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It is time yet again, gentle readers, to report on the doings of Wyoming’s soon to be ousted–not nearly soon enough–representative, Liz Cheney.  After all, she managed an epic feat, talking herself into one of the most lopsided political drubbings in American history.  Among the many things that pissed off Wyoming voters, besides Cheney calling them “crazies,” was her obsession with Donald Trump.  What, if anything, has she learned?  Even MSN.com contributes to the common knowledge:

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) recently shed light on a groundbreaking truth about some of her fellow Republican lawmakers.

According to Cheney, some who publicly show support for former President Donald Trump actually hold opposing views about him behind closed doors.

Per HuffPost, an example of this type of behavior was evident in the days after the Jan. 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol. Despite their own lives being put in danger, many Republican lawmakers still attempted to support Trump in hopes of him remaining in office.

They speak of the only “insurrection” in history where the insurrectionists didn’t bring weapons, not a single congress critter suffered so much as a scratch, the business of Congress was delayed for only a few hours, and “our democracy” was never in the slightest danger of being overthrown.

On Monday, September 19, Cheney attended an event at the American Enterprise Institute where she recalled a day in the House cloakroom. During that time, she noted a stack of papers that lawmakers were required to sign if they intended to oppose the Electoral College vote.

She also noted how one Republican lawmaker actually did sign the papers but mumbled a complaint under his breath.

‘And as I was sitting there, a member came in and he signed his name on each one of the states’ sheets,’ Cheney recalled. ‘And then he said under his breath, ‘The things we do for the Orange Jesus.’

I’m sure we can take Cheney’s word on this.  She’s entirely rational on the subject.

‘Bit by bit, excuse by excuse, we’re putting Donald Trump above the law,’ the Wyoming lawmaker said, according to NBC News. ‘We are rendering indefensible conduct normal, legal and appropriate — as though he were a king.’

Uh-huh.  A king that has been out of office nearly two years now.  There was an entirely peaceful transfer of power, and Joe Biden has had a clear path to destroying the nation, but obsession brought on by terminal Trump Derangement Syndrome is, apparently, forever.  To find every Cheney article, enter “liz cheney” into the SMM home page search bar.  Courtesy of Brietbart, Cheney recently appeared on CNN:

Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) said Monday on CNN’s ‘The Lead’ that Donald Trump’s refusal to concede his defeat in the 2020 presidential election put the nation in a dangerous ‘no man’s land.’

I trust, gentle readers, I don’t have to reiterate how many D/S/Cs routinely object to every Republican electoral victory?   Need I mention how many D/S/Cs still claim George W. Bush didn’t beat Al Gore, nor did Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton?  Thought not.

CNN anchor Jake Tapper asked about New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman’s new book claiming that Trump planned to stay at the White House after the election.

Cheney said, ‘I obviously haven’t seen her book, but sometimes people will say, ‘Well, you know, what happened wasn’t that big a deal because if Mike Pence had rejected a slate of electors, the Supreme Court would have sorted it out. There are a lot of ways people sort of say this wasn’t as dangerous as it really was. And when you hear something like that, I think you have to recognize that we were in no man’s land and territory we’ve never been in before as a nation.’

Except pretty much whenever a Republican beats a D/S/C…

She added, ‘When you think about, well, the Supreme Court would have sorted it out, you have to ask yourself, but who would have enforced the rulings of the court? And if you have a president who’s refusing to leave the White House or who’s saying he refuses to leave the White House, then anyone who sort of stands aside and says someone else will handle it is themselves putting the nation at risk. It is clear that when you were at the moment that we faced, everyone had to stand up and take responsibility. And I think that’s not surprising that those are the sentiments that he reportedly expressed. I think, again, it just affirms the reality of the danger.’

Yes, the ultimate danger of free speech.  How dare anyone be an “election denier!”  The Washington Times Editorial Board has Cheney’s number:

‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.’ [emphasis mine]

That idiom, a version of which dates back to 1697, might be sexist, but it’s a spot-on description of lame duck Liz Cheney, who following her landslide loss in the Aug. 16 Wyoming Republican congressional primary became Sore Loser Liz.

She’s now threatening to become GOP Suicide Bomber, Liz. Or at least a latter-day Lizzie Borden, with a political ax to grind, intent on taking 40 whacks at any Republican candidate this fall who has the temerity to pledge continued allegiance to former President Donald Trump.

Remembering the Wyoming Republican Party excommunicated Cheney, and the Congressional House Republicans threw her out of the party leadership, what, exactly, would Cheney do differently if she were trying to destroy Republicans?

‘This primary election is over, but now the real work begins,’ Ms. Cheney said in her ungracious Aug. 16 concession speech, in a shot across her party’s bow.

