Well, we certainly won’t have to wonder anymore about whether the coming House investigation into the Capitol riot of January 6 will sufficiently condemn Donald Trump. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) took care of that issue Thursday, July 1, hitting the ball off the tee by tapping GOP Congresswoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming for the committee to head up the expected witch hunt aimed at Trump and all who support him.
But gee, you might say, that seems like a fine bipartisan olive branch from ol’ Nancy, and since Liz is a Republican, I guess that means the 45th president will get a fair shake, huh? Okay, that was a laugh line; we all know of Rep. Cheney’s obsession, her radiating hatred for Donald Trump, her oft-stated intention to run the guy out of the public realm on a rail. So what does her appointment mean – beyond wringing more attention out of the campaign of personal destruction conducted by Democrats and Never-Trump Republicans on a man more than five months removed from office?
For one, it is a clever political move by Pelosi, who hangs on by her fingernails to the slimmest of majorities in the House and seems unlikely to last as speaker beyond next November. She can claim that Cheney is just one member of the 13-person committee (eight Democrats, five Republicans), while simultaneously granting her a legitimate platform to ramp up her attacks on the 45th president. We can almost hear Liz now: “… even I, well aware of the transgressions of Mr. Trump, was shocked to learn during our extensive investigation that (fill in the blank).”
But more than anything else, the rehashed condemnation of the former president will do a nice service in providing the voracious elite media another helping of Trump trash – boosting their ratings, which have plummeted since 45 left office. But wait; that’s not all. It will also allow them to shove unpleasant subjects such as the border crisis, inflation, and the ever-increasing incoherence of the current president off the front pages, to be replaced by yet another accounting of the unending sins of one Donald Trump. Ah, just like the good old days – how they must miss them – when they could blindly coldcock Trump every hour on the hour and watch their profits balloon with outsized response from their Trump-deranged audience.
In the end, the only question of substance is whether anyone – outside of the elite media wing of the Democratic Party – will take seriously the results of a taxpayer-funded political witch hunt that grants a person official license to testify from the rooftops of how Trump is even more deplorable than we thought – if that’s possible.
The left already detests the man so deeply; it’s hard to believe almost anything would shock them. The right will hardly be moved by yet another rehashing of January 6, especially when the most titillating findings from the investigation will be vocalized by someone with a publicly stated, deeply personal agenda against the very man being investigated. Excuse me, but is this not obvious, at least to normal people living outside the beltway?
Liz Cheney seems to be the last to know that she is no longer taken seriously by anybody other than those whose minds have long been made up about Trump and the ugly turn of events on January 6. Sure, she is a useful idiot for the left, but she can bank on the certainty that she will be discarded like yesterday’s trash once her usefulness has run out.
And then she will have to face the music on the home front. Primary opponents are lining up like kids waiting to take the big swing at a pinata party. On the other hand, while she may go down in flames, at least people will be paying attention to her one last time. Check that. She will actually garner headlines on one more occasion: the conclusion of her congressional re-election campaign – because she is likely to lose, a rare feat for a well-known legacy who has managed to grab headlines thanks to the Trump-hating corporate media. Of course, the problem is, the institutions providing her oxygen are anathema to the voters in her own party – and her own district.
Ever heard the expression “show trial?” How about “foregone conclusion?” Well, those are apt descriptions of what we are about to witness, in all its D.C. splendor: virtue-signaling politicians on their high horse, playing shamelessly to the cameras, pronouncing in myriad forms, ain’t it awful. Just awful.
In a previous Liberty Nation piece, we asked the question: Who died and left Liz Cheney in charge? Now we apparently have an answer – Nancy Pelosi. It’s a ripe pairing of expediency: two political animals from opposite sides of the aisle on their last legs, both likely to be drained of power in 16 months or so, joining forces for one last dance. Perhaps they deserve each other.
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