At a press convention throughout the retreat, Cheney very publicly shot down McCarthy’s assist for a broader investigation that will clearly obscure the truth that Trump and his supporters perpetrated the assault—probably even with the assist of some GOP lawmakers. As an alternative, Cheney stated it was “crucial” that any Jan. 6 fee “stays centered on what occurred on Jan. 6, and what led to that day.”
In a subsequent interview with Politico, Cheney stated, “If we decrease what occurred on Jan. sixth and if we appease it, then we might be in a state of affairs the place each election cycle, you may probably have one other constitutional disaster.” Cheney continued, “In case you get right into a state of affairs the place we do not assure a peaceable switch of energy, we can’t have realized the teachings of Jan. 6.”
“And you may’t bury our head within the sand,” she added. “It issues vastly to the survival of the nation.”
Ah, the survival of the constitutional democracy as we all know it. Republicans, on the whole, appear much less dedicated to that perfect by the day as they weaponize the party on the best way to locking in permanent minority rule.
And McCarthy is as responsible as anybody of radicalizing the caucus he’s charged with main. As an alternative of rooting out right-wing extremists like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, he has decided to cozy up to them. Changing into speaker of the Home—in any other case referred to as attaining energy—is really his North Star now. If democracy needs to be sacrificed on the best way, so be it.
That is why the divide between Cheney, who voted to question Trump, and McCarthy is deepening. McCarthy has reportedly stopped attending the Home GOP management’s weekly press conferences after an epic moment in February when Cheney stated Trump had no position to play within the Republican Occasion—fully undercutting McCarthy’s rivalry simply moments earlier. McCarthy additionally hasn’t proven any public assist for serving to Cheney defend her seat from GOP main challengers.
If something, McCarthy appears to want his Cheney headache would simply go away. Requested Tuesday whether or not she was nonetheless match for the GOP management crew, McCarthy dodged the query.
“That is a query for the convention,” he offered, ducking a follow-up question about his private beliefs.
What’s clear is that the battle over Cheney’s seat has turned into a proxy war between institution Republicans and Trump radicals. However it appears extra just like the institution facet is preventing tooth and nail for its life whereas Trumpers run wild throughout them. McCarthy has clearly chosen sides, he simply will not say it.