Liz Cheney loss, win: Darcy cartoon


CLEVELAND, Ohio — Tuesday evening in Wyoming, Rep. Liz Cheney did something Donald Trump has yet to do. She conceded her election loss with grace and dignity, first in a phone call to the opponent who won the Congressional seat Cheney held since 2017, for three terms, then in a televised public speech before family, campaign workers and supporters.

While she conceded the election loss, Cheney did not concede the ongoing campaign for democracy over Trumpocracy, vowing to fight on in the spirit of Abraham Lincoln and General US Grant during the Civil War, both of whom Cheney invoked in her concession speech.

[Note: the cartoon leading this post, featuring Lincoln and Washington, was produced Tuesday afternoon, before, not after Cheney’s concession speech.]

“Two years ago, I won this primary with 73 percent of the votes. I could easily have done the same again, the path was clear, but it would have required that I go along with President Trump’s lie about the 2020 election.”

“It would have required that I enable his ongoing efforts to unravel a democratic system and attack the foundations of our Republic. That was a path I could not and would not take, No House seat, no office in this land is more important than the principles that we are all sworn to protect. And I well understood the potential consequences of abiding by my duty.”

The primary election is over, but now the real work begins.”

Despite being even more conservative than her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, and voting with then President Trump 93% of the time, Liz Cheney became an outcast and target to Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, when she first voted for Trump’s impeachment , then joined and became Deputy Chair of the House Select Committee for Jan. 6.

Her participation and leadership on the Committee is the primary reason Cheney lost. Pre-election, nearly 30% of those voting for Cheney’s opponent, Harriet Hageman, said they were only supporting Hageman because of Cheney’s impeachment vote and Jan. 6 Committee membership, not any affinity for Hageman, who is former Cheney supporter.

While Cheney is one of only two Republicans on the Jan. 6 Committee, nearly 99% of the damning testimony against Trump in the hearings has come from not just Republicans, but from Trump appointees and staffers.

When Wyoming Republican/Trumplicans voted against Cheney, they also voted against the ‘Party of Lincoln’ namesake, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and the rest of the founding fathers. They were voting for Trumpocracy over democracy. They just weren’t casting a vote for Hageman, they were casting a vote for Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un, fake electors, fixing elections and mishandling ‘top-secret’ documents that include Nuclear defense information, along with overdone orange spray tans.

In her speech, Rep. Cheney noted the persistence of Lincoln and General Grant in response to initial defeats.

The great and original champion of our party, Abraham Lincoln, was defeated in elections for the Senate and the House before he won the most important election of all. Lincoln ultimately prevailed, he saved our Union and he defined our obligation as Americans for all of history. Speaking at Gettysburg of the great task remaining before us, Lincoln said, ‘That we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain. That this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom and a government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from this earth.’

“As we meet here tonight that remains our greatest and most important task.”

“Today, our highest duty is to bend the arc of history to preserve our nation and its blessings to ensure that freedom will not perish, to protect the very foundations of this constitutional republic.”

Cheney recounted General Grant in the ‘Battle of the Wilderness’, during which the Union Army had suffered massive casualties without a decisive win. Yet instead of retreating back to Washington DC, Grant turned and marched onward towards Richmond.

She condemned the Republican Party’s election deniers and warned against what they sow and nation may still reap.

Our nation is barreling, once again, towards crisis, lawlessness and violence. No American should support election deniers for any position of genuine responsibility, where their refusal to follow the rule of law will corrupt our future.”

“We must be very clear-eyed about the threat we face and about what is required to defeat it. I have said since January 6, that I will do whatever it takes to make sure Donald Trump is never again anywhere near the Oval Office.”

“This is a fight for all of us together. I’m a conservative Republican. I believe deeply in the principles and the ideals on which my party was founded. I love its history. And I love what our party has stood for. But I love my country more.”

If she does nothing else. Rep. Cheney will go down in history far more favorably than Trump and McCarthy for her work with the Jan. 6 Committee.

GOP stands for ‘Grand Old Party.’ Rep. Liz Cheney now represents ‘Grand’ in taking a stand for principal over compromised ballot victory.

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