Opinion: Don’t shed tears for Liz Cheney
But don’t shed tears for Liz Cheney. His star has never shone so brightly.
Cheney stars in this summer’s hit TV series: The House Committee Hearings Investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol. As vice president and one of only two Republicans brave enough to sit on the committee, Cheney got the lead in hearings that methodically and dramatically exposed the role Trump and his cronies played in the violent attempt to annul the election of Joe Biden.
Cheney’s candor evokes a time when patriotism (sometimes) trumped partisanship and public servants (sometimes) worked across the aisle for the greater good.
Her bravery in the face of overt hostility has made this conservative conservative – the daughter of the liberal man seen as a political Darth Vader – the darling of the left. Democrats cling to her every word, elated to the point of giddy that she has become the point person for what may well be the most important congressional panel since Watergate.
Now, as she faces a potential loss, Cheney is being touted as a future presidential candidate.
On Friday, she extended her broad opposition to Biden’s flagship initiatives, voting against legislation aimed at tackling global warming, lowering the cost of prescription drugs, raising taxes on wealthy corporations and cutting the federal deficit. Democrats passed the bill without a single Republican vote.
It seems highly unlikely, then, that feminists who tout her fearlessness in the face of the nation’s biggest bully will catapult to the White House a candidate who has tried to thwart them at nearly every turn. Ditto for progressives who love his heroism but hate his politics. Perhaps some moderate Republican women and men would support her, but they are little more than a fading memory in a party now dominated by Trump loyalists.
That leaves the conservatives, the reliable voters who elected her in the past, who elected her father, Dick Cheney, to the seat she now holds and who stuck with him when he was the controversial vice-president of George W. Bush. To win the GOP nomination for president (or any other elected office), Cheney needs his party’s grassroots conservative voters. But most Republican voters are no longer Cheney people. They are Trumpists.
Could she win them back? Over Trump’s corpse.
Still, don’t write off Cheney just yet. She lacks neither courage nor nerve. He is a formidable opponent.