INDIANAPOLIS – What we’re watching these peculiar days on the Washington to Mar-a-Lago axis isn’t so much Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s “rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic,” but more of a Hoovering out of the Grand Old Party.

But first, a bit of family history. My Grandma Cunningham used to delight the family by saying she only voted in one election in her life: 1928. She voted for Herbert Hoover. “And then look what happened,” she would say.

President Trump continues to have a D.C. Stephenson-like hold on the GOP, despite becoming the first president ever to lose the House and Senate majorities (the latter coming on Jan. 5 with the spectacular loss of two Georgia seats), going 1-for-2 in presidential races while never carrying the popular vote.

You would think that trifecta would have prompted Jim Banks, Jackie Walorski and Todd Young to reproduce their 10-foot poles when it comes to enlisting the future of the GOP with Trump, particularly after the Trump-inspired Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol that killed five people and injured 130 cops that won’t play well in suburbia. Banks, Walorski and their Hoosier delegation colleagues are about to dispatch U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney from her party post because she keeps conjuring the bad B-roll from the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Cheney had the audacity to say in a Washington Post op-ed last week, “In public statements again this week, former president Donald Trump has repeated his claims that the 2020 election was a fraud and was stolen. His message: I am still the rightful president, and President Biden is illegitimate. Trump repeats these words now with full knowledge that exactly this type of language provoked violence on Jan. 6. Trump is seeking to unravel critical elements of our constitutional structure that make democracy work — confidence in the result of elections and the rule of law. No other American president has ever done this.

“The Republican Party is at a turning point,” Cheney declared, “and Republicans must decide whether we are going to choose truth and fidelity to the Constitution.”

According to Banks, Cheney’s on-going sin is to not get with the program, the House GOP agenda that is telling corpororate America to go to hell while courting the Trump voter. “I know the belief that I have, that a majority of our conference have, that she has lost focus on the single mission that we have in winning back the majority, to push back against the radical Biden agenda, is the reason that she needs to be replaced,” Banks told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. 

This morning when I got to my office, I found this statement from Trump: “The major Michigan Election Fraud case has just filed a bombshell pleading claiming votes were intentionally switched from President Trump to Joe Biden. The number of votes is MASSIVE and determinative. This will prove true in numerous other States. All Republicans must UNIFY and not let this happen. If a thief robs a jewelry store of all of its diamonds (the 2020 Presidential Election), the diamonds must be returned. The Fake News media refuses to cover the greatest Election Fraud in the history of our Country. They have lost all credibility, but ultimately, they will have no choice!” 

So the Republican fixated on the past, as opposed to the sprawling, progressive agenda of President Biden isn’t so much Liz Cheney, as it is Donald J. Trump.

When Wallace pressed Banks on the “big lie,” by asking if Biden’s 7 million vote plurality victory really happened, Banks responded, “I’ve never said that the election was stolen. I’ve said I had very serious concerns with how the election was conducted last November because of COVID rules that loosened voter identification laws. That’s why I objected on January 6th. I’ll never apologize for that.”

In 2018, I likened the congressional Republicans and White House staff following around a crazy man in the Oval Office to the movie “The Madness of King George,” whose coterie of aids would follow orders, no matter how insane they were. Majorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz go on tour; Cheney gets the boot.

Appearing on New York Times podcast with Kara Swisher, Republican pollster and Kevin McCarthy roomie Frank Luntz observed, “More than two-thirds of Republicans believe that the election was stolen.”

Swisher: “So it’s working. This ‘Big Lie’ thing is working.” Luntz: “It is working. What Donald Trump is saying is actually telling people it’s not worth it to vote. Donald Trump single-handedly may cause people not to vote. And he may be the greatest tool in the Democrats’ arsenal to keep control of the House and Senate in 2022.”

That’s what happened in the two wafer-thin losses of Georgia on the day before the insurrection after Trump kept shooting his mouth off.

“If Donald Trump runs for president as a Republican, he’s the odds-on favorite to win the nomination,” Luntz adds. “He could never win a general election, but I can’t imagine him losing a Republican primary. I would bet on him to be the nominee and I would bet on him losing to whatever Democratic nominee there was.” 

The columnist publishes Howey Politics Indiana. Find him on Twitter at @hwypol.