Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is reported to be abandoning her bid to unseat Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi. Her campaign, which has been most notable for the flare-up between the senate candidate and her sister Mary over the issue of same-sex marriage, has found itself continually struggling to gain any significant traction beyond her family’s name recognition.
Assailed by much of an increasingly libertarian western conservative base for her staunch neoconservative views, much of the more conventional establishment GOP eyed her primary challenge of sitting Republican Senator in a less than lukewarm fashion. Reports also suggest that many throughout the Wyoming political landscape have taken issue with Cheney’s residency, citing that she had only lived in the state since 2012 after having moved from Virginia.
Cheney’s father, “The Infamous Dick”, represented Wyoming in Congress for a decade before ascending to the Vice Presidency. Though popular in his time as a congressman, the legacy of the war in Iraq as well as the father and daughter’s shared ardent belief in strong arm military interventionism is said to have largely turned off much of the Republican electorate, leaving one to honestly ponder what real chances Liz may have had in the general election.
With numerous factions within the right wing now fighting among one another in what is looking to be an increasingly bloody Republican primary season, it is less than surprising to see Cheney step out now.
The daughter of one of the most reviled political figures of the modern age, Cheney did honestly start out at something of a deficit even within her own party. The upholding of her father’s views first alienating one portion of her potential voter base, it is hard to tell specifically whether it was the poor strategy of looking to primary challenge an incumbent Senator of her own party, or the public airing of her feud with sister Mary throughout the media which served as the coffin nail in the campaign.
But for the time being we, here in the United States as well as the citizens throughout the globe will simply have to wait patiently until we can have yet another Cheney in the government. Because by all accounts, there are still some pockets of the globe we have yet to invade.