Representative Liz Cheney lost her Wyoming primary election to Republican Harriet Hageman, a Trump-backed challenger, in an embarrassing fashion Tuesday.
Cheney was down by over 30 percentage points by the time she strolled out for her concession speech.
A speech, by the way, that kept in line with her consistent theme of a delusional anti-Trumper more concerned with drama and attention than the people she represents.
While I’m not naive enough to think she’ll simply go away – after all, “There’s only room for one diva in Oz, and that is moi!” – Cheney’s defeat marks the winding down of the congressional career of one of the more conservative members of Congress led astray by an unhealthy obsession with one man.
And we’re going to miss some of these moments that show how unhealthy that obsession was and continues to be…
Reports surfaced last summer that Liz Cheney had slapped Representative Jim Jordan’s hand and screeched, “You f***ing did this!” when her colleague tried to help her during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.
“That f***ing guy Jim Jordan. That son of a bitch,” she purportedly ranted to General Mark Milley, according to book excerpts.
“While these maniacs are going through the place, I’m standing in the aisle and he said, ‘We need to get the ladies away from the aisle. Let me help you,'” she claimed Jordan (R-OH) said.
“I smacked his hand away and told him, ‘Get away from me. You f***ing did this,'” Cheney added.
In what was an early sign that Republicans were getting fed up with her shtick, Cheney was officially removed from her leadership role in the House GOP and continued bashing Donald Trump in a House speech hours before the vote and after her ouster.
And pretty much nobody cared:
In her first interview following her ouster from leadership, Cheney continued to divide the Republican Party, calling for a criminal investigation into the former President.
“Certainly any president who did what we know this former president did has got to be investigated criminally,” she said.
During a 2021 press conference hosted by House GOP leadership on Capitol Hill, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy declared Trump “should” speak at CPAC, a conservative gathering.
Cheney wasn’t so sure, saying it should be up to CPAC and adding: “I’ve been clear on my views about President Trump and the extent to which following … January 6, I don’t believe that he should be playing a role in the future of the party, or the country.”
McCarthy, clearly displeased by her comments quipped, “On that high note…”
In a move that signaled to anybody paying attention that Democrats were more than happy to use Liz Cheney, she was elevated to vice chairman of the Jan. 6 select committee by her anti-Trump colleagues.
It was a political ploy that allowed Democrats to pretend their panel was chaired by bipartisan lawmakers, and Cheney gleefully accepted the spotlight as the resistance party’s favorite lapdog.
In a sign of things to come for Liz Cheney in her primary, the Wyoming GOP voted to no longer formally recognize her as a member of the Republican Party.
“The Wyoming Republican Party will no longer recognize Liz Cheney as a member of the GOP in its second formal rebuke for her criticism of former President Donald Trump,” the Associated Press reported at the time.
In a sign of things to come, CNN ran a segment in which they asked Wyoming voters if they’d support the anti-Trump politician in her upcoming primary.
“Hell no!” one vociferous Trump supporter said, later adding Cheney had “done us dirty.”
Another pair of Wyoming voters expressed their opinion on Cheney, one saying “absolutely not” when asked if they would vote for her, while another suggested she already had “three [terms] too many.”
Liz Cheney was mocked relentlessly for boasting of support in her Wyoming primary from “pretend rancher” Kevin Costner.
Cheney tweeted a picture of the “Yellowstone” actor sporting an “I’m For Liz Cheney” t-shirt.
“Real men put country over party,” she captioned the image.
Conservatives on social media had a field day with the tweet with many noting that Costner, who lives in Colorado, can be “for Liz Cheney” all he wants but can not cast a vote for her.
Hageman joined the chorus.
“Yellowstone is a good show, but Kevin Costner is a pretend rancher in a Hollywood production shot mostly in Montana, not Wyoming,” Hageman said. “And I’d bet that if he had to work a real ranch for a day, he’d call his agent to get him out of there.”
In keeping with that theme, Liz Cheney enlisted her Dad, Dick, to cut a primary campaign ad for her in desperation in which he called Trump a “coward” and said, “A real man wouldn’t lie to his supporters.”
“In our nation’s 246-year history there has never been an individual who is a greater threat to our Republic than Donald Trump,” the former vice president stated.
Papa Cheney’s efforts perhaps allowed Liz to only lose by 30+ percentage points as opposed to say, 40.
Perhaps the most embarrassing part is that Senator Lindsey Graham – who wanted Trump supporters shot during the Jan. 6 riot – predicted Cheney would be reduced to the garbage heap of history due to her obsession with the former President.
Graham said it’s impossible for the GOP to move forward without Trump as its leader, warning that those trying to “erase” the party of his presence might end up “getting erased.”
“The most popular Republican in America—it’s not Lindsey Graham, is not Liz Cheney, it’s Donald Trump,” he said.
“To try to erase Donald Trump from the Republican party is insane,” added Graham. “And the people who try to erase him are going to wind up getting erased.”
With the Wyoming primary results, the voters just erased Liz Cheney.
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