Bill Sniffin, Donald Trump, election deniers, Harriett Hageman, Jan. 6 Committee, Josh Hawley, Liz Cheney, one-issue demagogue, Ron DeSantis, sore loser, TDS, Ted Cruz, the big lie, Trump Derangement Syndrome, Wyoming crazies
As regular readers know, I was looking forward to not having to write about Liz Cheney so often. But only a short time after the primary, the sheer number of stories requires aggressive pruning, but virtually every post-primary loss article has a single theme: Liz Cheney is among the sorest of sore losers. We begin with Cowboy State Daily:
And after being pressed several times by Today’s Savannah Guthrie about whether Cheney is going to run for president, Cheney said, ‘…it is something I am thinking about and I will make a decision in the coming months.’
Cheney told Guthrie that Cheney won previous elections and ‘the path to that same victory would have been very easy. But that path would have required that I accept, embrace, perpetuate the big lie.’
What’s “the big lie?” Any suggestion the 2020 presidential election was anything but the most honest and lawful election in history. Cheney could have easily tricked the “crazies” of Wyoming into voting for her again, you know, the people who so wanted to kill her she dared not campaign among them, except in Jackson Hole? They’re her kind of people there. All she had to do was lie to them as she always had, make them think she was one of them, perhaps she even thought them human, but no, so noble is she it was impossible for her to compromise her high principles, so the crazies have deprived themselves of her god-like leadership and representation.
They should have cared, above all else, about January 6, and Trump, and Trump and TRUMP, but instead the crazies cared about inflation and supply chain disruptions, and the Biden war on energy, and despite being intellectually and morally superior, Cheney couldn’t get them to see reason because they didn’t know what was good for them, not like Cheney does, so they’re going to endure unimaginable suffering now that she’s almost gone.
To find every Cheney article at SMM, enter “liz cheney” in the home page search bar. This isn’t going to last long:
Days after recently ousted anti-Trump Congresswoman Liz Cheney laughably compared herself to former Republican President Abraham Lincoln, ABC’s This Week co-moderator Jonathan Karl took it a step further and
compared Cheney to former President Theodore Roosevelt. The ahistorical idol worship didn’t end there, USA Today bureau chief Susan Page suggested Cheney could have the same long-term ideological impact on the GOP that socialist Senator Bernie Sanders had on the Democrat Party.
After first declaring Cheney the face of the ‘opposition to Donald Trump in this country,’ Karl turned to Page who happily noted how Cheney told Karl during an exclusive interview that ‘she’ll be campaigning for some Democrats, who are running against election deniers’ and gushed that Cheney ‘has the statute and the ability to raise money to have an influence on some of those races.’
I’m sure they meant “stature,” not “statue,” though I’m sure Cheney believes there ought to be statutes built to memorialize her integrity. They recall Wyoming Republicans excommunicated her and Congressional Republicans kicked her out of the house leadership, right? Right? Where, and with whom, is Cheney’s magical “influence?” Chris Queen at PJ Media explains:
Once a principled conservative, Cheney has become a one-issue demagogue who has allowed a single-minded devotion to bringing down Donald Trump to consume her. And now she sees herself as some sort of savior for our republic.
Cheney is mulling a 2024 presidential run, bless her heart, buying into the speculation that she is the one who can defeat Trump if he runs again. At the same time, the mainstream media is doing its best to make Cheney 2024 a thing. It doesn’t take a political science degree or a crystal ball to posit that a Cheney presidential run won’t get much traction beyond the Cheney family.
The very idea of Liz Cheney parlaying such an astounding defeat into a platform for higher office is an egregious example of spiking the football after a loss. (I’m sure we’ll see it again after Stacey Abrams loses her bid for the governorship in Georgia.)
As I’ve so often explained, Wyomingites like Donald Trump because of his policies and accomplishments, and because of the promise of wholesale swamp draining in a second term, but mostly because whatever D/S/Cs are from moment to moment, he’s the opposite. They do not think him a savior. Politician worship is for D/S/Cs, not normal Americans. They threw Cheney out because she called them “Crazies” and refused to campaign in Wyoming on any issue that mattered to them. When a politician claims their constituents want to kill them, that might be a clue they’re in electoral trouble.
And we discovered on Hannity on 08-17-22, Liz Cheney called Harriet Hageman just as Hageman was about to go onstage for her victory speech. According to Hageman, Cheney said: “Howdy, Harriett,” and hung up. Classy. The Trump Derangement Syndrome afflicted media thought they had an issue:
Wyoming congresswoman left her a short voicemail that didn’t include a concession. Immediately, Cheney’s camp ran to the press to proclaim that was a lie, and the usual suspects swallowed the bait whole.
The story here is that Hageman said she received a ‘two-second’ voicemail from Cheney that didn’t mention a concession. In a petty fit of rage, the Cheney camp ran to give a recording to Politico purporting to be the voicemail which included a concession. That led Stephen Hayes, who was just salivating to have his priors confirmed, to launch into a rant about how Hageman is a liar who is just out seeking ‘MAGApplause.’
Just like they thought they finally had Trump—over and over and over—they finally thought they had Hageman. Until:
Sure enough, Hageman had the voicemail saved and it was exactly what she said it was. Cheney called and said ‘Howdy, Harriet’ with nothing but blank space and background chatter after that. That leaves two possibilities. Cheney herself set this up and gave Politico a false recording or there was a technical difficulty. Either way, Hageman wasn’t lying.
Ooops. In earlier articles I reported on Bill Sniffin, publisher emeritus of Cowboy State Daily,who was, bizarrely, predicting a Cheney win. He was forced to admit reality:
Hageman slaughtered Cheney by an astonishing number. The vote was 113,025 for Hageman compared to just 49,316 for Cheney. It was a blow-out of gigantic proportions.
