Can a blonde country-club Republican and a beautiful cop save us from Trump Redux?

I’m not predisposed to like Liz Cheney; I’m old enough to remember her father, Dick Cheney. We called him Darth Vader back when he was Bush 2’s vice president. On top of that, all on her own, she disowned her gay sister who is married to a woman. And she recently described herself as pro-life (so am I, but I favor the life of the already-born.)

Case closed? Maybe not. For one thing, she has reconciled with her sister. For another, she voted to impeach Trump. Twice.

At this time and in this year, Liz Cheney is showing that she’s “got game” on the level of Steph Curry.

She is definitely the one to watch as the House committee investigates the crazies behind the insurrection of Jan. 6, 2021, and their crazy potentate, Donald Trump. (Now that I’ve used the word “potentate,” I realize that Donald Trump should never have risen above the level of a Shriners parade, that combination of grandeur and absurdity, chubby men in tiny cars and fezzes.)

Cheney has lost a group of consultants for her upcoming primary, apparently because they were told by other Republicans that they’d be out of work if they worked for Cheney. Since she’s from Wyoming, she’ll probably lose the Republican primary anyway. If she wins the Wyoming Republican primary, could she be in the running in the Republican presidential primary?

“Will we be so blinded by partisanship that we throw away the miracle of America?” Ms. Cheney has demanded of her fellow Republicans. “Do we hate our political adversaries more than we love our country and revere our Constitution?” Yes, Liz, they will and they do. Or maybe they just can’t stand to lose and go back home. Can you imagine having to make nice all the time with a bunch of your fellow right-wing Republicans?

Is it possible that Trump and his wretched “Band of Buffoons” didn’t see their siege of the Capitol as a plot to overturn the government? Perhaps they were just responding to their hero and his pathetic need to remain in power at any cost. No, Trump actually likes violence. Most cowards do. No, they knew what they were doing. Who would have stopped them from hanging Mike Pence? No one in that crowd.

Getting back to blondes, Caroline Edwards, the Capitol police officer who testified at one of the first televised hearings, was riveting. It was hard to look away as she described what she saw happen to her fellow officers and what happened to her. (She more than compensated for the recent low-rent spectacle of the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard trial.)  The January 6 Committee described her actions: “Even after suffering a traumatic brain injury, Officer Edwards patrolled the Capitol’s West Plaza and prevented many rioters from entering the Capitol building.” Imagine slipping in a fellow officer’s blood.

I’m old and I still care deeply about my country’s future. I quake when I read about people like former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, who recently posted a violent video in which he brandishes a rifle and simulates a SEAL raid on RINOs (Republicans In Name Only).

So Liz, thanks for doing the Republican unthinkable, but you really ought to switch parties.

And Caroline, there are no words. I hope you can resist doing a cosmetics commercial, but even if you do, you won’t lose my respect.

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Mary Kay O'Grady

Mary Kay O'Grady is a former high school English teacher and later owned her own public relations business, The O'Grady Group. She has lived in Oak Park for almost fifteen years. She is currently the chairperson...