Liz Cheney’s infamous congressional career will mercifully be put out of its misery in a few months, and it won’t be a moment too soon. Perhaps the temporary representative from Wyoming, after being overwhelmingly rejected by her Republican constituents in favor of a primary opponent, is maneuvering for a slot on CNN or MSNBC, where she would fit in well, along with a line-up of lucrative speaking engagements, and will be working diligently behind the scenes to try to sabotage Trump and any another potential candidate she rejects, in the name of “saving our democracy,” but she really should consider a different line of work entirely.
Oh, I know what you’re thinking: Liz Cheney has no sense of humor whatsoever, which one might think would be an impediment to working in comedy. But don’t let the fact that she personally has no sense of humor keep you from imagining how wildly successful she could be at this. I can think of more than one dull-witted person with absolutely no sense of humor who still manage to make good livings as alleged comediennes on THE VIEW. (One such contract I heard about was for $7 million a year –- not too shabby.) The same could be said for the so-called “comedians” who have taken over late-night; they’ve long since lost any sense of humor they once had.
She could get hired easily, as she has up her sleeve the “anti-Trump card.”
Besides, Liz really has got a flair for deadpan wit –-- in fact, out of everything that’s been said by anyone associated with the January 6 Kangaroo Kommittee, Liz has offered up, however unintentionally, the most hilarious remark of all. This unwitting joke is over-the-top hilarious because it reveals how transparently pathetic she and the January 6 “Kommittee” are.
You see, after making a big splash by issuing a last-ditch subpoena to President Trump to appear next month before the Kommittee, and Trump responding by saying he’d LOVE to testify before the Kommittee and might actually consider doing so on live TV, Cheney must’ve thought “uh-oh” and for that reason said on NBC’s Sunday “Meet The Press” that, oh, no, THIS witness wouldn’t be ALLOWED to testify on TV. “He’s not going to turn this into a circus,” she said.
And that’s when I fell to the floor, laughing helplessly. If anyone has turned the halls of Congress into a circus, it’s those pathetic, prize anti-Trump buffoons Liz Cheney and Bennie Thompson in their handling of Nancy Pelosi’s Inquisition. Thompson has been the ringmaster and Cheney, I suppose, imagines herself the lion tamer, whipping Trump into submission. Serving Trump with a subpoena is a way to keep their show going, but they have to control every moment of it with a whip and a chair on their star witness, just as they have done in the hearings leading up to it, managing them with scripts, teleprompters and strategically edited videos. Needless to say, they would release only similarly edited snippets of Trump.
“It may take multiple days,” Cheney said of Trump’s deposition, “and it will be done with a level of rigor and discipline and seriousness that it deserves.” Liz, you never chose to deal with January 6 with an acceptable level of those things. Rigor? You lied from the opening statements, made claims you've been unable to substantiate, and failed to address serious security concerns that would have implicated your own party (and I mean the party you're really working for, not the GOP.) Discipline? You don’t even follow the rules for organizing the kommittee you co-chair. It has been a joke from its inception, just like the “R” after your name.
What a zany idea, that someone might actually think, “Gee, I WAS going to vote for Donald Trump for President, but now that Liz Cheney is running...well, I guess I’ll just have to vote for HER!” That Liz Cheney, what a screwball. She cracks me up.
She told NBC’s Chuck Todd that she’s not focused on whether or not she’ll be a candidate again, but on saving the country “from this very dangerous moment we’re in.” And, you know, Liz is right about one thing: we ARE in a dangerous moment, because we have people in positions of power who are unapologetically abusing that power. People like Liz Cheney. They’ve so demonized Trump as a threat to “our democracy” that they’ve turned themselves into the real threat we need to worry about.
When asked to get specific about what she and her party might do, she simply said, “Well, we’ll do whatever it takes, as I said. He will not be President again.”
“We” will, Liz? Is that the “royal” we? And what if the American people really do elect Trump President again. If it’s true that you’ll do “whatever it takes” to stop him from becoming President, isn’t it YOU who are the real threat to democracy? Why, yes, I believe you are.
And that’s when what you say stops being funny.
RELATED NEWS: in a 2-1 decision, a panel from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a subpoena from the J6 Kommittee to former Arizona Republican Party chairwoman Kelli Ward, demanding her phone records. She had argued that the subpoena violated her First Amendment rights and infringed on her duties as chairperson of the state party. The battle isn’t over; she might appeal to the full panel or try to involve the Supreme Court.
For more unintentional comedy fun, read what these judges said in their ruling. The two judges who upheld the subpoena actually said this: “That some of the people with whom Ward communicated may be members of a political party does not establish that the subpoena is likely to reveal ‘sensitive information about [the party’s] members and supporters.’” Really? They have got to be kidding.
The dissenting judge, Judge Sandra Ikuta --- the one who is NOT clueless --- said there had been no reason given for why the phone records were relevant to the investigation. “...The only plausible explanation for the Committee’s interest in Ward’s phone records is that they reveal information about other Party members,” she wrote, adding that identifying information could “expose these members to congressional investigation, perhaps criminal investigation, and related public criticism.”
Now, why would she ever think that might happen?
Here are some people who might think it’s likely to happen: the family of Chris Burgard, the former filmmaker for PJ TV who made the documentary film CAPITOL PUNISHMENT, released almost a year ago. Though Burgard never entered the Capitol building himself, the FBI drove down the quarter-mile driveway to his ranch in Texas on August 4 and left a card on the door. No note, no nothing, just a card. To the family, it felt like a warning.
Ironically, CAPITOL PUNISHMENT documents several families who experienced pre-dawn FBI raids over suspected involvement in or near the Capitol on January 6. Now Burgard’s family anticipates possibly being one of those. Burgard hired an attorney and ended up submitting written answers to nine questions to the FBI. He has no idea if he’s still under investigation or if his family should expect a knock in the pre-dawn hours. From watching their dad’s own film, these kids know how frightening that can be.
Moe details here.