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Liz Cheney’s Shameless Political Opportunism

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liz cheneyWhen Representative Liz Cheney was stripped of her House leadership position last week, she was treated to days of glowing mainstream media headlines hailing her as a hero for her willingness to speak out against the “big lie,” the claim that irregularities occurred in the 2020 election. The media further claimed that Cheney was a martyr, a victim of retribution after her supposedly brave impeachment vote against Donald Trump—which was in truth nothing more than an act of political grandstanding.

Otto Von Bismarck remarked that the key to success in politics is to ensure that one never believes one’s own lies. It is increasingly clear that the Left, the anti-Trumpers, and Cheney herself show every sign of believing their own lies—evidently expecting that Liz Cheney could somehow maintain her leadership position even while making it a personal mission to assail her own party.

In reality, Cheney was neither a hero nor a martyr. The media characterization of last week’s events was an almost complete fabrication of their imaginations.

The most obvious falsehood is the idea that Cheney was removed from her position for speaking out about the events of January 6th. While other Republicans have faced backlash from the conservative base after criticizing President Trump, Cheney is the only one who was removed from a leadership position because she is the only one who made this criticism her entire reason for being. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also criticized Trump in harsh terms in January, yet he has maintained his position within the caucus and the party. McConnell has since more or less moved on from the matter, unlike Cheney, who has spent recent months echoing the talking points of the left-wing media in a manner designed to inflict maximum damage on Congressional Republicans.

Neither her criticism of Trump nor her impeachment vote was the reason for Cheney’s ouster last week. Indeed, Cheney was reelected to her position by a lopsided margin of 145 to 61 on February 6th, 2021—less than a month after she voted to impeach the president. While this was arguably unwise at the time—and obviously so in retrospect—the decision to reelect Cheney to party leadership showed a remarkable tolerance of diversity by the Republican Caucus. It is hard to imagine the Democrats keeping an individual in their leadership who would break with party orthodoxy even so much as to publicly utter the phrase “only women can give birth.”

What doomed Cheney was her decision to display a trait more in common with Democrats and the modern Left, namely an unwillingness to tolerate differences of opinion in turn. Having been reelected overwhelmingly by a caucus she had broken with, she proceeded to continue to run around and suggest that nearly all of her Republican colleagues, including more than 130 Republicans who had just voted to reelect her, were unethical, immoral, and wrong.

These colleagues had just struck their necks out and risked their own careers to keep her in her House leadership position. She then used that position to stab them all in the back.

There was an additional problem. How could Cheney credibly tell voters that they should cast their ballots for Republican Congressmen and candidates who were by her own definition “cowards” in thrall to the “big lie?” Cheney was not thrown out because of her views but because she was actively undermining her own colleagues and absurdly implying that her party was a danger to the Constitution. In short, she was promoting herself at their expense. If she really felt as strongly about the issues as she claimed, she should have had the decency to step down from her leadership position in protest against her colleagues. She didn’t. Instead, she used them for fame and cheap grace from the media.

For years, the media and the Left have been casting the Cheneys as self-serving opportunists with no loyalty to anyone, willing to throw friends and even family overboard when no longer needed. Liz Cheney herself was accused of callously betraying her own sister (who is gay) by opposing same-sex marriage. If the Left had the capacity for self-reflection, they would see Cheney’s unseemly behavior as the vindication it actually is. Instead, just when they have been proven right about the Cheney clan, the media and the Left is embracing the family and suddenly turning them into exemplars of political courage. We never thought we would live to see the day.

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Max
4 months ago

Just curious, how many of you know that the Bushes and Clintons are related? (Cousins)

Miranda DeGroot
4 months ago

The old clan Republicans in not much different than the Democrats. They think they own the place (DC). They find every opportunity to cover each others backs, sadly; with lies.

Dennis
5 months ago

Biggest mistake Reagan made was choosing Bush for VP. We got a RINO Republican party.

Brad
5 months ago

Why does Wyoming get to have 2 senators with its population of only 570,000, whilst California only has 2 with a population of 39,000,000?

AnneW
5 months ago
Reply to  Brad

Brad, According to the Constitution every state gets 2 senators regardless of population. The number of representatives in the House are based on the population of each state.

