The political landscape is unexpectedly shifting as the 2024 presidential race draws nearer. Former Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney’s chances of securing the Republican nomination have improved somewhat following the news of the Manhattan indictment of President Donald Trump. While Cheney’s move to capitalize on the Democratic attack on Trump is intriguing, it raises crucial questions about the future of the Republican Party and its core values.
Cheney has been a controversial figure within the GOP. A staunch critic of President Trump, she has been unafraid to voice her concerns about his leadership and policies. While this candor has earned her respect from some quarters, it has also alienated her from the Trump-supporting base that remains influential within the party.
Despite these challenges, recent polls show that Cheney’s popularity is rising. For example, a TFG-GOP-PPP poll conducted in early April indicated that Cheney’s chances of winning the Republican nomination in 2024 have increased, as her support went to 25%, up from 19% the previous month. Other polls, however, show her support remains in single figures among likely GOP voters.
Post indictment poll: Trump surges to a 33-point lead over Ron DeSantis
Trump — 56% (+12 from Mar 14)
DeSantis — 23% (-9)
Cheney — 10%
Pence — 4%
Haley — 4%
Pompeo — 1%
T. Scott — 1%
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) April 3, 2023
This shift coincides with the recent indictment of Trump on unspecified charges, leading some to speculate that voters may be reconsidering their options in light of these developments.
While it is still early in the race, the increasing support for Cheney suggests that the Republican Party may be transforming. As Trump faces a new legal battle in New York, some party members could seek an alternative candidate who can carry the torch of conservative values without the weight of scandalous corporate media coverage.
Cheney’s political pedigree is well-established. As the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, she has grown up in politics. She has served as a member of Congress since 2017 until her humiliating defeat in last year’s Wyoming GOP primary.
Her willingness to criticize Trump and vote in favor of his second impeachment has left a bitter taste in the mouths of those who remain fiercely devoted to the former president. As a result, many have questioned whether Cheney’s ascendancy could splinter the GOP, leading to internal divisions that could weaken the party’s chances in 2024.
The Republican Party may be required to strike a delicate balance as it navigates the road to the 2024 election. America First candidates and voters will maintain that it is vital to acknowledge the contributions and successes of the Trump presidency, including a robust economy and the appointment of conservative judges.
Ultimately, whether Cheney’s rising popularity signals a lasting shift in the Republican Party remains to be seen. Her challenge will not be the first time President Trump has taken on the establishment and RINO politicians.