Mike Enzi, the popular, 69-year-old conservative U.S. Senator from Wyoming is prepping for the fight of his life. Until last July, the soft-spoken, three-term legislator—who eschews interviews and remains one of D.C.’s most private denizens—did not anticipate a challenge for his GOP seat in 2014. But last summer, he received a sudden shock when feisty Liz Cheney, the 46-year-old, ultra-conservative daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, burst on the scene. In her web announcement—made just 30 minutes after Enzi announced his candidacy—she took a swipe at Enzi’s age, proclaiming it was time for a “new generation of leaders to
Comments: Ok, we don´t have Bush dynasties, we don´t like Kennedy dynasties, I´m here to protest a Cheney dynasty. I admire and appreciate the vice-president, I´ve always enjoyed hearing Liz´s opinions, but Mike Enzi has been a good and popular senator and there is NO reason to challenge him. Bad idea, Cheneys.
Reply 1 - Posted by:
The Advocate, 10/23/2013 6:49:07 AM (No. 9578067)
Where was Mike Enzi during the shutdown? In three terms-I only heard of him when Liz challenged him. Dick Cheney is right -the extremist is in the WH. This is not the time for seat occupies-but fighters. Where does Enzo stand? With Cruz and Lee or McCain and McConnell the Kentucky Kickback?
FTA:" Since then (1997) he been a quiet but extremely effective advocate for his approximately half million constituents. He’s considered the eighth-most conservative member of the Senate (“That’s my worst rating. I used to be no. three,” he said), yet he’s known for his ability to cooperate and work with Democrats—traits for which the Tea Party and Liz Cheney are now ferociously attacking him. Enzi joined the late Senator Ted Kennedy in passing bills on healthcare and number of other thorny issues. "
There you have it- straight from the senator´s mouth. It seems like some just can´t stand the idea of an unapologetic conservative- especially one that is intelligent and attractive. Not only that, she called John McCain a ´liberal conservative´. That´s just mean-spirited.
Regardless of what anyone outside Wyoming may think of Mike Enzi´s senatorial credentials, he is apparently extremely popular with those he represents. It may be hard for Liz Cheney to overcome that obstacle.
Personally, I think Liz Cheney is great, but when will "conservatives" stop attacking and allowing demonrats to win seats from our own members of Congress like CONSERVATIVE Mike Enzi and fight the real leftist-enemies in the demonrat party? How many more House seats and Senate seats do we have to lose before the madness stops? No wonder nasty pelosi and hairy reed spend their days laughing with obama! If it weren´t so self-defeating, it would be funny...it´s not.
#6, be careful what you wish for. According to the Wall Street Journal this morning, Mike Lee´s home state of Utah is very, very upset with him and his poll numbers have dropped to the lowest on record in "many years". Lee was elected with the help of Utah´s caucus system, which is in the process of being reworked.
I like Liz Cheney. But I agree that this is a bad move on her part. Enzi´s not given to theatrics, but he has an excellent record of supporting conservative causes. We don´t need a fight that will divide Wyoming Republicans. Cheney should have taken on a Democrat in Virginia, where she´s lived most of her life.
One other thing, every time a Republican talks about working with the "other side", what they are saying is they are caving in and moving to the left. The left never moves to the right. It never happens. Throw him out.
According to Heritage..." That, in my most honest opinion, is a great part of the problem. I used to have some respect for that outfit and a great deal for Senator DeMint. The combination of the two has proven less successful than chocolate and peanut butter. What used to be a "think tank" seems now more a "dogma tank".
Enzi seems a pretty good conservative senator, and well liked by his constituents, so the fervor with which Cheney is carrying this is a bit heated. I think Enzi probably has lived his usefulness and should probably retire. The idea that we need to hang on until we die with our boots on is stupid.
Sounds to me like there are positives and negatives for both. I don´t think it´s fair to call her carpetagger, but she would do well to cut he chops in Wyoming running for a state level office or House seat first.
