Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) recently recruited her dad, former Vice President Dick Cheney, to appear in one of her primary campaign ads.
In the ad, a scowling Cheney attempted to warn Wyoming Republicans of the existential threat former President Donald Trump poses to American democracy, and to argue, naturally, that his daughter has to be reelected so she can continue her all-important Trump-opposition effort.
“In our nation’s 246-year history, there has never been an individual who is a greater threat to our republic than Donald Trump,” the former vice president claimed. “He tried to steal the last election using lies and violence, to keep himself in power after the voters had rejected him.”
“He is a coward. A real man wouldn’t lie to his supporters,” Cheney continued. “He lost his election, and he lost big. I know it, he knows it, and deep down I think most Republicans know it.”
A number of the former vice president’s claims are questionable, to say the least. One might dispute Cheney’s claim that Trump lost the 2020 election “big,” for example, or that the former president is the greatest threat there’s ever been to the American republic.
But the most bewildering thing about Liz Cheney’s new ad isn’t the former VP’s questionable arguments, or the scathing tone of (self-)righteous indignation he takes on — it’s that the campaign thought a Dick Cheney endorsement would mean anything positive in the first place.
Let’s be clear: most Wyoming Republicans don’t think much of the elder Cheney. As an Axios poll revealed in March, less than two in five GOP voters in the state said they had a favorable view of the former vice president, while nearly half, 48%, said they viewed him unfavorably.
Real men put country over party. pic.twitter.com/7FaJpahtll
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) August 1, 2022
To be fair though, pulling out a desperate, out of touch endorsement isn’t exactly a new strategy for Liz Cheney. Earlier in the week, Cheney also touted an endorsement from none other than noted Hollywood liberal Kevin Costner, who donned a shirt that read, “I’m for Liz Cheney.”
It’s debatable whether father Cheney (and the establishment Republican politics he represents) or actor Costner (who voted for Obama and Biden and doesn’t even live in Wyoming) is a worse endorsement.
But one thing is certain: Liz Cheney is out of touch with her base, and she might finally have to contend with that fact come Aug. 16.