Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) just lost her primary this week after she was delivered an epic stomping by Harriet Hageman and the people of Wyoming.
Cheney not only lost, but she lost by 38 points, even more than the polls were predicting. Why? Because the folks in Wyoming had enough of her obsession to get Donald Trump. She completely failed them as a representative, not caring about their opinions, and attacking them for supporting Trump, but also not serving them on any of the real issues with which she should be concerned.
But in the grand tradition of those who fail, wanting to fail upward, Cheney is now considering whether to run for president because not even winning her race in Wyoming is somehow an indication that she should run nationally. She even compared herself to Abraham Lincoln in her concession speech. Talk about delusional.
There’s no doubt that some on the left might support such an effort, thinking that she might draw votes away from the eventual Republican nominee in 2024 if she ran as a third-party candidate. But there’s no way that she becomes the Republican nominee.
A lot of the media is still in the phase of pumping her up while she’s still attacking Trump.
But now that she lost and got such a royal trouncing, it sounds like at least one “Never Trumper” might be jumping off that Cheney train, at least when it comes to her running for president — Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), the guy who flips with the wind.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) August 19, 2022
“I’m not going to encourage anyone to run for president. I’ve done that myself, and that’s something I’m not doing again. I don’t know if she really wants to do that. She would not become the nominee if she were to run. I can’t imagine that would occur,” Romney told the Deseret News on Thursday.
Cheney, he said, might run for other purposes but “I’m not in collaboration with that effort.”
So he’s not going to be on board with an aborted effort to take away from the Republican nominee. That’s intriguing, coming from Romney, but expect more people not to be on board with this either if he’s dumping all over it. The funniest part is the last sentence. He doesn’t want anyone to think he would be on board with the “collaboration” he thinks is going to come down the pike. And he thinks she might run for “other purposes.”
What would those “other purposes” be? Getting a ton of money to the anti-Trump organization she’s going to set up? Lincoln Project 2.0? The first one didn’t go well. Talk about craven use of the process. But that would be Liz Cheney.
But when you can’t even get Mitt Romney who hates Trump, you might have a problem.
But expect more dumping to come now from the establishment/Never Trump Republicans now that Cheney has been so soundly rejected.
Liz Cheney is the Evan McMullin of Joe Walshes https://t.co/eH1NuKSscr
— Eddie Zipperer (@EddieZipperer) August 19, 2022