Rand Paul: I’ll do anything I can to help Mike Enzi defeat Liz Cheney

posted at 2:41 pm on July 18, 2013 by Allahpundit

I thought we’d have to wait for Cheney to win the primary before looking forward to her brawling with Paul. Nope. The battle is joined.

Two words, my friends: Traffic goldmine.

“I’ve told him I’ll do anything I can to help him,” the Kentucky GOP senator said. “In fact, somebody asked me today if they could use my name, and I said I’d be happy to sign on and do a fundraiser for him.”…

“I don’t think it probably will be helpful in the long run. I’m pretty sure Senator Enzi will be able to hold off against any primary challenge,” Paul said. “In doing so there will be some people that won’t be so happy with the primary challenge, that might bear grudges.”…

“Mike Enzi has probably been to every town in Wyoming. He’s the kind of guy who spends the time to get to know people in a town of 600 people, he’s been there,” Paul said. “And I think that’s going to be difficult for someone who’s new to the state to get to meet the same people with the same degree of personal relationship that he’s been able develop with the people in Wyoming.”

Among his colleagues in the Senate, Paul said he’s heard “nothing but support” for the 69-year-old senator.

From the great anti-establishment hope three years ago to key booster for Mitch McConnell’s and Mike Enzi’s reelection campaigns now. That’s not the first time he’s swiped at Cheney for carpetbagging, either. The day after she announced, he mused, “When I heard Liz Cheney was running for Senate I wondered if she was running in her home state of Virginia.” That, and not her hawkish foreign policy, will be his big line of attack on her as an Enzi surrogate, I assume, just because it’s a lot harder to predict how an argument over interventionism will shake out in a GOP primary than how an argument over whether the candidate’s really a native or not will play. By the same token, I wonder if Cheney will refrain from attacking Enzi as an ally of isolationism by dint of his Paul endorsement in order to focus on intangibles instead. Case in point: Via the Corner, watch her accuse Enzi in the clip below of being “confused” and “mixed up” about whether she told him that she intended to challenge him if he ran for reelection. That’s a wink-wink nod at his age, which is part of the “new generation” theme of her campaign. Better to hit him on that and appeal to local tea partiers to support her in the interest of fresh faces in D.C. than start a fight over foreign policy whose outcome among conservatives is uncertain. (Enzi, by the way, is 69. When her dad, whose health problems are well known, finally left office after spending eight years a heartbeat away from controlling America’s nuclear arsenal, he was just shy of turning 68.)

This is, in other words, shaping up to be a hawks/doves Cheney/Paul proxy war that oddly doesn’t delve too deeply into the wisdom of interventionism but rather sticks with mostly “meta” debates about healthy limits on incumbency, dynastic politics, who’s really “establishment,” and how much Republican senators should be willing to compromise with Democrats. (Liz Cheney would compromise with them on gay marriage, wouldn’t she?) Or at least that’s how it’ll be at the beginning. If Paul helps Enzi neutralize tea-party support for Cheney so that he ends up holding a steady lead, maybe Cheney will have no choice but to try to turn it into a foreign policy dispute and gamble that grassroots conservatives will take her side over Paul’s. I wonder too if there are any other prominent tea-party pols out there who’ll be willing to join Paul on Team Enzi. Paul has a strong incentive to get involved here, not only in striking a symbolic blow against neoconservatism but in taking revenge on Dick Cheney for endorsing his opponent in the Kentucky primary three years ago. No one else in the Senate is in that same position; Ted Cruz, for instance, will likely tread lightly given that there’s already some support for Cheney among his tea-party base. What you’ll end up seeing, I assume, is a few GOP senators backing Enzi out of personal friendship and a few national Republicans who are Dick Cheney allies headed into Wyoming to drum up support for her, with virtually everyone else waiting as long as possible to commit or staying out altogether. That’s okay, though. The Paul/Cheney fight is exciting enough without any need for an undercard.


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Oh, I didn’t know that. I’m not that familiar with Diana West tho.

