27 January, 2021

Not Cool, Gaetz. Not Cool.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL-01) has a beef with Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY-AL), over her support of President Donald Trump’s (R-USA) impeachment.

Well, so do I.

And if he wants to try to convince the Republican caucus that she should be ousted from her leadership position, I have no problem with that. If he wants to make a speech on the House floor demanding she resign or step down, I don’t have a problem with that either.

But there are lines that should not be crossed.

This is one: Rep. Gaetz to hold rally in Wyo. to call for ousting of Rep. Cheney | One America News Network (oann.com)

What the heck is a Florida Congressman doing in Wyoming holding a rally against a person in his own party?

This is the sort of thing that helped get Cheney in trouble last year.

A few months ago Cheney faced a mini-rebellion over her decision to fund Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie’s primary opponent — a huge no-no for leadership and one that proved even more embarrassing when the primary opponent turned out to be racist.

At the first in-person conference meeting following the outbreak of COVID, members erupted over Cheney breaking the rule about leadership not trying to oust members of her conference. She handled the criticism poorly, saying that Massie — from the more libertarian and anti-war side of the Republican Party — was a “special case.” That alarmed members who share his views, but it also alarmed the liberal members who wondered if they, too, could be viewed as “special cases” for failing to share Cheney’s views.

I understand Gaetz’s frustration with Cheney. But don’t make the same mistakes she did. Criticize her all you want, even publicly, in the House chambers. But stay out of her back yard.

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