Wyoming and Alaska held primary elections Tuesday. Here’s a link to continually updated results of the major races:
Due to the time zones, Alaska results are still being counted as I write this. As explained at the link above, Alaska has an unusual at-large system in which the top four finishers of whichever party square off in November. So even though they did advance to the next races, it’s going to be quite a while before we know the fate of such top names as Lisa Murkowski and Sarah Palin. Not so in Wyoming…
Knowing my readers as I do, you’ll probably enjoy seeing this video clip of Donald Trump on election eve, predicting correctly that Wyoming GOP voters were going to say, “Liz Cheney…You’re FIRED!”
But they didn’t just fire her, they figuratively escorted her from the building and changed the locks behind her. Wyoming will now have someone who’ll represent Wyoming and not MSNBC.
The race was called early on, but at this writing, with 99% of the vote counted, Harriet Hageman is leading Cheney by 66.33% to Cheney’s 28.94%. Any crossover Democrat votes couldn’t prevent her from suffering a more than 2-1 loss. My only disappointment is that Hageman’s margin of victory didn’t reach three digits, but I’ll happily take it.
Incidentally, if you are trying to figure out the accuracy of polls this year, the latest poll taken 10 days ago showed Hageman’s lead at 52-30%, a 22-point gap. The actual margin was over 37 points, a 15-point margin of error.
Cheney’s concession speech continued the type of sanctimonious self-aggrandizing we’ve come to expect from her and which has so turned off Wyoming voters. Referencing the Gettysburg Address, Cheney compared herself to Abraham Lincoln, saying, "The great and original champion of our party, Abraham Lincoln, was defeated in elections for the Senate and the House before he won the most important election of all. Lincoln ultimately prevailed, he saved our union, and he defined our obligation as Americans for all of history."
Cheney said she’s “thinking about” running for President, and the media are really hawking the delusional idea of her being another Lincoln. But one commentator said she’s more likely to end up at the Lincoln Project, a disgraced organization of rabid anti-Trump grifters.
Here are some more comments on Cheney’s ouster from various pundits and political figures.
Charlie Kirk pointed out that with his strong endorsement of Hageman, "Trump has now defeated the Clinton, McCain, Bush, AND Cheney dynasties.” But my favorite quote may be from New York Rep. Claudia Tenney, who wrote, "Orchestrating show trials contrary to safeguards guaranteed by the Bill of Rights is not Lincolnesque. On the contrary, Cheney’s actions mirror precisely the authoritarianism our founders fought valiantly against."
Hear, hear! In fact, if you wonder why I’m so happy to see Cheney go, it’s actually not for the reasons the media claim Republicans turned on her. It’s not out of a blind loyalty to Trump or anger at her for bucking her own Party (I’ve been at odds with the national Party plenty of times myself.) It’s because I am fed up to my eyeballs with hearing her lecture us about how she’s safeguarding “our democracy,” and the Constitution and the “rule of law.”
Where I come from (the United States of America!), the Constitution and rule of law do not allow the creation of partisan, star chamber “investigative” committees selected in clear violation of the member requirements in the legislation that created them. Nor do we have show trials in which all the participants are radically biased against the defendants, the defendants have zero rights, no cross examinations or defense witnesses are allowed, and people who cite their legal right to executive privilege are handcuffed and arrested in public for maximum humiliation and threatened with prison sentences for contempt of Congress -- a charge that is routinely brushed off in DC when Democrats like Eric Holder commit it for real.
If Rep. Cheney wants a Lincoln quote, I suggest she think about “government of the people, by the people and for the people.” Not of, by and for people who forget the voters they’re in Washington to represent and instead would rather kiss up to the DC media and power players while promoting themselves.