Here’s how the news was received in Jackson Hole last night.
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On my way home from skiing yesterday, I stopped at Albertsons to get a bag of salt. Been having a problem with ice buildup on the side of my house, the result of new gutters depositing melting snow onto the frozen ground.
I grabbed a 25-pound bag from outside, walked into the store and paid for it.
As I was walking out, an older man was walking in, dressed in a shearling coat and cowboy hat. He was, unmistakably, Dick Cheney.
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.
Let the parade of private jets commence into Grand Teton National Airstrip.
There will be a few folks, unable to pony up $30,000 for dinner, who will give Mitt their own welcome along Highway 390 on Thursday afternoon.
Update 7/13: I imagine our local elected officials who paid $2,500 to hear this must have felt pretty foolish:
“When I think about the kind of individual I want in the Oval Office in that moment of crisis, who has to make those key decisions, some of them life-and-death decisions, some of them decisions as commander in chief, who has the responsibility for sending some of our young men and women into harm’s way, that man is Mitt Romney,” Cheney told the crowd.
Here’s Rick Santorum celebrating last night his victory in the Iowa GOP caucus
(later revised as an eight-vote win for Mitt Romney).
And who’s that standing behind Santorum on the stage but Jackson Hole financier Foster Friess.
Friess, he of the recent Income Inequality is Good for Everyone blog post, has been a longtime supporter of Santorum, the evangelical former Pennsylvania senator much derided for his remarks about gay sex. Friess organized a fund-raiser for Santorum at Tucker Ranch in 2004 that netted more than $500,000 for his failed re-election bid and charitable foundation.
Milczewski has held some sad-sack jobs for the Wyoming GOP, including press secretary for Barbara Cubin, but his analysis of the Iowa caucus has been astute. “Iowa is meaningless. Watching Family Guy reruns for the next week will give you just as much insight into who the nominee will be,” he wrote.