Witness Wyoming — one of the most conservative states in the country, in which Republicans control every statewide office from Senate to governor to the lone House seat.
It’s that at-large House seat, however, where a proxy war for the future of the Republican Party is shaping up.
At the center of it all is Rep. Liz Cheney, and her stand against former President Donald Trump. Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for his role in the January 6 US Capitol riot and has been outspoken about her belief that the ex-President cannot play a role in the party going forward.
Because of Trump’s ongoing power over the base of the Republican Party, his vehement opposition to Cheney puts her in a very tough spot politically.
But unlike some of her fellow rebellious Republicans, who are choosing to retire rather than face down Trump, Cheney is fighting back aggressively.
The Point: Trump is dead set on seeing Cheney ousted for her lack of allegiance. Cheney and the rest of the people we used to call the Republican establishment are gearing up for an absolute political war over the coming months. Who wins will tell you plenty about whether resistance to Trump is fertile or futile.