Former Congresswoman Liz Cheney’s helium bills must be through the roof – as she’s running around D.C. launching trial balloons left and right.
However, all the Never-Trumper’s balloons keep coming back flat.
And now, this Democrat Senator just put an end to Cheney’s latest scheme to keep power in the Capital.
Liz Cheney has been on a vendetta to take down Donald Trump since the moment he rode down the golden escalators at Trump Tower in New York City.
The RINO voted against his agenda as the at-large Representative for Wyoming.
She voted to impeach him from office following the January 6 protests that got a little out of hand.
She was the leader on the kangaroo court January 6 “Select” Committee witch hunt.
And she campaigned for Democrats in 2022 who were running against Trump-endorsed Republicans.
For her efforts, Wyoming Republicans sent her unceremoniously packing with a historic primary defeat to the Trump-supported Harriet Hageman.
In her concession speech, Cheney made it known she believed fighting Trump was the number one priority in America and she would do whatever it took to bring an end to Trump’s future political prospects.
Trump has already announced he is making a third run for the White House in 2024.
Political insiders around the beltway immediately speculated former Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter would mount either a primary challenge to Trump, or run third party in the general election.
However, that isn’t the only trial balloon the ex-Representative is floating.
On Meet the Press, Cheney’s friend, former Democrat Senator from North Dakota Heidi Heitkamp blurted out a rumor that Cheney may mount an independent Senate bid in Virginia if Democrat Sen. Tim Kaine opted for retirement in 2024.
“There’s a rumor,” Heitkamp said to Chuck Todd during a discussion about a potential Kaine retirement. “Liz Cheney runs for as an independent in Virginia.”
Todd then reminded viewers that in Kaine’s first run more than a decade ago, Cheney was rumored to make a run for the Republican nomination across from Kaine – who at the time was the state’s former Lt. Governor.
In the end, Cheney decided against it then, with that honor going to former Virginia Governor George Allen.
In the general election that year, Kaine defeated Allen by about 6-points.
Four years later, Kaine went on to become Hilary Clinton’s Vice Presidential nominee in the 2016 Presidential election.
More recently, he’s been facing health issues due to reported COVID complications.
And Kaine has also been embroiled in the middle of some COVID-related controversy as of late.
The Senate Armed Services Committee member has gone on record saying the military men and women fired by President Joe Biden for refusing his COVID vax jab mandate were knowingly disobeying a lawful order.
“They were given an order,” Sen. Kaine said. “And it was a very reasonable one that virtually everybody followed and they chose not to. And they chose not to, knowing what the consequences would be.”
Kaine added he would not recommend that people who lost their jobs for not getting the vaccine receive back pay, or even get their jobs back.
The health problems and controversy combo resulted in retirement rumors around the beltway.
Late last week Kaine put those rumors to bed by announcing he will seek a third Senate term in 2024.
That announcement effectively put to rest any thoughts Cheney would have as running for his seat – as Kaine will surely get almost all of the voters she’d hoped to court.
Cheney’s White House hopes aren’t looking good either.
A new Morning Consult poll released last week found Cheney with just 3%, way behind the two GOP frontrunners for 2024, her nemesis Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Political Animal News will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.