This all brings me to Thursday when Cheney offered his own scathing criticism of his own party and their collective responses to the January 6, 2021 riots at the US Capitol.
It’s worth noting here—as a lot of Republicans would do—that Cheney’s daughter, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the leading (and only) voice within the Republican Party, urges the GOP to condemn both Jan. Then-President Donald Trump played a role in fueling the rebellion.
Joe, okay, okay. Cheney, like any parent, is probably somewhat protective of her daughter. But, at the same time, he did not have to come to the Congress to celebrate the anniversary of the 6 January attack. Nor did they have to talk to reporters—and tell them how they thought the GOP had gone astray.
He did so speaks volumes about his concern over the current leadership of the Republican Party – and his belief that a course correction is desperately needed.
He is right, of course. And, my guess is that many and many elected Republicans — leaders and rank and file — know this, but are too afraid to speak up because of Trump’s anger.
Consider what the top two Republicans in Congress said soon after the riots.
Keeping quiet or even defending something you know is a lie is, literally, the exact opposite of what leadership looks like. Real leaders stand up for what they believe is right – even if their constituents don’t always agree. Because the leadership is not working together. It is putting oneself on the line when there is a need to stand up for the good of the country and do what really matters.
Cheney’s criticism of leaders of his own party goes directly to the question of leadership. And every Republican in Congress should stop doing what they’re doing and listen to him.