‘I have said I will do whatever it takes to ensure that Donald Trump is never anywhere near the Oval Office, and I mean it,’ Sore Loser Liz added.

In a roundabout way, it all reminded us of then-Rep. Morris Udall’s quip after he lost his bid to become the 1976 Democratic presidential nominee: “The voters have spoken — the bastards.” The difference is that the Arizona Democrat was joking. Ms. Cheney clearly is not.

I’d forgotten that classic Udall comment.  Apt, no?

On ABC’s ‘This Week’ on Aug. 21, Ms. Cheney self-righteously averred that she’s ‘sad about where my party is.’ She expressed disappointment that ‘so many people have failed’ what she declares is the ‘great moral test’ of upholding democracy.

‘[W]e’ve got election deniers that have been nominated for really important positions all across the country,’ she said, in effect indirectly criticizing GOP primary voters for nominating candidates not to her liking. ‘And I’m going to work against those people. I’m going to work to support their opponents. I think it matters that much.’

Ah!  Of course!  This is the essence of “our democracy,” party functionaries like Cheney get to decide who’s a Republican and who gets to run for office.  The essence of our actual constitutional, representative republic?  Not so much.  Why, if the voters got to choose, they would surely choose badly, the bastards, like those Wyoming crazies who failed the great moral test by refusing to reelect her.  TDS.  Destroy any republican she doesn’t like, even if that will inflict lunatic D/S/Cs on our states and nation.  That’s real republican thinking right there.  Cowboy State Daily identifies two she wants to destroy—for “our democracy,” of course:

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney continued her departure from Republican Party loyalty on Saturday, saying she will campaign against GOP nominees for governor in Arizona and Pennsylvania. Both candidates – Kari Lake of Arizona and Doug Mastriano of Pennsylvania – have questioned the results of the 2020 presidential election.

‘That’s the kind of thing we cannot see in our party. We cannot see an accommodation like that,’ Cheney said at a festival put on by the left-of-center Texas Tribune on Saturday. ‘And I think it’s very important that we be clear about that.’

Why is Cheney obsessed by Lake and Mastriano?  They’re election deniers, and no one may be allowed to express a contrary opinion on the election of Joe Biden.

Lake is the Republican nominee for governor in Arizona, running against Democrat Katie Hobbs in the general election.

‘I’m going to do everything I can to make sure Kari Lake is not elected,’ Cheney said.

Lake shot back in an interview on Fox News on Sunday, mentioning Cheney’s primary election loss in August.

‘That might be the biggest, best gift I’ve ever received,’ Lake said. ‘I mean, the people of Wyoming can’t stand her. I’m pretty much sure that the people of Arizona don’t like Liz Cheney.’

I’d vote for Lake for this zinger alone…

I’m pretty sure of that too.  And in the “your conditions are acceptable” category:

‘I’m going to make sure Donald Trump — I’m going to do everything I can to make sure he’s not the nominee,’ Cheney told Smith. ‘And if he is the nominee, I won’t be a Republican.’

Somehow, I think Wyoming, Arizona, and the rest of the country, could live with that.

Final Thoughts:  Cheney is a pitiful political spectacle, but not an unusual one.  Many failed politicians have wildly flailed to retain some influence and importance, and few, many far better people than Cheney, have had any success.  She apparently thinks she’ll somehow be a viable, or at least a spoiling, candidate for president in 2024, her epic, self-inflicted loss in Wyoming notwithstanding.  And now she’s threatening to take her toys and go home if Trump is nominated in 2024, which is a case of one’s alligator mouth overloading their Tweety Bird ass.

This does matter, however, because Cheney continues to argue for “our democracy,” the tyranny of the majority, over our actual representative republic.  Donald Trump, and every other American is free to argue, as long and loudly as they please, a given election was rigged.  Any politician saying otherwise is a danger to free speech, one of our foundational rights without which a representative republic cannot exist.  “Our democracy,” however, is just fine without it, in fact, that’s necessary for the establishment of “our democracy.”

Calling someone an “election denier” carries no more weight circa September 2022 than calling someone a racist.  Both are dishonorable debating tactics, actually, a way to avoid debate, which conclusively proves anyone slinging such slurs cannot defend their position and they know it.  The only question now is whether Cheney is truly mentally ill—has her self-inflicted loss finally, totally deranged her–or merely another corrupt politician who will say anything, betray anyone, betray our nation, to keep any semblance of power?  Ultimately, other than a general regard for the welfare of mankind, who cares?  Liz Cheney is steadily removing herself from the public consciousness.  “I won’t be a Republican”?  How would we tell the difference?