(PresidentialWire.com)- In the lead-up to the critical 2022 Midterm elections, the very last thing a House Republican would want is to be labeled a “Pelosi Republican.” But thanks to Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney accepting Nancy Pelosi’s call to serve on her highly partisan January 6 show trial, that’s exactly the label they got.
And among Republican voters, that’s the kind of stink that doesn’t wash off.
Among the GOP base, Nancy Pelosi is the most reviled Democrat in Congress. And now Kinzinger and Cheney are joined at the hip with her.
On Monday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy made sure the “Pelosi Republicans” label was fastened to the turncoat pair with Super Glue.
Speaking to reporters during a Rose Garden event commemorating the anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, McCarthy was asked when was the last time he spoke with either Cheney or Kinzinger. McCarthy asked, “Who’s that? Adam and Liz? Aren’t they kind of like Pelosi Republicans?”
Naturally, Liz Cheney sniffed at the name, calling it “pretty childish.”
Childish, maybe. Accurate, definitely.
And nothing will make Republican voters turn on Cheney and her fellow turncoat quite like wearing the label “Pelosi Republicans.”
In a recent survey, Cheney’s net favorability among Republican voters is at negative 43 percent. In reality, Pelosi’s stunt placing Cheney and Kinzinger on her partisan committee isn’t backfiring on Nancy; it’s backfiring on Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney.
For Pelosi, it’s a win. She gets to call her partisan panel “bipartisan” while at the same time torpedoing two Republican House members’ political futures. By making Cheney and Kinzinger vulnerable, Pelosi may be able to snatch their seats away from the Republicans in the Midterms. Granted, that is unlikely in Wyoming, but it certainly could happen in Kinzinger’s Illinois district – if his seat isn’t obliterated in Illinois’ redistricting efforts.
The partisan show trial got underway on Tuesday with much weeping and gnashing of teeth. Adam Kinzinger’s standing in the GOP took a direct hit when he decided to feign choked sobs during his opening testimony. While his tearful performance played well among the corporate media, Republican voters found it, to use Cheney’s words, “pretty childish.”