Liz Cheney Tells Kevin McCarthy To Grow A Pair
Rep. Liz Cheney isn't sorry.
She's not apologizing, she's not backing down, and she's certainly not taking shit from those pathetic Freedom Caucus wankers Matt Gaetz and Jim Jordan, who staged that disastrous vote last week to try to get her booted from her position as GOP Conference Chair.
Axios reports that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy asked Cheney to apologize before last Wednesday's caucus meeting, "suggest[ing] it could sway some of her opponents." But Dick Cheney's daughter did one better than that — she actually counted the votes, so she knew she was going to kick Beavis and Butthead's whiny little asses with at least 142 members supporting her, apology or no.
Why it never occurred to McCarthy, who served as Majority Whip between 2011 and 2014 to actually, you know, whip the votes is unclear. But Liz Cheney's not A IDIOT, so she cowgirled up and got it done.
Cheney was censured by her own state's GOP this weekend for daring to say mean words about Donald Trump, and yet she persisted. (Don't at us, we know she's no Liz Warren. But it's no coincidence that Republicans have decided to blame one of the few women in their caucus for Trump's disgraceful behavior.)
"Well, I think you have to read the language of the censure partly. I think, you know, that people in the party are mistaken. They believe that BLM and Antifa were behind what happened here at the Capitol," Cheney told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. "It's just simply not the case, not true and we're going to have a lot of work we have to do."
"People have been lied to. The extent to which the president, President Trump for months leading up to January 6th, spread the notion that the election had been stolen or that the election was rigged was a lie and people need to understand that," she continued. "We need to make sure that we as Republicans are the party of truth that we are being honest about what really did happen in 2020 so we actually have a chance to win in 2022 and win the White House back in 2024."
And then she kicked her pal Kevin in the gonads for failing to even bring Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's committee seats up for a vote that day when he was hanging her out to dry before the caucus.
CHENEY: Look, I think that, first of all, with respect to Congressman Greene, we've all been very clear. The things that she has said don't have any place in our public discourse and we as a Republican conference should deal with that issue. We should have dealt with it. That's not something the Democrats should be addressing on the floor of the House, we should have dealt with that.
And lest there be any doubt whom Cheney referred to, she added later, "It should not have gotten to the point that it did. I don't believe the Democrats have any business determining who from the Republicans sit on committees, but we should have dealt with it ourselves."
"We" need to do better, KEVIN.
And then Cheney reverted to form, first veering off into fantasyland about her own party — "we are the party of responsibility, we are the party of truth, that we actually can be trusted to handle the challenges this nation faces like COVID and that's going to require us to focus on substance and policy and issues going forward" — and then attacking Joe Biden for murdering all the people who make their living pulling dead dinosaurs out of the ground to melt the ice caps with.
CHENEY: [I]t's heartbreaking in many ways, Chris, because, you know, we watched the inaugural speech where he spoke of unity, where he spoke of trying to work together in the immediate actions we've seen with respect to, you know, things like canceling the Keystone pipeline, it's heartless. It really is. The people that are being put out of work, when you look at the ban on additional permits for oil and gas leasing on public lands -- you know, my state of Wyoming not only is absolutely devastating to our energy industry, but the resources that come from those leases are what we used to fund our schools. It's what we used to fund services in our local communities.
Because if you can't exploit public lands to destroy the climate for private benefit (sparing your state the annoying obligation to raise taxes to fund your own children's education), then the terrorists win.
Don't worry, Your Wonkette isn't turning into a Liz Cheney fan page. We know she's evil. But at least the representative is competent! And if the GOP wants to kick the shit out of each other, who are we to complain?
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