Liz Cheney Is No Martyr. Just Another Rich, Entitled Member Of The D.C. Establishment

Liz Cheney Is No Martyr. Just Another Rich, Entitled Member Of The D.C. Establishment

Rep. Liz Cheney is expected to lose by at least 20 points in today’s primary in Wyoming. But she doesn’t seem to really care. Long known in D.C. circles as hating interactions with Americans outside the beltway, representing Wyoming voters was not something she ever considered a particularly important aspect of her role in D.C.

Listening to the corporate media and the D.C. establishment, one would think Cheney is history’s greatest hero, a political martyr who put “principle over party,” and who courageously stood up against Republican voters and their strong support of the party’s most recent president, support which Beltway insiders find unseemly.

Such simplistic and error-ridden sound bites work well in D.C., but not in the rest of America. CNN went to Wyoming to defend Cheney as “Upholding the rule of law, defending the Constitution,” referring to her work on the Jan. 6 show trial. Wyoming voter Brett Kupec made short shrift of the talking point. “If that was the ‘rule of law,’ why doesn’t [Trump] have a defense team in that courtroom?” Kupec said. “That ain’t the rule of law. That’s a kangaroo court. That’s not the Wyoming way.”

In fact, there’s nothing heroic about denying political enemies due process, or helping your constituents’ political opponents with their Stalinist show trials. Seething hatred of Trump is not a principle, or at least certainly not one worth defending at the expense of the republic and its health.

She’s not the hero that her media fans claim her to be. She’s also not a martyr. This is not some brave Wyomingite who stood strong on principle after she failed to persuade her constituents to follow her. Cheney has always used Wyoming and the Republican Party for personal ambition and to push discredited and politically toxic foreign policy.

She first tried to force herself onto Wyomingites in 2014, surprising actual Wyoming resident Mike Enzi by announcing her plan to primary him for the U.S. Senate seat. Her Facebook post announcing her run was geotagged from her actual home in McLean, Virginia, a place populated by government bureaucrats, defense contractors, and lobbyists. The jeans she wore to pretend she understood Wyoming values stained her hands blue because they were so new. She had to withdraw from that race in disgrace, but was elected to the U.S. House in 2016 after Rep. Cynthia Lummis resigned. She rarely went “home” to Wyoming, and was notorious for canceling events or simply not showing up to them.

Cheney quickly kneecapped Cathy McMorris Rogers to become GOP conference chair, but was ousted within years from that position. It wasn’t just that she joined Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s plot to impeach President Donald Trump, but that she failed to be an effective conference chair, exploiting it for personal gain. Unlike McMorris Rogers, her predecessor, or her successor Elise Stefanik, Cheney didn’t raise meaningful money for other members.

Cheney helped spread false rumors about Russians paying bounties in Afghanistan, a story that was widely used by Republican opponents to harm Trump and his supporters. But she stood by and did little to nothing when Biden led the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Cheney is not a hero, and not a martyr, but a privileged child of establishment D.C., so reliant on her family name that her closing ad used the dynasty she was born into as a crutch.

The media’s Joan of Arc-esque framing has already been in the works for quite some time, after Cheney became a break-out star in this summer’s blockbuster TV hit — the Jan. 6 House committee hearings (season two airs in September) — and vowed to do everything in her power to block Trump from becoming president ever again. A New York Times profile actually described Cheney’s likely primary loss as “her martyrdom” and “a proving ground for her new crusade.” Another piece by The New Yorker makes Cheney sound like one of the 300 Spartans who gave their lives defending Greece in the Battle of Thermopylae. Democrat and actor Alec Baldwin is actually calling Cheney the “Nalvany of our current political culture.” And a Washington Post article hints at a possible presidential run. 

