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It’s time, once again, gentle readers, for a Liz Cheney update. In this political season, she’s one of the gifts that keeps on giving. Enter “Liz Cheney” in the SMM home page search bar to find all articles on Cheney. We begin with this from Matt Vespa at Townhall.com:
With less than two minutes remaining—Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) needs a touchdown to win the game. That game is her re-election and her career in public life. The once-solid Republican has become a stooge for Democratic Party ploys. She’s unabashedly anti-Trump when the party has been taken over by his brand of right-leaning populism. She’s proudly on the select committee ‘investigating’ the January 6 riot, which is a now-failed theatrical production that was the basis for the Democrats’ entire 2022 midterm strategy. The war in Ukraine, rising gas prices, inflation soaring, Joe Biden mumbling, rising crime, a border crisis, and the ongoing supply chain issues have ruined that—no one cares about this little riot when they can’t afford groceries or gas.
Vespa provides this from Politico:
In 2007, in this blue bastion [Jackson Hole] of one of the reddest states in the country, liberal activists wheeled a giant statue of Dick Cheney through town to protest his star role in the Iraq War — before toppling it, Saddam Hussein style, for good measure.
Fifteen years later, his daughter Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is turning to the same rare species in Wyoming — Democrats — to save her House seat. And Trumpist Republicans are doing everything in their power to thwart her.
The turnabout for Cheney — one of the more unlikely twists in Republican politics in recent years, in a party that’s had no shortage of them — will come into sharp relief next week at a gathering at Jackson’s Center for the Arts. Cheney will speak on a bipartisan panel about defending elections, addressing what should be a welcoming audience amid her running battle with former President Donald Trump over the Jan. 6 sacking of the Capitol.
What Cheney doesn’t know — until now — is that a band of Trump-loving Republicans will be on hand to greet her. They snapped up roughly a quarter of the 350 tickets, at $10 apiece, to give the embattled congresswoman a piece of their minds.
Charging one’s constituents for the privilege of putting their eyes on you in person is not a smart move in Wyoming, particularly when you avoid Wyoming like the plague in the first place. That nonsense might work in Jackson Hole, but not the rest of the state. Liz has done incredible work in not only driving her own Wyoming favorability ratings into the sewers, but those of her father as well:
…Cheney needs Democrats and independents to change their party registration and cast their vote for her in the Aug. 16 primary. Her campaign is loath to talk strategy publicly, but the math doesn’t lie — and neither do Cheney’s actions on the ground here in recent months.
She has shunned town halls and other voter forums in Wyoming’s overwhelmingly red counties in favor of controlled events. At the March 22 event, which is being hosted by Issue One, a bipartisan organization that advocates for ‘sweeping reforms to fix our broken political system,’ Cheney will answer pre-selected questions.
“Pre-selected questions?” She’s taking a page from the D/S/C playbook.
When Cheney was censured by the state Republican Party in February 2021, three of the eight votes against the move were by officials from Teton County, which encompasses Jackson. The dissenters included Mary Martin, now the county’s GOP chair.
Since then, however, Martin has soured on Cheney. She said the congresswoman is rarely in the state, despite having been urged to explain why she voted to impeach Trump.
‘She was absolutely invited to come and present what her facts were, to defend why you are doing this and instead she opted to call the Republicans radicals, which has made people upset within the party,’ Martin said from the Jackson mansion of Nancy Donovan, a prominent Republican donor in Wyoming.
Upset? Gee, I can’t imagine why. Here’s another article about Cheney charging her constituents:
Wyoming voters will have to pay for an audience with embattled Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) during one of her infrequent visits to her home state next week.
Cheney, who is rarely seen in Wyoming, is charging Wyoming residents $10 for admission to an event next week, Politico reported about a gathering to be held at Jackson’s Center for the Arts. During the event, Cheney will only answer pre-selected questions, perhaps to avoid the ire of Wyoming voters.
‘Can you believe it? Charging for a ticket! It’s a slap in the face,’ voter Rebecca Bextel told Politico about the event. ‘We have one person representing us… and she shows up in town and it costs $10 to see her. It’s embarrassing.’
Some people are incapable of embarrassment. Things aren’t looking good for Cheney in DC either, as Just The News reports:
Rep. Elise Stefanik, the No. 3 House Republican, has joined House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy in endorsing Harriet Hageman, who is running in Wyoming to unseat GOP Rep. Liz Cheney.
‘House Republicans were ready for a change when I took over as [House Republican] Conference Chair, and it’s resoundingly clear that Wyoming families are too,’ Stefanik said in her endorsement.
‘Liz sadly belongs in an MSNBC or CNN news chair, not in Congress representing Wyoming – a state that voted for President Trump by over forty points,’ said Stefanik, who replaced Cheney in her GOP leadership post last year.
Wyoming voters agree. Lack of Republican appreciation for Cheney in DC is widespread:
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is endorsing Harriet Hageman in her Wyoming primary challenge to Rep. Liz Cheney, a rare move by a sitting party leader to back an attempt to unseat one of his members.
‘I am proud to endorse Harriet Hageman for Congress,’ McCarthy, R-Calif., said in a statement Thursday.
‘Raised on a family ranch outside of Fort Laramie, Harriet and her family have resided in Wyoming for generations,’ he added. ‘The most successful Representatives in Congress focus on the needs of their constituents, and throughout her career, Harriet has championed America’s natural resources and helped the people of Wyoming reject burdensome and onerous government overreach.’