Jerome
5 months ago
Reply to  AnneW

But this makes the power of Congress biased towards white folk. Obviously it’s good but if the system is rigged in our favour really why should all the libtards take our electoral system seriously

Tom
5 months ago
Reply to  Brad

Bread. CN you read? Do it. The Senate is to be the slow deliberative body. No electoral college or ID to vote either. Cuz it’s racist.

Skip B
5 months ago
Reply to  Brad

Read history. The structure was done to balance big states and small states. Small states are equal in the Senate, even though small states are far outweighed in the House.

Lee S McQuillen
5 months ago
Reply to  Skip B

Obviously some people here don’t know anything about our history and major documents.

Glee
5 months ago
Reply to  Brad

That’s why there are two houses of Congress, Brad. One (the House of REPRESENTATIVES) gives equal representation to the people by population. The other (the SENATE) gives equal representation to the states. That’s why California has far more representatives in the House than does Wyoming; but in its statehood, California doesn’t trump Wyoming or Rhodesia Island, just because it is big and they aren’t.

David Einspahr
4 months ago
Reply to  Brad

You NEVER took a basic American Government class? How sad.

David Einspahr
4 months ago
Reply to  Brad

IF the senators were allocated by population the small states would have no (zero) representation. The four largest states would control everything that went on in this country. The minority would have no say, whatsoever.

Richard
5 months ago

Cheney is carrying the flag of the Bush clan in their blood feud with Trump for undermining Jeb in the 2016 primaries. While Mitch McConnel moved on from crossing swords with Trump over the 6th of January and is positioned to mend business for the greater good of the Party and the USA, Cheney, because of her father’s legacy, is stuck and had to sacrifice her career to satisfy her patrons.

Thomas E Salagaj
5 months ago

We must remember that it’s not the man but the platform that is most valuable in selecting a President. Donald J Trump’s agenda and platform were certainly the reasons why so many positive things were accomplished during his first term.

DanM
5 months ago

And now how about we get rid of Mitt Romney and other RINOS?

Hal
5 months ago

Her family surname is about the only plus I can think of as I understand her character and political savy. She is a false leader, probably only a smidgen better than Pelosi … which ain’t much of a compliment.

Rich
5 months ago

Just cleaning the swamp. One politician at a time.

JK
5 months ago
Reply to  Rich

That’s one move in the right direction! Been wondering about this?? None of conservatives seem to want to drain the swamp. What’s the hold up?

Destroyers
5 months ago

RINO in the mold of the Bushes. Islam is a religion of peace and they’re so loving. Yeah right!!! Islam is the exact opposite of Christianity.

Dennis
5 months ago
Reply to  Destroyers

Reagan never should have chosen Bush. Should have been Jack Kemp.

History 101
4 months ago
Reply to  Dennis

George Bush was head of the CIA when Jimmy Carter was elected President. When he met Carter for the first time he asked if he would remain director, Carter said no and selected E Henry Knoche. So Bush spent the next 3 years traveling the world keeping in contact with all the world leaders he knew. Reagan had no experience in foreign affairs and knew hardly any foreign leaders, that is why he choose Bush. I did like Kemp but he just did not have the world connections like Bush.

David Einspahr
4 months ago
Reply to  Destroyers

Yup, strictly a globalist, open borders type. A Democrat with an R behind her name on the ballot.

Bill on the Hill
5 months ago

I say good riddance to this woman. Kevin McCarthy did one of those rare correct moves & had her voted out of the leadership position. Unfortunately, Cheney is still a congresswoman. In time I believe she will ultimately disappear into the dustbins of history, just like Dick did, but not before shooting his hunting partner on the Great White Duck Hunt!
Bill on the Hill… :~)

BILL STOUT
5 months ago

When the 1st Bush shot Cheney in the face he shot the wrong one.

Art
5 months ago

Cheney’s actions and rhetoric have been vicious and well planned.I believe that it is a set up for the next election. She is the poster child for a planned campaign to come from another group of useful idiots. The ultimate situation might be that she could form her own “squad.” The ultimate “brand building” has begun.