Left-wing donors have come out in droves to fill Cheney’s campaign coffers. Cheney’s campaign received $950,000 in contributions from Texas bigwigs alone. She’s raised triple the amount of her opponent, in the tens of millions of dollars. And yet no one is asking genuine questions about why the polls show Cheney losing by nearly 30 points

Perhaps Beltway elites should take off their Trump Derangement Syndrome-colored glasses and talk to the average Wyoming voter and discover why Cheney’s impending canonization may be a bit premature. Republicans in Wyoming are concerned about inflation and high energy prices. They want someone who works for the state of Wyoming and its constituents and represents conservative values. And yes, they agree with the vast majority of Republican voters that Trump was a very good president who deserves credit for fighting the D.C. establishment that is destroying the country. They hate Cheney’s foreign policy and what it has done to national security. 

Americans and their desires are obstacles in the mind of the D.C. beltway. That’s why, after Cheney’s primary loss today, they’ll start grooming her for a presidential run (“Cheney and a small but influential bloc of anti-Trump Republicans have decided that there must be a 2024 candidate who will run as an unabashed opponent of both the ex-president and other contenders who spew his mistruths about the 2020 election,” the Post reports). She’ll be offered multi-million-dollar book deals, embark on a “Trump Apology” speaking tour, and hobnob with Never-Trump elites at Georgetown cocktail parties. Cheney will profit handsomely from these new ventures — her net worth is already estimated at $15 million — as her political capital increases and donors from the left and the right rally to her cause.

Cheney didn’t sacrifice anything by going after Trump and losing her House seat. With media contracts, book deals, and plum positions in the military-industrial complex, she’ll continually be met with thunderous applause by the D.C. establishment that’s grown increasingly detached from Americans. She’s no martyr.

The Federalist’s Editor-in-Chief Mollie Hemingway contributed to this report.


Victoria Marshall is a staff writer at The Federalist. Her writing has been featured in the New York Post, National Review, and Townhall. She graduated from Hillsdale College in May 2021 with a major in politics and a minor in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @vemrshll.

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Wyoming and Alaska Primary Elections Tomorrow – Liz Cheney and Lisa Murkowski Face MAGA Challengers

Wyoming and Alaska Primary Elections Tomorrow – Liz Cheney and Lisa Murkowski Face MAGA Challengers

One-way voters in Wyoming and Alaska could sound a resounding message of support for President Trump would be to succeed in the primary challenges to Liz Cheney (U-Wyoming) and Lisa Murkowski (U-Alaska) on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON – Cheney faces daunting prospects in her effort to fend off the Trump-backed Harriet Hageman, increasingly looking at a life beyond Capitol Hill that could include a possible presidential campaign. Murkowski, however, is expected to advance from her primary and is already planning to compete in the November general election.

The anticipated outcomes at least partially stem from the nuanced politics of each state. Wyoming is a Republican stronghold, delivering Trump his strongest victory of any state in the 2020 campaign. Alaska, meanwhile, has a history of rewarding candidates with an independent streak.

But Murkowski enjoys an additional advantage in the way elections are being conducted in Alaska this year. Winner-take-all party primaries, like the one Cheney is facing, have been replaced by a voter-approved process in which all candidates are listed together. The four who get the most votes, regardless of party affiliation, advance to the general election in which ranked voting will be used.

Murkowski benefits from avoiding a Republican primary, “which she would have had a zero percent — I mean zero percent — chance of winning,” said Alaska pollster Ivan Moore.

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New Wyoming Poll: Liz Cheney Supported By 15 Percent Of Republicans, 98 Percent Of Democrats

New Wyoming Poll: Liz Cheney Supported By 15 Percent Of Republicans, 98 Percent Of Democrats

A new poll out Wednesday shows Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., down by nearly 30 points just six days before the state’s Tuesday primary.

The Wyoming Primary Election Survey conducted by the University of Wyoming shows a whopping 98 percent of Democrats supporting Cheney and only 2 percent supporting her Trump-endorsed opponent, attorney Harriet Hageman. A measly 15 percent of overall Republicans reported support for incumbent lawmaker Cheney.

