling and/or subpoenaing fellow members of Congress in partisan investigations for political purposes.  Keep in mind, gentle readers, the only legitimate reason for any congressional investigation is to gather information necessary for legitimate legislative purposes.  McCarthy’s response indicates he understands that limitation:

Breitbart News reported McCarthy’s letter explaining his refusal and detailing the committee’s abuses of power:

‘This committee is not conducting a legitimate investigation as Speaker Pelosi took the unprecedented action of rejecting the Republican members I named to serve on the committee. It is not serving any legislative purpose. The committee’s only objective is to attempt to damage its political opponents – acting like the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee one day and the DOJ the next.

The committee has demanded testimony from staffers who applied for First Amendment permits. It has subpoenaed the call records of private citizens and their financial records from banks while demanding secrecy not supported by law. It has lied about the contents of documents it has received. It has held individuals in contempt of Congress for exercising their Constitutional right to avail themselves of judicial proceedings. And now it wants to interview me about public statements that have been shared with the world, and private conversations not remotely related to the violence that unfolded at the Capitol. I have nothing else to add.

As a representative and the leader of the minority party, it is with neither regret nor satisfaction that I have concluded to not participate with this select committee’s abuse of power that stains this institution today and will harm it going forward.’

What’s happening here is D/S/Cs are pursing Donald Trump, not only in the hope they can convict him of something—anything—but in so doing, can keep him from ever holding office again.  We know this not only from their actions, but from their direct statements.  The Hill provides one example:

In response to a reporter’s question on whether she was ‘concerned’ that Trump will launch another presidential bid in 2024, Cheney said, ‘I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office.’

That’s pretty clear.  She’s made many similar statements since. The January 6 Committee is also working to make a bill of attainder.  Cheney also said:

‘We cannot both embrace the big lie and embrace the Constitution,’ she said, adding ‘the nation needs a strong Republican Party’ and a ‘party based on fundamental principles of conservatism.’

credit: original photo, nypost

The “big lie” to which Cheney refers is the idea the 2020 election was not the most fair, honest and perfect election in history, which is why D/S/Cs remain desperate to pass a bill to federalize all elections, and ensure eternal election fraud to their benefit.  Consider this from the Constitution, which Cheney embodies just as Dr. Fauci embodies science:

Article I, Section 9, Clause 3:

No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.

‘Bills of attainder . . . are such special acts of the legislature, as inflict capital punishments upon persons supposed to be guilty of high offences, such as treason and felony, without any conviction in the ordinary course of judicial proceedings. If an act inflicts a milder degree of punishment than death, it is called a bill of pains and penalties. . . . In such cases, the legislature assumes judicial magistracy, pronouncing upon the guilt of the party without any of the common forms and guards of trial, and satisfying itself with proofs, when such proofs are within its reach, whether they are conformable to the rules of evidence, or not. In short, in all such cases, the legislature exercises the highest power of sovereignty, and what may be properly deemed an irresponsible despotic discretion, being governed solely by what it deems political necessity or expediency, and too often under the influence of unreasonable fears, or unfounded suspicions.” 1 The phrase “bill of attainder,” as used in this clause and in clause 1 of § 10, applies to bills of pains and penalties as well as to the traditional bills of attainder.2

The prohibition embodied in this clause is not to be narrowly construed in the context of traditional forms but is to be interpreted in accordance with the designs of the framers so as to preclude trial by legislature, which would violate the separation of powers.3 The clause thus prohibits all legislative acts, ‘no matter what their form, that apply either to named individuals or to easily ascertainable members of a group in such a way as to inflict punishment on them without a judicial trial. . . .’

In other words, it’s not the business of the Congress to act as a court and hand down punishments to any individual of any kind without due process of law.  They don’t get to destroy political enemies under the cover of Congress.  It’s that whole, annoying, separation of powers thing.  Cheney, and other members of the January 6 Committee, as well as Nancy Pelosi, have made it clear that’s exactly what they’re doing.

Arguably, not only is the Jan. 6 Committee attempting a bill of attainder, they’re also seeking to place Mr. Trump in double jeopardy.  They had one run at Trump with the second impeachment, an impeachment without the Chief Justice, with no witnesses, no due process, and after Mr. Trump had already left office.  And yes, he peacefully transferred power, despite the continuing wails of D/S/Cs.  Failing to convict him then–and at the first impeachment–they want a third chance.  Bizarrely, they’re also using a bill of attainder to do it.  These are truly Heinlein’s crazy years.

Cheney is so impressed with herself and her new-found D/S/C friends, she’s taking on titles:

Cheney told Fox News’ Bret Baier that she holds the title of ‘ranking member,’ even though House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) chose Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) for that role.

Cheney falsely claimed that McCarthy refused to nominate Republicans to the committee. In fact, McCarthy only withdrew his nominations after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rejected McCarthy’s nomination of Banks and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) to serve on the committee.

Pelosi’s rejection of minority members was unprecedented, and a clear indication of the Committee’s actual purpose: get Trump and smear Republicans by any means necessary

Pelosi then appointed Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), two opponents of former President Donald Trump, to the committee, though she did not appoint the five minority members required by the committee’s enabling resolution.

Critics say the committee is therefore invalid, and that its subpoenas to witnesses for depositions are null and void, because the enabling resolution requires that they be issued only after consultation with the ranking member, and there is none.

The argument that the January 6 committee lacks a ranking member is central to lawsuits against the committee brought by former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, among others. As Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist has explained, the reason a ranking member’s consent to subpoenas is necessary is to protect transparency and the due process rights of witnesses. Currently, she noted, witnesses are being interrogated by two ‘sides’ who are, in fact, one side against Trump.

