Ms. Stefanik, however … Most of America had by no means heard of the New York lawmaker earlier than her emergence as a passionate Trump defender throughout his first impeachment. Her toadiness has solely grown since, incomes ever extra love from Mr. Trump. On Wednesday, he endorsed her for convention chairwoman.
However earlier than all that, Ms. Stefanik was seen as an exemplar of the kinder, gentler way forward for the Republican Celebration. Elected in 2014 at age 30, the polished, media-savvy Harvard alumna was a recent, pleasant, reasonable face that many hoped would assist the G.O.P. shed its picture as a bunch of offended previous white guys. Professional-business and tired of tradition warring, she slot in effectively with the get together’s institution wing. Her first political job was within the Bush 43 White Home. In 2017, she was elected co-chair of the Tuesday Group (since renamed the Republican Governance Group), a caucus of reasonable, centrist Home Republicans.
Ms. Stefanik’s voting report displays this model. She has a measly 44 % lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union — in comparison with Ms. Cheney’s 78 % — and a 56 % from the conservative Heritage Motion, versus Ms. Cheney’s 82 %. Ms. Stefanik’s scores from conservative teams like FreedomWorks and the Membership for Progress are even decrease (37 % and 35 %), and each organizations have come out in opposition to her becoming a member of management. Throughout Mr. Trump’s presidency, Ms. Stefanik voted with him 77.7 % of the time, in line with FiveThirtyEight, however Ms. Cheney did 92.9 % of the time.
Certainly one of Ms. Stefanik’s prime priorities has been to enhance her get together’s picture with girls and, extra particularly, to get extra Republican girls elected. Her PAC is credited with having contributed to the victories of a number of girls on this 12 months’s freshman Home class. Her efforts, which might run up in opposition to the G.O.P.’s professed disdain for id politics, have often postpone some get together brethren.
Ms. Stefanik is, in brief, the sort of Republican that conservatives typically like to hate.
Regardless of the seal of approval from Mr. Trump and a few congressional leaders, not everyone seems to be thrilled by the concept of Ms. Stefanik’s possible promotion. A few of her male colleagues have grumped that they weren’t even thought of for the put up due to their gender. The convention vice chair, Mike Johnson of Louisiana, has reportedly been griping concerning the “coronation.”
Trickier nonetheless, some hard-core MAGA loyalists suspect Ms. Stefanik of being a pretender — a “wolf in sheep’s clothes,” as one far-right website put it — and are elevating a stink about her voting report and political background. Lou Dobbs, the deep-MAGA former TV host, declared her a RINO — that’s, a Republican in title solely. Her extra artistic critics on the web site Revolver coined a recent time period for her: TINO — Trumpist in title solely. Additionally they dubbed her “one other neocon institution twit.”
A lot for Republican unity.
To be truthful, having offered their soul to Mr. Trump, Republican lawmakers can’t enable Ms. Cheney to stay in management. In contrast to most of her colleagues, she refuses to let the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol fade from reminiscence, fake it was no huge deal or falsely declare that it was perpetrated by lefty extremists. Each phrase out of her mouth is an indictment not merely of Mr. Trump but additionally of her fellow lawmakers’ degeneracy and opportunism.