In one of the most predictable primary outcomes of the 2022 election cycle, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) was trounced on Tuesday by her opponent, attorney Harriet Hageman. The final vote tally: Hageman with 66.3% of the vote, Cheney with 28.9%.
Resounding, crushing, total loss.
But for Cheney, her loss apparently culminates in some sort of neocon Never Trumper martyrdom, taking one for the team to uphold truth, justice, and the American way… or something like that. What Wyomingites know, is that she is definitely not concerned about the same things they are.
But the funniest action didn’t take place in Wyoming. It took place on this wonderful World Wide Web, where ‘Landslide Liz’ Cheney was absolutely savaged for her landslide loss.
Liz Cheney’s concession speech was one she could have written on a cocktail napkin at the Bush-Rove fundraiser thrown for her months ago. Surely the writing on the wall for this one has been clear for quite a while now.
With her Jan. 6 camera crew and producer in tow, she of course thanked family and friends. She briefly mentioned phoning Hageman and conceding, but she simply could not bring herself to offer any public congratulations or some sort of “let’s unite against the Democrats” message. Because it was not about uniting against the Democrats.
It did not take her long to launch into the latest diatribe against Donald Trump. She talked about how, two years ago, she won the primary with 70% of the vote. “I could have easily done the same again. But it would have required that I go along with President Trump’s lie about the 2020 election. it would have required that I enabled his ongoing efforts to unravel our democratic system, and attack the foundations of our republic. It is a path I could not and would not take.”
Cheney then compared herself to Abraham Lincoln. Wait what? Oh yes, she did.
“The great and original champion of our party, Abraham Lincoln, was defeated in elections for the Senate and the House before he won the most important election of all. Lincoln ultimately prevailed, he saved our union, and he defined our obligation as Americans for all of history.”
Many are taking that comparison as a hint that Cheney’s next move may be a presidential run in 2024.
At any rate, people were not kind to Landslide Liz.
Reaction from some of Liz Cheney’s GOP colleagues was pretty harsh. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) made sure Cheney knew that no one else thinks she is like Abraham Lincoln.
GOP Conference Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) did what Cheney couldn’t, congratulated Hageman and welcomed her to the GOP House Republicans.
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) figured if Dan Rather is all verklempt about your loss, well, that speaks volumes.
Rep. Lauren Boebert was direct and to the point.
As is usually the case, reaction on social media from conservatives to Landslide Liz’s political demise was more than entertaining. Donald Trump Jr. suggested Cheney look on the bright side of things.
Conservative author and commentator Dinesh D’Souza had some hard cold facts for Cheney.
Another conservative commentator Larry Elder had some employment suggestions for Liz now that she will be out of work.
Some had some “interesting” takes on the whole thing.
Others suggested some new pronouns for Cheney’s social media profile pages.
But “Election Wizard” may have pointed out the best part of all.
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