Posted By LambChop
It’s time. Rumors about a potential run for office abound as pundits take notice of Liz Cheney’s recent move back to Wyoming. Liz is the daughter of Former Vice President Dick Cheney and wife of former General Counsel of the Department of Homeland Security, Richard Perry. Cheney could easily pick up support for a run for the Senate seat in Wyoming currently occupied by "business as usual" GOP Senator Mike Enzi - up for reelection in 2014.
Cheney’s qualifications are solid: a JD from University of Chicago, a stint at the State Department, contract with Fox News as a political commentator, campaign advisor to Bush/Cheney, Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney. Recently she helped form the group Keep America Safe specifically to oppose Obama's "radical" foreign policies, which she said "are making the nation weaker."
Republicans not only have a messaging problem, they have a recruitment problem and Liz Cheney should be groomed for Congress or a Governorship. She is one of the few women on either side of the aisle who could conceivably become President of the United States. The case for Cheney’s future political career is as follows:
She is unflappable.
She won’t back down from a fight - ever.
A very heated roundtable debate took place on one of the Sunday morning talking heads shows. The topic was about corrupt Obama henchman, AG Holder, appointing a prosecutor to investigate CIA interrogation techniques on detainees. Cheney slapped down Sam Donaldson rejected the notion that waterboarding was "torture" and said this: “But this investigation has already been done. This was looked for five years by career prosecutors. They decided not to prosecute except in one case where a contractor has been convicted and is in jail. In the other cases Leon Panetta himself has laid out to his employees that they took disciplinary action where they felt it was necessary at the CIA. The other big danger here though is that we have investigated this all before, we are opening now what is clearly a political investigation and a moment when we need the CIA focused on keeping the nation safe. And there’s no question, but when you start talking about investigating and prosecuting… it is simply the case that their attention is not entirely focused on where we need it to be.”
She is the right demographic.
Born in 1966, she is technically a Gen Xer with Boomer knowledge. Cheney is mother of five (the last one has headed off to college) and mastered the art of combining solid professional experience and suburban soccer mom, tweeting photos of a funny disaster-her daughter accidentally dropped a birthday cake on the laundry room floor. Her opponent Mike Enzi is 69 years old and has been in the Senate since 1997.
The New York Times hates her.
They have referred to her as a “lowlife” and Maureen Dowd had this to say about her: “Leave it to Liz Cheney, in her continuing bid to out-Cheney her scary dad, to suggest that Obama is a crass publicity-seeker.”
Paul Krugman claimed her State Department job was manufactured JUST for her in 2002.
Oh yes they HATE her. Last Sunday they claimed that Cheney potentially having the chutzpah to run against an incumbent could cause “a civil war within the state’s Republican establishment.”
She takes on her own party.
“In the face of this reality, it is time for Republicans to get over their loss in 2012. We are all that stands between this president's policies and a damaged and diminished America. It is time to get back in the fight.” - Liz Cheney
Liz took on the author of “compassionate conservatism,” Karl Rove, questioning his latest plan to coordinate SuperPacs to influence GOP primary election-designed to back “more desirable candidates.”
She rattles the GOP establishment. The ghost of Republicans past, Alan Simpson (former Wyoming Senator) Who Won’t Go Away. He merely meanders around D.C. pissing people off. Of course, Simpson is against a Cheney run and, in typical Simpson histrionics, claims that it would end the Republican Party in Wyoming or something.
Meanwhile, incumbent Republican Senator Enzi was part of healthcare Gang of 6, was a huge proponent of internet sales tax and moderate on other key issues. Worse, he is not controversial. He comes from the school of thought that you can reach across the aisle to get things done – except that across the aisle they boo God, they relish socialism and they don’t play by the rules.
She even took on her own father who criticized Sarah Palin saying on Twitter: Rarely do I disagree with best VP ever but @SarahPalinUSA more qualified than Obama and Biden combined. Huge respect 4 all she's done 4 GOP.
She’s RIGHT on the issues
ON THE STATE OF THE UNION: “The president has launched a war on Americans' Second Amendment rights. He has launched a war on religious freedom. He has launched a war on fossil fuels. He is working to nationalize one-sixth of the economy with job-killing Obamacare. He wants to collect a greater portion of every American paycheck, not for the purpose of paying down the national debt but to expand his governing machine. He doesn't believe in creating a bigger pie with more opportunity for all. He believes in greater redistribution of a much smaller pie.”
ON NUCLEAR ARMS: Cheney is a foreign policy wonk and support of Israel. At Aipac, Liz Cheney urged that we put ourselves in Israeli hands because “America’s track record on predicting when nations reach nuclear capability is abysmal.”
FOREIGN POLICY: Mr. Obama is “an American president who seems to be afraid to defend America,” she told Larry King on his CNN program in an appearance that drew notice when Ms. Cheney appeared not to contest a suggestion that the president had not been born in the United States.
ON ISRAEL: “There is no president who has done more to delegitimize and undermine the state of Israel in recent history than President Obama.”
ON OBAMA’S AGENDA: “President Obama is the most radical man ever to occupy the Oval Office.”
ON OBAMA SAYING HE IS ‘NO DICK CHENEY’: “Unbelievable, Sean. I do have to say though, to give the president some credit, he continues to feel the need to proclaim that he’s not Dick Cheney, and you know every time I hear him say that, I have to say, absolutely. This president is nowhere near the man or the leader that Dick Cheney is, and for him to sort of, you know, have all of this rhetoric about honesty, and about justice, and about transparency, when we see what’s going on here in the United States across the board is lack of credibility, and dealing with the American people, and you know I think he’s left a lot of people, frankly, chuckling around the globe, wondering what’s going to come next here.”