Elder: False outrage over Cheney’s “ ouster ”
The Republican House leadership removed Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., From her leadership position, a position her outraged liberal supporters probably didn’t even know a few days ago. Cheney became a Republican roadkill when she not only voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump, but also became a vocal critic of her alleged “big lie” about the 2020 election.
Cue the false indignation of Democrats and the media.
A CNN headline read in part: “Cheney ousted, warns party leadership is ‘dangerous’.” MSNBC wrote: “Internal GOP fighting reached a turning point after Republicans ousted MP Liz Cheney from her leadership position.”
PBS wrote: “In less than 20 minutes behind closed doors, House Republicans have clearly pledged their allegiance to former President Donald Trump by ousting … Cheney.”
The Washington Post said that Cheney’s withdrawal from leadership “offered the clearest sign to date of the extent to which Republicans are prepared to go to support or tolerate Trump’s lies about the election as well as the extent to which which many members are trying to rewrite January 6 history to erase the guilt of the former president. Never mind, for four years and more, Hillary Clinton called the 2016 election “stolen” and President Trump “illegitimate.” Two-thirds of Democrats believe that in 2016 the Russians changed the number of votes to defeat Clinton, despite the comprehensive Senate report which found no evidence that the Russians managed to change a single vote count.
Keep in mind that we are talking about Cheney, the ideological daughter and soul mate of former Vice President Dick Cheney, who has been called a “neo-conservative” and hated by the left. MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan praised Liz Cheney for “her stand against her own party,” but added, “But what about the argument that Liz Cheney herself is not foreign to big lies, quote / no quote? She supported the war in Iraq. She denied the torture of the Bush era. The left’s new love for Liz Cheney is therefore complicated. Also note that Cheney’s replacement has a more moderate voting record, a change that would normally appeal to the average Liberal.
It’s about Trump. Ratings for cable news, especially on CNN and MSNBC, declined dramatically after the Trump presidency. To reverse this downward trend, the media is seeking to keep Trump in the news whenever possible. So, the Cheney “ouster” story ticks many boxes. But one of the boxes he checks is hypocrisy.
Where was that outrage for the “ousting” of Senator Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., Presidential campaigns in 2016 and 2020?
NBC News, in a 2017 article titled ‘Camp Bernie Sanders: The Fix Was Against Us’, wrote:’ The question of whether the (Democratic) party played the favorites in 2016 came to the fore this week after the former interim of the DNC. President Donna Brazile published an excerpt from a forthcoming book that alleges that the party, under its predecessor, essentially let itself be taken over by the Clinton campaign ahead of the 2016 presidential primaries.
As for the 2020 election, Democrats panicked when Sanders won the Nevada caucuses, clearly becoming the frontrunner. Ahead of the next South Carolina primary, Rep. James Clyburn, RS.C., endorsed Joe Biden as “moderate”. Right after that primary, rivals Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar gave up and endorsed Biden, all because Democrats feared a political bloodbath if Sanders became their candidate. Politico called the rapid coalescence of Democrats behind Biden an “epic show of political strength and coordination.”
Sanders, like Cheney, found himself on the wrong side of a party determined to win. It happens. It’s called politics. But that’s apparently the rule: it’s okay for Democrats to push Bernie Sanders aside – twice – in order to beat Donald Trump. But it’s not okay for Republicans to push Liz Cheney aside to beat Joe Biden.
I get it?