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Ohmigod. Liz Cheney, oldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is challenging a Republican Senator in Wyoming in next year’s election, saying — like all challengers — that she wants to bring change to Washington.
The return of a Cheney to Washington? That’s change? Fat chance. Cheney is running as a tea party candidate, saying:
I’m running because I’m concerned about the direction of the nation. I think it’s time for us to say to ourselves, ‘Can we continue to go along to get along in Washington?’
Yeah, right. We heard the same crap in Indiana last year from Richard Mourdock, the tea party puppet who ousted long-time Senator Richard Lugar in the GOP primary and then went on to lose in the general election to Democrat Joe Donnelly.
That should have sent a strong message to the tea party voters who said: “we don’t like your kind.”
The odds are strong that Liz Cheney won’t even make it past the primary. The Republican leadership is already lining up behind incumbent GOP Senator Mike Enzi. Wyoming voters traditionally don’t oust incumbents and Cheney, who was born in Wisconsin, lived in Virginia until she and her husband bought a big bucks home in trendy Jackson Hole last year.
Although the Cheney family has a strong presence in Wyoming, where her father represented the state in Congress, she isn’t all that popular there and Enzi won his last re-election in 2008 with 75 percent of the vote.
Her candidacy has to put the former Vice President in a bind. Enzi is an old fly-fishing buddy.
And then there is the matter of her sister.
If the Cheney family, which views government as best run by behind the scenes power mongers, really wants to bring change to Washington, why not have the former Vice President’s younger daughter, Mary, run for office.
Mary Cheney, among other things, is openly gay and married her longtime partner Heather Poe last year.
A married lesbian in the Senate?
Now that would be change.
You gotta wonder how that would sit with her candidate sister who aligns herself with the homophobic and racist tea party.