As hard as it is to believe that a campaign centered around someone whose sole qualification for office was being related to Dick Cheney wasn’t a wild success, it’s over. According to CNN, Liz Cheney is preparing to drop her bid to be a United States Senator from the state of Wyoming.
The campaign seemed ill-fated from the beginning. Liz Cheney’s only experience in politics outside of her dad’s campaigns was hurling invectives on TV – not a skill without prospects but not really grounds to be a Senator.
Not to mention part of her campaign strategy, ironically, was to attack a member of her own family.
Grabbing even more attention was her very public dispute with her sister, Mary, over the issue of same-sex marriage. Mary Cheney, who is a lesbian, took to Facebook in November to object to Liz’s opposition to same-sex marriage, claiming that her sister has previously supported her relationship while saying something very different on the campaign trail.
The dispute prompted their parents to weigh in, saying they were “pained” to see the sisters battle over a private matter in full view of the news media.
While voters in the west may be conservative on issues like gay marriage, no one respects attacking your own sister to try and get ahead. Call it family values if you will.
There was also the small matter of people not agreeing with her on issues of policy. The Bush-Cheney wing of the Republican Party is in decline everywhere, even Wyoming apparently.
Cheney, like her father, is an unapologetic neoconservative who favors muscular use of American military power overseas, a policy that does not sit well with many grassroots conservatives, particularly in the libertarian-leaning West.
A foolish strategy, nasty tactics that backfire, and unpopular policies – hard to believe she has to drop out.
Hopefully this news does more than mark the end of a political career that should have never been. Hopefully it also signifies the decline in the electoral appeal of the ruthless and misguided imperialist policies of Dick Cheney and his fellow neoconservatives.
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