Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney has been become one of the Republican Party’s most vocal anti-Trump figures since voting to impeach the former president a year and a half ago.
Trump didn’t appreciate Cheney’s decision and responded by endorsing her primary challenger, Harriet Hageman. Polls show Cheney doing poorly, with one writer saying her political future is all but over.
Cheney is getting trounced in the polls
That’s the assessment Ed Kilgore presented on Monday in a New York Magazine article titled, “Liz Cheney, January 6 Hearings Star, Is Bombing Back Home.”
Kilgore began by citing a Mason-Dixon survey from last week which put Cheney a whopping 22 points behind her Trump-backed opponent.
He then suggested that Cheney’s position as vice chair of the House select committee tasked with investigating the events of January 6 may well be her final high-profile role within Congress or the GOP as a whole.
“You could argue that Cheney’s reelection goose was cooked January 13, 2021, the day she voted for Trump’s second impeachment,” Kilgore.
“But her descent from the House Republican leadership to almost certain defeat in an August 16 primary in Wyoming has had a number of dramatic moments,” he continued.
“By the time the January 6 committee finalizes its report in August or later, Cheney will be the most famous and (in some circles) revered lame duck in Congress and a symbol of both defeat and defiance for those Republicans who were present on January 6,” Kilgore predicted.
The writer says Democratic support for Cheney won’t save her
The writer went on to point out how Cheney has resorted to accepting donations from major Democratic donors like film producer Jeffrey Katzenberg.
“I strongly support Congresswoman Cheney’s bid for re-election,” Katzenberg was quoted as telling The New York Times earlier this month.
“I’m resolved to do everything possible to send a strong message by keeping her in Congress. We need to stand behind Liz and send a rebuke to the most extreme factions in the Republican Party,” the wealthy leftist insisted.
Still, Kilgore concluded that such a strategy is unlikely to work in Wyoming as “there just aren’t enough Democrats there to save Cheney’s bacon given her very low status in her own party.”