We’ve been hearing a lot about Sen. Mitt Romney recently. Reason’s Robby Soave published a piece arguing that it’s “pretty obvious” that the Republican with the best chance of beating Joe Biden in 2024 is Romney, who’d attract independents and even some fed-up Democrats. And Romney made news over the weekend by calling out Tulsi Gabbard and her “treasonous” lies about U.S.-funded biolabs in Ukraine.
In our minds, Romney will always be the guy who voted to convict President Donald Trump during the Democrats’ second impeachment attempt, giving Democrats the talking point that it was a “bipartisan” effort.
Now we’re learning from CNN that some of the most influential people in the Republican establishment are gathering Monday night for a fundraiser for Rep. Liz Cheney, who’s most famous now for serving on the January 6 select committee. Among those attending is Romney.
— Robert Costa (@costareports) March 14, 2022
Of course, the media isn’t framing this as Cheney vs. her primary challenger; it’s Cheney vs. Trump, who’s endorsed her primary challenger. CNN reports:
Bobbie and Bill Kilberg were expecting a few dozen people for their fundraiser Monday for GOP Rep. Liz Cheney, an intimate cocktail party they were planning at their home in McLean, Virginia.
But in the weeks since the Republican National Committee voted to censure Cheney for her involvement in the ongoing House select committee investigation of the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol, the couple was flooded with requests to come and meet the congresswoman and the event’s special guest, Utah GOP Sen. Mitt Romney.
The donor interest isn’t all for Cheney’s reelection bid for her House seat in Wyoming. More than two full years before the 2024 election, Cheney is emerging as the anti-Trump champion, and plenty of Republicans are glad to see it.
So Romney’s the special guest? Then who are these other most influential establishment Republicans?
— 𝐉𝐮𝐚𝐧 𝐉𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐆𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐳 𝐁. (@jjmiphoto) March 14, 2022
— Greg B (@ramsangels) March 14, 2022
Not a single one of those people are influential
— Sollozzo (@Sollozzo77) March 14, 2022
— Bonchie (@bonchieredstate) March 14, 2022
So irrelevant to modern politics
— Daniel Watson (@danielwatsonlsu) March 14, 2022
They should all stop wasting their time and money because she stands no chance.
— Cheesy (@clmcheesy23) March 14, 2022
“Influential” lmao …not anymore 🤣
— KK Berd 🇺🇸 (@BluebirdKeny) March 14, 2022
That’s not much of an orbit 😂😂😂😂
— Ex-Chicago Dad (@FurioGiunta10) March 14, 2022
Here’s more of the guest list:
Among the others on the fundraiser’s invitation are several luminaries of the pre-Trump GOP and veterans of past Republican administrations, including Cheney’s parents, former Vice President Dick Cheney and Lynne Cheney, and her sister, Mary, and Mary’s wife, Heather.
Also expected to attend are former Oklahoma Sen. Don Nickles, former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, former Dick Cheney aide Scooter Libby, former presidential candidate and ex-Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina, former Solicitor General Ted Olson, conservative lawyer Miguel Estrada and former Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, who served under Romney when he was governor of the Bay State.
— Gabby Cuevas (@gatorgab83) March 14, 2022
You misspelled 'formerly influential' wrong.
— Christy ÓCatháin – 𝓘𝓸𝔀𝓪 Girl in Georgia (@cdokane) March 14, 2022
— grifter (@grifter_1) March 14, 2022
They certainly aren’t very influential to me.
I dgaf what the establishment wants, Liz and Romney are dead to me
— Brian (@BwT88) March 14, 2022
— Wu1f (@Wu1f_tketkr) March 14, 2022
These are has-beens. They are not relevant in the party.
— Trouserd Apes (@TrouserdA) March 14, 2022
She's gonna lose by 20+ points… The RINO purge is well underway and WILL NOT be stopped.
— Politikitteh (@Politikitteh_) March 14, 2022
Money to support her is money down the toilet
— RookieSan (@Rookie_San) March 14, 2022
This is just getting silly. She'll never be elected to Congress again let alone President.
— Thomas Kela (@flynn6062) March 14, 2022
So influential they couldn't get their favored flavor nominated that last two presidential election cycles? LOL
— Goldens Rule (@jamesbranch3) March 14, 2022
The headline on CNN’s website sums it up: “Republican donors line up behind Liz Cheney as she takes on Trump” — as if Trump were running for her seat.
‘Oh dear’: Liz Cheney snubs voters to mingle with reporters (the people she really cares about) AND calls Wyoming constituents ‘crazies’ https://t.co/YZXube8Nrb
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 10, 2022