Richard
5 months ago
Reply to  Art

Correct. In revenge for Trump torpedoing Jeb in 2016 the Bush-Cheney-Romney cartel want to undermine Trump going forward to 2024, and are greater foes than the Democrats.

Bernard Broderick
5 months ago

I lived in Wyoming for 11 years and believe the citizens of that great state are hearty, strong, intelligent people. Liz was elected on her name only and I hope the state will choose a better representative in 2022. She is a huge disappointment.

PaulE
5 months ago

Most sons and daughters of former politicians end up being disappointments when elected. Look at Romney as just one example. He traded on his father’s name to get elected Governor of Mass and quickly governed like a liberal tax and spend Democrat. Which is why he was a one term wonder. The people of Mass decided why vote Republican, if all the person is going to do is run the state like Democrat. So they tossed him out after four years and went back to electing liberal Democrats. Trading on the family name usually doesn’t end well for the voters that elect them. There may be exceptions to the rule, but they are very few and far between.

Richard
5 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Always look for your insights PaulE. What you point out in politics I have seen also in family run enterprises, the grandfather’s blood and sweat creates it, the father’s hard work and sacrifices maintains and expands it, and the wastrel grandsons and nephews squander everything all away.

Stephane
5 months ago

Just like her dad. The rotten apple did not fall far from the tree. Specifically, the dad used his influence to get 5 billions in grants from the US, (GRANTS), to salvage the company he was in charge of. Halliburton used to charge the military $17 bucks per gallon of diesel during the Desert Storm engagement. CORRUPTION at the highest level to rip off the taxpayer. She is the same: opportunistic b.i.t.c.h. with no qualms about what to do for herself! That is FAMILY at the worst at its best!

PaulE
5 months ago

I expect Liz Cheney plans to either run as an Independent in 2024 for the Presidency, as the figurehead of the Never Trumper movement, or get financial backing from the Bush donors to make a run at getting the Republican nomination. Anything to splinter the Republican vote to ensure the United States keeps getting punished for NOT picking Jeb Bush as the GOP candidate against Clinton in 2016. The “it’s better to lose with dignity” crowd never went away. They just did everything in their power to try and undermine the most productive President we’ve had since Reagan. Which by the way, the establishment GOP never wanted either.

So expect to see Liz Cheney popping up every so often on CNN, MSNBC and the other Democrat propaganda networks offering up her “sage wisdom” about why she is a “true moderate” and “willing to work across the aisle with Democrats” to get things done. RINOs are consistent in that way.

Stephane
5 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Problem with some of that is that if the party is cut in half, the DEMONRATS will ALWAYS stay in power. Then the USA will only be a XI arm in the communist power take-over!

PaulE
5 months ago
Reply to  Stephane

Which is what I already essentially pointed out above. The RINO voter wing of the Republican party is NOT 50 percent of the overall GOP however. Perhaps 10 to 15 percent at best of actual Republican voters. If that. Those fixated on style over substance, to the point where they would rather lose election after election, rather than focus on what can be gained in the implementation of good fiscally and constitutionally conservative policies and the prevention of extremely bad and dangerous Democrat leadership is just large enough to be able to swing the balance towards the Democrats.

Is that a problem? Of course it is. Just like the shrinking minority of so-called “moderate Democrat” voters and members of Congress is a big problem for the Socialists now running the Democrat party and setting national policy, as they try to move this country quickly towards being completely socialist.

We have been reasonably successful, at least under Trump, at attracting disaffected old-line Democrat voters (those that still remember JFK’s policies anyway) to vote Republican. Trump broadened the Republican base in 2016 and got almost all of the Congressional candidates he backed elected in 2020. The RINO base of the GOP, that values style over substance and isn’t really fiscally or constitutionally conservative, tilted the Congressional House vote in 2018 to the Democrats as a way to punish the country for NOT electing another globalist Bush to the WH. They also helped assist the Democrat steal of the WH in 2020 by either staying home or voting for Biden.

