carpetbagger ruffles GOP feathers

By Jim Stanford on July 8, 2013

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“Together we will rule the galaxy.”

The New York Times ran a front-page story yesterday about the political aspirations of Liz Cheney, daughter of the disgraced former vice president.

Much as her father did when he switched his voter registration from Texas to Wyoming so he could become George W. Bush’s running mate in 2000, Cheney, a Virginia resident, “moved” to Wyoming last year by buying a $2 million house in Stilson Ranch near Wilson.

The purchase immediately raised the question whether she sought to run for Congress, and speculation intensified earlier this year when she began showing up at political events around the state.

Apparently, according to the Times, she has set her sights on the Senate seat held by Mike Enzi, and Enzi is not too happy about it.

The prospect of her running is likely to cause a schism in the Wyoming GOP, according to former U.S. Sen. Al Simpson and others interviewed.

But here’s how Wyoming residents would greet a Liz Cheney candidacy: “Who?” As Kerry Drake of WyoFile, one of the first to note her new political activities, wrote in March, “The problem is that Wyoming has never really been her home, and you can’t return to some place you were never from.”

Mercifully, the Times did not again characterize the house owned by Dick and Lynne Cheney, which sits on the 18th green at the gated Teton Pines Country Club, as a “ranch.”

The national fascination with Liz Cheney and Wyoming is puzzling. Perhaps the media is eager to see another Cheney spectacularly fail (at something other than invading and occupying a country).

At least Dick Cheney had Wyoming roots to run on, while his daughter has little more than his name and a trophy log home. Her ambition far outweighs her resume as a lawyer, founder of a wacko group and talking head for Faux News.

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26 Comments so far

  1. CowboyJoe July 8, 2013 7:20 pm

    “disgraced former vice president” There have been so many. Some liberals actually miss the disgraced former president Nixon. Maybe one day you’ll feel different about the patriot DC, Jim.

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/01/09/1420121/nixon-turns-100-why-the-modern-gop-makes-us-nostalgic-for-the-disgraced-former-president/

    As for the story in the NYT, I liked the WP’s response. The first two paragraphs sum up the stupidity of the NYT story.

  2. Diana July 8, 2013 10:34 pm

    What in the world do you mean by “disgraced former vice president”??? Unless you can explain your views to me with some intelligence, you have lost a loyal patron to your website!

  3. skip July 8, 2013 11:36 pm

    Yeah, Jim, Diana is right. It should read “disgrace of a former vice president”. Do you need an editor?

  4. Brad July 9, 2013 8:47 am

    Hard to believe that both Cheneys are putting the state republican party in this position, let alone the former VP’s ‘good friend’ Mike Enzi. The fact that Dad is pushing this is certainly driving the deal. Enzi doesn’t deserve this. Due to his low profile, finance expertise and ability to work across the aisle, notably earning the respect of Ted Kennedy, he enjoys broad support in Wyoming.

    The NYT is getting more accurate on the Cheney domicile, Jim. They’s gone from calling it a ‘ranch’, to locating it ‘near Jackson Hole’!

  5. Dolph July 9, 2013 4:57 pm

    If you think the Iraq war was a good idea, no one can persuade you to believe DC was anything but great.

    If, on the other hand, you look at the hundreds of thousands of lives lost, the american death, torture, dismemberment, and beheadings, waste of $2trillion, and the aftermath of soldier care for the next 70 years (not to mention fostering the next gen of terrorists) as a bad thing, then the word ‘disgrace’ isnt that much a stretch.

    I hold Cheney mostly responsible for that war. Child-man Bush relied on DC’s advice, while Powell dissented. Anyone paying attention knows about the think tank Project for the New American Century where Cheney advocated a policy of unilateral strength and regime change in iraq well before 9/11. In his defense, his intent was a strong, everlasting America. He should have presented this thesis transparently rather than tricking the world in to believing Iraq was a threat.

    In its wake, we now lack the stomach (and funds) to do anything about Iran – a real threat. This is his legacy.

  6. Christian July 9, 2013 5:06 pm

    Here’s a list of 10 reasons Cheney is disgraced: http://www.alternet.org/story/152212/10_reasons_dick_cheney%27s_new_book_belongs_in_the_crime_section_%28and_what_you_can_do_to_get_it_there%29?paging=off

    Personally, I prefer the title WAR CRIMINAL for DICK.

    Anyways, its too hot for politics and I impatiently await your semi-annual WSP/Targhee roundup Jim!

  7. Better than Ruth Ann Petroff July 9, 2013 7:37 pm

    Mike Enzi is ready to retire. This is the guy who wants to RAISE taxes on Americans. He needs to go. He’s a partisan who did little for America except ensure that pork came to Wyoming, America went to war, and Washington is more dysfunctional, and his son, the lobbyist, got rich. The idea that someone should not run for office because ‘party leaders’ won’t like it is what’s wrong with America. Let Cheney run. Voters decide.

    As for Cheney running, this rumor has been going around for well over a year.

  8. Matt July 9, 2013 8:35 pm

    Mike Enzi sucks big time. I hope he gets pushed out. Just another wind bag with a lobbyist in the family. I’d vote for Cheney’s kid in a heartbeat if she sounded like a reasonable person who can get stuff done instead of just collecting a paycheck and putting his name on a building like Mike Enzi.

