House Democrats and the liberal media keep trying to prop up U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney as the antidote to the Trumpism engulfing the contemporary Republican Party.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s latest gambit, along these lines, was to make Cheney the first, and until recently only, Republican on the special committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot.
But new polling suggests rank-and-file Republicans won’t dance to the Beltway media’s tune.
In short, the base hates Liz Cheney.
Axios reported on a poll of attitudes toward seven potential post-Trump GOP leaders.
Don Trump Jr. and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis were the clear favorites among 800 Republicans surveyed by Tony Fabrizio, a pollster on both of Trump’s presidential campaigns. They boasted net favorability ratings of 55 percent and 54 percent, respectively.
Next came House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who was plus 24. Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene clocked in with positive ratings of 17 percent and 8 percent, respectively. Even Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was above water at plus 2.
She was negative 43 percent.
In a significant understatement, Fabrizio told Axios, “Liz Cheney is incredibly unpopular.”
If anything, the situation has gotten worse for Cheney.
A Club for Growth poll in Cheney’s home state of Wyoming in April showed she was negative 36 percent among her constituents. Fifty-two percent of GOP voters at the time reported that they planned to vote for her challenger, regardless of who it is.
In the last few months, House Republicans booted Cheney from her No. 3 spot in the party’s caucus. Wyoming Republicans voted to censure her for voting to impeach Trump.
She’s drawn at least six challengers in the state’s GOP primary, which is not until August 2022. McCarthy has started to refer to her as a “Pelosi Republican,” and threatening to remove her from a plum and influential assignment on the House Armed Services Committee.
Meanwhile, Cheney is drawing praise from The New York Times, NBC News, and CNN.
On one hand, it’s just weird that blinkered liberals, who are pushing their party even further to the left, believe the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, himself once as reviled by the left as former President Donald Trump is now, can lead the GOP back to what liberals regard as its senses.
On the other, GOP voters are telling them the idea is utterly implausible.
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