In the aftermath of the January 6 riot, a number of Republicans turned on President Trump. Although it was obvious he was not responsible for what happened, many D.C.-based “conservatives” threw him under the bus. That includes even members of his cabinet, who turned tail and ran.
But it seems the brunt of the blame is falling on one so-called Republican, Liz Cheney. For good reason, though. The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, Liz was outspoken in his condemnation and accusation of the president. And, despite overwhelming opposition to it from the party, she voted to impeach him.
That has resulted in her own state turning on her, with candidates already primarying against her. Now, a new poll reveals that her challenger is already winning.
House GOP Conference Chairwoman Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) has seen her political support completely collapse in Wyoming as solid majorities of both Republicans and all voters in the state want her out of office, a new poll shows.
What’s more, Cheney has fallen behind her primary challenger by more than double digits, a sharp turn in just weeks against the one-time rising star since she voted to impeach former President Donald Trump…
Only 10 percent of GOP voters, and 13 percent of all voters, say they would vote to reelect her, and she trails by more than 30 points—54 percent to 21 percent—against state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, who has announced a campaign against her since her impeachment vote. [Source: Breitbart]
That’s more than just a bad day for Cheney. Those kinds of numbers reveal a major collapse in support for her, in the very state she represents.
But, there is a very good reason for that. Cheney was elected to represent the values of the people of Wyoming. Did Wyoming residents support impeaching Trump? Of course not. Did they like seeing their representative throw the president under the bus? Absolutely not.
You have to wonder what Cheney was thinking. Did she really believe that it would go over well with the folks back home? Maybe she did. Or maybe she was convinced that the talking points against Trump, originating from the D.C. swamp, mattered more than the truth.
Regardless of what she was thinking, Cheney was clearly confident that turning on Trump would win her points with voters. It did not. I don’t think anyone was expecting the numbers to be this bad, two years out from the election.
It is possible Cheney can turn this around, but I’m not sure how. In the coming years, voters might forget or forgive her for turning on the party. But it would take a lot for Cheney to impress these angry voters.
There are never many opportunities for a single House member to stand out and make an impression. This might have been the one chance Cheney could have made a name for herself, and she blew it.
Don’t be surprised if someone else is sitting in her chair, come the midterms.