Meanwhile, Hageman leads among likely GOP primary voters 57 to 28 percent. No other candidate landed with more than 2 percent support while nearly 10 percent of likely Republican primary voters remained unsure.

On the day Hageman launched her bid to unseat the three-term incumbent with an endorsement from former President Donald Trump, Cheney embraced the challenge.

“Here’s a sound bite for you,” Cheney wrote on Twitter. “Bring it.”

Now Cheney is poised to become the latest House lawmaker that voted to impeach Trump to lose a primary. The University of Wyoming survey results show an even wider gap between the two contenders than a poll sponsored by the Casper-Star Tribune last month showing Cheney down by 22 points. Of the nine other House Republicans to join Cheney in endorsing the Democrats’ snap impeachment effort, four retired, three lost their primaries, and only two prevailed. Cheney’s race is the last one to be decided.

After she was overwhelmingly booted out of House leadership last spring, Cheney escalated her feud with former President Trump, which became a hallmark of her time in the lower chamber. Last summer, Cheney joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Select Committee on Jan. 6 as vice chair, antagonizing voters in her home state who voted for Trump by a wider margin than anywhere else in the country two years ago. Wednesday’s poll shows nearly 60 percent of likely GOP primary voters see the investigation, which is devoid of opposition, as unfair. Only about 27 percent reported viewing the probe as fair and impartial.

[RELATED: A ‘Farce’: Here’s What Wyoming Voters Really Think Of Liz Cheney And Her Sham J6 Committee]

In turn, the endangered congresswoman has turned to Democrats to save her re-election campaign, sending out instructions on how to change party registrations ahead of Tuesday’s primary. The Wyoming Republican Party voted in November to no longer recognize Cheney as a Republican.

The University of Wyoming poll was conducted July 25 – Aug. 6 and interviewed 836 Wyoming residents including 562 likely voters in the upcoming GOP primary. Questions about the Republican contest hold a +/- 4.1 percent margin of error while statewide questions possess a +/-3.4 percent margin of error.


Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.

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Liz Cheney’s Husband Is Partner At Law Firm Representing Hunter Biden

Liz Cheney’s Husband Is Partner At Law Firm Representing Hunter Biden

Philip Perry, who is married to Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, is a partner at the same law firm representing President Joe Biden’s scandal-ridden son, Hunter.

Last week, the Daily Mail reached out to Hunter Biden’s attorney for comment on a story unearthing new details to the extent the younger Biden leveraged the family name for lucrative overseas business ventures. In 2014, the paper reported, then-Vice President Biden met with a pair of Chinese energy executives connected to Hunter Biden’s foreign business deals.

An attorney named Christopher Clark, who is listed with the firm Latham & Watkins as partner, responded to the Daily Mail’s request for comment calling the reporter a “parasite” in an otherwise nonsensical email full of typos.

The vice president’s 2014 encounter with Chinese energy tycoons marks the fifteenth such meeting with businessmen tied to Hunter Biden’s financial interests, and contradicts Biden’s repeated claims of never discussing business with his son, “or with anyone else.” The first son is currently under federal investigation for money laundering and foreign lobbying.

Perry is also listed as a partner with Lathan & Watkins on the firm’s website while his wife runs for re-election on an anti-Trump platform ahead of the Wyoming primary next week.

Cheney faces an uphill contest from Trump-endorsed attorney Harriet Hageman in a state that voted for former President Donald Trump two years ago by a wider margin than anywhere else in the country. A poll sponsored by the Casper-Star Tribune last month shows Hageman up by 22 points as Cheney tries to clinch a fourth term by appealing to Democrats. Even if every Democrat in the state were to change their registration to back Cheney in the primary, however, Cheney’s Trump-backed opponent remains likely to prevail where Republicans outnumber Democrats more than 200,000 to 43,000.