I think someone on HA linked to either her website or an article she wrote that I read some time back.

bluefox on July 18, 2013 at 7:14 PM

http://www.amazon.com/American-Betrayal-Assault-Nations-Character/dp/0312630786/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1374189527&sr=8-1&keywords=american+diana+west

VorDaj on July 18, 2013 at 7:20 PM

The fact that Liz Cheney has decided to run against another Republican Conservative raises a red flag for me.

Second, she didn’t choose to run against the Dems in her State of VA is another.

We need to ADD Conservatives, not replace them in the Senate.

Thirdly, she’s too close to the Bush/Cheney/Rove clan.

Fourthly, I’m not convinced at all that she is a Conservative.

We’ve had Immigration, Obamacare, Gun Control and many other issues and I’ve not heard her speak out at all on any of them. She may have and perhaps I missed them.

Haven’t heard anything until she announced she’s running for Enzi’s Senate seat.

Right now, I’m a no.

I’m sticking with Rand Paul also.

bluefox on July 18, 2013 at 7:25 PM

What the hell difference does it make? She is almost certainly a chip off the old block so very likely loves wars for other peoples kids and dad’s, and lots of them, and probably loves the NSA and wants more of it just like good old dad. What’s not to like?

VorDaj on July 18, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Sounds a lot like Lindsey Graham. Awesome!

That’s one person that does need to be primaried. Now he wants us to boycott the Russian Olympics because of Snowden and Syria. Echoes of Jimmy Carter. Yesterday, Lindsey Graham teamed up with Chuck Schumer in “another bi-partisan gang” to pass… you know what, who cares what it was, Graham seems almost pathological in his constant leftward lurches with Schumer et al. Someone ask Cheney what she thinks of her amnesty pushing pal Graham.

anotherJoe on July 18, 2013 at 7:25 PM

VorDaj on July 18, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Oh, thank you. I’ll check it out. Waiting on an order now from Amazon.

bluefox on July 18, 2013 at 7:26 PM

I’m pretty certain that Dick Cheney voiced reservations about the Heller verdict. Then he was immortalized with that horrific quote about stating that the Reagan Admin proved that “deficits don’t matter” and the Bush Admin loyally followed this mantra. So yes, if she’s anything like her old man, we’re in deep trouble. That’s why I suspect she is so painfully silent. She’s a stealth RINO.

Pitchforker on July 18, 2013 at 7:29 PM

The headline made me think of this lovely little tune. Its a quirk of mine. Sorry. Otherwise, enjoy!

Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 7:32 PM

VorDaj on July 18, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Haven’t read Diana West’s new book yet, but I’ve read enough of her articles to know she’s a heavy hitter. Big time.

petefrt on July 18, 2013 at 7:33 PM

VorDaj on July 18, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Haven’t read Diana West’s new book yet, but I’ve read enough of her articles to know she’s a heavy hitter. Big time.

petefrt on July 18, 2013 at 7:33 PM

I just read a few of the reviews from the Amazon link VorDaj gave me. Someone recommended this 1hr + youtube which I just bookmarked.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ay4UQmWxezQ

bluefox on July 18, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Hmmm…a premonition perhaps:-)

bluefox on July 18, 2013 at 7:49 PM

The Jury is still out on Liz,we have to see where she stands on immigration/amnesty. That will tell us everything we want to know.

rodguy911 on July 18, 2013 at 3:32 PM

My guess is that she’s to the left of Rand on issue. We’ll have to see, of course.

I can’t put my finger on it, however, there is something about Liz Cheney that I don’t like….could be I detect a slight elist attitude. A sense of entitlement perhaps.

Amjean on July 18, 2013 at 5:03 PM

I have this impression of her, too.

Anti-Control on July 18, 2013 at 7:50 PM

bluefox on July 18, 2013 at 7:49 PM

; )

Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Have Republicans not learned from going all in on an untested candidate? Why so much unconditional support for someone who we have no idea where they stand on many important issues?

Look at the people who are already excited by Liz without knowing her positions

Fine, if she wants to run, but let’s see how conservative she really is during the campaign and debates.

And yes, I’d love for someone to ask her how long she plans to stay in office.

Dongemaharu on July 18, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Viewing their reaction, one gets the strong impression that her perceived personality matters to her already-declared supporters at this point in time more than her policy positions do!

