[guest post by Dana]
As we know, the GOP House vote to recall Rep. Liz Cheney will take place tomorrow. With that, I have been thinking about the protective secret vote that will take place, and wondering what you think about it.
1) Do you believe that tomorrow’s votes should be open and made public? This way, members could see where their colleagues stand on the issue, and more importantly, Americans would know how their representatives voted. Of course, the issue isn’t about Cheney per se. She is a messenger of truth who is being shut down for not shutting up about Trump and his despicable big lie and trashing the Rule of Law. Despite her consistently strong conservative creds and voting record, she has failed to pass the Party’s now-requisite litmus test. But the real heart of the matter is whether the future of the Republican Party lies with Trump or not? That would naturally include his influence over the Party, steering money toward candidates that push his populist MAGA views, signing onto the big lie, and demonstrating loyalty to the former president.
2) Do you believe that the votes should be secret and not disclosed? This way it protects members who do not approve of Trump’s big lie but find themselves in a bind because they are facing a midterm election and don’t want to risk losing financial backing, or are afraid of getting Cheneyed if they speak up and thus possibly lose their seats. According to Rep. Kinzinger, he knows there are fellow members who just keep their heads down because they don’t want to jeopardize their positions.
Anyway, speaking of Kinzinger, this is the nub of the matter. From Sunday’s Face the Nation:
So Liz Cheney is saying exactly what Kevin McCarthy said the day of the insurrection. She’s just consistently been saying it. And a few weeks later, Kevin McCarthy changed to attacking other people. And so I think what the reality is, is as a party, we have to have an internal look and a full accounting as to what led to January 6th. I mean, right now, it’s basically the- the Titanic. We’re like, you know, in this in the middle of this slow sink, we have a band playing on the deck telling everybody it’s fine. And meanwhile, as I’ve said, you know, Donald Trump’s running around trying to find women’s clothing and get on the first lifeboat. And I think there’s a few of us that are just saying, guys, this is not good, not just for the future of the party, but this is not good for the future of this country. We’re four months after January 6th, an insurrection, something that was unthinkable in this country. And the message from the people that want to get rid of Liz Cheney is to say it’s just time to focus on the future and move on, like this was 10 years ago and we’ve been obsessed about it since. It’s been four months. And we have so many people, including our leadership in the party, that has not admitted that this is what it is,– -which was an insurrection led by the president of the United States, well deserving of a full accounting from Republicans.
Of course, there’s more to this than meets the eye at first glance. There is the long-term outcome:
Here’s something to think about. Play it out. The GOP takes back the House in 2022. Trump runs for the presidency in 2024. Assuming he loses, he will once again claim it was due to fraud, say he won, and pressure Republicans to once again, not certify the results.
With a GOP House majority, how does that go?
Let me know what you think.
GOP Rep. Liz Cheney: "Today, we face threat America has never seen before. A former president who provoked a violent attack on this Capitol, in an effort to steal the election, has resumed his aggressive effort to convince Americans that the election was stolen from him." pic.twitter.com/Uh6IOcfRHA
— Axios (@axios) May 12, 2021