- The Washington Times
Thursday, August 11, 2022

OPINION:

In primaries last week in Michigan and Washington state, two of the 10 House Republicans who injudiciously sided with Democrats in voting for the unwarranted impeachment of former President Donald Trump for his supposed role in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot were defeated in their bids for renomination for another term.

They were targeted for defeat by Mr. Trump, who has actively campaigned against the renegade Republicans. Reps. Peter Meijer, a freshman from Michigan, and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington state were defeated by Trump-backed challengers on Aug. 2, with the six-term Ms. Beutler conceding her narrow loss a week later on Aug. 9. They can now commiserate with five-term Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina, who was crushed by better than 2-to-1 in his June 14 GOP primary.


Four others — RINO Reps. Fred Upton of Michigan, John Katko of New York, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois — opted against running for reelection, sparing Mr. Trump the trouble of having to campaign against them for supporting what he calls the “Democrats’ impeachment scam.” Two others survived primary challenges: Rep. Dan Newhouse, from Washington state, on Aug. 2 and Rep. David Valadao of California on June 7.

But far and away Mr. Trump’s biggest political target is in his crosshairs next week. That would be his archnemesis, Rep. Liz Cheney, Wyoming Republican, who has been hands down the former president’s most hysterical and vitriolic GOP critic.

If polls are to be believed, the three-term Ms. Cheney, 56, faces a crushing, humiliating defeat in Wyoming’s Republican primary on Aug. 16 — and deservedly so. In a poll conducted for the Casper Star-Tribune by Mason-Dixon of 1,100 likely voters July 7 through July 11, challenger Harriet Hageman was trouncing the incumbent 52% to 30%.

Ms. Cheney’s all-but-certain defeat will be the coup de grace to a once-sky’s-the-limit political career that has been in a death spiral — one of her own making — since first being deposed in May 2021 as chair of the House Republican Caucus, the third-ranking party post in the lower chamber, and then being censured in February by the Republican National Committee.

By agreeing to serve as vice chair of Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s rubber-stamp Jan. 6 committee show trial, Ms. Cheney gave it a veneer (albeit a thin one) of bipartisanship that it doesn’t deserve. The panel makes no pretense whatsoever to fairness, balance and objectivity, and gives kangaroo courts a bad name.

It’s perfectly legitimate for a Republican to oppose Mr. Trump on ideological or political grounds. But Ms. Cheney’s vitriol has been indistinguishable from that of the seven leftist Democrats on the Jan. 6 committee. For that, she has been lionized by the Trump-hating liberal mainstream media.

As such, it’s no surprise that Ms. Cheney is making a shameless 11th-hour appeal to Wyoming Democrats to help save her political bacon by switching their registration to Republican so they can vote in next week’s GOP primary.

She also has begun airing a 60-second ad in which her equally off-putting neocon father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, engages in this bit of rhetorical overkill: “In our nation’s 246-year history, there has never been an individual who is a greater threat to our republic than Donald Trump.” (Apparently, Mr. Cheney has been asleep or in a coma for the past 18 months.)

In a state that gave Mr. Trump 69.64% of its vote in the 2020 presidential election, neither of those ploys are likely to rescue soon-to-be-former Rep. Liz Cheney.


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