On Sunday, the New York Times published a profile of the race ahead of next week’s contest chronicling Cheney’s failing campaign.

“She no longer provides advance notice about her Wyoming travel and, not welcome at most county and state Republican events, has turned her campaign into a series of invite-only House parties,” the Times reported.

“What’s more puzzling than her schedule is why Ms. Cheney, who has raised over $13 million, has not poured more money into the race, especially early on when she had an opportunity to define Ms. Hageman,” the paper added. “Ms. Cheney had spent roughly half her war chest as of the start of July, spurring speculation that she was saving money for future efforts against Mr. Trump.”

The Wyoming congresswoman likely to lose her seat in the next Congress has been laying the foundation for a presidential run in 2024.

“If I have to choose between maintaining a seat in the House of Representatives or protecting the constitutional republic and ensuring the American people know the truth about Donald Trump, I’m going to choose the Constitution and the truth every single day,” Cheney said on CNN last month.

In her interview with the New York Times this week, Cheney pledged to remain on her anti-Trump crusade, which now extends to “Trumpism” beyond the former president himself well after midterms.

“Asked if the ranks of off-limits candidates included Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, whom many Republicans have latched onto as a Trump alternative, she said she ‘would find it very difficult’ to support Mr. DeSantis in a general election,” the Times reported.

“I think that Ron DeSantis has lined himself up almost entirely with Donald Trump, and I think that’s very dangerous,” Cheney told the paper.

The Cheney family’s interest in Hunter Biden avoiding prosecution, however, casts doubt that a Cheney administration would approve a special cousel investigation as demanded by former Attorney General Bill Barr.


Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.

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Dick Cheney Ignores His Own Record While Indicting Trump As Worst Threat To American Democracy Ever

Dick Cheney Ignores His Own Record While Indicting Trump As Worst Threat To American Democracy Ever

Former Vice President Dick Cheney dismissed his own record launching an overseas war based on junk intelligence when he claimed Thursday that former President Donald Trump is the worst threat to the republic since the Declaration of Independence was signed.

On Thursday, endangered Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, whom the state GOP no longer recognizes as a Republican, published a video of her father’s endorsement.

“In our nation’s 246-year history, there has never been an individual who is a greater threat to our republic than Donald Trump,” said the former vice president under George W. Bush.

“He lost his election, and he lost big,” Dick Cheney added, despite Trump only losing the 2020 contest by less than 50,000 votes across three tipping-point states. Nevertheless, Cheney said, “I know it, he knows it, and deep down I think most Republicans know it.”

The 81-year-old longtime presidential adviser, whose Washington resume stretches from the Ford White House to both Bush administrations, appeared in the one-minute ad less than two weeks before Liz Cheney faces primary voters at the ballot box. The three-term incumbent is up against Trump-endorsed attorney Harriet Hageman, who, according to a July poll sponsored by the Casper-Star Tribune, is up by 22 points.

During the second Bush administration, Dick Cheney was a “chief architect” of the Iraq war, sending American troops into a conflict that would last decades without an exit strategy. The invasion was launched under the pretense that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was harboring weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) based on U.S. intelligence. The classified information cited by the White House to justify the war however, turned out to be one of the worst intelligence failures in modern American history, if not the worst failure.

The oldest living former vice president’s assertion that Trump is the greatest threat to the republic in its existence, meanwhile, glosses over the dozens of historical figures who surely did more harm. Was Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy who oversaw a four-year insurrection, less of a threat than Donald Trump? Was John Wilkes Booth, who shot President Abraham Lincoln, less of a threat? What about Benedict Arnold?

It’s unlikely that Dick Cheney’s video will save Liz’s House seat. According to an Axios poll in March, less than 2 in 5 GOP Wyoming voters reported a favorable opinion of former vice president. Nearly half, 48 percent, said they view Dick Cheney unfavorably.


Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.

