Will ‘extremism’ fracture the GOP? Cheney vs. Trump in Wyoming
Trump-backed candidates have lost recently in Georgia, Nebraska, North
Carolina and Idaho. The biggest caveat about how the lessons of other
states might apply in Wyoming is that in states where the Trump
candidate lost, the non-Trump candidate was not anti-Trump. Rep. Liz
Cheney’s political identity — at least, her identity on the national
stage — is now defined by her criticism of the former president. The
anti-Cheney effort in Wyoming has been led by Frank Eathorne, the
Wyoming GOP chair and Trump’s most important ally in the state. Last
weekend, Victoria Eavis of the Casper Star-Tribune and Rone Tempest of
WyoFile, published a bombshell 6,500-word profile of Eathorne. On this
week’s episode of Playbook Deep Dive, co-author Ryan Lizza is in the
Casper Star-Tribune’s newsroom, where Eavis explains how the story came
together. Plus, former chairman of the Natrona County Republican party
Dr. Joseph McGinley explains what it’s like to be pushed out of his own
Ryan Lizza is a Playbook co-author for POLITICO.
Victoria Eavis is the state politics reporter for the Casper
Dr. Joseph McGinley is a physician and former chairman of the Natrona
Kara Tabor is a producer for POLITICO audio.
Brook Hayes is a producer for POLITICO audio.
Adam Allington is senior producer for POLITICO audio.
Jenny Ament is executive producer for POLITICO audio.