“I don’t know that Cheney would characterize it as a winning streak. She’s just a fighter,” said Amy Edmonds, a former Cheney staffer and former Wyoming state legislator.
That perspective may serve Cheney well, since her challenges are far from over. She still has to lock down her party’s endorsement in the deep red state of Wyoming next August, leaving plenty of time for pro-Trump forces to mobilize against her — though she’s likely to benefit from multiple pro-Trump candidates competing for the same lane. If Cheney can hang on to her House seat, however, her ability to climb the Republican leadership ranks may still be hamstrung by her vote against a former president who’s said to be obsessed with taking down the Republicans who helped impeach him.
“She’s been out there talking to folks [in the state]. Sometimes people are not happy,” Edmonds added, “but she does not, and never will, regret that vote” against former President Donald Trump.
Once a fast-rising star in the GOP, Cheney was in the mix as a future speaker; she even passed up a Senate bid last year to seek her political fortunes in the House. Now several Republicans think Cheney will struggle to clinch their No. 3 House leadership spot again next year, when she will almost certainly face a challenge for the job.
“Definitely no,” said Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio), who backed February’s unsuccessful effort to boot Cheney from leadership. “Doubt she wins Wyoming.”
“Maybe she’ll run again in Northern Virginia,” he added, taking a jab at her residence outside D.C.
Already several ambitious Republican lawmakers are nipping at Cheney’s heels. Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), chair of the conservative Republican Study Committee, drafted a memo to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy last week offering a competing vision for the future of the party that appeared designed to put Cheney on notice. Banks’ messaging push shows a post-Trump GOP still riven with internal tensions over its direction.
“You may have seen that I’ve been thinking a lot about the future of our party and how we capitalize on the gift Donald Trump gave us, which was his connection with working-class voters,” Banks wrote Friday in an internal email to the RSC that was obtained by POLITICO. “Because of Trump, the GOP has undergone a coalitional transformation and is now the party of the working class.”
“We should embrace that. Not fight it,” Banks added.
But Cheney isn’t backing down. She was asked about the Banks memo during a Congressional Institute call last week and forcefully rebutted its contents, according to sources familiar with the exchange. Cheney argued the GOP is not the party of class warfare and that dividing up society into classes is neo-Marxist and wrong.
And in public and private conversations — including at a recent fundraiser with her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney — sources described Cheney as clear in her view that embracing Trump is not only constitutionally indefensible but also fraught with political consequences. The GOP lost the House, Senate and White House after four years of Trump,…
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