More than two decades ago, I taught at Lingle/Ft. Laramie High School. It’s near the actual Ft. Laramie from western movies, which still exists. One can even see the ruts from covered wagons in some places. I wasn’t aware of Hageman then, but I’ve since learned she has frequently, and successfully, helped Wyomingites by suing DC bureaucrats infringing on their liberties. That means a lot in Wyoming. Just how far out of the Normal American, Wyoming political mainstream is Cheney? This far:
Anti-Trumpers like Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) will be attending their own ‘counterprogramming’ session to compete with the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this coming weekend.
Dubbed the ‘Principles First Summit,’ the meeting of the anti-Trump minds will go from February 26 to February 27 and plans to build on the success of the summit from 2020.
That goes over about as well as calling people “crazies” in Wyoming. Consider this from the Washington Examiner:
Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, former President Donald Trump’s archenemy who was abandoned by her own party, is moving fast up the 2024 GOP leaderboard.
In the first survey to detect the surge in support for the embattled lawmaker, Rasmussen Reports today said that among all likely voters, Cheney is second to Trump in the Republican primary race. She logs in at 16%, behind Trump at 30%
Wait a minute! How can that be possible?
Unsurprisingly, she is the favorite of Democrats, and the poll numbers show that. But even when they are stripped out, she is third among Republicans and independents, behind Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Oh. Democrats and name recognition two years+ out from the election. Recently, Cheney is making some attempts at fooling voters:
Notice instead of saying “democracy” like all D/S/Cs, she’s now saying “constitutional republic.” Her political advisors have apparently caught on to the fact Normal Americans know the difference. Despite her best efforts, here’s what most Wyomingites see when she tries to fool them:
There was also gossip about key races. Eric Schmitt seems to have the momentum over that Greitens guy for the Senate in the Show Me State; while tying women up in your basement would be a plus in California, it’s not helpful in Missouri. While Liz Cheney was cavorting with Never Trump sissies and squeezing donors, her opponent Harriet Hageman was at CPAC and word is that the Beltway Cowgirl is doomed.
Still, the New York Times is doing everything they can to prop up Cheney and her January 6 Commission:
Oh yeah, Wyoming voters love that idea, but no one ever accused The NYT of having its finger on the pulse of America. Oh, and “following Israel’s example” would mean dumping the Constitution and adopting a parliamentary form of government. Americans are hot for that idea too. And in case you were wondering about journalistic integrity as it relates to Cheney’s pet commission:
Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) said Sunday [03-20-22] on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ that then-President Donald Trump committed a ‘supreme dereliction of duty’ when he ‘provoked’ the riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Cheney said, ‘The January 6 situation and attack is obviously something that was fundamentally different. We all watched that unfold in realtime. We all lived through that attack. I will say the January 6 committee is very much focused on lessons learned from that first impeachment and very much focused on making sure the American people have all the facts and the truth about what happened.’
As long as the “facts and the truth” don’t include anything about how Nancy Pelosi did nothing to stop anyone, and about how Capital Police killed people. Notice too that Cheney, at least in that appearance, shifted from saying Trump was guilty of all manner of crimes due to “dereliction of duty,” which at best, is punishable by impeachment. They had two tries at that, the second when he was no longer in office. How many impeachments can they try for former presidents? The NYT keeps trying, though:
Notice “may have.” I may have evidence Liz Cheney is a reptilian space alien who eats live rats and hires herself out to ranchers to keep their barns free of vermin. The American Thinker has more reliable information:
Liz Cheney’s Jan. 6 commission is starting to look stupid.
Like the clown’s outfit that tried to pin impeachment articles on President Trump over utterly nothing, as well as the grotesque fabulists of the Steele dossier who invented and peddled outright lies to manipulate U.S. law enforcement into taking action against Trump, there’s no there there, zero substance, and as the truth gets out, they once again look like an awfully sorry bunch.
They’ve been trying for years to ‘prove’ that Trump is guilty of something, and this current Jan. 6 effort is once again demonstrating their capacity for pratfalls.
They’ve lately been admitting the Jan. 6 Commission is a desperate effort to forestall a mid-term electoral wipeout. They plan to release their “report” as an October Surprise. Americans aren’t fooled. Finally, this from Tristan Justice at The Federalist:
The Jan. 6 probe, however, is dominating lawmakers’ priorities, including Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney who is one of two Republicans appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve on the panel. Cheney, the Post reported, is ‘spending the majority of her time on the matter, people familiar with her work say,’ instead of reclaiming her lost role on the Natural Resources Committee.
In other words, Cheney has devoted her tenure in Congress under the Biden administration to executing a vendetta against former President Donald Trump and his supporters, instead of countering the White House policy running against the interests of her constituents. Nearly half of Wyoming land is under federal oversight, with agriculture and resource extraction serving as two of the state’s primary industries. Its sole member of the lower chamber no longer serves on the premier committee to navigate the myriad public lands issues important to Wyoming voters while President Joe Biden aims to choke off new oil and gas leases on federal lands.
Wyoming voters are very much aware of inflation and everything Justice mentions. In a state of around 600,000 residents, one that is largely dependent on the energy industry, there’s not much tolerance for representatives who aren’t paying attention to their daily worries and needs.
More, I’m sure, in the near future.