So, it’s pretty clear that some Republicans have not learned an important lesson yet about the foolishness of supporting untested candidates! :)

Anti-Control on July 18, 2013 at 7:57 PM

I’ll quote Zell Miller’s immortal stemwinder of a speech from the 2004 Republican convention.

“20 years of votes tells you a lot more than 20 weeks of campaign rhetoric. Campaign rhetoric tells people who you want them to think you are. How you votes tells people who you really are deep inside.”
alchemist19 on July 18, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Sound advice. A case in point would have been Rubio’s record in FL regarding Illegals.

bluefox on July 18, 2013 at 8:04 PM

My guess is that Liz Cheney is also pro-amnesty although she hasn’t officially taken a position on it. Dick Cheney is an establishment Republican, who favors crony capitalism. Other than being a “hawk,” pro-defense and pro-gun, Dick Cheney isn’t that conservative.

Liz Cheney hasn’t lived in Wyoming for approximately 30 years, but recently bought a home in Jackson Hole, hardly the most conservative part of the state. Much of their adult life, Liz Cheney and her husband, Philip Perry, have held positions with or associated with the government.

Since the mid-1990s, hubby has held posts as: Counsel to the U.S. Senate, 2000 Presidential Transition Team, Department of Justice, Office of Management and Budget and Department of Homeland Security. He is currently a partner with a K Street legal firm and specializes in cases involving government contracts.

bw222 on July 18, 2013 at 8:34 PM

bw222 on July 18, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Thanks for the add’l info. A poster on the other Cheney thread here on HA said they searched for 2 hrs. & hit 40 links and couldn’t find any position on Immigration.

I’ve already stated my opinion on this thread.

bluefox on July 18, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Watching the freshman Sen. Paul act and talk like a tough cagey veteran Solon of many terms with years and years of successfully fighting high-stakes political battles against powerful figures, instead of being a guy not even through one term in the US Senate & whose biggest only professional accomplishment to date is running a small town eye doctor’s office is, to say the charitable least, a real freakin’ hoot.

Diaper dandy needs to go home and get his shine box.

Sacramento on July 18, 2013 at 9:18 PM

I dont understand why these guys turn into establishment hacks a year after getting to DC. Paul was one of my favs but his continued cuddling up to worthless lifers like Mitch McConnell and now Enzi has dropped him off my contribution list…

Liz Cheney all the way, baby.

alecj on July 18, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Do you even know what an “establishment hack” is?

If there is a GOP establishment, Liz Cheney represents hacks for them…

JohnGalt23 on July 18, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Is there a 3rd choice?

karenhasfreedom on July 18, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Enzi = the devil we know.
Cheney = the devil we don’t know

Pitchforker on July 18, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Castle – the devil we knew?
O’Donnell – the devil we didn’t know?

thebrokenrattle on July 18, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Watching the freshman Sen. Paul act and talk like a tough cagey veteran Solon of many terms with years and years of successfully fighting high-stakes political battles against powerful figures, instead of being a guy not even through one term in the US Senate & whose biggest only professional accomplishment to date is running a small town eye doctor’s office is, to say the charitable least, a real freakin’ hoot.

Diaper dandy needs to go home and get his shine box.

Sacramento on July 18, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Butt-hurt hurts, doesn’t it? :-(

Punchenko on July 18, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Castle – the devil we knew?
O’Donnell – the devil we didn’t know?

thebrokenrattle on July 18, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Heh! Liz has the establishment hackery and moderate positions of Castle and the political toxicity of O’Donnell!

The Stupid Party :-)

Punchenko on July 18, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Is there a 3rd choice?

karenhasfreedom on July 18, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Why do you need a 3rd choice? What’s wrong with Mike Enzi? He’s a staunch conservative who’s proven immune to the seduction of the Beltway insiders and still votes like the people who elected him want him to. If anything we need to find a few more like him.

alchemist19 on July 18, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Heh! Liz has the establishment hackery and moderate positions of Castle and the political toxicity of O’Donnell!

