→ Cheney is losing support among senior House Republicans. Remember: McCarthy backed Cheney in her last tussle with the membership, while House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) stayed on the sidelines.
→ GOP lawmakers have told us having Cheney in leadership is becoming a problem for them back home. This is a dangerous position for any party leader to be in. When rank-and-file members start getting asked difficult questions about a member of their leadership by constituents — in this case, over her continued feud with Trump — that’s a big warning sign.
→ Republicans are complaining about her ability to run the GOP Conference’s messaging operation when she has been relentlessly promoting a message with which no one agrees.
→ We wouldn’t be surprised to see a Republican call for another snap vote on her leadership position.
Cheney allies, however, are sick of this criticism, and they point out that she just won re-election to her leadership post by a big margin.
Furthermore, they say that this entire new round of hand-wringing started when McCarthy went on Fox News Sunday last week and seemed to trip over his answer about his interactions with Trump during the Jan. 6 insurrection. The Wyoming Republican’s backers believe that McCarthy and other GOP lawmakers are uncomfortable with Cheney speaking truths about Trump.
Cheney seems to see this fight as being much bigger than staying in the leadership. She sees it as a battle for the soul of the party.
And, by the way, don’t expect Cheney this weekend at the NRCC event. She isn’t going.