Liz Cheney Can’t Run for President – With all the talk about how Liz Cheney might become a Democrat someday, it’s important to note that the former Republican representative from Wyoming is textbook unelectable—for either political party.
And, as far as third-party runs goes, well, even if she were to engage in such insanity, she would still lose.
This gets us back to the textbook unelectable bit. She can’t win because she aggravates voters from both parties (for very different reasons) equally.
Before Liz Cheney became the darling of the Democratic Party’s establishment during the January Sixth Committee hearings which served both as Cheney’s defining moment in politics as well as her political epitaph, the Left hated her for her neoconservative ideology.
She supported the Iraq War both out of principle and familial piety—a very dangerous combination if you’re looking to change people’s minds in politics.
Her father, as George W. Bush’s vice-president, was one of the architects of the failed War in Iraq in 2003. She worked at the State Department during the war. Liz Cheney defended the unpopular conflict during her time in government (and long after she had left the executive branch).
Once she got to the political realm on her own and won the only Congressional seat in Wyoming—a seat her father had held throughout the 1980s—Liz Cheney was forced to internalize the fact that her party had just elected Donald Trump to the presidency who, according to Dick Cheney, “sounds like a Liberal Democrat” for his criticisms about the Iraq War and the George W. Bush Administration more generally.
Liz Cheney is Not Independent
Despite her misgivings about Trump, Rep. Liz Cheney dutifully supported the forty-fifth president who had made a sport out of bashing both Bush and Dick Cheney. In fact, she voted 92.9 percent of the time with Donald Trump while she was in office.
Once January 6th occurred, however, her attitude changed. Cheney became the bulwark of resistance in the House against Trump. She was the leading Republican voice on the committee that then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had formed to investigate the matter and was Trump’s most dogged critic on the committee. There is but one reason why Liz Cheney lost by almost 30 points her reelection to the House in 2022: her involvement with the January 6 Committee.
Going into 2024, there are some wide-eyed dreamers who believe that her aggravation of both the Far Left during the Bush Administration and the Right during the Trump Administration indicates how independent she is.
Of course, looking at her voting record, it begs the question of how anyone can be deemed independent if they vote 92.9 per cent of the time with one side over the other (especially when the few times that Liz Cheney opposed Trump was when Trump was trying to keep the United States out of wars with North Korea or in the Middle East)?
The only time that Liz Cheney thought to challenge her great orange foil, Donald J. Trump, was in the final week of his time in office after he had completely imploded. Once it was clear to Cheney that Trump was a spent force politically, suddenly, she became his harshest critic.
That doesn’t look like independence to me.
It wreaks of political opportunism of the smarmiest kind. And it blew up in Cheney’s face—in a way that her support for the ill-fated War in Iraq never did (and should have).
Supporting endless wars everywhere, insisting that the former president was an insurrectionist-in-waiting, and jumping out of the Republican Party mainstream only when it seemed that the political headwinds in Washington had shifted decisively against the GOP—only then to have been proven categorically wrong about these assumptions—indicate a truly inept degree of judgement on Cheney’s part.
Being president is all about sound judgement. It’s bad enough having what many would say is a semi-senile octogenarian as our current president (and to have had a septuagenarian social media rage monster before that). The idea that Cheney could become the person in control of the nuclear football, with such awful judgement having defined her career thus far, is a nightmare scenario.
Liz Cheney Displays Bad Judgement
Besides, Cheney’s intransigent personality and borderline duplicity mean that she will never be able to win, let alone run, as an effective presidential candidate for either the Democratic or Republican Parties. She blew her chance in attempting to get Donald Trump with the January 6 investigation (which ultimately went nowhere). Now, she’ll have to spend the remainder of her life on the sidelines of the political scene because there isn’t any way that voters from either party want her as their leader. I sure know that I don’t.
Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who recently became a writer for 19FortyFive.com. Weichert is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as a contributing editor at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower(Republic Book Publishers), The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (March 28), and Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (May 16). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.