Or at the very least, cozy up to Enzi so she gets groomed for the seat.
Lots of these guys don´t know how closely related they are ~ the Cheney gal, is, of course, related to her father, but she´s also fairly closely related to Evan Bayh (but not Birch, this through the baby-momma), McConnell, Clinton (Bill, maybe Hillary ~ some trees not forking there), Obama hissef´, and so on and so forth.
The Dynasty is at hand and has ben for about 200 years ever since John Adams and William Henry Harrison became Presidents. They left behind a HUGE number of descendants.
The Bush family is not as well connected, but Jackie Kennedy was ~
FTA: To maintain cross-party civility, he adheres to a strict 80-percent rule. “There are 80 percent of the issues we can talk civilly about and find common ground,” he said. The other 20 percent he believes are best ignored.
Is Enzi bright enough to realize that any amendments he has made in the last 4 years have been stripped out by Harry Reid between cloture and the final vote? He has been nothing more than an insignificant speed bump. When Ted Cruz took on the Obamacare, it wrecked Obama´s golf cart.
The “reality-based community” isn’t what it used to be. Progressives spent much of the George W. Bush years deriding the right for disdaining reality itself and waging an associated “war on science,” such was its purported hostility to evidence. The meme arose from a high-handed blind quote from a Bush senior adviser to journalist Ron Suskind; the adviser said that people in the “reality-based community” underestimated how the United States could alter the state of things through the exercise of its power. The left happily adopted the appellation “reality-based community.” (You can still find T-shirts and bumper stickers online.) It congratulated
Congressman Tom Rice of South Carolina, a Republican, is sponsoring a resolution in the House of Representatives that would, if adopted, direct the legislative body "to bring a civil action for declaratory or injunctive relief to challenge certain policies and actions taken by the executive branch." In other words, Rep. Rice wants to take President Obama to court for not faithfully executing the laws. "President Obama has adopted a practice of picking and choosing which laws he wants to enforce. In most cases, his laws of choice conveniently coincide with his Administration’s political agenda. Our Founding Fathers created the Executive
A frustrated press corps sounded off Thursday against White House press secretary Jay Carney over lack of access to President Barack Obama. Carney said the White House “is working” to address the concerns, noting that the administration has been meeting with the White House Correspondents’ Association. He did not, however, give further details about what steps are being taken to expand access. “I can commit to you that we are working and have been working on expanding access where we can,” Carney said. “Let me be clear, that is the view from the very top.” The issue of access has long been
WASHINGTON -- After a sweeping vote by conservative Republicans controlling the House and President Barack Obama´s Democratic allies, a bipartisan budget pact is in the hands of the Senate, where it will encounter stronger but probably futile resistance from Republicans. The modest package passed by the House on Thursday would ease the harshest effects of another round of automatic spending cuts set to hit the Pentagon and domestic agencies next month. Supporters of the measure easily beat back attacks on it from conservative organizations that sometimes raise money by stoking conflict within the Republican Party. At the same time, Democrats who were
SEOUL, South Korea -- The execution of leader Kim Jong Un´s uncle marks the unprecedented fall from grace of one of the most powerful figures in North Korea and the most serious political upheaval in the country in decades. Jang Song Thaek rose from municipal bureaucrat to vice chairman of the National Defense Commission and member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers´ Party - posts that put him in second in power only to Kim. A well-traveled operator with a network that spread to China, Jang was considered the chief architect of economic policy that
I haven’t completely made up my mind about it. So I’m just going to think out-loud for a moment. As Christmas presents go, it’s certainly closer to a really sturdy pair of socks than it is to a new bike. And that raises the first point I think people should keep in mind: If you’re of a mind to oppose it, fine. If you’re inclined to support it, fine. But can we please dispense with the overheated rhetoric about it? It is neither a triumph nor an abject surrender. Attempts to turn it into the Defining Issue of Our Generation (until the next one at least), do not help the GOP or the cause in any meaningful way I can see.
