The GOP puts all its eggs in one dangerous basket

The Liz Cheney saga is terrible strategy by the party

Liz Cheney.
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Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) will soon cease to be the third-ranking House Republican, if House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) gets his way. In a Fox News appearance Tuesday, McCarthy said he's "heard from members concerned about her ability to carry out the job as conference chair, to carry out the message." A vote to remove Cheney from House leadership is increasingly likely, and it might succeed.

McCarthy claims this isn't "about how she voted on impeachment," a denial I'd guess convinces maybe three to five Americans, tops. We all know this is entirely about how she voted on impeachment, which is to say: entirely about former President Donald Trump. Cheney was one of just 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump in January, and she continues to brand his allegations of election theft "the big lie." She's been censured by her state GOP for her stance, and her leadership spot has already been put to a House vote once this year.

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