Liz Cheney is on the verge of being ousted from her #3 role in the GOP’s House leadership, and it could happen as early as next week.
According to Fox News:
It’s all but certain that as early as next week House Republicans will strip Rep. Liz Cheney of her number-three GOP leadership position – but Cheney faces another major headache back home in Wyoming, as Republicans are plotting to oust her as the state’s lone representative in Congress when she’s up for re-election next year.
It wasn’t that long ago that the conservative Cheney, the daughter of former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney, was a rising star in the GOP. But thanks to her impeachment vote over Trump’s role in the storming of the Capitol and her vocal criticism of Trump’s repeated claims that the 2020 presidential election was “rigged” and “stolen,” she’s become a party pariah and is now at the top of the former president’s list of Republican enemies.
New York Rep. Elise Stefanik is on path to replace Cheney, which exemplifies the problem in making political decisions based on personality instead of policy. Cheney is actually more of a “Trump Republican” when it comes to her voting record than Stefanik is, despite their rhetoric on the former president being polar opposites. Cheney voted alongside Trump 92.9% of the time, while Stefanik voted alongside Trump 77.7% of the time.
While I’m no fan of Cheney, if the issue here is loyalty to the “new” GOP shaped by Trump, Republicans ought to find someone more aligned with that agenda than Stefanik. The overwhelming majority of Republican Reps sided with Trump on the issues over 90% of the time, so there are plenty of others to choose from.
Trump spoke out against Cheney at CPAC in February, urging his supporters to “get rid of her with the next election,” and that’s a strong probability unless the field becomes too crowded. Cheney is underwater among voters in her home state of Wyoming, with 65% having a negative image of her for a net approval rating of -36%.
Matt Palumbo is the author of Dumb and Dumber: How Cuomo and de Blasio Ruined New York, Debunk This: Shattering Liberal Lies, and Spygate
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