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Well gentle readers, at long last, we’re a day away from the Wyoming Republican Primary election, and Liz Cheney is preparing for election day, as are her Uniparty supporters:
Establishment Republicans are trying to save Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) from defeat in the highly contested August 16 GOP primary by deploying last-ditch tactics to stave off a Trump-endorsed Harriet Hageman victory.
While Hageman is ahead in the polls and predicted to win by a large margin, big-money donors and grassroots organizers from the establishment uniparty are working to rescue Cheney’s campaign, Axios reported. That campaign has been in a downward spiral since she allied herself with the partisan January 6 Committee.
Take the link where you’ll discover D/S/Cs, Never Trumpers and a variety of other mutts are trying everything from cash infusions, to supporting candidates who don’t have a chance to win in the hope of splitting the vote and denying Harriett Hageman the win. As I noted in last article—enter “liz cheney” into the SMM home page search bar to find every article in this series—Cheney has been saying she’s prepared to nobly lose to save the Constitution. Riiiight. A new University of Wyoming poll indicates Wyoming voters too are prepared for her lose:
U.S. House candidate Harriet Hageman’s lead has grown against U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, according to a University of Wyoming survey released Thursday morning.
According to a July 25-Aug. 6 survey that yielded 562 responses, Hageman is now leading Cheney by 28 points. This is up from the 22% lead Hageman held over Cheney in a Casper Star Tribune poll conducted in mid-July.
The survey did not use registered voter lists and only surveyed people who said they were likely to vote in the Republican primary. [skip]
In the most recent poll, 57% of voters expressed support for Hageman, while 28% said they planned to vote for Cheney.
But how about the other Republican candidates?
State Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne finished third in the race with 1.7% of the poll vote, while 9.8% of people saying they did not know who they will vote for.
The article notes it doesn’t matter how many D/S/Cs register as Republicans to vote in the primary; there aren’t enough in the state to save Cheney. True to her principles, Cheney is determined to go down in flames:
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) said Thursday she is ‘ashamed’ that Republicans are questioning the FBI’s credibility after it raided former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago.
‘I have been ashamed to hear members of my party attacking the integrity of the FBI agents involved with the recent Mar-a-Lago search,’ she claimed. ‘These are sickening comments that put the lives of patriotic public servants at risk.’
Wyomingites are certainly aware it’s possible Trump has done something wrong, but Cheney is suffering from terminal Trump Derangement Syndrome, and cannot recognize the voluminous evidence the FBI and DOJ have become corrupt, perhaps irredeemably so. She wants him prosecuted even if there is no evidence he’s broken the law:
I don’t think that it is appropriate to think about it that way because the question for us is, are we a nation of laws? Are we a country where no one is above the law? And with that, the facts and the evidence shows. Certainly, I have been very clear, and I think he is clearly guilty of the most derelict of duty of any president of our nation’s history. A federal judge in California said that it is more likely than not that he and John Eastman committed two crimes. I think that we are going to continue to follow facts and that the Department of Justice will do that. They had to make decisions about prosecution, understanding what it means if the facts and evidence are there and they decide not to prosecute. How do we then call ourselves a nation of laws? I think it’s very serious balance.
Uh-huh. Sorry Liz, but one punishes a president for dereliction of duty by either impeaching him, or voting him out of office, not making up crimes. Impeachment failed twice. And who could possibly imagine a California judge might think Trump might have committed two unspecified crimes? Wyomingites are very aware of the “balance,” which is why they’re going to show Cheney the door. But we shouldn’t feel too badly for poor Liz. Politics have been very, very good to her:
Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-WY) net worth ballooned from an estimated $7 million when she first took office in 2017 to possibly more than $44 million in 2020, according to analysis from the Center for Responsive Politics and her most recent financial disclosure forms.
Depending on where she falls in the ranges in her latest financial disclosure forms, that could represent as much as a 600 percent increase in her net worth in just a few short years in Congress–a massive boom for an already-independently wealthy political scion of the powerful Cheney family which counts among its most powerful her father, former Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney.
During Cheney’s first term in office, from 2017 to 2018, her net worth grew from the 71st ($7,036,013) to the 24th ($14,710,513) wealthiest member in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Center for Responsive Politics analysis shows.
Since then, Cheney’s net worth has continued to grow–perhaps significantly. According to her 2020 Personal Financial Disclosure former, Cheney declared her net worth was estimated between $10,422,023 and $44,140,000 stemming from assets valued between $10,432,024 and $44,155,000. Cheney reported no earned income, gifts, or transactions. Yet Cheney declared she held three posts, which include a trustee position at the University of Wyoming, a member of a holding company, and what appears to be her family’s trust.
Wyomingites don’t begrudge people becoming rich through honest, hard work, but they aren’t fond of politicians who use their positions to line their pockets. They tend to thinks Cheney’s noble defense of the Constitution has a lot more to do with a noble effort to continue to line her pockets. Here’s a bit more Cheney flailing:
Embattled Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, in her closing message to Wyoming voters ahead of the state’s Tuesday primary, once again spotlighted her mission to make sure that former President Trump never returns to the White House.