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CNN Tried To Find People In Wyoming Who Like Liz Cheney. It Didn’t Go Well

CNN Tried To Find People In Wyoming Who Like Liz Cheney. It Didn’t Go Well

CNN went to the Wyoming capital’s annual cowboy and rodeo festival last week to learn how voters felt about their sole U.S. representative locked in an all-out feud with former President Donald Trump weeks before the state primary.

“Can I cuss?” said one resident bluntly when asked if she would send Rep. Liz Cheney back to Washington for a fourth term. After a nod, it was a “hell no.”

“Absolutely not,” said another by a corn dog stand.

“What are your thoughts about Liz Cheney running for a fourth term?” CNN’s Randi Kaye asked one woman.

“Personally, I think she’s had three too many,” she said.

On Aug. 16, voters will decide whether Cheney will keep her seat in Washington or if another candidate will take her place on the November ballot. Trump-backed attorney Harriet Hageman is the favorite to win the primary contest in a state that voted for the Republican president by a wider margin than anywhere else in the country. Last month, a poll sponsored by the Casper-Star Tribune showed Hageman leading by 22 points.

[RELATED COVERAGE: A ‘Farce’: Here’s What Wyoming Voters Really Think Of Liz Cheney And Her Sham J6 Committee]

Kaye asked voters specifically what they thought about the House Jan. 6 Committee, which Cheney leads as vice chair and has weaponized to escalate a long-standing feud with President Trump. Cheney has even used the probe to go after political opponents working to unseat her in Wyoming.

“It’s all a hoax, it’s all propaganda,” said the man by the corn dog stand. “It’s a witch hunt.”

During an interview with another voter named Brett Kupec outside the rodeo stadium, Kaye conveyed Cheney’s explanations for serving on the committee.

“[Cheney] says she’s defending what’s important to people here in Wyoming,” Kaye said. “Upholding the rule of law, defending the Constitution.”

Kupec responded by highlighting the committee’s absence of meaningful opposition after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi barred minority appointments.

“If that was the ‘rule of law,’ why doesn’t [Trump] have a defense team in that courtroom?” Kupec said. “That ain’t the rule of law. That’s a kangaroo court. That’s not the Wyoming way.”

Labeling the committee as a “kangaroo court” is a phrase Hageman told The Federalist at the fair last week that she hears often from voters around the state. So far, Hageman has traveled 36,000 miles on her campaign to replace Cheney.

“That really is the moniker that people in Wyoming have used over and over again,” Hageman said. “It’s just a kangaroo court, and they’re terribly embarrassed that our representative is a part of it.”

Indeed, one voter told CNN Cheney “has been an embarrassment.”

The network ended the segment with interviews of two Cheney supporters, the only two that Kay conceded the television crew could find at the entire event in Wyoming’s largest city.

Shawn McKee told CNN he stood by Cheney because “she wants to maintain the integrity of the state.”

“She wants to make it to where it’s not so much federally controlled,” McKee said.

Cheney, however, now the vice chair of Pelosi’s Jan. 6 panel, no longer serves on the House Natural Resources Committee navigating the state’s myriad of public land issues despite nearly half the state being under federal jurisdiction.

“This is one of the first times in Wyoming’s history that Wyoming’s congressional representative is not on the Natural Resources Committee,” Hageman told The Federalist at the “Frontier Days” festival, adding she expects an appointment if elected.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office confirmed to The Federalist the Republican leader will back Hageman’s request for an assignment to the committee but added final placement would ultimately be up to the Steering Committee after the midterms.

Trump took a victory lap over CNN’s Friday segment with a press release on Monday.

“ICYMI: CNN Goes to Wyoming,” the former president wrote, sharing a tweet from Federalist Editor-in-Chief Mollie Hemingway.


Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.

