One thing that places this in historical context is, simply, that there has been a Cheney — Liz or her dad Dick — at or near the top of Republican leadership since the 1970s.
Dick Cheney started working in Richard Nixon’s White House as an intern and was appointed White House chief of staff under Gerald Ford.
He rose in Congress to be GOP conference chair — the same job his daughter just lost — and minority whip during the Ronald Reagan administration and then was Secretary of Defense during the George H.W. Bush administration. Out of government during Bill Clinton’s eight years, Dick Cheney was then vice president for eight years under President George W. Bush, when Liz began working in the State Department.
She became a member of the GOP leadership one year after being elected to Congress, in 2016, at the end of the Obama administration.
The election of Donald Trump was itself a refutation of previous Republican…