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Bill on the Hill
5 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

As a nation we can’t afford to wait that long. Something needs to be done before 2022 rolls around.
There is no question Trump was the hardest working president to come along in my lifetime at 67 years of age. I think that FACT continues to irk the Democrat Party, MSM, Big Tech, the RNC & all of those never Trumper RINO’s.
The thing sticking at the back of my throat now since Jan.19, 2021 is why the military DID NOT act on the fraudulent 2020 Presidential Election. Jan.19th, 2021 was ( 33 ) days past the ( 45 ) day requirement ( Dec. 18th, 2020 ) to act on the Executive Order of the Emergency National Election Foreign Interference law then in full effect & signed into law by President Donald Trump shortly after the corrupted 2018 mid term elections & yes on those same lovely Dominion machines…
Why was this NOT acted on & why was a Manchurian Candidate allowed to be fraudulently elected to the highest office in the land?
This will NEVER sit right with the 76+ million voters that had their votes either stolen, discarded or switched from Trump to Biden…
The audits absolutely must continue for the optics of all this, however the military has had all the election fraud evidence from the very beginning & this I find extremely troubling…
Bill on the Hill… :~)

PaulE
5 months ago

In case you haven’t noticed Bill, the senior ranks of our military seem to be all on board with teaching our troops about CRT (Critical Race Theory), being “woke” and prioritizing “diversity training” over actual combat training and strategic planning to defend our nation both from foreign and domestic threats. In short, the emphasis is on political correctness as opposed to winning wars and adhering to their oath to defend the Constitution in the senior ranks of of military today.

Starting with the Clinton years and then ramping up again big time during the Obama years, the officer ranks going up the chain of command to the very top have been systematically purged of what you and I might call officers loyal to their oath. They have been replaced with left leaning politicians in uniform. An example of such was the string of senior military officers that were recommended to President Trump during his term in office. No doubt the President initially thought the senior ranks of the military must be populated by patriotic Americans loyal to their oath to the Constitution and willing to do their best for the country. I expect by his second year in office, that view was tempered by the fact of what the senior ranks of the military are largely occupied these days.

Almost all of the Generals or Admirals brought into the WH worked to under-cut the President’s authority or openly worked to oppose almost everything he wanted to do. Most of these folks ended up going on CNN, MSNBC or any of the other mainstream media outlets after they were replaced and proceeded to bad mouth President Trump and defend the deep state to one degree or another. My supposition is that they weren’t the exception to the rule of the modern, high level military officer, but rather they are what has become the norm.

By the way, one of the first executive orders the Biden administration issued, after taking power, was to launch a global 60 day stand down of all military personnel, so the ranks could be completely purged of any officers or enlisted personnel expressing views or opinions that weren’t in-line with being sufficiently “woke enough”. Meaning anyone still harboring a loyalty to their oath to the Constitution, as opposed to their blind loyalty to the person designated POTUS. So to answer your question, the military leadership sat on the sidelines after the election, because they got the outcome they wanted. That should also tell you which side the military will come down on should any so-called national uprising or civil war ever occur. Just being realistic.

Richard
5 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

PaulE you should author an article on here.

PaulE
5 months ago
Reply to  Richard

I’m more than a bit too fiscally and constitutionally conservative for AMAC’s taste. I end up getting censored a lot of the time for simply pointing out either the inaccuracies of certain articles or simple stating the larger issues being missed by some of the regular authors in some AMAC posted articles. That kind of attention to detail and explaining the larger picture involved, to educate the membership, is apparently a no-no with whomever moderates this site. They have a certain narrative that they apparently like to stay within, which makes some of what I point out uncomfortable to the censors. Thanks for the thought though.

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Lee S McQuillen
5 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Guess we have a lot of militarily trained men and women no longer welcome in the military out in civilian life. Might come in handy.

Tom
5 months ago

Pul E. The same with the FBI. You are spot on. For every patriotic American loving Republican sponsored candidate in the military academies, there are two there sponsored by the lakes of Dick Durbin, AOC and the racist black caucus.

Larry T Miller
5 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Yep she’s auditioning to be the next traitor Republican to join MSDNC/CNN in the mold of Nicole Wallace and Joe Scarborough. One time republicans who sold their soul for money. It’ll be easy for Cheney to sellout since she has no soul or loyalty to the party.

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