Several political pundits on Twitter are battling over whether ousted GOP Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney should win votes to be House Speaker if Democrats maintain control of the lower house.
Jennifer Rubin, a Washington Post columnist, tweeted that she was confident Cheney would become Speaker of the House.
“OK I’m sold. Liz Cheney for Speaker,” Rubin tweeted Friday.
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John Dean, White House adviser to former President Nixon and CNN contributor, called the idea brilliant.
“WaPo columnist Jennifer Rubin suggested that if the GOP takes control of the House, Democrats should appoint Liz Cheney as president. Brilliant idea in many ways!” he tweeted.
Zack Czajkowski, field organizer for former President Obama’s re-election campaign and regional polling director for former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, also endorsed the idea.
“Why not Liz Cheney as House Transitional Speaker. This is going to piss off both Democrats and Republicans. She’s a responsible adult with a conservative voting record, proven ability to work on the other side from the aisle and, most importantly, unwavering moral courage under pressure,” Czajkowski tweeted.
The idea did not receive warm approval from the others.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said Cheney would be looking for a job soon, but he shouldn’t be in Congress.
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“There will be NO Liz Cheney presidency. She’s looking for a job, but she won’t get this one. Any Republican who votes for Liz Cheney would vote for Biden’s agenda,” she tweeted. .
Nina Turner, former Democratic candidate for Congress and co-chair of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign, said Cheney should never be Speaker of the House.
“These people are living on an episode of The West Wing, when 60% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, can’t afford medical treatment, and struggle to put food on the table. No, Liz ‘I voted against the John Lewis Voting Rights Act’ Cheney should not be the speaker. Ever,” Turner said.
Cheney said at a Nov. 11 event at the University of Chicago that she could see a situation in which some GOP members vote for former President Trump as Speaker of the House because someone outside the Congress can be elected to this position.
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“You can imagine a situation in the current environment where members at the beginning of the alphabet say Donald Trump. You don’t have to be a member of the House to be president,” Cheney said. “If people on the Republican side start to stand up and say Donald Trump, you might have an impact where a lot of people are saying that and Donald Trump starts to see that as kind of a test of loyalty. That’s power which he currently holds over Kevin McCarthy and a number of Republican caucus leaders.”
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