Cheney's Ouster Could Spell Problems for Biden After Midterms Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., talks to reporters after House Republicans voted to remove her as conference chair in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center on May 12, 2021, in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
By Jeffrey Rodack | Thursday, 13 May 2021 10:27 AM
The ouster of Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., from GOP House leadership points to a rough time for President Joe Biden after the 2022 midterms.
According to the Washington Examiner, Cheney's removal from leadership could create problems for the administration if Republicans regain control of the Houe and Senate next year.
The outlet noted first-term presidents typically lose one or both chambers. If that happens, the pro-Donald Trump political terrain will be difficult for Biden to navigate – despite the president’s calls for bipartisan action, the Examiner said.
Republicans have said bipartisanship was not a possibility because Biden’s priorities mirrored the left-wing proposals of the Democratic Party.
"With the Democrats rushing through an unprecedented partisan takeover of elections with their Corrupt Politicians Act, they clearly have no intention to work with Republicans and conservatives," former Kansas GOP Rep. Tim Huelskamp told the Examiner.
"The removal of Liz Cheney from a ceremonial position among House Republicans has absolutely no impact on this extreme Democrat agenda."
House Republicans on Wednesday voted to boot Cheney from leadership after the foreign policy hawk and outspoken critic of Trump ran afoul of a majority of the party she’d chaired since 2018.
Cheney remained defiant after the vote to remove her from her key leadership role as House Republican Conference chairwoman — a move that does not remove her from office or oust her from the GOP.
Cheney, the oldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, was the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress.
Trump quickly slammed Cheney in a statement posted to his website, calling her a "bitter, horrible human being" and cheering her ouster.
Cheney, after the vote, said she remains "absolutely committed" to the idea that Republicans "must go forward, based on truth" and that she'll do "everything I can" to ensure that Trump "never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office."
Former Georgia Rep. Bob Barr said Biden’s bipartisan posturing was "laughable,” the Examiner said.
"You don't have to go out there shouting about Trump,” he said. "What you do is you go out there, and you shout about those things that were the centerpieces of Trump's presidency which worked and which should be the centerpiece for the Republican agenda in this cycle.”
Still, other Republicans offered a different view.
"I don’t think it’s a healthy moment for the party,” Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, himself a former member of Republican leadership, is quoted by The New York Times. "I do think it enhanced Liz’s stature and position in a way that furthers her message but to the disadvantage of the broader party.”