Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Liz Cheney, Neocon, Joins 'Team Rand' to Run for Enzi's Senate Seat

Salon writes:
A sneering Liz Cheney, looking to unseat Wyoming GOP Sen. Mike Enzi, told a Tea Party town hall in Jackson Hole Tuesday night that she would not support a congressional resolution to back President Obama’s planned Syria strike, deriding him for “an amateurish approach to national security and foreign policy.”[...]

Cheney’s turnaround is pretty striking. She was a co-founder of the neo-con group Keep America Safe, along with always-wrong war-lover William Kristol. TNR’s Marc Tracy has detailed Cheney’s long list of statements backing action against Assad going back to 2007. As an assistant secretary of state she tried to use funds for regime change in Syria and Iran. Just last month, the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin (who’s in the running to share Kristol’s title of “always wrong,”) listed Cheney as among the rising Republican stars who would buck “the isolationist trend in our party and in the country itself.” But now, running in a state that’s skeptical of more foreign interventions, she’s siding with the isolationists.

Cheney downplays the extent to which she’s split from former GOP allies. “The press will try to portray this Syria debate as a battle between wings of the Republican Party,” she told the friendly right-wing audience. “Don’t believe them.” But in fact there is a split in the GOP, and Cheney is putting herself on Team Rand Paul.[...]

Except she’ll never get to Washington to join Team Rand Paul. Trailing Sen. Mike Enzi by 30 points in recent polls, she sounded a little unhinged in her Jackson Hole remarks, comparing herself to Winston Churchill standing up to Adolph Hitler – although it wasn’t clear who is playing the role of Hitler, Enzi or Obama – and accusing Congressional Democrats and Republicans of lying about the depredations of Obamacare. She promised to abolish the EPA, the IRS and the Department of Education.

And so we have a generally hawkish Liz Cheney saying whatever she thinks will get her elected. It does sound a lot like Team Rand and Team "Hold Your Nose" Mitch to me.

1 comment:

  1. She has a super dose of the Cheney stink, doomed to being on TeeVee, she'll revert back to NeoCon stooge residing in VA after she fails in the primary.