What Does All the GOP, Liz Cheney Chaos Mean For Democrats?
I can’t help wondering where the right wingers who agree with Liz Cheney’s stance on Donald Trump are going to go.
Well, the ousting of Representative Liz Cheney from GOP leadership is now complete. The Wyoming congresswoman has officially lost her position as the third most powerful Republican in the House of Representatives, all but confirming that in the fight between the old guard and the new pro-Trump right win populism, the old guard has lost and lost definitively. But of course, I’m sure I’m not alone in wondering what this turn for the Republican Party means for the Democrats, and how the way the party is almost certainly going to approach it is very different from what they should actually do.
To be clear, this is a prime opportunity for the Democratic Party. If they chose to do so, they could easily exploit this situation within the GOP, taking to the airwaves to remind the American people that this is yet another example of a party resorting to desperate, dangerous measures because they have nothing to offer voters. After all, there wasn’t a single Republican who was willing to come on board for the immensely popular Covid 19 relief bill was there?
Instead, I can’t help being concerned that the Democratic Party is going to try and win over the Republicans like Cheney who no longer feel as though they have a home in the GOP. It’s certainly worth noting that while it might be a small number of Republicans that would turn to the Democratic Party, I wouldn’t be surprised if the ones who are interested have money they expect they’ll be able to use to influence the Democratic Party. Knowing what the Democrats have evolved into, they’re probably not wrong in assuming that the party would happily embrace them.
Essentially, Democrats will continue to chase the Republicans to the right. And the further to the right the Democrats move, the worse the Republican party will get.
It’s going to be up to voters to ensure this does not happen, and doing so will require holding these politicians accountable, and that means letting them know that if they go chasing after some virtually nonexistent anti-Trump Republican base, then they lose their own. How much further to the right are liberals and loyal Democratic voters going to allow the party to go? Money and corporations seek stability, and we can bet that they will start spending more of it on Democratic candidates in the elections to come, and why wouldn’t they? They know they can count on the Democratic base to vote for them anyways. After all, isn’t it “vote blue no matter who?”
For years, those of us on the left have argued that a line has to be drawn somewhere. It is not a matter of if, but a matter of when we start to see Democratic lawmakers and candidates begin to court those among the right wing donor class who find themselves appalled by the state of the Republican Party. After the success of the Lincoln project, which did absolutely nothing to turn the GOP base against Trump and instead just gave liberals some ads they liked to watch, it’s a given. We’ve already rehabilitated — as much as it disgusts me — the image of George W. Bush.
Would it really be surprising to see new Democratic candidates popping up a couple of years from now, running ads talking about how they used to be Republicans? How many people are going to fall for that like they did with the Lincoln project, before they go to their campaign pages and see that while they might be running as a Democrat, their platform is that of a right winger on most issues?
Embracing the Liz Cheney’s of the Republican party will do nothing but strengthen the right, and we have a responsibility to keep that from happening. I have no interest in chasing Republicans further down the authoritarian, fascist line, and I would hope that the Democratic party would feel the same. But, in a system where money and self interests dominate virtually every aspect of our politics, I’m not holding my breath.