It didn’t matter that Raffensperger and Cheney were both correct in declaring that Trump had made false charges of election fraud — the problem was they very publicly said the Emperor had no clothes.
Raffensperger is already facing a primary challenge in 2022 from U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Greensboro, who fully supported Trump’s lies of widespread election fraud in Georgia’s 2020 elections.
And now it’s expected that Hice and other Republicans will vote as soon as next week to boot Cheney from the number three GOP leadership post in the U.S. House, likely replacing her with U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-New York.
The quick embrace of Stefanik was notable, given that she’s nowhere near the conservative that Cheney has been in Congress.
The comparison isn’t close. Numbers compiled by the American Conservative Union give Stefanik a 43.58 lifetime rating. For Cheney, it’s 78 out of 100.
Compare that to Hice, who sports a 98.1 rating from the ACU, or U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, whose ACU rating is 95.6.
When Stefanik was first elected to Congress, she proudly made herself out to be a GOP moderate — what southern Republicans like to call a ‘RINO.’
Last year’s ACU ratings showed Stefanik was the seventh least conservative Republican in the U.S. House.
But that doesn’t matter to most Congressional Republicans — they just cannot tolerate anyone who publicly crosses Trump.
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Rome, said her opposition to Cheney was based on her desire to ‘represent the strong conservative values of most Republican voters.’
If that was the case, Cheney would be the easy choice.
But this isn’t really about Liz Cheney. It’s about Donald Trump.
Jamie Dupree has covered national politics and the Congress from Washington, D.C. since the Reagan administration. His column appears weekly in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. For more, check out his Capitol Hill newsletter at http://jamiedupree.substack.com