The final time Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming was staring down an try to purge her from House Republican leadership, as punishment for having voted to impeach former President Donald J. Trump, she whipped the vote herself, privately calling virtually each member of her social gathering to lock up help till she was assured the problem would fail.
But three months later, as she prepares to face a recent vote on Wednesday to drive her out of the No. 3 leadership publish — this one orchestrated by social gathering leaders who’ve grown exasperated with her outspoken repudiation of Mr. Trump’s election lies — Ms. Cheney has no such illusions of hanging on.
On the precipice of what seems to be an virtually sure ouster, reasonably than barreling by her Rolodex of lawmakers or rallying her in depth community of backers off Capitol Hill to attempt to cling to her job, Ms. Cheney has defiantly embraced her downfall, providing herself as a cautionary story in what she is portraying as a battle for the soul of the G.O.P.
As a alternative for the Wyoming Republican, leaders have united behind Representative Elise Stefanik of New York, a onetime average whose fealty to Mr. Trump and backing for his false narrative of a stolen election have earned her broad help from the social gathering’s rank-and-file that Ms. Cheney, as a lifelong conservative, now not instructions.
Ms. Cheney has repeatedly warned that making an attempt to keep away from speaking concerning the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol and Mr. Trump’s false election claims will not solely additional alienate would-be Republican voters, but additionally trigger “profound long-term damage” to the nation. A former State Department official, she has invoked the parallels between what unfolded on Jan. 6 and her work in authoritarian international locations to clarify why she was so decided to publicly condemn the tried riot.