Friday, July 12, 2013

Liz Cheney, Yeah, Dick’s Daughter, Wants to Run for the Senate in Wyoming

And She Makes One of the Funniest Statements of Any Campaign

Entitlement runs deep in the Dick Cheney family.  An ardent opponent of government help for anyone, Dick Cheney has spent much of his life in high government positions, getting great salaries and benefits and living the good life off of the American taxpayer.  When he wasn’t in government Mr. Cheney used his political experience and connections to get a great private sector job, one that gave him millions in severance when he left to go back into government.

Liz Cheney, the very picture of entitlement

Now Mr. Cheney’s daughter, Elizabeth thinks she is entitled to a Senate seat in Wyoming despite the fact that she did not grow up there, has not lived there and has not served in any elected capacity in government (She did get herself a nice cushy job in the State Department thanks to her relatives).

Ms. Cheney, 46, is showing up everywhere in the state, from chicken dinners to cattle growers’ meetings, sometimes with her parents in tow. She has made it clear that she wants to run for the Senate seat now held byMichael B. Enzi, a soft-spoken Republican and onetime fly-fishing partner of her father.

Ah yes, the problem is plain here.  No it’s not that the only qualification Ms. Cheney has for the Senate is her family, it is that the Senate seat is already held by someone who is a friend, or used to be, of the family.

The former vice president and Mr. Enzi have been friends since the 1970s, when Mr. Cheney was Wyoming’s at-large congressman and Mr. Enzi was the mayor of Gillette. They became closer, Mr. Enzi recalled, over a shared passion: fly-fishing. The two were on the same team competing in a popular annual One Fly tournament — fishing with the same fly lure all day — in the Snake River.

But Mr. Enzi said he had not recently heard from the man he calls his “good friend.”

But no, the funny part here is not Dick Cheney betraying a life long friend, that is expected.  Here is the funny part.

Ms. Cheney, the mother of five school-age children, has become ubiquitous, appearing many times in communities over 300 miles from home. She has told associates that if she runs, she wants to do so in her own right.

Yeah right, do it in her own right.  If it were not for her name and family Ms. Cheney would have about as much a chance of winning a Senate seat or even winning a nomination as the Cubs winning the World Series. 

Republicans report spotting Mr. Cheney and his daughter together in recent months at events like the Crook County Lincoln Day dinner. He has also talked up his daughter’s candidacy in meetings with wealthy Republican donors in New York, and next month father and daughter will be the featured speakers at a conservative conference in Steamboat Springs, Colo., an event expected to attract donors Ms. Cheney could turn to in a Senate bid.

The election of Ms. Cheney, if it happens will not immediately change anything in national politics.  It will simply substitute an attack dog opposed to any and all progressive legislation for a quieter Senator opposed to any all progressive legislation.  But it would elevate Ms. Chaney to national prominence and a future potential on a Republican Presidential ticket. And it would reinforce the sense of entitlement that Cheney’s have with respect to government, a sense that yes, they are entitled, you’re not.

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