In his attempt to oust Liz Cheney from her leadership position in the Republican Party, Matt Rosendale revealed both his true beliefs and the fact that he is a bad gambler. Cheney fulfilled her oath to uphold the Constitution by voting to impeach the only sitting president to incite a mob to interfere with the constitutionally guided peaceful transfer of power.
Cheney’s vote, obviously unpopular with the increasingly extremist wing of the Republican party, took courage, integrity, and leadership. Those character strengths were lost on Rosendale, whose Jan. 6 vote to stop certification, and subsequent ouster attempt, belies his apparent disregard for truth, justice, integrity and the Constitution. Last I checked, these were considered Montana values.
He gambled that he had the votes to oust Ms. Cheney; what is significant about that vote is that in public Republicans continued to appear unified behind Trump culture. However, when the vote was made by secret ballot, the results belied a vastly different story: 145 Republicans voted to retain Cheney, with 61 opposed. This is barely 30%. Perhaps more Republicans, in private, recognize the events of Jan. 6 as a threat to democracy by an authoritarian narcissist. Perhaps Mr. Rosendale will reconsider his fealty to said narcissist.