The Stupid Party :-)

Punchenko on July 18, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Hey, it takes real talent to get this much potential fail into one candidate. You think some amateur party could go out there and pull off a disaster that massive? Fat chance, buddy!

alchemist19 on July 18, 2013 at 10:06 PM

What’s wrong with Mike Enzi?

alchemist19 on July 18, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Not a damn thing. Except he’s ,you know, OLD.
Get real tired of the ageism here.

katy the mean old lady on July 18, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Rand Paul……..just another open borders advocate that wants to reward lawbreaking by illegals aliens.

….and generational NeoConism with Liz Cheney?

NO and NO.

PappyD61 on July 18, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Butt-hurt hurts, doesn’t it? :-(

Punchenko on July 18, 2013 at 9:53 PM

And so does stupid, supposedly, but apparently not enough to make this bucktoothed knuckledragger do anything more than whine.

MelonCollie on July 18, 2013 at 11:03 PM

This looks like an ego trip for the daughter of a former Vice President on her father’s back. Why primary a conservative Republican Senator in a red state–why not go after a Democrat somewhere–even in the House?

A Cheney vs. Enzi intraparty squabble could conceivably elect a Democrat. It has happened before–Wyoming did elect a Democrat governor Freudenthal–TWICE.

Rand Paul is right–this not worth the risk.

Steve Z on July 18, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Enema

Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 11:38 PM

A Cheney vs. Enzi intraparty squabble could conceivably elect a Democrat. It has happened before–Wyoming did elect a Democrat governor Freudenthal–TWICE.

Rand Paul is right–this not worth the risk.

Steve Z on July 18, 2013 at 11:13 PM

\

This. Never EVER forget this is one of the Dim-o-crat’s favorite tools because it’s a tool that works.

MelonCollie on July 19, 2013 at 12:09 AM

He’s a solid conservative vote against amnesty and Liz Cheney is…well, no one actually knows what she thinks on that issue, which is kind of odd given recent history.

For such a fierce public champion she seems to be oddly silent on a lot of major issues.

sharrukin on July 18, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Cheney, Dick tried to stop the Rand Paul Senate candidacy.

former Cheney,Dick aide, immigration lawyer Conda, built Rubio Senate candidacy, became Rubio’s Chief of Staff. Conda involved big time in amnesty strategy

Hit pieces on Rand Paul came out just before Liz announcement, to tie Enzi to the Rand Paul

Cheney crowd blindsides Enzi. Tries to speed paint Enzi as a Rand nutter. Even a sucker punch cannot make up for the missing trail on amnesty.

Pretty sleazy politics. They got that politico puff piece on Liz on the HA Headlines. Puff Puff

entagor on July 19, 2013 at 12:11 AM

Liz Cheney…daughter of a former vice president…

Rand Paul, son of a famous former candidate for President…

Name recognition…their primary attribute. Both of them.

This is a decision to be made in Wyoming, not in DC or anywhere else…if Cheney loses in the primary,. OK, fine…and if Enzi loses…well…that’s the way it goes…or should…every office holder should be primaried..every election cycle.

Second, all this bickering…and yes, I am part of it…but remember this, when the Right gave up principles for personalities, surrendered deeply held beliefs and standards for “electability” the Right is merely reaping the results of that…and thus guilty of allowing the Left, the Progressives, into the front door…and allowing for the destruction of the GOP.

They deserve it.

Enzi has been in the Senate how long? Sort of makes him a professional politician, now, doesn’t it? Entitled to the job, no challengers, because he has high marks as a conservative? Deserves to keep it, election or not…he is a +90% conservative…one of the top ten?

The Founders weep.

From the comments of many here today and tonight, seems Enzi somehow “deserves” to get another term…hmmmm.

Nobody “deserves” any elected office…nobody.

It is earned…the hard way. And this fervor about professional politicians, instead of citizen representatives, because they have an “R” next to their name?

Not what the Founders envisioned.

And every single citizen, from the rich and famous to the unknown local shopkeeper or rancher is Constitutionally permitted to seek elected office.

And should…no matter who holds the current seat.

Having a famous dad…well…that is not the sole requirement….nor even should be considered at all of all the requirements.

For or against.

