Before anyone else hails U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney as a champion of truth, decency and democracy, let’s review the Wyoming Republican’s record on all three.
Cheney deserves credit and thanks for standing against The Big Lie that now defines the “GQP,” a once-serious party reduced to a seditious, cynical cult of personality disorders. She was “canceled” for speaking truth to lost power, daring to say that facts are immutable.
Water is wet. Fire burns. Trump lost. Get over it.
The self-owning cowards running the GQP can’t, and seem hellbent on following a fraudster who cost them the House, Senate and White House and instigated a failed coup in a treasonous attempt to cling to power. Death marches don’t lead to victory laps.
Cheney is right to lament the path her fellow Republicans have chosen, but shouldn’t be excused for her role in putting them on a road to ruin. No Republican in Congress voted in lockstep with Trump more than Cheney. She was a dutiful footsoldier for the dear leader until the Jan. 6 domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol.
Like her sulfurous father, former vice president Dick Cheney, Liz made a career selling big lies. Vice hawked the disastrous invasion of Iraq. Liz winked at Obama “birtherism,” blasted the 44th president for ending the occupation her daddy’s big lies made necessary and excused Trump’s manifest unfitness for office in exchange for profane tax cuts for wealthy donors.
Trump’s disastrous presidency was the inevitable result of decades of big lies sold by cynics like Liz Cheney. I admire her sudden reverence for objective fact and fair play. I remember too much about her role in creating and enabling the monster she now condemns to applaud her overdue stand for truth, decency and democracy.
Liars occasionally tell the truth. That doesn’t change who and what they are, or the consequences of what they did to get us where we are.