Let’s just say that Liz Cheney’s newly announced bid to mount a primary challenge to Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming is not exactly off to a flying start. The first poll in the race shows that Enzi has an all-but-insurmountable lead of more than 30 points over Cheney the Younger (and lesser):
These numbers won’t stick. Right out of the gate, Liz Cheny has been deriding Enzi as “confused” and insufficiently conservative—too go-along-to-get-along, although examples of this have yet to be cited. (It helps him, in a primary, that he bailed early on Obamacare negotiations even though Democrats thought they could deal with him.) But this should remind us of the size of her task. Most of the primary upsets of the Obama era have been of insurgents winning the right to hold open seats—Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Christine O’Donnell.
There’s no way she overcomes such a disadvantage. Which means she’s launching a Quixotic quest that will achieve nothing but leave her politically damaged and divide the GOP. I strongly approve of this.