Let me add a word to my comments from Tuesday night supporting the budget deal. I continue to believe that, as a matter of policy, the defense increase—which at least begins to undo the very considerable damage from a wildly and disproportionately anti-defense sequester—swamps in importance everything else in the deal. Everything else is basically a wash. The defense increase is a real plus. I continue to believe that, as a matter of politics, the deal is very good for Republicans. If passed, it takes another government shutdown off the table, and allows Republicans to focus on fighting President Obama rather
It was a short sound bite but it was replayed endlessly yesterday, angering some conservatives and leaving liberals chortling. When House Speaker John Boehner was asked during a press conference with other Republican leaders about criticisms from conservative activist groups of the budget deal struck by Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan, he exploded: REPORTER: Mr. Speaking, most major conservative groups have put out statements blasting this deal. Are you – BOEHNER: You mean the groups that came out and opposed it before they ever saw it? REPORTER: Are you worried – BOEHNER: They are using our members and they are using the American people
MISSOULA, Mont. - A Montana woman on trial for killing her newlywed husband at Glacier National Park told the FBI "I pushed him and I took off." The statement by 22-year-old Jordan Graham was heard on Wednesday, the third day of her trial. She is charged with first-degree murder and second-degree murder in the July 7 death of Cody Johnson, 25. Flathead County Deputy Coroner Richard Sine testified that Johnson had an 8-inch fracture on his forehead and was not wearing a wedding ring when his body was found. Jordan Graham´s statement was in a recoding made by an FBI
Planned Parenthood’s 2012-2013 annual report is out, and a pro-life group has already found that the pro-abortion group received nearly $1.5 million a day in government funding over the year. “We are the nation’s leading reproductive health care provider and advocate, with more than 700 health centers across the country that will see nearly three million patients this year,” reads the report’s introductory message from Planned Parenthood chair, Alexis McGIll Johnson and president Cecile Richards. The report looks at Planned Parenthood’s impact, health services and financial situation.
I’m in a tough spot. Paul Ryan is one of the brightest stars in the Republican Party. He is a true fiscal (and social) conservative, and I cheered when Mitt Romney selected him as his running mate (although I wished Ryan rather than Romney were the presidential candidate, and I still hope he will be in the future). Ryan towers, literally and figuratively, over his Democratic opposition-turned-collaborators.(Snip)Some are arguing that no deal would be better than this deal; it is a refrain that you will hear from both the right and the left in coming hours and days. And in a
Following the release of the budget deal Paul Ryan agreed to with Patty Murray, there will be talk of a shift in Ryan’s political principles. The deal is being framed by its authors as a model of pragmatism, which is a good indication that it will conform to the belief that a fair deal is one from which both sides come away equally unhappy.(Snip)The truth is, most of Ryan’s career suggests he wants the gavel, not the veto pen. Such a career path, by definition, requires staying put. So the clearest evidence of Ryan’s aspirations was when he passed on
New York — The anchor who might beat Bill O’Reilly gets her eyelash extensions applied one at a time, with tweezers and dabs of glue, about 90 minutes before showtime, right after a motorized gun sprays foundation over her face, neck, shoulders, collarbone and sternum, wiping out a galaxy of light freckles that spreads across her — Let me stop you right there. Photos of the day Uruguay legalizes marijuana, Kiev police pull back from protesters, aging U.S. prison population and more. Tuesday´s Photos of the day Would you write this way about a man? About O’Reilly himself? At least that’s what Megyn Kelly might ask at
In August 2013 I became very sick with what I thought was a cold. After a few days I lost vision in my left eye and I checked into the hospital. I soon found out that what I thought was a summer cold was actually Strep bacteria poisoning my blood stream. The bacteria blinded my left eye, ate a hole through my heart, caused five strokes on both sides of my brain and forced the removal of my prosthetic left knee. Dr. Lee was the surgeon assigned to perform open heart surgery. What was originally scheduled to last four hours ended