The venom is thick, already…

And seems to be mostly about the personalities.

Let them run on their principles, their demonstrated strengths and weaknesses, in their own state, among their own voters…and let the voters of Wyoming decide.

This is where Rand Paul crossed as line…and lost his cred..in my opinion.

And if it allows for a Dem to be elected…then obviously this personalities thing once again is not working out so well.

Maybe all of us paying closer attention to principles would work better?

Stop this candidate because a Dem, might win? Worst excuse ever for being for or against any conservative candidate.

Just like a vote for a third party candidate is a vote thrown away.

What a load of cow dung.

I pray that the next Congress is almost all if not entirely freshmen.

And the one after that.

And the one after that.

The past 20-plus years of professional politicians telling us what is good for us…is not what the House or Senate is Constitutionally about.

They do not tell us.

We tell them.

We, the People.

coldwarrior on July 19, 2013 at 12:39 AM

Pretty sleazy politics. They got that politico puff piece on Liz on the HA Headlines. Puff Puff

entagor on July 19, 2013 at 12:11 AM

In other words, they are pulling a Rubio.

sharrukin on July 19, 2013 at 12:43 AM

I don’t know a thing about Enzi..

Not much about Lynn Cheney other than she represents our side well on TV..

Paul?… I do NOT trust, not with his aid scandal, and because of his father’s mindless and facts be damned isolationism.. He creeps me out on several levels.. and I have never rejected the term neocon.. it’s more like having the good sense to fight the enemy on their soil, rather than ours..

we had isolationists in WW II.. and they did not serve us well then either..

I see nothing wrong with intervention if there is a strong national interest involved.. and yes, I’m a vet so save the chicken hawk bulls**t..

But.. as Enzi is unknown to me.. and Lynn’s positions aren’t completely clear.. I’ll bide my time and wait to make a judgement on a primary run.

but.. Paul’s endorsement doesn’t help Enzi for me.. simply don’t trust him.

mark81150 on July 19, 2013 at 12:44 AM

From the comments of many here today and tonight, seems Enzi somehow “deserves” to get another term…hmmmm.

No. They have said no such thing. They said that Enzi votes conservative which is what some of us thought was the point.

This is where Rand Paul crossed as line…and lost his cred..in my opinion.

Supporting a conservative crosses the line? Or is it supporting a conservative in another state, because almost every politician has done that as well.

Maybe all of us paying closer attention to principles would work better?

Yes it would, but we have no real idea what Liz Cheney’s principles are because she has remained silent while others fought against amnesty and abortion.

I pray that the next Congress is almost all if not entirely freshmen.

coldwarrior on July 19, 2013 at 12:39 AM

Maro Rubio is one of those and he is as establishment as they come.

sharrukin on July 19, 2013 at 12:52 AM

sharrukin on July 19, 2013 at 12:52 AM

If Rand Paul were a citizen of Wyoming…he’d be perfectly within bounds.

He is not.

He is supporting a professional politician.

Which he is.

coldwarrior on July 19, 2013 at 12:59 AM

entagor on July 19, 2013 at 12:11 AM

That is interesting. I’m sure Rand is aware of all of this also and that may be the reason he came out strong against Liz Cheney.

I only read some of the Politico article, but seems like the Dems like this also.

As more info comes out, we’ll have a better picture.

bluefox on July 19, 2013 at 1:01 AM

If Rand Paul were a citizen of Wyoming…he’d be perfectly within bounds.

coldwarrior on July 19, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Does that out-of-state restriction apply to all politicians or just Rand Paul?

sharrukin on July 19, 2013 at 1:02 AM

sharrukin on July 19, 2013 at 1:02 AM

Over the past many years, out of state funding for local campaigns has become commonplace.

For a national election, for President, fine and well and good.

But, how can any conservative of any stripe find nothing wrong with out of state influence for any candidate of any state to be a good thing while at the same time pretending to be in favor of federalism?

coldwarrior on July 19, 2013 at 1:07 AM

But, how can any conservative of any stripe find nothing wrong with out of state influence for any candidate of any state to be a good thing while at the same time pretending to be in favor of federalism?

coldwarrior on July 19, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Cheney endorsed Trey Grayson against Rand Paul in Kentucky. Did you voice this same position then?

sharrukin on July 19, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Was there a thread up on Hot Air about it at the time?

