Al Franken, the disgraced former Democratic senator, says he is throwing his support behind Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) in her race to be reelected.
Franken announced his endorsement of Cheney in a tweet Saturday, sarcastically noting how impactful his support would be among the Republican voters of Wyoming.
“I’ve decided to endorse @RepLizCheney for the Republican nomination for the House seat In Wyoming it’s my first time endorsing in a GOP primary. But I think Al Franken’s support will carry a lot of weight with WY Republicans,” Franken wrote.
Franken served as a Democratic senator for Minnesota from 2009 until 2018, when he resigned after several women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate touching.
Noted sexual harasser makes his choice https://t.co/UYQ02Xf8u0
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) August 13, 2022
While the endorsement will almost certainly move no primary voters toward the Cheney camp — and will, much more likely, alienate even more of the congresswoman’s base — the public show of support may actually be welcomed by Cheney, who has embraced desperate strategy after desperate strategy in her scramble to find supporters.
Franken, after all, isn’t the first Democratic lawmaker to endorse the embattled congresswoman. Just last week, Reps. Dean Phillips (D-MN) and Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) appeared in separate online ads urging Wyoming Democrats to switch their party affiliation and vote for Cheney in the GOP primary.
Add in endorsements from Hollywood liberal Kevin Costner and RINO spokesman Dick Cheney, and the picture really starts to become clear: Endorsements are a precious commodity for the younger Cheney, and she will take literally anything she can get.
It’s not hard to see why, in all fairness. Kicked out of her own party on both the state and federal level, and trailing Harriet Hageman, her Trump-backed primary opponent, by as much as 29 points, it will take a miracle for Cheney to emerge victorious after Tuesday’s election.
In the face of such long, long odds, it’s almost easier to believe Cheney has given up on any actual hope of being reelected, and is now spending her remaining months in office carefully curating the image she’s worked so hard to create to this point: the martyr, booted from her party for having the courage to speak up, willing to sacrifice even her chances at reelection.
All I can say, really, is that if that’s the part Cheney has dedicated herself to playing, she’s done an Oscar-worthy job selling it to the American people.