Liz Cheney, recently a Fox News contributor and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, decided to dropout of the US Senate race in Wyoming on Monday. Cheney, who moved to Wyoming about a year ago after having spent years residing in Virginia, was attempting to dethrone incumbent Senator Mike Enzi in the Republican primary. Cheney made a short statement explaining her reasoning:
“Serious health issues have recently arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided to discontinue my campaign. My children and their futures were the motivation for our campaign and their health and well-being will always be my overriding priority.”
This is a tried and true strategy that losing candidates always go to in order to back away somewhat gracefully. Maybe Cheney is dealing with some actual health issues, but the real reason she is dropping out is because there was no way in hell she was going to win. She had already taken a lot of heat from Republicans for her attempt to take out a reliably conservative voice in the party in Enzi. While there has not been much polling in Wyoming regarding the upcoming primary, common opinion in the state was that she had almost no chance of beating Enzi.
Basically, voters in Wyoming saw through the pandering act that Cheney was trying to give them. What they saw was a carpetbagger who couldn’t even get a fishing license in the state because she hadn’t resided there at least a year. Cheney showed herself to be so desperate to appeal to the conservative nature of the state that she threw her lesbian sister under the bus in order to prove how far-right she was on the issue of gay marriage. The citizens of Wyoming, as conservative as they may be, saw through Cheney’s transparent attempt to get to Capitol Hill by finding a Senate race that was reliably Republican and had as few voters as possible.
Now that she has terminated her Senate campaign, expect to see Cheney back to hocking her neo-con views on a regular basis in Fox News. The ‘news’ channel had released her from being a regular contributor after she formally announced her Senate bid this past summer. Now, we’ll get to see her special brand of warmongering (just like daddy!) on day in and day out again.
Justin Baragona is the Managing Editor at Politicus Sports as well as Senior Editor at PoliticusUSA. He was a political writer for 411Mania.com before joining PoliticusUSA. Politically, Justin considers himself a liberal but also a realist and pragmatist. Currently, Justin lives in St. Louis, MO and is married. Besides writing, he also runs his own business after spending a number of years in the corporate world. You can follow Justin on Twitter either with his personal handle (@justinbaragona) or the Sports site’s (@PoliticusSports).