The political transformation of Liz Cheney is complete. Once a rock-solid conservative Republican woman, Cheney has joined with Democrats to do what she can to slow the red wave that is about to change the majority in the House of Representatives. Fortunately for Republicans, she is not having success in her mission to destroy Republican candidates.
Keep in mind that Liz Cheney voted well over 90% of the time with former President Trump’s agenda. She was not making waves and grabbing headlines for her opposition to any of his policies or initiatives. Cheney was a team player and rewarded with a position of leadership in the House. Then, after the 2020 presidential election, she snapped. She’s not alone in her strong reaction to Trump’s actions after the election but she went beyond speaking out against how Trump handled his defeat. She turned on the whole Republican Party and declared herself the person in charge of saying who is and isn’t good for democracy. Here’s a hint – it’s not Republicans.
Cheney was interviewed at the City Club in Cleveland by PBS’s Judy Woodruff on Tuesday. She took the opportunity to praise Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a San Francisco liberal.
“I want to say a word about Speaker Pelosi. Everyone knows she is a liberal from San Francisco [and] I am a conservative from Wyoming, there are many, many issues, maybe most issues, on which we disagree. But I think that she is a tremendous leader,”
“I’ve watched her up close. She is a leader of historic consequence,” the Republican added.
That’s an interesting take on Pelosi’s leadership skills, I guess, but when the most significant moment arrived in her time as the top leader in the House, the attack of the Capitol on January 6, she failed to secure the House. She was responsible for calling for law enforcement and she did not get adequate support, though there were warnings issued in the lead-up to that day about the potential for violence.
That day has “historic consequence” but not the kind that showed Pelosi in the best light.
Liz Cheney said that Pelosi created the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6 attack on the Capitol to show “her commitment to the truth.” If that was true, the committee would have conducted itself as is traditionally done in Congress. Instead, Pelosi took the liberty to have the final word on how the Republican leadership could put on the committee. The result is that only Cheney and another strident anti-Trump Republican, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, are participating on the committee. The investigation has become a farce, a hyper-partisan farce meant to try to stop Donald Trump from running for president again in 2024. Nonetheless, Liz persists. She rightly pointed out that both sides of the aisle are guilty of demonizing the other side but then she did what Democrats are doing – she blamed the horrendous attack on Paul Pelosi on Republicans.
“I think the demonization that goes on both sides — certainly Republicans have, through the years, demonized Speaker Pelosi and Democrats have demonized Republicans including my dad [former Vice President Dick Cheney] — all has to stop,” she continued.
“Violence has become part of our political discourse,” she added while mentioning the recent attack on Pelosi’s husband Paul, describing political violence as “a road we just cannot go down.”
She was asked if a Republican majority in the House would be validation of Trump and that is when Cheney said Kevin McCarthy would not be the best choice to serve as Speaker of the House. Cheney sounded a lot like Hillary Clinton when she said people don’t understand what a Republican majority will mean for the country.
“People just need to understand what it will mean to have a Republican majority in the House of Representatives,” she continued. “The people who will be running the House of Representatives in a Republican majority will give authority and power to some of the most radical members of the conference and I don’t think that that’s good for the country.”
That’s the rub. Hillary, Liz, and Joe Biden think that voters voting for Republicans on the ballot will destroy democracy. Democracy is destroyed, though, when voters do not vote. Democrats and their new pal Liz want to depress Republican enthusiasm to vote in this election. Republicans have more enthusiasm to get out and vote than Democrats do in this election cycle. Democrats are panicked that they can’t motivate their base to get out and vote. Independent voters are moving to voting for Republicans and suburban white women, a demographic that is about 20% of the electorate, have dramatically shifted to Republicans this cycle. They were a big part in Joe Biden’s victory in 2020 and now they have turned on him. Reality bites.
Liz Cheney will not be missed. She is going out by burning all the bridges. She paints herself as a heroine, someone who will work to prevent Trump from getting into office again. Trump may not be in office again but it won’t be because of Liz Cheney. It will be because the voters, for whom Liz has such disdain for these days, chose someone else.