Cheney Ponders White House Bid After Primary Loss

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) took a novel approach to being soundly defeated in her bid for a fourth nomination as a GOP House member. The arch-enemy of former President Donald Trump is mulling a run for the presidency.

Her over 35-point margin of defeat apparently was not enough to convince her of the unpopularity of her actions among Republicans.

The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney took it on herself to lead the charge against Trump. Now she reaps the results.

Immediately after being shown the door by Wyoming Republicans, Cheney announced the formation of a new group called “The Great Task.” It borrows a phrase from the Gettysburg Address and is solely aimed at preventing Trump from winning another term as president.

Cheney told NBC’s “Today Show” that the Republican Party must get back to its roots and “values on which it was founded.” She blames the “cult of personality” around Trump for the GOP “losing its way.”

She added that she is considering a run for the White House behind a coalition of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.

Her family name carried much weight in Wyoming, and she won her last primary in 2020 with 73% of the vote. That all changed when she took the mantle of leading GOP opposition to Trump in the wake of Jan. 6.

Harriet Hageman, her Trump endorsed challenger, took Cheney down by over 37 points.

Invoking Abraham Lincoln in her concession speech Tuesday night, the representative said that “our work is far from over.” Cheney told a small gathering in Wyoming that she will do “whatever it takes” to make sure that Trump never gets “anywhere near the Oval Office” again.

Trump quickly seized the moment as a “complete rebuke” of the Jan. 6 House select committee. Cheney is one of only two hand-selected Republicans on the panel that has held a series of hearings looking for something to criminally charge the former president with.

Thanking the state of Wyoming, the former president wrote on Truth Social, his social media platform, that the congresswoman “should be ashamed of herself.” He added that she can now go off into “political oblivion” and be much happier.

Only, that does not appear to be Liz Cheney’s plan. Instead, she is considering a run for the office she pledges to keep Trump from regaining. The arrogance of power, even in her defeat, is truly a remarkable thing.