Over the course of the last couple weeks, the dirty laundry of the GOP has been laid out for all of America to witness and comment on. Issues that should have been handled behind closed doors were instead taken to the likes of MSNBC and the pages of The Washington Post.
I want to clarify something at the outset of this discussion: no prominent member of the Republican Party should support or defend what occurred at the nation’s capital on Jan. 6. Period.
That being said, plenty of new crises are facing America today. At least 7 states are experiencing shortages in fuel. Every minute there are updates on the escalation of the crisis in the middle east. The southern border continues to face surges of immigrants and children are still being held in cages. All of this while Inflation is driving the prices of the most basic consumer products up.
So why is the third-ranking member of the House GOP still talking about Jan. 6 and a president who has not been in office for almost four months?
Just yesterday, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), was removed from her position in the GOP caucus by a voice vote led by House minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).
What made this vote particularly interesting was the fact that Cheney faced a similar vote only a few weeks ago, which she survived. Though she voted to impeach former President Trump, Rep. Cheney passed the vote with flying colors having only 6 of her colleagues vote to remove her. So what has changed?
The very fact that Cheney passed the vote without worry just three months ago reveals that the House GOP has no problem allowing disagreement over Trump in its ranks, but rather it takes issue with how she is dividing the party.
To accurately determine whether or not Cheney should have been ousted, we must understand what a chairperson should accomplish for their party. The House Republican Conference Chairman presides over meetings, leads their caucus, and assists in disseminating and confirming what the party’s policy priorities are. Cheney’s job in the House GOP is to keep everyone in the caucus on message by staying on message herself.
Did she accomplish this?
Well, she went on Face the Nation to comment on President Trump’s comments from his personal blog to say that, “The former President is using the same language that he knows provoked violence on Jan. 6. She continued that,“We know as a party. . .we need to be focused on embracing the Constitution, not embracing insurrection.”
She wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post in which she suggested that the “question before us now is whether we will join Trump’s crusade to delegitimize and undo the legal outcome of the 2020 election, with all the consequences that might have.”
This makes little sense because first, as she pointed out, the House minority leader has no intentions of joining that fight. Secondly, Joe Biden is president.
Many leaders in the GOP have pointed out the obvious truth that the focus of the GOP is to be uniting the party for a congressional takeback in 2022 and hopefully, a White House victory in 2024. Instead, representative Cheney spent her time airing the dirty laundry of the GOP to the approval of Democratic party members.
Liz Cheney was no longer supporting the Republican cause. The validity of her statements or her lack of support for the former President are of no consequence to this discussion. The Republican party is a large tent with room for a variety of opinions, but has no room for leadership who want to take down the party from within on live television.
The GOP does need to have a discussion about how to proceed and where it stands, but we must not tear each other apart in the process. As a leader of the party, Cheney’s failure to unify the base, constant berating of President Trump and overall distractions from GOP priorities show that she deserved to lose her spot in leadership. If you do not want to work for the priorities of the party, by all means speak your piece, but do not take up a position in leadership.
Here’s to taking back Congress 2022. May the odds be ever in our favor.
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