It’s happening folks!
Democrats have shifted so far toward pro-war authoritarianism that they’re flirting with the proposition of Liz Cheney running for president.
Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration and a member of Obama’s economic transition advisory board, published a piece contemplating the idea of President Liz Cheney.
Prominent Democrats calling for Liz Cheney to run for President is all you need to know about this broken party. Just in case it still needs to be said, don't vote for Democrats. pic.twitter.com/77knZgfbe3
— Prof Zenkus (@anthonyzenkus) June 14, 2022
— golfchic (@tennischick38) June 14, 2022
“But today I want to suggest someone who isn’t even a Democrat, and whose positions on many issues I (and I suspect you) strongly disagree with — but who could possibly be the best president of the United States for the perilous time we’re entering. I’m referring to Liz Cheney,” Reich said.
Here’s more from his laughable substack article:
It will be impossible to reunite this nation without a leader who is the exact opposite of Trump — driven not by narcissism but by a passion for the rule of law and the Constitution — someone who has staked everything on opposing Trump’s demagogic authoritarianism, someone with huge stores of courage and integrity.
Since the attack on the Capitol, Liz Cheney has demonstrated more courage and integrity than any other politician in America. Democratic lawmakers have opposed Trump’s Big Lie, to be sure, but most knew they wouldn’t pay a price for their opposition. Cheney knew she would pay a price — and she has.
Six days after the attack on the Capitol — when no other Republican in the House or Senate was willing to rebuke Trump — she said this on the House floor:
Much more will become clear in the coming days and weeks, but what we know now is enough. The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President. The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.
The following day, on January 13, Cheney joined nine House Republicans and 222 Democrats in voting to impeach Trump. She subsequently agreed to be vice-chairman of the committee investigating the January 6 insurrection.
As a result of these actions, Trump and House G.O.P. leaders have sought to drive Cheney out of the party. House Republicans revoked her status as the third-highest-ranking leader of the Republican caucus. Wyoming Republicans have censured her. Trump and the Republican Party are backing her primary challenger in Wyoming, Harriet Hageman, whose campaign has received huge amounts of funding from rightwing groups. Polling shows Cheney faces an uphill battle to keep her seat.
But she has not wavered.
Since dozens of prominent Democrats think Biden is a disaster and should step down in 2024, maybe Liz Cheney should be their 2024 nominee?
The Washington Free Beacon noted:
Since Biden took office in 2021, Americans across the political spectrum have grown increasingly eager to support a restoration of the Cheney dynasty. That’s why Reich thinks Cheney would “have a chance” to win even if she ran as an independent. Dick’s firstborn daughter would give voice to the silent majority of neoconservative Americans whose passion for war and U.S. military dominance is not adequately represented by either of the major parties.
Cheney has been a vocal critic of Biden’s bumbling response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. She has blasted the president’s “anti-American energy agenda” for empowering Vladimir Putin and called for an end to the “so-called environmental and social governance (ESG) policies inhibiting investment in oil and gas.” She has denounced the weakness of foreign policy wunderkind Jake Sullivan and pressed the Biden administration to do “much more, more quickly” to help Ukraine. Rather than trying to improve Ukraine’s “position at the negotiating table,” Cheney had insisted the United States should be focused on “defeating Russian forces.”
How many Liz Cheney Democrats will we see by 2024?