Liz Cheney’s announcement she’s challenging Sen. Mike Enzi for his Wyoming U.S. Senate seat in the GOP may well be, as Dan Larison “the most pointless intra-party primary campaign ever” on one level. But reading her announcement statement, one sees the clues as to why should try to unseat a popular politician in a state she hasn’t lived in a long time. The words “youth” and “foreign policy” crop up and then you realize what this is about. The neocons/interventionists aren’t getting any younger. New blood is needed, especially in elected positions. Remember, the GOP has only held the Executive Branch for eight out of the past 20 years and most of the people who served in the Bush II Administration were largely long-time foreign policy vets whose young days were the 1970s on Scoop Jackson’s staff. Liz Cheney is one of the few youngsters of this group and she feels her time to exercise here right to power is now, especially when long-term Republicans hopes of capturing the White House again aren’t very strong.
Oh, and who will be funding this little venture? Take a good guess:
“Another Republican with extensive ties to the fundraising world predicted that Cheney would collect strong support from national security conservatives, including the influential world of pro-Israel donors.
“She will create a lot of excitement and raise a lot of money among those folks in the pro-Israel community that she and her father have gotten to know over the years,” the Republican said. “We have not seen somebody run as a strong foreign policy platform-based candidate in quite some time. So much of the discussion in the last several cycles has been about domestic issues.”
Indeed, another politician in Sheldon Adelson’s and Foster Freiss’s back pocket. That’s exactly what we need.
To these folks, Enzi is just a speed bump to get what they want. Luckily however it doesn’t take a lot of money to run for Senate in Wyoming and Enzi already has the advantage of incumbency. People in Wyoming already know him. Liz Cheney is going to need all that neocon money just to introduce herself even if she is Dick Cheney’s daughter. Hopefully Wyoming natives won’t cotton to some Jackson Hole millionare carpetbagger and her rich friends theiving their greed. Even if you don’t agree with Enzi on the every question, beating her will an important stab into the heart of darkness that is Cheney family and hopefully end their dark reign over the party and conservatism itself. Indeed, if I was Rand Paul, I’d be Mike Enzi biggest supporter right now. Anything to defeat the daughter of a war criminal, well he has my support.
Now, how do I set up a Pay Pal for Mike Enzi.