If the Republican Party has a future, it lies with people like Liz Cheney. It was sad, but not at all unexpected, to hear that Representative Cheney lost the Wyoming primary last night, sadder still that the Republicans in a Republican-dominated state would elect a liar, a conspiracy theorist, and an overall scumbag like Harriet Hageman. It is, barring some truly unforeseen and world-changing event, inevitable that Hageman will join the ranks of Marge Greene, Lauren Boebert and so many others who are grossly unqualified to walk the halls of the U.S. Capitol.
I must applaud Ms. Cheney, as I have done a few times over the last couple of years. Her concession speech was courageous and graceful, and one had to make a comparison when she said …
“Our republic relies upon the goodwill of all candidates for office to accept honouorably the outcome of elections and tonight, Harriet Hageman has received the most votes in this primary. She won. I called her to concede the race. This primary election is over.”
Take a look at these short clips of Cheney as well as her opponent …
What an honourable woman. What a breath of fresh air, especially as compared to most others in the Republican Party, particularly the former guy who still has not conceded an election he lost by nearly 8 million votes a full year-and-a-half ago!
Don’t be too fast to write off Liz Cheney, though. I think she’ll find her way back … possibly in two short years, after Ms. Hageman convinces the people of Wyoming what a horrible mistake they made when they voted her into office.
Liz Cheney’s defeat was assured by her honesty and integrity. It seems that those are cardinal sins within the Republican Party today, as the party continues to follow Donald Trump off the precipice. Ms. Cheney had the courage to vote to impeach the former guy, and then added to her list of ‘crimes’ by joining the January 6th committee and working diligently and tirelessly to get to the bottom of what happened on that fateful day, to bring those who plotted and connived to overturn our government to justice. For this, she has paid a high price, but I think that at the end of the day, she will have the last laugh. Unfortunately for this nation, we will meanwhile have to put up with Ms. Hageman and others like her – conspiracy theorists, election deniers, and individuals who would incite violence to have their way.
In case you’re hoping for a Democratic candidate to beat Hageman in November, give it up. The Democrat opposing her is Lynnette Grey Bull who won the Democratic primary by 62.2%, nearly matching Hageman’s 65.8%, but … there are relatively few Democratic voters in the state of Wyoming. By the numbers, Ms. Grey Bull received only 4,410 votes as compared to Hageman’s 106,322 votes. Roughly only 4% of all Wyoming voters voted for a Democrat. So, grit your teeth and prepare to be underwhelmed by the incoming candidate, but keep your eye on Liz Cheney, for I don’t think she’s finished yet!
For the record, there is some speculation that Ms. Cheney is considering a run for president in 2024. While I do greatly admire her, I think it would be a mistake. First, while I respect and admire her integrity and courage, I disagree strongly with most of her policies. That said, even as an Independent who leans strongly to the left, I might actually have voted for her to return to her seat in Congress if I lived in Wyoming, but I would not vote for her as president.
Ms. Cheney deserved better from her party than to be shunned, heckled, threatened and ridiculed for her courage and integrity, but that is today’s GOP … they prefer fools and clowns to honest lawmakers. One day, hopefully soon, the pendulum will swing back and people will come to understand that a government of fools and clowns is not sustainable and those like Hageman, Herschel Walker, Mehmet Oz, Marge Greene and more will fade into oblivion.