It’s a path that nearly no different politician in America right now has taken. It’s a principled stand, and it is past politics. (The neatest thing for Cheney, politically talking, would be to sit silently and even endorse the “Big Lie” that the 2020 election was stolen.)
Because of Cheney’s willingness to threat her profession to take a stand on one thing she believes in deeply, it is price listening when she talks.
“America is great because we preserve our democratic institutions at all costs. Until January 6th, we were proof positive for the world that a nation conceived in liberty could long endure. But now, January 6th threatens our most sacred legacy. The question for every one of us who serves in Congress, for every elected official across this great nation, indeed, for every American is this: Will we adhere to the rule of law? Will we respect the rulings of our courts? Will we preserve the peaceful transition of power? Or will we be so blinded by partisanship that we throw away the miracle of America? Do we hate our political adversaries more than we love our country and revere our Constitution?”
That’s it proper there. Every single one among Cheney’s House Republican colleagues, the overwhelming majority of whom voted to object to the Electoral College ends in Pennsylvania and Arizona regardless of zero proof of any widespread fraud in both state, should heed her phrases above.
And the query Cheney asks so powerfully is that this: What’s extra necessary — your social gathering or your nation?
Or put one other method: How far are you keen to go in slavish adherence to a person who would search to undermine the courts, the Congress and even our democracy so as to preserve his fragile ego intact?
The reply, at the least to date, is that Republicans — or the overwhelming majority of them — are keen to observe Trump wherever he leads, irrespective of the injury accomplished to democracy. Why? Because they need to get reelected, principally.
The Point: Cheney’s speech is a strong reminder of the stakes for the January 6 committee. And the near-certain lack of Republicans keen to stand together with her on precept — and in opposition to Trump’s Big Lie — speaks to the place we’re as a nation. And it isn’t a great place.