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A ‘Farce’: Here’s What Wyoming Voters Really Think Of Liz Cheney And Her Sham J6 Committee

A ‘Farce’: Here’s What Wyoming Voters Really Think Of Liz Cheney And Her Sham J6 Committee

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Two days after the Associated Press wrote off Rep. Liz Cheney as “nowhere” to be found at Cheyenne’s midsummer cowboy festival, the lone congresswoman from Wyoming flipped pancakes for a brief appearance before returning to work on the Jan. 6 Committee.

The pancake breakfast held on every other day of the festivities has been a staple of Cheyenne’s Frontier Days celebration since 1986 when the Kiwanis Club adopted the tradition after an historic flood the year prior. For more than three decades after, volunteers with the Kiwanis Club often joined by members of the Boy Scouts and the Air Force have served thousands of pancakes within a short span of two hours. With its roots in the Cold War-era preparatory drills in the case of a sudden disaster disrupting food supply, the annual spectacle leaves little time for politicians who participate to mingle with their voters. For Cheney, the breakfast offered the perfect opportunity to show face without spending time with constituents left angry by the rarity of their sole congresswoman’s home state presence and her politically charged work as vice chair of the Jan. 6 Committee.

“We need to move on, and go do different things,” said Maria Lemke, an accountant and 25-year resident of Cheyenne who said Cheney’s role on the committee, combined with her frequent absence from the state, has led her to cast a vote for Trump-endorsed primary challenger Harriet Hageman.

“She’s from Wyoming,” were the first words Lemke said when asked what she liked about Hageman, who just 10 feet away was mingling with vendors in the fairground’s expo center.

While Cheney’s attendance felt like a hit-and-run performance, Hageman was clearly in her element as she spoke with voters throughout the massive cowboy and rodeo festival of her hometown, held just 100 miles from the ranch where she grew up. While her family still maintains the ranch, Hageman lives with her husband in Wyoming’s capital and largest city of just more than 65,000. Cheney has a residence in Jackson but spends most of her time in northern Virginia where her kids go to school.

In the 10 months since launching her primary challenge across town, Hageman said “it’s been fun” on the campaign trail in her effort to oust a three-term incumbent and daughter of a former vice president.

“It’s been a beautiful drive,” Hageman told The Federalist, touting more than 36,000 miles traveled across the state near a row of chuckwagons complete with cast iron kitchens once used to follow cowboys on 1,000-mile cattle drives. In contrast, Cheney has been so consumed by an obsessive focus on prosecuting former President Donald Trump, that her few visits home has become rare occasions which have featured events with reporters as opposed to voters turned sour by the Jan. 6 inquisition.

The words “traitor” and “hypocrite” were common descriptors reiterated by Wyoming voters throughout the festival to characterize their sole representative and her lead role on the Select Committee.

George Hoff, a 22-year resident of Cheyenne who is now retired, described the Jan. 6 proceedings spearheaded by Cheney as a “farce” and a “waste of taxpayer money.”

“I think they beat that drum until it died,” Hoff said. “When she goes over to the Potomac, she forgets about Wyoming.”

Despite half the state being under the jurisdiction of the federal government, Cheney no longer holds her seat on the House Natural Resources Committee navigating Wyoming’s myriad of public lands issues, instead directing her energy toward her vendetta against Trump with summer show trials.

“This is one of the first times in Wyoming’s history that Wyoming’s congressional representative is not on the Natural Resources Committee,” Hageman said, adding she expects to be placed on the committee next year if elected.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office confirmed to The Federalist Wednesday the Republican leader will back Hageman’s request for the assignment but added final placement would ultimately be up to the Steering Committee after the elections.

Seated on a bench under the shade at Indian Village, Joe Valois said Hageman’s commitment to Wyoming is in part why he’ll back her over Cheney in August.

“She’s all Wyoming, she’s all about Wyoming,” said Valois, who lives in Cheyenne with his wife and six dogs.

A retired 24-year veteran of the Air Force, Valois was careful not to spill his margarita or state secrets, but gave away everything when it came to how his neighbors felt about Cheney and the “corrupt” Jan. 6 Committee.

