More money, more problems: Cheney and Kinzinger feel Trump effect

While their rising profiles give them a new megaphone as well as deep pockets, it's not clear whether either incumbent has a path to victory running as an anti-Trump candidate in a GOP primary. Still, their shaky futures in the House haven't stopped some Republicans on Capitol Hill from privately musing whether Cheney and Kinzinger are eyeing future bids for the Oval Office. Both have also recently created PACs and aligned publicly with law enforcement officers as some in their party decline to honor responders to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, both signals of possible interest in a higher office...

Among Cheney and Kinzinger's conference colleagues, some were quick to dismiss the prospect that anti-Trumpers could have any room atop the party’s ticket.

“Anyone who thinks there’s a different path for higher office in a Republican primary other than the Trump platform is delusional," said Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pa.), who identified as a Cheney ally before her spring leadership eviction. “I have not spoken with Liz or Adam about their long-term goals. However, maybe looking at the battle they face in a primary, they think higher office is an easier path."