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Ideological unity was the US Republicans’ only strength. But with Liz Cheney out, even that’s falling apart

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Cheney, an up-and-coming GOP superstar and daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney, was purged from her leadership role in the Republican Party on Wednesday. Her crime? Refusing to walk in lockstep with her Donald Trump-supporting House colleagues over the Capitol riot on January 6.

The move had been anticipated ever since she and a few other Republican members of Congress voted to impeach the former president, which would have effectively barred him from running for office again. State parties across the country were booting out members who sided against Trump – who, most other members, particularly in the House of Representatives, still fully support.

Yet this is an important moment for US politics. Cheney’s ouster, coupled with news this week that former Republican officials plan to create a third party if theirs doesn’t break from Trump, shows that the American conservative movement is facing an existential crisis. That’s because the GOP’s strength has always come squarely from its ideological unity.

Though it might appear to be a blob of loosely connected single-issue voters who care about guns, abortion, or some other hotspot culture issue, a fiscal conservative message has always been its........

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