Liz Cheney could run for president in the future

Liz Cheney is a hard nosed, small government, lower taxes and a leading hawk on national defense.

So why will Liz Cheney help the Democrats win in 2024?

Liz Cheney may run for president
Liz Cheney may run for president

Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, a critic of former President Donald Trump and ally to GOP Rep. Liz Cheney, said he could see the congresswoman run for president in the future.

If she enters the general election as a third party candidate or as an independent, she would certainly drain votes from Mr. Trump. The idea thrills the Democrats. I expect the socialists to encourage that she run for president, just as they encouraged her to stab Trump in the back on the January 6th committee.

Cheney is fighting to hold on to her seat in Wyoming’s Republican primary. The three-term lawmaker faces an impossible reelection challenge against her main rival, Trump-backed opponent Harriet Hageman. Polls have shown Hageman in a double-digit lead.

Liz Cheney may run for president
Liz Cheney may run for president

“Her political future is something I’m sure she’s considered. I hope she wins. I’ve hosted fundraisers for her. But I recognize that in the time of Trump that may not be possible,” Romney told JournoNews.

“We’ll see what happens. But I don’t think she’s gone by any means. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her run for president,” he added.

Trump has sought to oust Cheney from Congress since she voted to impeach him over the January 6, 2021 Capitol siege. Among the other pro-impeachment House Republicans who faced primaries against Trump-endorsed challengers this year, three have lost and two have won.

She has not ruled out a presidential bid when asked about it during recent interviews.

“At this point, I have not made a decision about 2024,” Cheney told CNN in July, adding that she’ll make a decision “down the road.”

Texas political science professor Emil Ficker told JournoNews, “I have no idea why Liz Cheney hates Donald Trump so intensely; he probably said something pointed about her dad. The bitter feud between former President Donald Trump and Rep. Liz Cheney will come to a head on Tuesday as Wyoming voters decide who takes the victory lap in the high-profile Republican primary. But no matter the outcome, their rivalry — and Cheney’s future in politics — is far from over. She’ll run for president as an establishment Republican, doing it to suck votes away from the populist Republican. So the Republicans will have two in the race; and the 47th president will be a Democrat. And knowing Liz Cheney’s intention to rob Mr Trump of the election, the Democrats probably will nominate someone from the extreme left wing of the party. No need to nominee a moderate if the election is pretty much guaranteed.”

Professor Emil Ficker told JournoNews, “Liz Cheney wouldn’t normally be a contender, but with this end-game in mind, the media will help her. She’ll be allowed participate in the debates and she’ll qualify for matching funds.

History of siphoned off votes…

  • 1912—William Taft vs. Woodrow Wilson – Theodore Roosevelt threw a wrench into that one.
  • 1992—George H. Bush vs. Bill Clinton – Independent Ross Perot upset the apple cart.
  • 2000—Al Gore vs. George W. Bush – Ralph Nader and the Green party earned just enough votes.

Al Gore, George W. Bush and Ralph Nader.

The election was so tight that it took a 36-day legal battle and a controversial 5-4 Supreme Court ruling before Al Gore conceded, although he won the national popular vote by more than a half-million votes.

Liz Cheney may run for president
Liz Cheney may run for president

The race not only centered on the candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties, Al Gore and George W. Bush, but on third-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader. An American lawyer, political activist and consumer advocate Nader was Green Party candidate.

Nader hoped to earn 5 percent of the popular vote, which would have given his party access to federal matching funds in the following presidential election. Nader fell short of his goal, receiving 2.9 million votes and less than 3 percent of the popular vote. However, some believe Nader’s third-party candidacy siphoned enough votes from the Democratic nominee, Vice President Al Gore, to swing the victory to Republican George W. Bush.

If she enters the general election as a third party candidate or as an independent, she would certainly drain votes from Mr. Trump. The idea thrills the Democrats. I expect the socialists to encourage that she run for president, just as they encouraged her to stab Trump in the back on the January 6th committee. — Emil Ficker

Liz Cheney can’t remember “Scooter” Libby

Rep. Cheney seems to have forgotten one significant event in her family’s political life: the same weaponized deep state that okayed the raid on Mar-a-Lago convicted her father’s chief-of-staff Lewis “Scooter” Libby on charges that were as manufactured as those leveled against President Trump. If Liz has forgotten, former vice president Dick Cheney surely remembers. Trump’s pardon should have gladdened Cheney’s heart. It certainly did Scooter Libby’s.

