It was all an act.
Liz Cheney was a failure as a Congressional leader. She deserved to get the boot a year ago.
As we previously discussed, she fought President Trump’s efforts to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan in the summer of 2020.
She aligned herself with Democrats to prohibit “the expenditure of monies to reduce the number of U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan below 8,000.”
Cheney even used the fraudulent “Russia Bounty” hoax to attack the Trump Administration and argue against troop withdrawals.
When she wasn’t peddling hoaxes to further her foreign policy goals (and thus risk the lives of American troops overseas), Cheney was “virtually absent and ineffective in House Republicans’ campaign efforts last year, having little to do with fundraising and candidate recruitment.”
If the Cheney fiasco were really about January 6, then she would have lost her job after voting to impeach Trump. But she didn’t. In fact, in February 2021, Liz Cheney kept her leadership position by a 145-61 vote.
But maybe this was about something else. Cheney knew she had little chance of re-election in Wyoming. There was the announcement of Wyoming State Senator Anthony Bouchard that he would run against Liz Cheney in the 2022 primary.
There was also the poll of likely Wyoming Republican voters showing Cheney had become toxic, with a large majority wanting to see her gone.
There’s no future for a Cheney rejected by the GOP – unless she became the face of the Anti-Trump wing of the GOP.
And that’s what she became.
She turned herself into a victim with the help of the dense and outdated “conservative” writers and commentators who supported her father. They made a referendum on Cheney’s leadership into something it wasn’t: “Cheney vs. Trump – the battle for the soul of the GOP.”
Instead of working on your behalf in the fight against the Biden Administration, Cheney wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post demanding Republicans “steer away from the dangerous and anti-democratic Trump cult of personality.”
She forced the GOP’s hand and they did what they had to do.
Cheney’s cynical game has come full circle. Facing rejection by voters, she martyred herself to CNN and MSNBC.
Let them have her.