  9. Asilynn July 10, 2013 5:27 am

    I do believe Mrs Clinton bought a home in Chappaqua NY and then promptly ran for the Senate seat the following year. There was an open seat and she knew the votes were hers for the taking. Did we forget that? At the time everyone knew what THAT real estate purchase was about, but I don’t remember The Times writing a front page article about that……

  10. joe July 10, 2013 7:45 am

    beware of the neo-progressives and the neo-conservatives, the evangelics and the environgelics, the tea party and the green tea party. vote wy. centrist, party is moot.

  11. Jon July 11, 2013 9:06 pm

    How much was Mrs. Clinton’s home? Oh yea. Who cares how much they paid for their homes.

  12. Buck July 11, 2013 9:44 pm

    I remember when manly-man Dick was so afraid to testify by himself before the 9-11 commission that he refused to do so without W present. Some excuse about the commission needing to get a sens eof how Dick & W worked together.

    Then there’s the fact that the gung-ho champion of waterboarding got himself 5, count-em five, deferments to avoid serving his country in the Vietnam war. When he couldn’t get a 6th, surprise surprise, Liz popped out of Lynne.

    Liz the deferment baby. Born 9 months and 2 days after the Selective Service declares that married men without children, who were previously exempted from the draft, will now be called up. Married men with children remain exempt.

    Somehow so fitting.

  13. Danno July 12, 2013 5:33 am

    When will the libs ever get off this Cheney obsession. Guantanamo bay closed yet? Drone strikes over? Foreign interventionism stopped under Obama? It’s all a matter of who is executing essentially the same policies as the Bush administration, isn’t it

  14. Chad July 13, 2013 5:51 pm

    Yes danno, exactly the same approach to foriegn policy.

  15. Chad July 14, 2013 10:52 am

    …haven’t seen any Bush Doctrine-ing by Obama yet. Maybe I missed the news that day. Did we invade a country recently? My internets have been out.

  16. Jim Stanford July 16, 2013 5:48 pm

    Hahaha, it’s official: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/liz-cheney-challenge-us-sen-mike-enzi-wyo

    In the dubious words of Dubya: Bring it on.

  17. Brad July 16, 2013 8:21 pm

    Jim, I posted this about Cheney 4 hours ago along with a reply to Chad. Did it get lost in blog purgatory?

  18. Jim Stanford July 17, 2013 12:16 am

    Yes, must have gotten lost in the ether. Apologies to anyone whose comments have been sorted into spam folder of late; sometimes the volume of spam is so heavy I just delete the folder without sorting through it all.

    For your viewing pleasure:

  19. The Outlaw Harley Wales July 17, 2013 8:44 am

    Way to stir the pot, Jimbo!

  20. Brad July 17, 2013 2:41 pm

    There is so much wrong with this. It’s a long time till the August ’14 primary, but I predict the Cheneys will live to regret it. Besides, you have to be born here to be called a native, let alone fourth generation. Neither she nor her dad were born in Wyoming: Madison Wisconsin and Lincoln Nebraska, respectively.

  21. joe July 18, 2013 8:43 am

    maybe if we just ignore lizzy ‘and’ leslie, they will just go away.

  22. KB July 25, 2013 12:19 pm

    Wyoming has been up to its eyebrows in carpetbaggers since 1807. This one has all the warmth and charm of a dwarf Ann Colter.

  23. Horatio July 25, 2013 5:32 pm

    There’s not a lot of room to critique her resume, Jimbo, Pres Obama didn’t have much of anything credible on the CV either and most of his cabinet, particularly nat’l security crew, are lightweights as well…but I still hope they’ll continue to try their best. I guess i’m getting tired of the lefty (and righty) platitudes. we’ve been reduced to a country of snarky twits: predictable, stupid and impotent. Despising someone because of their ancestry speaks to categorizing people due to bloodline…and not too big a distance from slotting folks based on race, religion, etc. it’s prejudice at best and in my experience, if it becomes the accepted norm, leads to bad outcomes with surprising speed. As for the antiwar folks, and I gave it some thought, I’m having trouble connecting even notional dots between Liz Cheney and all the time I spent deployed with a rifle any more than any other citizen who votes…but maybe I’m just one of those blind, poorly-educated misled fools some like to wring their hands about over espresso. And Obama is working overtime to justify that feel-good Nobel Peace prize eh? So where do we go from here: Maybe start out objective, she didnt choose her father, and give her an honest chance and let the voters work it out for themselves without all the childish drama and hype. If you are a die-hard koolaid-drinking party loyalist so be it, I’ll shake your hand but is it hard to be civil? this polarity really doesn’t seem to be doing our city-state-country too much good.

  24. joe July 28, 2013 9:42 am

    at the moment carpet baggers in Teton county, whether ‘tea’ or ‘green tea’ seem to be spinning their wheels.

  25. Jim Stanford August 21, 2013 3:23 pm
  26. Brad August 23, 2013 9:43 am

    Jim @25 – indeed. Over on the Driver’s License thread, @Brad lambasted me when I accused Cheney of lying and provided proof via the Star-Tribune. Well, they going after her, further proof. G&F licensing agents are trained to ask the right questions on residency. I don’t doubt the agent here, young seasonal employee of WBA or not, did his/her job. The fact that she keeps a straight face when she spouts this “fourth generation Wyomingite” BS says it all.

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