Liz Cheney has announced that she’s going to mount a primary challenge to Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming, a state she has never actually lived in for any significant period of time despite her family’s prominent history there. Conor Friedersdorf points out just how extreme she is:
It is fair to judge Liz Cheney based on the family brand? Personally, I try not to hold the illegal, immoral acts of a father against his son or daughter unless he or she implicates herself in the objectionable positions.
Liz Cheney hasn’t just embraced the objectionable actions and positions of neoconservative Republicans. She has also earned an independent reputation as someone who participates in weak, laughable, and even scurrilous attacks on ideological opponents that can only cast doubt on her judgment and moral character. The weak, laughable attacks are often aimed at Obama, of whom I am often critical. But even people who hold Obama in low esteem can’t help but feel embarrassed on behalf of commentators who discredit themselves by making absurd claims like, “He’s unwilling to go after the terrorists that are threatening the nation.” To deny Obama’s willingness to go after terrorists is to be deeply ignorant, ideologically blinkered, or a liar. None of those qualities is desirable in an aspiring U.S. senator.
On another occasion, Cheney said of Obama, “He’s working to preemptively disarm America while rogue states like North Korea and Iran build nuclear weapons capabilities and stockpiles.” Under Obama, the U.S. spends orders of magnitude more on defense than any other country; it maintains a nuclear stockpile large enough to obliterate whole continents if not the earth itself; and it has invested billions in a fleet of armed drones that increases our weapons capabilities. Obama’s policy is, in other words, keeping us armed to the teeth. I understand that convention holds that it’s unfair to begrudge pundits when they go on Fox News and utter inane talking points so far beyond exaggeration that they’re just lies, but this is especially inane.
But this has been the almost universal message of the partisan right. You hear these same claims repeated on Fox News, in the blogosphere and on right wing radio on a daily basis. She is the embodiment of the crazy right, with its moronic and dishonest exaggerations and lies. But I do not expect her to win against Enzi. I expect the fact that she is essentially a carpetbagger and that she really doesn’t have anything she can attack Enzi on will doom her campaign.