Liz Cheney is now a key figure on the bipartisan January 6th committee. But while that’s led to lots of backslaps from the press and plenty of chances to cosplay as some kind of savior of the republic, it’s also led to the complete destruction of Cheney’s political career.
She believed she was able to try and destroy Donald Trump as well as the Republicans overall without facing any consequence. The Washington Post editorials, CNN hits and emotional speeches were costly. According to the most recent poll, Cheney trails Harriet Hageman by 30 points.
Yet, she’s not giving up. Cheney is still trying to get Democrats to support her.
Cheney said that she wouldn’t make an effort to contact Democrats to ask them to switch parties in February.
“That is not something that I have contemplated, that I have organized or that I will organize,” she said in a Cheyenne interview.https://t.co/wR5asnnkGR
— Reid J. Epstein (@reidepstein) June 23, 2022
I find it shocking that Cheney, a staunch beacon of virtue, would be so dishonest about such an essential issue. However, she appears to have done. In an effort to save her bacon going into the midterms, she is reaching out to Democrats. Yet, I’m left asking why she’s even bothering to go this route.
Yes, I know she’s dead in the water with most Republicans and that Wyoming is a deep red state, but that’s the point. There are not enough Democrats in Wyoming to offset the deficit she’s currently sitting at. Maybe, if she were only down a few points, it might make a difference, but at a 30-point deficit, Cheney could have every Democrat in Wyoming cast a ballot for her and she’d still get blown out.
According to the Wyoming Secretary of State’s website, there are 193,000 registered Republicans in the state. There are 44,000 Democrats, however. You do the math on that, but it’s not good for Cheney. It’s also a pipe dream that she’d even pull every Democrat voter to her side. A lot of left-leaning voters believe the Cheneys to be evil, dating back to the Bush years.
In the end, Cheney is staring at the abyss, and there’s no escaping it. These kinds of late-in-the-game maneuvers aren’t going to make the difference. They only serve to make her campaign even more pathetic. It was a time for her to reset and relax. She could also pretend that she cared about her constituents. Instead, she’s spent the last year-and-a-half trying to raise her national profile by locking arms with Nancy Pelosi.
It’s not really a question of whether she’ll lose at this point. Rather, it’s a question of whether she’s shameless enough to try to run for president after she loses.