Well, this is some real comedy. Unfortunately, this is what I predicted would happen under a Bidenist regime.
The former vice president
— and member of Congress — has long been an unapologetic conservative. When he and President George W. Bush left office in early 2009, he was the conservative that liberals loved to hate the most.
“No question, Dick Cheney is a bona fide conservative,” Brookings’ Thomas Mann told CNN
way back in 2000.
All of which brings me to Thursday when Cheney offered a stinging critique of his own party and their collective reactions to the riot at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
“It’s not leadership that resembles any of the folks I knew when I was here for 10 years,” Cheney told CNN’s Ali Zaslav
. In an interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl
, Cheney went even further, saying, “I’m deeply disappointed we don’t have better leadership in the Republican Party to restore the Constitution.”
It’s worth noting here — as plenty of Republicans will — that Cheney’s daughter, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, is the leading (and one of the only) voices within the Republican Party urging the GOP to condemn both what happened on January 6 and the role then-President Donald Trump played in fomenting the insurrection.
Which, well, ok. Cheney, like any parent, is probably somewhat protective of his daughter. But, at the same time, he didn’t have to come to Congress to commemorate the anniversary of the January 6 attack. Nor did he have to talk to reporters — and tell them how he thinks the GOP has lost its way.
That he did so speaks to his concern at the current leadership of the Republican Party — and his belief that a course correction is badly needed.