So we have Cheney doing all she can to support D/S/C attacks against the rule of the House, the resolution establishing the Committee, and regular order, all while wrapping herself in the Constitution.  Republicans aren’t amused:

‘It’s long past time for the Republican Party to kick Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger out of the House GOP Conference,’ [Rep. Jim] Banks said Friday night on Fox News. The Indiana congressman was selected by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to be ranking member of the Jan. 6 committee but was blocked from the committee by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

‘It’s way past time for us to do that,’ Banks continued. ‘The fact that they’re participating in an effort to derail Republicans winning back the House majority to save this country tells you that they’re battling for the other team. They don’t belong in the House GOP conference.’

House Republicans haven’t gone quite that far yet, but in a constitutional republic, political parties get to do that sort of thing, even to a politician who imagines they are the Constitution.  Back in Wyoming, the state Republican Party is also unimpressed with Ms. Cheney.  Here’s a recent press release:

CHEYENNE, WYOMING – In light of Ms. Cheney’s recent rant attacking Republican party members and calling them ‘radicals,’ we understand two straw polls will be held during the next SCC [Republican State Central Committee] meeting on January 22nd: one to see who supports Ms. Cheney’s recent statement and who does not, and; a second one to determine who will be voting for Cheney, Hageman, Bouchard, and the other Republican candidates. Spoiler alert: the straw polls will very likely demonstrate the vast majority condemns her views and will be voting for someone else.

If Ms. Cheney wants to continue to pick a fight with the majority of Wyoming Republicans and accuse the vast majority of being deplorables and radicals, then of course she can continue that foolish ploy. She can also continue to engage in the politics of personal destruction with other Republicans – which is her specialty and only real qualification to sit on the farcical January 6th Commission – but that is unlikely to improve her position in the polls. CNN will not be able to sell that ‘deplorables’ tripe in Wyoming and save Ms. Cheney from an embarrassing defeat.

Ms. Cheney is welcome to attend our January 22nd Republican Party meeting. We will have a chair waiting for her. We have invited her before, but she has not shown up. We don’t expect her to attend this time either since she practically has to sneak into the state unannounced to avoid picketers, protesters, and outraged constituents. In fact, her behavior suggests that she is afraid of her constituents. The Wyoming Republican Party is not. Anytime Ms. Cheney wants to come and show us her ‘proof,’ we’ll be here, among Wyoming’s grassroots Republicans, who tell us that our Representative does not ‘represent’ them. Further, any time she wants to debate Professor Dershowitz and explain how the professor is wrong, and she and her new Democrat friends did not violate President Trump’s constitutional rights six different ways with the rushed impeachment hoax, then we will arrange for that as well.

END OF PRESS RELEASE

It is a sad thing to see an elected official so at odds with the state party that in person meetings are not the means of discussion. We regularly invite all elected officials to meetings of the State Central Committee. Once again, we extend an invitation to Representative Cheney to attend the upcoming meeting and discuss her actions with those she purports to represent.

For years now, the state Republican Party has asked Cheney to explain her positions, and to appear in person at events.  She has ignored those requests, which Wyomingites consider rather rude.   The Party recently responded to Cheney’s taunts:

In recent months, Liz Cheney, liberal media, and liberal Republicans have characterized the Wyoming Republican Party as extremists. Here are our thoughts on these matters.

We are the Wyoming Republican Extremists:

We are extremely supportive of the U.S. Constitution.

We are extremely supportive of the American Republic and its representative government.

We are extremely supportive of the 2nd Amendment and the right of people to keep and bear arms.

We are extremely supportive of We the People.

We are extremely supportive of Secure Borders to protect our citizens and maintain our National Identity.

We are extremely supportive of a Strong National Defense and our Military.

We are extremely supportive of Law and Order to protect our citizens.

We are extremely supportive of Free Speech and civil discourse to bring wisdom into the governance of a free people.

We are extremely supportive of the Opportunities American liberty has created for generations of our citizens.

We are extremely supportive of Grassroots Republicans and their efforts to serve their local communities.

If this is extremism, then YES, we are the Wyoming Republican Extremists!

 Any questions about why Liz Cheney isn’t going to be setting foot in Wyoming any time soon, gentle readers? Yup, Wyomingites are just that kind of radical, which also entails voting Cheney out of office in November. To find every SMM article on Cheney, merely enter her name in the SMM home page search bar.

UPDATE, 01-23-22, 2100 MT: The results of the Wyoming Republican Party Central Committee straw poll:  

Harriet Hageman, the Donald Trump-endorsed candidate seeking to unseat Rep. Liz Cheney, won big Saturday in a straw poll of House candidates held by the Wyoming Republican State Central Committee.

The secret ballot of party activists awarded Hageman 59 votes, Cheney six, state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, two and Denton Knapp one. The vote comes eight months before the GOP primary.

‘I think it’s a good sign. It’s not an endorsement, but these are the county activists’ Hageman told the Star-Tribune after the vote.

Breitbart.com adds detail: 

During an exclusive interview on Breitbart News Saturday, Hageman said that Cheney has been using her seat to pursue a political vendetta against Trump instead of focusing on representing the people of Wyoming.

She added, ‘Liz Cheney has lost Wyoming. Liz Cheney doesn’t live in Wyoming. She doesn’t represent us. She doesn’t represent our values.’

That’s certainly what I’m hearing.  Obviously this isn’t a guarantee of the November election outcome, but these are the party activists, people who presumably know what’s happening around the state.