Liz Cheney may run for president
Liz Cheney may run for president

In June 2007, Libby was convicted in a D.C. court of one count of obstruction of justice, two counts of lying under oath, and one count of making false statements. “I believe firmly that Scooter was unjustly accused and prosecuted and deserved a pardon,” Mr. Cheney told CNN’s John King in 2009, adding, I was clearly not happy that we, in effect, left Scooter sort of hanging in the wind.” By “we” Cheney meant President George W. Bush. Cheney did little to conceal his disgust with Bush for failing to pardon Libby.

Cheney was rightly furious. The whole affair was a cock-up. As reported in Politico, “Cheney characterized the CIA leak investigation and Libbys indictment and trial as politically motivated. He held that an overzealous prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, and a liberal Washington jury had wrongly criminalized Libbys faulty memory of having spoken to NBCs Tim Russert about the affair.”

George W. Bush refused to pardon Libby.

The president who did pardon Libby was Donald Trump. Reported the New York Times in April 2018, “When he was asked to pardon former Vice President Dick Cheneys chief of staff, who likewise considered himself the target of an unfair prosecution, Mr. Trump may have seen some parallels.” How could he not? For the previous two years, virtually every power source in the Democratic-media complex had been colluding on an undisguised plot to remove the president from office.

Liz Cheney may run for president
Liz Cheney may run for president

Trump’s pardon should have gladdened Cheney’s heart. It certainly did Scooter Libby’s. For over a dozen years, we have suffered under the weight of a terrible injustice,” Libby told the TimesTo his great credit, President Trump recognized this wrong and would not let it persist. For this honorable act, we shall forever be grateful.”

Dick Cheney’s gratitude, if any, lasted considerably less than forever. He returned Trump’s favor by cutting an ad for Liz in which he says of Trump, without a hint of self-awareness, “He is a coward. A real man wouldn’t lie to his supporters. He lost his election and he lost big. I know he knows it and deep down I think most Republicans know it.”

Whether his reputation is deserved or not, Cheney is in no position to call anyone else a liar — especially about an election in which the feds did no better job counting ballots than they had counting WMDs.

Dick Cheney diminishes himself to attack Trump

If his daughter Liz Cheney were not in the middle of a rhetorical steel-cage death match against Donald Trump, would the Dick Cheney of old have joined with former Vice President Mike Pence, a growing list of Republicans, some Democrats and constitutional law experts in condemning or questioning the FBI search on Trump’s Florida home?

Liz Cheney may run for president
Liz Cheney may run for president

In a political ad in support of his daughter’s reelection campaign, Dick Cheney said, “In our nation’s 246-year history, there has never been an individual who is a greater threat to our republic than Donald Trump. He tried to steal the last election using lies and violence to keep himself in power after the voters had rejected him. He is a coward. A real man wouldn’t lie to his supporters. He lost his election, and he lost big. I know it, he knows it, and deep down I think most Republicans know it.”

According to The Hill’s Douglas MacKinnon, “Dick Cheney is fully within his rights to despise Trump. But as he fires off his superheated rhetoric to defend Liz Cheney, he may want to reexamine the line “In our nation’s 246-year history, there has never been an individual who is a greater threat to our republic” and review the actions of, say, Benedict Arnold, John Walker Jr., Robert Hanssen, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Aldrich Ames, or even, more recently, George Soros and the woke prosecutors he funds.”

The Trump loyalist threatening to unseat Liz Cheney

Liz Cheney may well run for president; this should delight liberals, if she who, instead, beam proudly at their adopted, conservative daughter. However, Cheney is about to lose her seat in the House. Yet Cheney remains in an advantageous position, in which a loss is not necessarily a loss. In losing, Cheney will become a bona fide martyr. She’ll be framed as the rare GOP politician who had the courage to risk everything and to stand up to Trump – losing her occupation in the process.