“Everyone’s on the same page as me,” Valois said, with Cheney “not really focusing on Republican views and needs and what we want to happen.”

Despite Cheney’s Virginia-funded war chest of nearly $7 million to deploy three weeks before election day, Hageman, who has $1.4 million left on hand, isn’t worried.

“I have been pretty dramatically outspent,” Hageman acknowledged, but added Cheney isn’t spending money to defend her seat on Capitol Hill anymore. “What she’s doing is spending an enormous amount of money on staff.”

On Sunday, Cheney, who recent polling shows is behind Hageman by 22 points, all but conceded the race in Wyoming where President Donald Trump won in 2020 by a wider margin than any other state. The endangered congresswoman appears to be capitalizing on her role with the Jan. 6 Committee to lay the foundation for a possible presidential run in 2024.

“If I have to choose between maintaining a seat in the House of Representatives or protecting the constitutional republic and ensuring the American people know the truth about Donald Trump, I’m going to choose the Constitution and the truth every single day,” Cheney said on CNN, leaving the door open to a bid for the White House after midterms.


Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.

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Liz Cheney Has No Future In The Republican Party And She Knows It

After torpedoing any future she might have had in the Republican Party by turning on her own voters and helping run the Jan. 6 Committee’s Soviet-style show trial, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney’s career has two options: Try to win the GOP Wyoming primary with Democrat votes or flee to a plum job in the corrupt corporate media.

Cheney strayed far from her conservative party when she accepted Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s appointment to be vice chair of the Jan. 6 Committee, which has embarrassed itself with hearsay that would be inadmissible in court, star witnesses that didn’t actually witness anything, and openly contradicted lies. After that, the Wyoming Republican Party voted to no longer recognize Cheney as a member of the party, while Cheney has snubbed her constituents in favor of reporters and hauled in more fundraising cash from Northern Virginia than from her home state.

Cheney has little chance of winning her GOP primary this August unless she can get enough Democrats to vote in it. Harriet Hageman, her Republican opponent, is towering over Cheney by 59 votes to 6 in a Wyoming straw poll, according to the Casper Star Tribune.

While this secret-ballot straw poll was conducted among state party leadership, Hageman is also dominating in a Wyoming poll of Republican voters obtained by NBC News. Only a meager 26 percent support Cheney while Hageman has 58 percent of her party’s vote. On the flip side, only 29 percent of Republicans surveyed said they don’t approve of Hageman while Cheney drags along with a 73 percent disapproval rate.

Based on these numbers, a victory in Wyoming is virtually impossible for Cheney unless she can sway Democrat voters to switch parties and vote her in. While not an open primary state, Wyoming does allow for voters to switch political party affiliations on the day of voting, and Cheney has already begged Democratic voters to save her career and even mailed them instructions on how to do so.

Democrats hopping party lines to influence a Republican primary is not unheard of. Approximately 37,000 voters who voted in the Democratic party in 2020 voted Republican this year to help secure Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s win in the Georgia primary against Trump-backed Rep. Jody Hice. Only 27,000 votes prevented the race from going to a runoff.

But while Georgia had enough party-hopping Democrats to give Raffensperger the election, Wyoming likely doesn’t.

As of July 1, the current number of registered Democrat voters to Republicans is only 43,285 to 200,579. So even if Cheney were to gather half of the Democrat votes, the majority of GOP support that Hageman is projected to hold will still crush Cheney’s bid to stay on Capitol Hill.

Now that she’s alienated her voters, there is one job Cheney could likely land with ease: a cushy commentator role at CNN, MSNBC, or another corporate media spin machine. With the anti-conservative, falsehood-ridden circus she’s conducting on the Jan. 6 Committee, she’s already giving quite the audition.


Beth Whitehead is an intern at The Federalist and a journalism major at Patrick Henry College where she fondly excuses the excess amount of coffee she drinks as an occupational hazard.

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