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Home of the Brave: Liz Cheney’s Call to Arms

Liz Cheney lost her primary in Wyoming last night. As she said in her concession speech, it would have been easy for her to win it. All she had to do was give herself to Trumpism and all that it stands for.

I don’t want anyone to come away from this loss freaking out about the power of Trump. Wyoming is a sparsely populated state of very conservative people. Some of the powerful in Wyoming are members of the Oath Keepers, the paramilitary group that was so active in the January 6 insurrection. In a way, Trump owns Wyoming. Wyoming voters may come to regret that fact sooner than later.

Liz Cheney has a fatwa on her head decreed by Donald Trump and no less deadly than the one on Salman Rushdie. During her primary campaign, Liz Cheney has had to travel the state with a security detail. Her campaign stops have had to be conducted in private.

Such is Wyoming, a state of 581,348 people. Only Alaska has fewer people per square mile. Cheney is a conservative’s conservative. She knew how to play the political game when she was first elected and was more than happy to vote against healthcare and same sex marriage. That last one stung her own sister who is married to a woman. They’ve since reconciled but that’s the price Liz Cheney was willing to pay in order to win in Wyoming.

I think her most significant and troubling vote to date was the one against renewing the Voting Rights Act. Well, now she has time to rethink some of her choices since the continual chipping away of the protections of that act may end up being a deciding factor on who wins the White House in 2024. Wyoming doesn’t need to go out of its way to protect the voting rights of its small minority populations but the rest of the country does.

Primaries attract the most energized and passionate party faithful. So I’m not getting too wound up about so many Wyoming Republican libertarian traditionalist voters with exposure to few media outlets picking a new congresswoman to represent them. They chose someone more to their liking, someone they could invite to a barbecue. Someone who they could socialize with and who wouldn’t challenge their concept of themselves.

Wyoming was the first state to allow women to vote. Its motto is “Equal Rights”. It’s safe to say that Wyoming no longer stands for equal rights for all and Liz Cheney went along with that on her meteoric rise to the #3 leadership position of the House Republican caucus. I’m not saying that she’s going to experience an epiphany or regret her votes. She’s never going to be a Democrat and I don’t want her cohort migrating to the Democratic Party. The Never Trumpers need to either take back their own party or start a new one.

Never Trump is definitely under represented in Wyoming but it has a significant pull elsewhere. These are Cheney’s people now. She has shown she deserved to be in her leadership position. And now that she’s freed from the constraints of having to serve the ultra conservative voters of an ultra conservative state, we might see a Cheney who will turn to the side of equal rights, land of the free and home of the brave.

She can lead on her own terms now.

Go get him, Liz.

Here’s her concession speech:

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