Liz Cheney has lost the Republican primaries. As I know, she represents a group of Republicans who criticized Trump. What does this loss mean for the GOP?


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Liz Cheney's primary loss isn't that consequential in and of itself. Cheney's House seat was in trouble from the first moment she challenged Trump, and the Right-nationalist slide of the GOP will continue with or without her opposition in the House. Cheney's loss is a symptom of an ongoing process, not a cause of anything in itself.

The pertinent question is what Cheney does next. I don't know if she has the capacity to pull the GOP back towards center, but she has enough clout to fracture the party, and that could have consequences for 2024. We'll have to see what she does for the remainder of the year with no nagging worries about reelection.

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    I would never call Liz Cheney a centrist. While she certainly has become an anti-Trumper, that does not mean she is a centrist. Aug 22, 2022 at 22:39
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    @DavidHammen: In objective terms you're correct, but by the standards of Trumpism Dick Cheney is a centrist. Liz is now well left of the Trump-core norm, so she is in fact a centralizing influence on the party. God have mercy on us all... Aug 23, 2022 at 0:54
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    @user13229973: DIck Cheney is a neoconservative. I'm not sure I'd apply that label to Liz Cheney, who seems far less jingoistic than her father. Trump is a different beast entirely: an aspiring strong-man dictator riding a wave of white ethno/christian nationalism that he neither started nor subscribes to, but merely uses for his own purposes. One can be closer to the center without being on the opposite side of the spectrum; that's the essence of a spectrum. Aug 23, 2022 at 12:18
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    What kind of would that "ongoing process" be? The only process I see, is Trump cleaning republicans from "RINOs". Aug 23, 2022 at 22:12
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    @SamGinrich: Conservatives have been moving towards a nationalist orientation since the end of the Clinton era. It began with Karl Rove's rage/grievance-centered neoconservative political strategy and the introduction of FOX News as a propaganda arm, began morphing into Christian nationalism via islamophobic messaging after 9/11, picked up a distinct white nationalist character after the election of Obama (the Tea Party), and fell into crazed conspiracy crap in the lead-up to Trump's election. Aug 24, 2022 at 2:13

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