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Why Liz Cheney´s Senate
candidacy was doomed

Washington Examiner, by Michael Barone

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Posted By:Drive, 1/8/2014 1:03:24 PM

Liz Cheney has ended her Senate candidacy in Wyoming, citing family health concerns. She had been trailing far behind incumbent Republican Sen. Mike Enzi in polls. Analysts have speculated on why she was running so weakly: She had only been living in the state briefly after years in Virginia; affection for the Cheney family had worn off over the years; Republican primary voters are no longer attracted by the assertive foreign policy championed by Cheney and her father, the former vice president; voters were turned off by her opposition to same-sex marriage and her disagreement on that issue with her

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: lotsamojo, 1/8/2014 1:32:32 PM     (No. 9684450)

It appears like she miscalculated, probably thought Enzi was really going to retire, the thought of younger conservative blood is good but, as Borone wrote you can´t easily pull a Hillary/carpetbagger trick against a popular small state senator - her best bet is to actively back Enzi and actually move to Wyoming and be a permanent resident.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: sw penn, 1/8/2014 1:44:05 PM     (No. 9684474)

Entitlement

Bushes
Clintons
Cheneys

No Thank You

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Reply 3 - Posted by: kofcfn, 1/8/2014 2:05:50 PM     (No. 9684511)

The voters probably didn´t mind those reasons but they were content with the sitting Senator.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 1/8/2014 2:09:25 PM     (No. 9684524)

#2 - You forgot to include Kennedys, albeit on a less grand scale these days.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 1/8/2014 3:46:09 PM     (No. 9684709)

#4, right, the Kennedy gene pool is 95% "90-proof".

I like Liz Cheney´s strong defense positions.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 1/8/2014 3:47:47 PM     (No. 9684713)

What about Senator Enzi´s sense of entitlement? At age 69, he seeks a 4th term. As with many members of Congress he doesn´t know when it is time to get out of the way and give someone else a chance.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 1/8/2014 3:48:02 PM     (No. 9684714)

This had zero to do with a perceived dynasty and everything to do with Wyoming voters seeing no reason to dump their good conservative senator just because Liz Cheney had gotten tired of being a homemaker in Virginia.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: VAfreedomluver, 1/8/2014 4:32:19 PM     (No. 9684783)

One factor not mentioned by Barone (though related to his points) is that Cheney chose to settle in Jackson Hole when she moved to Wyoming. Though located in some of the most beautiful country on this Earth, Jackson Hole is heavily populated by wealthy expats from other states (like Liz Cheney) and isn´t culturally part of the "real Wyoming." She should have settled in her father´s hometown of Casper and gotten to be a real member of the community if she wanted to run for statewide office there.

It´s a shame she wasted this opportunity, because I think she would have been a promising candidate here in Virginia.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: fritzilou, 1/8/2014 7:40:10 PM     (No. 9685060)

She was attacked immediately by the congressional powers, she expressed her opinion on same sex marriage which is the opinion of the majority of Americans who have been intimidated into silence by the cultural media. Hillary received a lot less criticism for running for Senator in a state to which she had no connection, New York. Liz Cheney was at least born and raised in Wyoming. I respect Michael Barone, but do not think he has the true picture in this matter.

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