A House GOP leadership swap will be long forgotten by voters come November 2022. But the move indicates that even with Trump out of office the party is still shifting its voter targeting away from those who, like Cheney, have conservative values and views but aren’t fans of the former president.
Those voters aren’t the bulk of the GOP’s base and not as critical for midterms, said Sarah Longwell, executive director of the Republican Accountability Project, an anti-Trump conservative group.
“This is not uncalculated on the Republicans’ part,” Longwell said. “They’re looking at numbers and they’re saying, ‘We’re going to make a trade. We think with a party that makes moves like excise Liz Cheney, that we can keep this new MAGA coalition.’”