Let’s begin with Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, who now chairs the House Republican Conference and serves as the third highest-ranking member in House GOP leadership.
Of course, a lot can happen between now and the spring of 2022, when several of these members will compete in primaries to hold onto their seats. In the case of these Republicans, the later the primary, the better. It will give members more time to build a record of vigorously opposing liberal excesses by the Biden administration and House Democrats, thereby providing a powerful counterbalance to an impeachment vote cast many months in the past.
Finally, for the GOP 10, next to Cheney in outspokenness is Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who along with California’s Valadao, has the earliest primary — in March 2022. Consequently, the survival of Kinzinger in an open primary and Valadao in a closed primary will be powerful indicators of how the rest of the GOP 10 will fare against their challengers.
That said, so long as she is in Congress and can espouse her radical ideas, Greene will remain a liability for the GOP, because she will give Democrats and political pundits the opportunity to portray her as representative of Republican Party as a whole. If, however unlikely it may be, she refocuses her efforts on articulating a populist (and accurate) alternative to Biden and House Democrat proposals, then she may be of service to the party.
So, it is game on for control of the US House in 2022. The GOP path forward is not simple given internal party conflicts and discordant voices. But Tenney and her diverse freshman class, along with the remarkable gains made by Republicans in 2020 at the state and local level, provide a solid foundation for the GOP’s fondest dream: dethroning Pelosi as the speaker of the House of Representatives.