Jim Beam Chronicle: Cheney’s Rare Civil Servant – American Press

Jim Beam Chronicle: Cheney Rare Civil Servant

Posted 7:23 a.m. on Sunday, August 28, 2022

Conservative columnist Rich Lowry in this space on August 20 said U.S. Representative Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, had two choices after the January 6, 2021 uprising on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. She could either tone down her campaign against the former President Donald Trump or choose the end of his political career.

Cheney made the second choice and lost her re-election bid by a wide margin, which she obviously expected to come. Lowry called her “a pariah (pariah) within her own party”. However, he gave Cheney a brief pat on the back.

“His was an admirable loss,” he said. “It is indeed rare that an elected official is ready to sacrifice his office on a question of deeply rooted principle.”

Someone selected an extremely appropriate quote from John Quincy Adams, 6e President of the United States (1825-1829), which was listed under Lowry’s column.

Adams said, “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never wasted.”

It has become exceedingly rare in our time for a public servant to take a stand as Cheney did, knowing that it might destroy his political future.

Lowry said: “Cheney’s alienation from his party is likely to lean on itself. Already, she has said she would “find it very difficult” to support (Florida) Governor Ron DeSantis, the leading Republican alternative to Trump…”

Cheney’s rejection of DeSantis comes as no surprise since he’s trying hard to outplay Trump. DeSantis comes closer than other potential GOP candidates to being a carbon copy of Trump.

Lowry said Cheney should realize she’s taken a path that doesn’t end in electoral vindication. He added, “There’s no case for Cheney trying to go from being a dishonorable prophet in his party to being a Republican breeder again.”

Since Cheney said she could run for president in 2024, Lowry has emphasized in her column that she is not Abraham Lincoln. No, she’s not, but chances are she realizes it but thinks she could impact the presidential election.

As for the Republican Party, The Associated Press said Cheney’s defeat marked “the end of an era for the Republican Party as well as his own family legacy, the most publicized political casualty to date as the party of Lincoln turns into Trump’s party. .”

A political analyst said, “Liz Cheney represents the Republican Party as it was…. All of that is gone now.

In his concession speech on election night, Cheney said, “Now the real work begins.” The AP said it is unlikely to win its party’s nomination, but will give those who oppose Trump an alternative.

Cheney funneled his remaining campaign funds into something called “The Big Task,” a line from the Gettysburg Address.

“I will do whatever it takes to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office,” Cheney said.

The AP said: “Whether she is running or not, her belief that Trump poses a danger to democracy runs deep in her family. But that’s a view that has no place in today’s GOP.

A former longtime Republican aide to the late Senator John McCain said: ‘It’s just a Donald Trump fever dream party. It’s just Donald Trump’s club.

Cheney became the No. 3 Republican in the United States House, in the same position her father – former Vice President Dick Cheney under President George W. Bush – held. Liz Cheney was the top-ranked GOP woman at the time, but her opposition to Trump cost her the job.

Next, Cheney became vice chairman of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol attack. The AP said, “Cheney was unequivocal, blaming the attack on the President defeated and his false allegations of voter fraud and rigged elections.”

Trump “summoned this crowd, got the crowd together and lit the flame for this attack,” Cheney said at the time. “There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”

In more than 60 years covering national and state politics, I can’t recall many times when public servants like Cheney were willing to risk their political careers to uphold a principle.

Cheney’s political career may be over, but as President John Quincy Adams said, “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection your vote does.” is never lost.”

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