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August 8, 2022

Tomorrow marks just one week until the Republican Primary voters of Wyoming tell Liz Cheney precisely what they think of her endless grandstanding, Constitution-shredding and Trump-bashing. Wyoming allows same-day registration for some reason, so Cheney has been urging Democrats to vote for her in the GOP primary, which should tell you how much she really values ethics. Fortunately, in Wyoming, Republicans outnumber Democrats by about 4-1, so that’s not likely to save her. And while there aren’t many polls on that race, one fairly respectable one last month showed her trailing her Trump-endorsed challenger Harriet Hageman by 22 points.

Now, Cheney has taken the ashes of her credibility, poured on some lighter fluid and burned them a second time. After claiming she only turned on fellow Republican Trump because he was such a unique threat to democracy, she told the New York Times that she would almost certainly not support Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for President, either.

She claims that DeSantis has “lined himself up almost entirely with Donald Trump.” But as Bonchie at points out, DeSantis hardly ever mentions Trump, and has his own way of governing, which is effective, popular and resolutely conservative. I suspect that’s really her problem with him, since, as Bonchie writes, “It’s almost as if Cheney isn’t principled at all,” but just a disgruntled Democrat chasing a CNN gig.  

Incidentally, as for the claim that people who vote against her are just mindnumbed, MAGA Trump bots, the Casper Star-Tribune asked Republicans about that. One summed up the consensus that Trump has little to do with her unpopularity: “This race is more about Liz Cheney than it is about Donald Trump. Anybody who’s credible, who ran to the right of Liz Cheney would probably win this race — with or without Donald Trump.”

Hageman said Cheney seldom even visits Wyoming, except to occasionally come in on a private jet to meet with a handful of donors at a private home. Hageman’s been campaigning hard in the district, and her first ad was about federal encroachment on water rights, land rights, irrigation policies, forestry, wildlife, livestock, and other issues of importance to Wyoming residents. Cheney’s most high profile ad was of her dad, Dick Cheney, painting Donald Trump as the biggest threat in the history of America.

Somehow, I doubt that Wyoming residents who are dealing with this Administration’s war on ranching, farming and affordable energy really believe that.

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