And Mrs. Manor and I were honored to have a part in that blow-out. Sniffin, whose stock as a political pundit in Wyoming has taken a beating as brutal as Cheney’s, sort of admitted his errors:
Cheney was rarely seen in Wyoming during the campaign and did not even register as a candidate until at the last minute.
This campaign was memorable. I thought it had a chance to be close with all the cross-over voting but I failed to anticipate the huge anti-Cheney vote that was out there among folks who had not voted in years. [skip]
Another takeaway from the primary is the question about the relevancy of the Democratic party in Wyoming? Just 8,194 Democrats voted compared to 171,943 Republicans. These are truly unbelievable numbers.
Sniffin knew about the entirely believable Republican vs Democrat numbers, yet engaged in wishful thinking. He threw away his credibility on a dead political horse. Wyomingites won’t forget. I’m sure you remember, gentle readers, Cheney begged D/S/Cs to register as Republicans to save her. How did that work out? Not well:
Crossover voting did not have as large of an effect as some members of the Republican Party feared and predicted for Tuesday’s U.S. House primary race.
In the end, 113,025 Republicans turned out to vote Harriet Hageman into office, beating U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney by 37% of the vote. This was a larger margin of victory than polls performed on behalf of Hageman had predicted before the race.
A total of 117,752 Republicans voted in the 2018 primary. There were 171,964 who voted in it on Tuesday.
Crossover voting did occur in Tuesday’s race but did not come close to impacting the outcome of the race.
Even the Wyoming Democrat Party Chairman knew that, and said it long before election day. And how is Cheney’s favorability trending? Not well:
Sixty percent of Democrats view outgoing Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) favorably amid potential presidential campaign ambitions, a YouGov poll found this week. [skip]
Perhaps Cheney’s best hope of winning the presidency is with Democrat voters because her favorability among Democrats far outweighs her support among Republicans and independents.
No kidding. How gracious in defeat has Cheney been? This gracious:
Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming called ‘large portions’ of the Republican Party ‘very sick’ in an interview recapping her failed bid to stay in office.
Cheney, asked by ABC News what she thought her loss said about the Republican Party, said it signified former President Donald Trump’s stranglehold on the party.
‘It says that clearly [Trump’s] hold is very strong among some portions of the Republican Party. My state of Wyoming is not necessarily a representative sample of the party,’ Cheney said.
Well of course not! It’s just chock full of “crazies.” Oh, and Wyomingites made it very clear Wyoming is not Cheney’s state. Among other things, she hasn’t lived there since she was a child. Who could possibly have predicted calling the people you need to vote for you vile names might have a negative effect?
Cheney continued, ‘I think it says a couple of things. I think it says people continue to believe the lie. They continue to believe what he’s saying, which is dangerous.’
‘I think it also tells you that large portions of our party, including the leadership of our party, is very sick,’ she claimed.
Yeah! Who you gonna believe? Your own lyin’ eyes and ears, or Liz Cheney? Is Cheney planning to switch parties? She couldn’t prepare much better than this:
Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) said Sunday on ABC’s ‘This Week’ that she was ‘ashamed’ that Republicans like Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Gov. Ron Desantis (R-FL) are unfit for the presidency. [skip]
Cheney said, ‘It would be very difficult. When you look at somebody like Josh Hawley or Ted Cruz, both of whom know better, both of whom no exactly the role of Congress is in terms of our constitutional obligations with respect to presidential elections, and yet both of whom took steps that, that fundamentally threatened the constitutional order and structure in the aftermath of the last election. So, you know, in my view, they both have made themselves unfit for future office.’
Cheney sounds just like D/S/Cs who accuse Republicans of destroying the Constitution, but never manage to come up with a coherent example of how they’re doing that. She’s also adopted the D/S/C term “election denier” for anyone who refuses to say Joe Biden’s election was the most honest in history. Not a good look. Ted Cruz has a suggestion about what happened to Cheney:
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said former President Donald Trump simply ‘broke’ Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., who ‘decided she is a Washington, D.C., left-wing Democrat now.’
Cruz, speaking on his “Verdict” YouTube show, spoke of Cheney’s recent loss in the Wyoming Republican primary after she joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Jan. 6 select committee as vice chair.
‘There are some people who Donald Trump just broke,’ Cruz, R-Texas, said. ‘They hate Trump so much that their mind went on the fritz.’
‘And I got to say, Liz is unrecognizable. She has become a left-wing Democrat now.’
Most Wyomingites would agree. Not quite enough evidence to paint Cheney as a sore loser? Check this out:
The latest development is a remarkable amount of sunlight on the dynamic of the Republican party. In many ways this is the ‘big ugly’ we previously discussed. Cheney represents the outlook of the ‘acceptable republican’, and after her primary defeat now turns her attention to removing the ‘unacceptable’ republican politicians.
Ms. Cheney has transferred the remaining $7 million from her leadership PAC, mostly provided by democrat donor activists and Wall Street allies, into a new Political Action Committee created to attack undesirable republican politicians and benefit Democrats.
(Daily Mail) – […] ‘I’m going to be very focused on working to ensure that we do everything we can not to elect election deniers,’ Cheney said on ABC on Sunday morning.
‘We’ve got election deniers that have been nominated for really important positions all across the country. ‘And I’m going to work against those people. I’m going to work to support their opponents.’
In other words, Cheney is going to raise money to elect D/S/Cs. Apparently she doesn’t remember it is the D/S/C Party that cries “election fraud!” whenever they lose an election, because they’re so morally and intellectually superior, that’s the only way Republicans could possibly defeat them.
Nope. I just can’t understand why those crazies voted Cheney out.