Liz Cheney is a hard nosed, small government, lower taxes and a leading hawk on national defense. However, socialists and progressives, are so fixated on Trump that they consider any defiance of Trump sufficient to absolve all sins, will rally further to Cheney’s cause despite her deeply conservative ideology. So, in dying on her own sword, Cheney may lose Wyoming’s most conservative constituents – and gain a broader national support group.

John Harris, a founding editor at POLITICO

John Harris, a founding editor at POLITICO, believes Cheney may be able to pivot out from a congressional defeat, toward a presidential campaign. “A few days from now, [Cheney] will deliver the most consequential speech of her career to date,” Harris wrote. “Rhetorically, the assignment is clear: Accept defeat while sounding like a winner. More specifically, Cheney needs to signal that the loss of her Wyoming House seat in a GOP primary is in no way the end of her career, but the opening of a new phase in which she intends to be one of the most important people in American political life. She needs to invite the audience to imagine that they are not listening to a soon-to-be-former congresswoman but instead to a possible future president.”

Chris Cillizza

Harris isn’t the only one proposing a Cheney presidential run. CNN’s go-to politics guy, Chris Cillizza asked last fall “Is Liz Cheney going to run for president?” Cillizza believed that Cheney was stoking speculation that she may run for president. “Cheney left the door wide open to a presidential bid in 2024. “I’m not ruling anything in or out – ever is a long time,” she told the New York Post.”

What’s so concerning about Harris and Cillizza’s assessments is that they are devoid of criticism. Quite the opposite. “Cheney has not backed down in the face of Trump’s bluster,” Cillizza wrote. “What Cheney may be betting on is that…she will emerge in GOP circles as the one who slayed the Trump dragon – walking and talking evidence that standing up to the former president doesn’t have to be a death knell for a Republican elected official.”

The left only loves Liz Cheney because she hates Trump

The left’s embrace of Liz Cheney is a direct result of fixating so squarely on Donald Trump. The left, for which politics begin and end with Trump, are all-in with Cheney simply on account of her having stood up to Trump. Cillizza, operating with CNN’s massive platform, is a good example. Mother Jones, one of the nation’s most reliably progressive publications, recently named Liz Cheney one of their heroes of 2021. The LA Times named Cheney one of their heroes of July 4th (alongside Cassidy Hutchinson). NPR and MSNBC happily and regularly amplify Cheney’s message.

The reasons behind the left’s embrace of Cheney are obvious; she validates what they’ve been saying for years, that Trump is democracy’s biggest threat – and she does so with the credibility of a hardcore conservative. The problem is that in embracing and promoting Cheney on account of her Never Trump stance, the left is elevating her general ideology – which is mostly repulsive.

Liz Cheney will NOT fit in with the Democrats

Political scientist Lawrence R. Jacobs once said “Cheney is an arch-conservative. She’s a hard-edged, small government, lower taxes figure and a leading voice on national defense.” Journalist Jake Bernstein agreed, stating that “Liz Cheney is a true conservative in every sense of the word and she’s only moderate in relation to the radicalism that has seized the Republican party.”

Liz Cheney may run for president
Liz Cheney may run for president

Undoubtedly, Cheney is a neoconservative hawk. She was opposed to Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, which of course was a twenty-year war that her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, had helped launch; she has even continued to promote the idea that there was a connection between al-Qaeda and Iraq – the falsified pretext upon which Dick Cheney constructed the Iraq invasion; she voted against repealing the 2002 Authorization of Military Force – another unfortunate vestige of the Bush-Cheney years; she has supported the use of torture; she opposes the no-first-use nuclear policy; she opposed the JCPOA. Liz Cheney is her father’s daughter.

Cheney’s problematic record extends beyond foreign policy. During Cheney’s 2013 Senate campaign, she opposed same-sex marriage, becoming estranged from her lesbian sister Mary in the process (Liz later recanted). Cheney also refused to denounce the “birther” conspiracy that claimed Barack Obama was not born in America (and which marked Donald Trump’s entrance in the political arena).

The left would do well to appreciate that Cheney’s defiance of Trump, but let’s pretnd that Liz Cheney does win the White House it won’t be relevant once she’s in office.

She might make a reasonably able president but she won’t have a political party behind her.