Liz: you must run as an independent

Liz Cheney, one of the few Republican leaders and ex-leaders with a stiff back, is dedicated to the proposition that Donald Trump never serves another term.

In a recent interview with Charlie Sykes, a national political analyst with Wisconsin roots, Cheney said, “Well, he can’t win the presidency. I think, as you know, that I have been making clear that the future of the country really does depend on making sure that he doesn’t win the presidency.”

Even though it’s early, a majority of Republicans have said in surveys that they will vote to make him the GOP nominee. Are they following the criminal trials that make clear he was guilty as hell of sedition in 2021 of trying to overturn one of the cleanest elections ever? He lost to Joe Biden by more than 7 million popular votes across the country. Multiple court cases and audits in Wisconsin, for example, proved beyond debate that the balloting process worked well.

Unable to ever admit that they were wrong to support Trump, one of the greatest losers of all time, the misguided loyalties of many Republicans require that Cheney does even more to stop him if he is nominated.

She simply has to run as an independent. Her conservative credentials in Congress were impeccable. So she could siphon off enough votes from Trump in the general election in November to cause him to lose to whomever is the Democratic nominee.

Recall that Trump only won Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes in 2016 by 23,000 votes. If she could swing 30,000 votes, Trump could lose electoral votes here and in other purple, tightly contested states.

Cheney won’t dent the hard-core Trump base in the GOP. She would not win the presidency, as beneficial as that would be. But that would not be her goal. It would be only to deny Trump a second term. That she could accomplish. She would draw a majority of the independents, about 30% of the U.S. electorate and the never Trumpers in the Republican Party.

Yes, her campaign would do damage to the Republican Party, but today’s GOP is a shell of the party she once led. And Trump’s departure from American politics would give the GOP a chance to get back to its roots of good governance and its traditional principles.

She would endure Trump’s ultimate nastiness. But many in America will thank her. She would go down in American history as a savior of democracy in the face of an insidious attack on our time-tested institutions, philosophies, decencies, relationships, and decorums.

This highly intelligent and brave person has already gone above and beyond by laying bare the realities and truths about Trump’s desperate deeds and words to keep himself in power. She led a congressional hearing on the Jan. 6 insurrection. She voted as one of nine Republican house members to impeach him. In her book “Oath and Honor,” she sounded a clarion call that America is “sleepwalking to dictatorship.” She has made her case to the American press and people about his seditious attack.

That’s the background of her opposition to a would-be dictator. She is Trump’s most fierce adversary.

Please, Liz Cheney: Go for the jugular. Run as a right-of-center independent. You have my vote.

I remember when you said, “I have said since January 6 that I will do whatever it takes to ensure Donald Trump is never again anywhere near the Oval Office – and I mean it.”

Finally, please announce your independent candidacy as soon as possible. You need to get on the ballots on as many of the 50 states as you can. Such a decision would add hope to the new year.

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