The thing about politicians is that if you threaten their source of power and in any way disrupt their ability to despoil the country, they will always reveal themselves to be the treacherous rats and cockroaches that they inherently are.

Liz Cheney, the former — blessedly former — Republican Party Conference Chair exemplifies this truth starkly.

Liz Cheney: Useless Establishment Crony

Now that Cheney has been ousted from her position and replaced by New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, she has been making the rounds on mainstream media outlets, spouting off the same predictable and sanctimonious twaddle that we’ve always heard from the lips of Never Trump Republicans.

Her relentless lying about former president Trump — both with respect to the fabricated nonsense about Russia and the utterly discredited slander that he incited a riot on Jan. 6 — have earned her plaudits from some of the worst people in the world. Predictably, the likes of CNN and MSNBC praise her as a “responsible” Republican who wants to save her party from ruin. In truth, she’s just an establishment parasite — one of many whom Trump shined a light on during his time in office.

But during an appearance on Fox News last week, Cheney got something that she clearly wasn’t prepared for: an actual question. Brett Baier, to his credit, was not about to add his voice to the chorus of those who have been fawning over Cheney.

Instead, he elected to ask her some serious questions, like whether she regretted spreading the false story that the Russians had placed bounties on the heads of American soldiers in Afghanistan.

Cheney’s response? She doubled down, of course. In her world, spreading blatant lies designed to hurt Donald Trump is acceptable because she considers it true a priori that Donald Trump is the embodiment of all evil. She then attacked Fox News for daring to question her.

Beyond that, she attacked House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for supporting her removal. In a later appearance on Fox, she attacked both Stefanik and McCarthy, accusing them of “complicity” in what happened on Jan. 6. On the basis of nothing whatsoever, she also suggested that Mccarthy might have “information” about what happened that day that might be important.

As should be clear, Liz Cheney is not the sort of person who is inclined toward self-reflection.

A deeper question is this: Is Cheney really delusional enough to imagine that anyone cares about her bellyaching?

The fact is that outside of a very small and very insular clique of Washington elites, no one does care. Indeed, normal people everywhere, who are sick of the blatant criminality in Washington and who are sick of the fact that Republicans have never truly bothered to meaningfully oppose the left’s cultural agenda, are actually cheering the transformation of the Republican Party that Cheney’s ouster portends.

But to a dyed-in-the-wool elitist like Cheney, this Washington clique represents the only people who truly matter — and that is precisely the problem and precisely why she so richly deserved to be thrown out.

Before the GOP can even begin to be a force for good in the nation, everyone like Liz Cheney must be cleared out of it.