While 2024 mostly centers on whether Donald Trump will run again or not and Ron DeSantis as the heir apparent if he doesn’t, there will still be a litany of other politicians who make a go at it when they shouldn’t.
And while I expected some also-rans like Chris Christie to try their luck again, I’m not sure the possibility of a Liz Cheney candidacy ever crossed my mind.
Yet, here we are.
— New York Post (@nypost) April 26, 2021
ORLANDO — House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney is not ruling out a potential presidential bid, The Post has learned.
“I’m not ruling anything in or out — ever is a long time,” she told The Post when asked if she would ever consider running in the future…
…“I think we have a huge number of interesting candidates, but I think that we’re going to be in a good position to be able to take the White House. I do think that some of our candidates who led the charge, particularly the senators who led the unconstitutional charge, not to certify the election, you know, in my view that’s disqualifying,” she said.
She’s not seriously mulling a run, is she? Well, she presents herself as doing so, but consider me skeptical. I know that politics can lead to delusion, but this seems a bit much. Cheney is one of the most unpopular figures in the Republican Party. That she enjoys a leadership position is strictly due to her last name and the weird obsession that the beltway has with her. There’s nothing special about Cheney’s ability to fundraise, recruit candidates, or lead her caucus. In fact, she’s rather sub-par at all those things. Heck, she’s got Jeff Flake coming to campaign for her in 2022 so that should tell you how good her political instincts are.
Further, if your entire schtick is being anti-Trump, you aren’t going far in a Republican presidential primary. There are two obvious reasons for that. One, you are either going to be facing Trump, or two, you are going to be facing someone he’s put his support behind. There is no Liz Cheney constituency in the broader Republican voting base. Most see her act as tired and petty. She’s basically Adam Kinzinger in a pants suit at this point.
To drive that home, Cheney seems to constantly bring up January 6th, an event she relentlessly lied about, using the death of Officer Brian Sicknick as a cudgel. We recently found out he actually died of natural causes. In fact, the only person killed that day by another person was Ashli Babbit, a woman shot and killed by police.
On that topic, when recently asked whether Trump should be prosecuted, Cheney decided to play coy instead of just pointing out what a stupid question that is.
Cheney was asked if Trump should be prosecuted for his role in Jan. 6 attacks.
She said that’s a decision for the Justice Department to make.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) April 26, 2021
What exactly is Trump going to be prosecuted for? Telling people to go protest peacefully? Using the word “fight” in a political speech? This is idiocy, and it shows the kind of authoritarianism that is at the heart of Cheney’s politics. I don’t care if you don’t like Trump (see Liz Cheney Plays the Fool After Anti-Trump ‘Bombshell’ Collapses), if you are going to be a Republican leader at least have the backbone to tell the media when they are being ridiculous.
As I wrote last week, I really don’t get what Cheney’s political strategy is. Allying with Barbara Comstock, not ruling out a run for president, and making the party’s base hate her even more? It’s all just so absurd. Maybe she’s just trolling at this point? That’s all I can figure.