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April 08, 2022

Mitch McConnell Donates to Liz Cheney as Liz Cheney Courts Democrats For Her Primary Bid

Conservatism will be weak and deformed until this corrupt, China-loving, corporate-dick-sucking turtle-ugly Dixiecrat is gone.

The ringleader of the establishment Republicans, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), announced on Thursday a donation to Democrat ally Rep. Liz Cheney's (R-WY) reelection campaign.

Cheney, who is no longer recognized as a Republican by the Wyoming GOP, has received a campaign contribution from the Senate GOP leader, McConnell told Axios. When asked if he will hold a fundraiser or other campaign event with Cheney, McConnell redirected the conversation back to his lane of Senate business.

McConnell and Cheney apparently believe the Wyoming member may lose her seat to Trump-endorsed Harriet Hageman, a strong threat to the establishment Republican order in Washington, DC. With Hageman catching momentum heading into the August 16 GOP primary, former President George Bush has also donated the legal maximum amount to Cheney. McConnell and Bush are joined in their support of Cheney by failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R-UT). In March, Romney delivered a speech at a closed fundraiser for the embattled Cheney.

The Wyoming race has become a proxy war between the establishment and conservative Republicans.

And, as usual: the Establishment Republicans are partering up with the liberal Democrats to deny conservative Republicans a win.


Liz Cheney turns to Democrats to save her hide

The math doesn't lie -- and neither do Cheney’s actions on the ground in recent months.

In 2007, in this blue bastion of one of the reddest states in the country, liberal activists wheeled a giant statue of Dick Cheney through town to protest his star role in the Iraq War -- before toppling it, Saddam Hussein style, for good measure.

Fifteen years later, his daughter Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is turning to the same rare species in Wyoming -- Democrats -- to save her House seat. And Trumpist Republicans are doing everything in their power to thwart her.


Though there's been scant public polling of her primary campaign against Trump-backed Harriet Hageman, it's apparent that Republicans in Wyoming -- which voted for Trump over Joe Biden, 70 to 27 percent, in 2020 -- have turned against Cheney en masse since Jan. 6, 2021.

Just as obvious is that Cheney needs Democrats and independents to change their party registration and cast their vote for her in the Aug. 16 primary. Her campaign is loath to talk strategy publicly, but the math doesn't lie -- and neither do Cheney's actions on the ground here in recent months.

She has shunned town halls and other voter forums in Wyoming's overwhelmingly red counties in favor of controlled events. At the March 22 event, which is being hosted by Issue One, a bipartisan organization that advocates for "sweeping reforms to fix our broken political system," Cheney will answer pre-selected questions.


"She's not in the state, she has not been anywhere, maybe one or two places," Donovan echoed. "She doesn't show up ... she's very entitled. Her parents have events at their house, I've spent money to go to her house to fund her. ... I truly will never vote for her again." Donovan and Bextel are both members of Hageman's grassroots leadership team.

Martin went further, calling Cheney's work on the Jan. 6 committee "duplicity."

"She's been MIA since Jan. 6. And what we all truly believe is that the Wyoming seat is a stepping stone to running for president in 2024 and she needs to get Trump out of the way. And to raise money, she's using the anti-Trump commentary," Martin speculated.


Cheney declined to be interviewed for this story. But she told The New York Times last month that she will not openly court Democrats by supporting a "Democrats for Cheney" group or encourage an existing political action committee, dubbed "Switch for Wyoming," that encourages Democrats to vote in Republican primaries.

Not openly. No, not openly.

But she'll continue campaigning in Democrat counties, pitching a Democrat-friendly, MSNBC-approved "The GOP has been taken over by dangerous racist crazies" message.

Without an aggressive campaign strategy to win over Democrats, it might seem like a tough sell: Cheney, after all, voted with Trump 93 percent of the time, according to FiveThirtyEight. But some Democratic voters in Jackson are embracing her. They appreciate Cheney's work in Congress prosecuting Trump and they're ready to switch parties to vote for her.

Even if they're not ready to admit it publicly.

She won't admit she's courting Democrats "openly," and Democrats won't admit they're switching parties, just for primary voting day, to vote for her -- "publicly."

Everyone's keeping the secret and yet the secret is out: Cheney is asking Democrats to vote for her to beat the actual conservative Republican, and Democrats are responding to her call.

And Mitch McConnell is donating to her.

This all reminds me of when Richard Mourdock beat Dick Lugar in a primary... and the establishment "Republican" Dick Lugar responded by endorsing the Democrat and campaigning for him.

The Establishment GOP is just the Democrat Establishment for the Rich. Or, rather: for a different sector of the rich.

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