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Opinion | Is Liz Cheney a martyr – or just a hack in Holy Drag?


She is a character who is more complicated than most reactions to her, just as aspects of her situation are more complicated than many comments on it acknowledge.

For example: did you know that Cheney, his supposed slide, voted for him more often during Trump’s presidency than New Yorker Elise Stefanik, who is positioning herself to replace Cheney in the leadership? It’s true. But it is lost in much of the black and white coverage of circumstances that have at least a few gray dots.

Also, while Cheney defied an overwhelming majority of Republicans in the House earlier this year to indict Trump, she joined them in voting against his previous impeachment (so many impeachments, so little time!), Despite the fact that he seriously affects the stature of the United States had states on the world stage and it’s supposedly all about it.

In the past few days, a growing chorus of political observers began to oppose the idea that, whether you shared it or not, she was so admirable in her adherence to her principles. They questioned the strength of this observance and whether certain principles even deserve it.

These are key points. Cheney’s exaggerated opposition to President Barack Obama – which, as my colleague Charles Blow noted, focused on minimizing so-called obstetricians – was a crude way to curry the tea party. Her entry into the 2014 Senate race, in which she presented a major challenge to reigning Wyoming Republican Mike Enzi, was a touch of pride.

But I remember that candidacy that has been strangely forgotten in almost all forensic analysis of Cheney’s character lately: your fervently expressed disapproval of marriage equality.

That was in line with the perspective of most Wyoming Republicans. But it threw her only sibling, Mary, under the bus. Mary came out as a lesbian many years earlier, and her and Liz’s father, Dick, departed from the views of other Republicans – including the president he worked for, George W. Bush – in the terms of support he expressed for her. He said that while the federal government should leave the issue of marriage equality to each individual state, “freedom means freedom to all” and people “should be free to enter into any relationship they choose.”

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