As Twitchy reported, “some of the most influential orbits in the Republican establishment” — Dick Cheney, Scooter Libby, and most importantly, special guest Sen. Mitt Romney — held a fundraiser for Rep. Liz Cheney, who faces a primary challenger endorsed by Donald Trump. This was awkward because Romney just said last week that he doesn’t get involved in primaries, not even those in the state he represents:
Sen. Romney says he will "probably not" endorse either Utah Sen. Lee in re-election race or challenger Evan McMullin.
— Burgess Everett (@burgessev) March 8, 2022
Romney’s probably dying to endorse Evan McMullin but doesn’t want to be embarrassed when he loses in a blow-out.
Cheney might be out of a job after the midterms, and we suspect Rep. Adam Kinzinger, her Republican colleague on the January 6 select committee, is headed for CNN or MSNBC, seeing as the district he represents won’t exist anymore.
NBC4 Washington is reporting that those close to Cheney and Kinzinger, as well as Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, are saying that at least one, if not all of them, is going to launch a presidential run after the 2022 midterms.
Those close to Liz Cheney, Larry Hogan and Adam Kinzinger expect one of them, if not more, to launch a presidential bid after the 2022 midterms. https://t.co/5Pm7BSUvc7
— NBC4 Washington (@nbcwashington) March 14, 2022
Steve Peoples reports:
More than two years before the next presidential election, a shadow primary is already beginning to take shape among at least three fierce Republican critics of former President Donald Trump to determine who is best positioned to occupy the anti-Trump lane in 2024.
“It’s there as an option, but it’s not necessarily because this is all some big plan so I can be in the White House,” Kinzinger told The Associated Press when asked about his timeline for deciding on a presidential run. “It’s looking and saying, ‘Is there going to be a voice out there that can represent from that megaphone the importance of defending this country and democracy and what America is about?’ There certainly, I’m sure within the next year or so, will be a point at which you have to make a decision.”
We’re reminded again of Reason editor Robby Soave’s take that it’s “pretty obvious” that Romney is the Republican most likely to defeat Joe Biden in 2024. Just think of how many disenchanted Democrats he’ll pick up along with independents and Never Trumpers — just like McMullin thought he’d do.
Ugh. NO pic.twitter.com/DWEZ4t9yQG
— DB☮♥⚯͛ALLCAPS🌊🌻🥁🐝🇺🇸😷💉 🦈 (@DC4Hope) March 14, 2022
Hilarious! Even funnier than Swalwell running. 😂😂😂
— Josh Barnett for Congress (AZ-01) (@BarnettforAZ) March 15, 2022
— Gregory Howard🕵🏿 (@gregorylh411) March 14, 2022
Collectively, they would get .001 of the vote.
— Will (@Wi11iamWi11) March 15, 2022
For which party?
— SpringBreakerJr (@Tara_Dachtel) March 15, 2022
— Bards of Antiquity (@BardsAntiquity) March 14, 2022
Live look at Cheney/Hogan/Kinzinger presidential campaign donors. pic.twitter.com/Ud5eq4306L
— Megan Bush (@MeganLBush) March 15, 2022
They'd poll worse than Kamala
— DeGawd (@Hedley4Heisman2) March 15, 2022
All losers. Won as Republicans then helped Biden beat Trump. The rest is history, like them. Do they think Democrats will nominate them as Republicans or that the Woke Democrats will nominate them as Democrats?
— Barton Fairfax (@BartonFairfax) March 15, 2022
This is excellent news. They will serve as a firm, numerical indicator of just how unpopular their wing of the Republican party is outside of the media/Beltway bubble. Guess is they come in around 5-10% of primary voters in aggregate.
— ambien Olympics (@OlympicsAmbien) March 15, 2022
— 🌸Lynae🌸 (@lynaem88) March 15, 2022
That would be hilarious.
— nomadswife6973 (@nomadswife6973) March 15, 2022
Read the room, people.
Some of the most ‘influential’ Republicans are attending a campaign fundraiser for Rep. Liz Cheney Monday https://t.co/nb2QrR4n89
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 14, 2022