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Cheney versus Cruz

Pop your popcorn, this should be fun.

Not Ted Cruz

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, one of the GOP’s highest-profile critics of former President Donald Trump, plans to set her sights on U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and other Republicans who she says “made themselves unfit for future office” by going along with Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election.

The Wyoming Republican, who lost a primary this month to Trump-backed attorney Harriet Hageman, launched a political action committee with her campaign funds and now says she plans to use the PAC to go after “election deniers.”

Cheney, a leading member of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, told the Wall Street Journal that her first targets include Cruz, who she said “took steps that fundamentally threatened the constitutional order and structure in the aftermath of the last election.”

Cruz led an effort in the Senate to delay certifying President Joe Biden’s election win and objected to Arizona’s electoral votes less than an hour before demonstrators breached the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, pointing to “unprecedented” — and unproven — allegations of voter fraud. Cruz at the time was pushing for an “emergency audit,” which he has argued could have provided the final say Trump supporters needed to accept the results.

Cruz’s Senate term runs through 2024. The Texas Republican has said he would run again for president “in a heartbeat” after coming in second to Trump in the 2016 GOP primary.

Just so we’re clear, I don’t expect this effort to make much difference politically. I respect Liz Cheney for her principled stand for democracy and truth in the face of all kinds of resistance, but I’m under no illusions that she’s suddenly a force for progressive politics. I’m just hoping she’ll land some punches on a guy who needs to be regularly punched. I have no expectations beyond that.

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  1. Jason Hochman says:

    Indeed it should be fun. You’ve got Lyin’ Ted, whose father helped assassinate Kennedy, and who ran away on vacation during the cold spell.

    Then you have the daughter of Darth Cheney, puffed full of Haliburton profits from a war based on the lie that they had WMD. And, who also came to Texas and was hunting ducks without the proper permits and license and then he shot a Democrat in the face while he was drinking and hunting, even though he was on blood thinners and shouldn’t drink, and then, he got a new heart from a young guy anyway. Never forget the true Cheney family. Their rage at Trump must have ulterior motives. The swamp runs deep.

  2. Mainstream says:

    Jason, at the risk of implying that anything else you have said is truthful, I don’t recall it being a Democrat who was shot by accident. I thought it was a member of a stalwart GOP family.