It’s time to Break It Down!
This shouldn’t take long. So if everything holds to form, the GOP will remove Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney from her position as the Number 3 Republican in the House when her conference votes later today. According to a variety sources, this open secret is the expected outcome.
For weeks now, Cheney, who has survived one episode designed to separate her from her position, has reportedly been on a non-stop collision course with cancellation. Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and a host of his fellow Republicans have referred to Cheney as a distraction. In an on-air interview last week, he noted that he supported NY Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, who ironically nominated Cheney, for the post. People who follow such things have observed that Stefanik has a considerably less conservative record than Cheyney. She also voted with 45 less frequently than Cheney.
The GOP has consistently and fervently ranted and raved against what it calls cancel culture. McCarthy even recently boasted that Republicans are a party that has room for dissenting voices. All of this serves to only heighten what even some of their own members consider hypocrisy. This sentiment flows from the fact that it is apparent the reason for Cheney’s impending exile is that she voted to impeach 45, and readily admits that 45 inspired the January 6 insurrection. She has told friends she “does not believe 45 will just fade away” and that she’s planning to wage a protracted political war — through public statements and in the media — against the former President.
The fact that the attack on the Capitol played out on TV, complete with 45’s remarks as a prologue, has not proved sufficient to induce most Republicans in Congress to trust their lying eyes. Moreover, some of those who admitted it later January 6TH, including McCarthy, and Mitch McConnell, have effectively recanted. There is polling that suggests 70% or more of all Republicans do not believe the election was free and fair. In other words, they believe the 45 inspired “big lie.”
Cheney is among a small group of Republicans in Congress who have shown the temerity to speak truth to 45’s power. In addition to Cheney, Adam Kinzinger in the House, and Mitt Romney in the Senate, have called out 45 for his shenanigans. Obviously, that’s not nearly enough.
Last week, Cheney published an op-ed in The Washington Post that foreshadows her likely tack. In it she wrote:
“Trump is seeking to unravel critical elements of our constitutional structure that make democracy work — confidence in the result of elections and the rule of law. No other American president has ever done this. The Republican Party is at a turning point, and Republicans must decide whether we are going to choose truth and fidelity to the Constitution.”
Today is a big day for Liz Cheney, for the GOP, and for American Democracy. Congressional Republicans, apparently, have made their decision. They are rolling with 45. Congresswoman Cheney has made her position clear; she’s repping for the Constitution. Democracy hangs in the balance. Get ready for…”Cancel Culture GOP Style!”
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