Liz Cheney Gets Shellacked in Newest Poll
Liz Cheney Gets Shellacked in Newest Poll
There’s only one month to go before Wyoming Republicans hold their primary, and the latest polls show that Rep. Liz Cheney is taking a beating. How much, you ask? Well, Liz is running 22 points behind her opponent, Harriet Hageman.
That’s gonna leave a mark.
Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy conducted this first, independent poll for the Wyoming newspaper Casper Star-Tribune. They surveyed 1,100 Wyoming residents who are likely to participate in the primary from July 7 through 11 — right after early voting began in the state. The poll also gives a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.
And the result? Harriet Hageman, a natural resources attorney, is shellacking Liz Cheney at 52% to 30%. As Brad Coker, Mason-Dixon managing director, said:
“The big story is Liz Cheney is going to get beat. That’s a foregone conclusion.”
Even a betting market, PredictIt, favors Hageman over Cheney by 93 cents on the dollar.
However, Wyoming is one of the most conservative states in the nation. Plus, Cheney has handily defeated opponents in past primaries. So what gives?
Simply, it’s because Liz Cheney is obsessed with destroying former president Donald Trump. She hates him with the heat of a thousand suns, so much that she voted to impeach him after the January 6 Capitol riots. She calls Trump a threat to democracy and the rule of law. And now she sits as one of two Republicans whom Nancy Pelosi has allowed on the January 6
Show Trial Committee as token members of the, ahem, “opposing party.”
But Cheney just can’t quit Trump. Even during a debate between her and Harriet Hageman, her primary rival, Cheney kept harping on Trump.
But Liz Cheney has paid the price. As a result of her anti-Trump mania, the Wyoming Republican Party no longer recognizes her as a member of the GOP. Plus, among those polled by Mason-Dixon, only 27% approve of her job performance.
Yet Cheney is gaining traction among Democrats: she now has a 53% approval rating among Wyoming Democrats who plan to vote in the state’s primary. What a surprise.
How much do Wyoming Republicans hate Liz Cheney? Let me count the ways.
First of all, they call her a “carpetbagger,” since she only moved to the state in 2012. Plus, they claim she rarely visits, instead preferring to spend her time in Washington, DC. They also say she’s a “Republican In Name Only;” as one 42-year resident of Wyoming called her, “Ninety-nine point nine percent pure RINO.”
Cheney’s opponent Harriet Hageman also says that Cheney is too focused on Donald Trump to properly serve the people of Wyoming.
Moreover, to paraphrase former Bill Clinton adviser James Carville — It’s the inflation, stupid!
I reached out to a Republican friend from Wyoming for her take on Liz Cheney. She had words. Boy, did she have words, beginning with “She’s only visible with the January 6 crap.”
It went on from there:
“Inflation ALWAYS hits WY folks harder and more immediately than a great deal of other places in the country (West VA and other coal/oil states being the exception). Yet all she fucking does is blather on about the Constitution and Jan 6. Furthermore, she’s done very little to try and stop Biden from draining SPR (Strategic Petroleum Reserve) and has not much to say about Biden going begging …”
“And, due to inflation and the drought, farmers and ranchers are making tough decisions as to how much water to use, fertilizer (if they can get any without breaking the bank), and how much harvest they’ll actually have. But it’s all about January 6! Very little about the very real issues WY is dealing with right now.”
No wonder they hate Liz Cheney in Wyoming.
Liz Cheney is relying on the kindness of strangers — the Democrat kind — to win in next month’s primary. And many with money to burn don’t agree with Cheney on a host of social issues, yet because they also loathe Donald Trump they’re shoveling money her way.
Like film producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, for example, who said that Liz Cheney “put her country over party and politics to stand in defense of our Constitution.”
Then there’s also Reid Hoffman, the LinkedIn founder, who is supporting Cheney, as well as Jane Fraser, CEO of Citigroup. Hoffman also gushed over Cheney:
“Liz Cheney demonstrates incredible integrity, standing for America.”
Do you think that the ranchers and small-town folks in Wyoming will give a rat’s tuchus about the support these elites have for Liz Cheney? Not on your life.
Look, I get that Liz Cheney has no love lost for Donald Trump. There are a lot of GOP members who also wish he’d just go away, even though it looks likely that he’ll declare his candidacy for 2024 soon. Many of us would rather see another candidate as our standard bearer.
But if Trump wins the nomination I will vote for Trump because I believe that he and the GOP best serve the nation. The Democrats? Not so much. Look how members of that party are trying to undermine the Supreme Court, the third branch of government, for example. And yet Liz Cheney waxes ad infinitum about the rule of law and the Constitution.
If Cheney doesn’t want to support Trump in 2024, fine. Then she should work within the party to support another candidate. Not throw the rest of her party to the wolves because of her obsessive hate of one man. This isn’t a Mafia movie, and the enemy of her enemy is not her friend.
But it’s too late for Liz Cheney. Come August 16, she’ll lose — and lose big time — to Harriet Hageman, the next Congresswoman from Wyoming.
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