Democrats mourn primary loss of Liz Cheney to Harriet Hageman

Democrats appeared to mourn the expected loss of Never Trump Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) to Donald Trump-backed candidate Harriet Hageman.

The Cook Political Report and Decision Desk HQ revealed that Hageman would overthrow Cheney in the battle for Wyoming’s congressional district.

Many Democrats did not take the news well.

Jon Cooper, former finance chair for the 2016 Draft Biden campaign, wrote, “The GOP will pay at the polls for what it did to Liz Cheney:”

Robert Reich, former labor secretary under President Bill Clinton, wrote an op-ed for the Guardian in praise of Cheney. He wrote:

Six days after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol — when no other Republicans in the House or Senate were willing to rebuke Trump — Cheney charged in the House that “the President of the United States called this crowd, gathered the crowd and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was of his doing.

The following day, Cheney joined nine other House Republicans and 222 Democrats in voting to impeach Trump.

The role Cheney played raises a larger question about the meaning of representative democracy. Is it the responsibility of elected officials to represent the opinions of their constituents or their own principles?

The issue is not limited to Republicans. As the midterm elections draw closer, some Democratic operatives and pundits argue that Biden and the Democrats must move to the “center” to win.

But where is the center? Halfway between democracy and fascism? And if the Democrats have to go there to win, what’s the point of winning?

George Conway, columnist for the Washington Postwrote: “Whatever happens, @Liz_Cheney won the general election for dignity, a race in which virtually none of his GOP colleagues could even compete.

However, not all Democrats regret Cheney’s loss to Hageman.

Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), whose views on hands-off foreign policy contrasted sharply with Cheney’s neoconservative foreign policy vision, wrote. “It looks like Liz Cheney, one of the GOP’s top warmongers, is about to lose. This is good news for every American, regardless of party.

Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.


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