The window appears to be closing on Rep. Liz Cheney’s political career in Washington which, frankly, is too bad given that most legitimate conservative organizations rate her voting record in Congress as very good for the cause.
She just can’t seem to shed her RINO lineage or get that former President Donald Trump, like him or not, embodies and empowers the vast majority of the party’s increasingly working-class voting base — people she should have been speaking for as well as head of the Republican National Conference.
Now, it looks like it may be too late.
In an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., chair of the very influential policy-guiding Republican Study Committee said that Cheney has “failed” as the No. 3 Republican in the chamber and has become a “distraction” to other members as the party ought to be united against the “radical, dangerous Biden agenda” so the GOP can retake the majority next year (after winning 15 more seats in 2020).
“I’m the leader of the largest conservative caucus, the Republican Study Committee. Chris, It is uncomfortable at times, but one of my jobs is to hold my Republican leadership accountable for being focused on the Republican ideals that we stand for and the single mission that we have to win back the majority,” Banks said.
“The reason, Chris, that you and I are talking about Liz Cheney on this important program on Sunday morning is the exact evidence that she’s failed in her mission as the chief spokesperson of this party,” Banks said.
The Indiana Republican knows of what he speaks. In March, he sent a memo to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., arguing that the GOP should embrace the ‘America First-ism’ championed in Trump’s policies because they are the way forward.
Breitbart News explained:
Banks, who chairs the Republican Study Committee (RSC), details in the memo, dated March 30, key issues affecting the working class, including immigration, trade, “anti-wokeness,” “Main Street vs Wall Street,” and big tech, and provides a set of action items for his Republican colleagues as they set their sights on next year’s races.
“President Trump gave the Republican Party a political gift: we are now the party supported by most working-class voters,” Banks begins in his memo. “The question is whether Republicans reject that gift or unwrap it and permanently become the Party of the Working Class.”
“Opposition to illegal immigration and increased legal immigration remains popular among both working-class Americans and the electorate at large,” he would go on to note, adding that the party should also oppose China generally in terms of trade and treat Beijing like a peer competitor on the global front.
Cheney blew off Banks and his memo — which most Republicans appeared to agree with.
“Cheney argued the GOP is not the party of class warfare and that dividing society into classes while attacking the private sector is neo-Marxist and wrong,” Politico’s Melanie Zanona wrote in early April.
Banks said that instead of talking about Biden’s “radical agenda,” Cheney is forcing Republicans to focus instead on her opposition to core GOP policies, making it “necessary” to replace her — which likely comes this week.
“… We’re not kicking her out of the Republican Party if she is removed from her leadership post, but in her leadership post, any member of Congress doesn’t just represent their district, they represent 212 members of the Republican Conference, and right now it’s clear she doesn’t represent the views of the majority of our conference or the focus all of us have to win back the majority,” Banks said.