When I was a kid, I knew two different Santa Clauses. The first had a fat belly, rosy cheeks, a long white beard, and skin as pink as bubble gum. He was omnipresent, visiting my pre-school and the local mall, visible in all of my favorite Christmas specials. Then there was the Santa in my family’s household, in the form of ornaments, cards, and holiday figurines. A near-carbon copy of the first one—big belly, rosy cheeks, long white beard: check, check, check. But his skin was as dark as mine. Seeing two different Santas was bewildering. Eventually I asked my father what
Johannesburg - A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela´s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake," the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday. Asked about the claim by The Associated Press, South Africa´s government said it was preparing a statement. Three sign language experts said the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages. South African sign language covers all of the country´s 11 official languages, according to the federation. It wasn´t immediately clear if the unidentified man was using a
The health director who approved the release of President Obama’s birth certificate has died in a plane crash, Hawaiian officials said Thursday. Loretta Fuddy died after the Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft she was travelling on went down shortly after leaving Kalaupapa Airport at around 3:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET) on Wednesday. The other eight people on board were rescued, Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air, told NBC News early Thursday, adding that that there was no indication as to why the plane had crashed. Fuddy hit the headlines two years ago when she approved a waiver request allowing Obama to
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) snapped at conservative groups that have come out in opposition to the budget deal reached Wednesday between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). "They´re using the American people for their own purposes. This is ridiculous," Boehner said at a press conference with other members of House Republican leadership on Wednesday. Over the past few days, a number of conservative groups have blasted the deal because it sets discretionary spending levels in the budget higher than previous levels under sequestration. In the past three days, the influential Heritage Action, Club for Growth, Americans
Views of the tea party are at all-time lows in a new poll, as primary challenges to establishment Republicans continue to heat up Washington. Just 30 percent of Americans view the tea party favorably in a new Gallup poll released Wednesday, the movement’s lowest point since Gallup began polling about it during its rise in 2010. Also in a first, a majority of Americans had an unfavorable view of the tea party, at 51 percent. Similar numbers of respondents described themselves as proponents or opponents of the tea party: Twenty-two percent identified themselves as tea party supporters, while 24 percent said they
Looks like this president can’t get away with flirting in front of his wife… It appears that first lady Michelle Obama was none too pleased with the way that President Barack Obama was acting toward Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during a ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela, and before too long, they switched seats. This lmao! Michelle Obama vs Prime Minister of Denmark at Mandela´s ceremony. pic.twitter.com/Rq4uF9fTaZ — Stun (@TheBlogPirate) December 10, 2013
Fox News host Megyn Kelly has made herself the center of a racial controversy by declaring that Jesus Christ and Santa Claus are white. On Wednesday night, Kelly was responding to an article by Slate writer Aisha Harris, who wrote an article entitled “ Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore .” The popular news host told viewers of “The Kelly File,” her hit FNC program, “When I saw this headline, I kinda laughed and I said, ‘Oh, this is ridiculous. Yet another person claiming it´s racist to have a white Santa.’ And by the way, for all you kids
The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela´s memorial yesterday "made up his own signs," according to South Africa´s deaf federation. "He´s a complete fraud," Cara Loening, director of Sign Language Education and Development in Cape Town, said according to ITV News. "He wasn´t even doing anything, There was not one sign there. Nothing. He was literally flapping his arms around." Delphin Hlungwane, an official South African sign language interpreter at DeafSA, told Reuters:
THE Internet has been abuzz over the spectacle of President Obama and the prime ministers of Britain and Denmark snapping a photo of themselves — a “selfie,” to use the mot du jour — with a smartphone at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa on Tuesday. Leaving aside whether it was appropriate, the moment captured the democratization of image making that is a hallmark of our gadget-filled, technologically rich era. Manifestly undemocratic, in contrast, is the way Mr. Obama’s administration — in hypocritical defiance of the principles of openness and transparency he campaigned on — has systematically tried