Liz Cheney Ousted
The Wall Street Journal reports Liz Cheney Ousted From House Republican Leadership
House Republicans ousted Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming from their leadership ranks in a closed-door meeting Wednesday morning, in an effort by the party to extinguish the most visible fight over former President Donald Trump and his role in the party’s future.
She was removed in a voice vote just about 15 minutes after the meeting started, the swift culmination of weeks of building tension within the House GOP.
“We are unified behind a single mission of winning back the majority and it was clear from the way that the vote occurred that 99% of our members are focused on that, so it’s time to move on,” said Rep. Jim Banks (R., Ind.), chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee.
“We cannot both embrace the big lie and embrace the Constitution,” Ms. Cheney told reporters after the vote, referring to Mr. Trump’s claims. “I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office.”
“We cannot let the former president drag us backward,” she said in the meeting, according to someone familiar with her remarks. “If you want leaders who will enable and spread his destructive lies, I’m not your person, you have plenty of others to choose from. That will be their legacy,” she said, taking a swipe at GOP leaders who have stood by Mr. Trump.
Fight Not Extinguished
Cheney was purged as expected the the fight was not extinguished as More than 100 Republican Former Officials to Seek Reforms, Threaten New Party.
The statement, set to be released Thursday, involves a "Call for American Renewal," a credo that declares that it is imperative to "either reimagine a party dedicated to our founding ideals or else hasten the creation of such an alternative." The push will include 13 yet-to-be-revealed principles that the signatories want the GOP to embrace.
A push to channel anti-Trump sentiment with the "Never Trump" movement in the spring of 2016 was largely unsuccessful at the time, and none of the people backing this latest effort are serving as elected Republicans. However, it comes as Trump's pull within his party appears to have lessened. A recent NBC News poll found that 44 percent of Republicans said they support Trump more than the GOP, compared to 50 percent who said they support the GOP more than the former president.
"We're going give the GOP one last chance to get its act together and moderate, but we're not going to hold our breath," Taylor told NBC News. "We're ready to get out there and fight against the radical elements in the party to try to excise those elements from within the GOP and our national politics and to try to invest in the deeper pro-democracy bench."
Support for Trump Waning
The poll suggests support for Trump is waning even though Congressional leaders are foolishly out for revenge.
Of course, if you are a Trump supporter you probably don't believe the poll.
Time Ran Out
Trump is 74 years old. He will be 78 at the next election.
Trump's time ran out. The clock expired on Bernie Sanders too. And this is the last hurrah for Joe Biden.
Aging Group of Dinosaurs
The future of the parties (all of them) is not an aging group of dinosaurs.
Trump had some good ideas and some bad ones. If he did not upset so many independents with unwise rhetoric he would still be president.
There is noting to be gained by supporting an aging group of dinosaurs.
I expect this to blow over.
But if there is a new party, even 10% support for it would kill Republican White House chances.
What About the Midterms?
The immediate concern for Republicans is what the splintering will do to the mid-term elections.
It is far too early to make any calls and much of it depends on Trump.
The more revenge Trump and the hard core supports seek the worse it will be on Republicans in the midterms.
It is foolish to fight each other instead of Biden.