Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., has lost a Republican primary entered the lame duck period.
Cheney claims to be “thinking about” running for president in 2024. In the meantime, she reportedly has another project in the works, too.
Specifically, Cheney’s office has announced a new PAC… and the outgoing congresswoman may go on cable news to rake in money for it.
“In coming weeks, Liz will be launching an organization to educate the American people about the ongoing threat to our Republic, and to mobilize a unified effort to oppose any Donald Trump campaign for president,” Cheney spokesperson Jeremy Adler told Politico Wednesday.
Politico speculated that Cheney may call it “The Great Task,” referring to line from the Gettysburg Address. Cheney herself used the phrase “the great task” in her concession speech and in the final advertisement of her campaign.
Cheney will presumably repurpose her campaign as this anti-Trump nonprofit. She raised more than $15 million during her campaign, according to Politico, and she spent hardly any of it.
Cheney may also pad her war chest by soliciting donations from her perch on CNN. The outgoing congresswoman has already become known as a frequent guest on CNN.
After all, Cheney has already drawn a huge audience for the televised hearings on MSNBC.
Some commentators have already predicted Cheney’s future as a CNN panelist. Former Gov. John Kasich — an Ohio Republican turned “Never Trump” pundit — now holds a paying job as a CNN contributor.
Take a look —
Say goodbye to Liz Cheney in Congress. As predicted, she got waxed in the Wyoming primary. Hello CNN contributor?
— Bill O'Reilly (@BillOReilly) August 17, 2022
Liz Cheney’s moment to get the big tv contract is now. But it looks like she’s gonna run and lose spectacularly in primary and also miss her chance for 7-figures at cnn to trash trump all day. She’s about to make another horrible miscalculation🍿
— Rob Schmitt (@SchmittNYC) August 17, 2022
Liz Cheney still has a bright future. She can do so many things: CNN contributor, spokeswoman for a weapons company, work at a think tank funded by said weapons company. The sky’s the limit.
— Dave Smith (@ComicDaveSmith) August 16, 2022
Liz Cheney really compared herself to Lincoln… LMFAO. That CNN & MSDNC fluffing really got to her carpetbagger/warmonger head. pic.twitter.com/vuwvDnLIeV
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) August 17, 2022
Cheney remains the top Republican on the House panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol, an attack she referenced in nodding to her political future.
“I have said since Jan. 6 that I will do whatever it takes to ensure Donald Trump is never again anywhere near the Oval Office — and I mean it,” she said during her concession speech on Tuesday.
Cheney described her primary loss on Tuesday night as the beginning of a new chapter in her political career as she addressed a small collection of supporters, including her father, on the edge of a vast field flanked by mountains and bales of hay.
Trump and his team celebrated Cheney’s loss, which may represent his biggest political victory in a primary season full of them. The former president called the results “a complete rebuke” of the Jan. 6 committee.
“Liz Cheney should be ashamed of herself, the way she acted, and her spiteful, sanctimonious words and actions towards others,” he wrote on his social media platform. “Now she can finally disappear into the depths of political oblivion where, I am sure, she will be much happier than she is right now. Thank you WYOMING!”
Cheney was forced to seek assistance from the state’s tiny Democratic minority in her bid to pull off a victory. But Democrats across America, major donors among them, took notice. She raised at least $15 million for her election, a stunning figure for a Wyoming political contest.
Voters responded to the interest in the race. With a little more than half of the vote counted, turnout ran about 50% higher than in the 2018 Republican primary for governor.
The Associated Press contribtued to this article.