‘America cannot remain free if we abandon the truth. The lie that 2020 presidential election was stolen is insidious. It preys on those who love their country. It is a door Donald Trump opened to manipulate Americans to abandon their principles, to sacrifice their freedom, to justify violence, to ignore the rulings of our courts and the rule of law,’ the three-term conservative congresswoman emphasized at the top of a video her campaign released Thursday. [skip]
‘I am working hard to earn every single vote,’ Cheney said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday” late last month.
Well yeah, except by, you know, actually campaigning in Wyoming where Wyoming voters live. But Liz is certain Wyoming voters–who she characterized as “crazies,” even if they don’t reelect her, are desperate to put her in the White House:
CHENEY: I represent every single person in this state and I believe that there are thousands and thousands of people across our state who fundamentally understand why it’s so important to have somebody who’s going to abide by their oath of office.
HUNT: There might be Democrats who would vote for a Cheney?
HUNT: Remarkable. You said in your Reagan Library speech men are running the world and it’s really not going all that well. Do you think voters in the U.S. are ready for a woman to run things?
CHENEY: Sure. Look, I think that one of the things that has been very moving for me over the course of the last year and a half has been the reaction of women, and not just the women who have testified, although, you know, we’ve seen the incredible bravery of people like Cassidy Hutchinson and Sarah Matthews. And Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, and Carolyn Edwards. It takes real bravery to stand up and tell the truth as those women have. And I think that’s been really important.
Well, other than the fact it took about 10 minutes for Hutchinson’s account to be exposed as a lie, it’s really important. And brave. Don’t forget brave.
HUNT: Based on that, do you think your — do you think your father Dick Cheney wants Liz Cheney to run for president in 2024?
CHENEY: Dick Cheney is a big Liz Cheney supporter. I can say that.
Just a quick word about Dick Cheney’s campaign commercial where he proclaims Donald Trump the greatest danger to America, like ever. We know from recent polling, up to 18% of voters have no idea who Liz Cheney is, despite her recently TV pseudo-stardom. Younger voters particularly likely have no idea who Dick Cheney is, and I suspect most of them, should they have stumbled onto Dick’s commercial, said “who the hell is that angry old guy?”
Final Thoughts: This is Monday’s article, gentle readers, so I’ll be reporting the election results on Wednesday. I’ll be delighted not to have to write about Liz Cheney so often, though I’m certain I’ll be writing about her in the future. Until she’s out of office in January, 2023, she’s going to do her best to do as much damage as possible to the Republican Party and America.
But couldn’t she become president? She has a Kamala Harris chance to become the 2024 Republican nominee. Remember, this is the woman, who, in a very short period, convinced the Republican congressional leadership to bounce her out of her #3 leadership position, and she also convinced the Wyoming Republican Party to entirely excommunicate her. Her vote in favor of a D/S/C anti-liberty/gun bill will not be forgotten, particularly in Wyoming where they take the Constitution, and the amendment that secures it, rather seriously.
As I’ve often written, this election is not about Donald Trump. Liz Cheney traded on her father’s fame and political capital to become Wyoming’s lone representative. But she obviously forgot, or ignored, the nature of the Wyoming electorate, particularly the Republican electorate. You don’t get to do that for long and survive politically. Was it because she never really lived in Wyoming and didn’t understand her people, or was it that she became a swamp creature, a Uniparty minion who didn’t care about the “crazies?” Perhaps she always was a swamp creature, but decided she didn’t need to pretend otherwise anymore.
Unlike D/S/Cs, should Cheney lose, I will not be jumping up and down, chortling with gleeful abandon. I consider chortling undignified, and like most Wyomingites, I’ll be glad to see her go, but happy the mechanism of elections wasn’t rigged, and the system worked as it should. If Cheney loses, as seems certain, it will be because she has worked very hard to convince Wyoming voters she deserves to lose. Besides, I’m sure she can afford a vacation and more than enough exotic drinks with umbrellas in them to drown her sorrows.
See you on Wednesday.
UPDATE, 08-15-22, 1515 MT: It’s not looking good for Liz:
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) has a small chance of defeating Trump-endorsed Harriet Hageman in Tuesday’s open Republican primary, according to Monday’s PredictIt odds.
The betting market shows Hageman is favored to win by 97 cents on the dollar. Cheney’s chances of retaining her seat are at 4 cents on the dollar.
The polls are also in Hageman’s favor. Polling shows Hageman is leading Cheney by 57 points among likely Republican voters. Polling that includes independents and Democrats additionally shows Hageman leading Cheney by huge margins of 30 points, 28 points, and 22 points.
The polling that includes non-Republican voters is a result of Cheney soliciting Democrat voters. Wyoming Democrat party chairman Joseph Barbuto said he believes there will not be enough Democrat votes to save her.
When you’ve lost the state D/S/C Chairman…