What is Liz Cheney After?

With politicians, we always have to question the motive behind their actions.

Pool photo by Melina Mara

In the fight over the future of the Republican party that’s been taking place arguably ever since Donald Trump decided to campaign for the Presidency, it’s been fairly clear that the former President has won the fight. Unfortunately for Wyoming’s Representative Liz Cheney, the future of her leadership position within the House Republican party appears grim after she decided that she refused to go along with the lie that Trump had the Presidency stolen from him. Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise, the most powerful Republicans in the House, are apparently backing my Congresswoman, Elise Stefanik, to replace her.

Cheney has not been quiet about her disagreements with the former President, and the threats to her position of power have not changed that. When it comes to politicians we always have to question motives, and as Cheney appears to be positioning herself to be a martyr in the struggle over the Republican party one can’t help questioning hers. With the space for Trump sycophants already crowded in the upcoming 2024 GOP Presidential primary, it feels as though Cheney is carving out a niche of her own.

I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s considering running for President.

To be fair, there certainly is a niche market for Republicans who have renounced Donald Trump and lament about the future of their party under his leadership, but it’s certainly not among Republican voters. With the success of groups like The Lincoln Project and infuriating heaps of praise given to lawmakers like Mitt Romney and George Bush for their outspoken criticisms of the former President, there certainly is a market among liberals that Cheney could appeal to, and I wouldn’t be surprised if in Cheney’s mind she could get enough cross-party appeal to potentially succeed in a bid for higher office and redirect the party. It’s easy to envision her on a debate stage, trying to persuade voters to come back to the Republican party of the old days and using the same tired talking points that no longer work to do so.

When you think about it though, there are far more viable and smart options ahead for her than a run for higher office. It very well may be the case that she’s going to try and be the “savior” of the Republican party, but I think it’s far more likely that she knows her time in office is probably going to be limited and is laying the course to remain relevant after she is voted out of office.

Much like I get the sense that Caitlyn Jenner’s run for California Governor is about nothing more than filming a documentary or securing a book deal, I get the sense that Cheney is hoping to capitalize off of her predicament by getting a book deal or a well-paying contributor position on CNN or MSNBC. I would not be at all surprised if she has had a conversation with her advisors who told her there’s a very good chance she will not be in office much longer, and told her continued defiance of Trump would be the best path forward for her financially.

There’s no denying that if she wrote a book about her ousting from leadership and eventually in all likelihood governance itself because she “dared to stand up to Trump”, liberals would eat it up.

It’ll be interesting to watch Liz Cheney’s political career become another casualty in the war over the future of the GOP. But it should go without saying that none of her actions come from a place of principle. Cheney is only interested in her ability to make money and remain relevant, as is the case with the majority of lawmakers on either side of the aisle. She’ll get exactly what she wants out of this situation, and that’s certainly frustrating to see.

Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx

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