And, you have hit upon what may be the sole reason for Rand’s statement about Liz Cheney/Mike Enzi.

Hurt feelings.

coldwarrior on July 19, 2013 at 1:23 AM

If Rand Paul were a citizen of Wyoming…he’d be perfectly within bounds.

He is not.

He is supporting a professional politician.

Which he is.

coldwarrior on July 19, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Cheney isn’t a citizen of Wyoming she lives in Virginia, so I don’t think it’s inappropriate for one nonresident to criticize another.

DFCtomm on July 19, 2013 at 1:34 AM

And, you have hit upon what may be the sole reason for Rand’s statement about Liz Cheney/Mike Enzi.

Hurt feelings.

coldwarrior on July 19, 2013 at 1:23 AM

Well Enzi may get another endorsement from ‘hurt feelings’, Rick Perry following Cheney’s endorsement of Kay Bailey Hutchison. Or it may be that people are increasingly tired of the same old crap from the same old political dynasties.

I guess the out-of-state rule only applies in certain circumstances.

sharrukin on July 19, 2013 at 1:36 AM

If Rand Paul were a citizen of Wyoming…he’d be perfectly within bounds.

He is not.

He is supporting a professional politician.

Which he is.

coldwarrior on July 19, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Cheney isn’t a citizen of Wyoming she lives in Virginia, so I don’t think it’s inappropriate for one nonresident to criticize another.

DFCtomm on July 19, 2013 at 1:34 AM

How about if Paul buys a house in Wyoming that he never intends to live in. Will you allow him to comment then?

DFCtomm on July 19, 2013 at 1:38 AM

Castle – the devil we knew?
O’Donnell – the devil we didn’t know?

thebrokenrattle on July 18, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Wyoming isn’t exactly Delaware. The last Democrat to win a Senate election in Wyoming was Gale McGee….in 1970.

So if Cheney wins, we’re not heading for an O’Donnell-like situation. Can’t say if she’d be a great Senator of not, but whoever wins the primary is going to win the seat handily.

Enzi in 2008 won 75.6 to 24.3. Barrasso in 2012 won 75.9 to 21.6. WY is the definition of “safely Republican.”

Good Solid B-Plus on July 19, 2013 at 3:20 AM

Wyoming isn’t exactly Delaware. The last Democrat to win a Senate election in Wyoming was Gale McGee….in 1970.

So if Cheney wins, we’re not heading for an O’Donnell-like situation. Can’t say if she’d be a great Senator of not, but whoever wins the primary is going to win the seat handily.

Enzi in 2008 won 75.6 to 24.3. Barrasso in 2012 won 75.9 to 21.6. WY is the definition of “safely Republican.”

Good Solid B-Plus on July 19, 2013 at 3:20 AM

Which is exactly why she’s running there. She wants to win easy and hold it for as long as she likes. She’s being lazy. Her name, money, connections and sharp wit can be put to better use in a blue state where her social liberalism is a bonus and not a negative.

This is like O’Donnell because this race is going to jeopardize a possible GOP Senate majority just as O’Donnell did. However, when a tea party candidate did it all we heard was whining about the big picture. I’m not hearing any big picture arguments with Cheney. She should not be opposing a sitting GOP senator, she should be challenging a Democrat and attempting to capture the Senate majority. What about the other promise made by the “lesser of two evils” crowd that we would run conservative candidates where they could win. One could certainly win in Wyoming. This is just another attempt to push a RINO on conservatives.

DFCtomm on July 19, 2013 at 5:17 AM

In the case of Castle-O’Donell, I’m actually still somewhat glad it wasn’t Castle. Castle would be undermining the GOP in the Senate in every vote. O’Donell wasn’t the only train wreck in that primary.

boone on July 19, 2013 at 7:14 AM

Rand Paul is being smart. Liz Cheney is nothing but trouble for him and policies he favors. Conflict must come; he might as well get to it.

David Blue on July 19, 2013 at 7:28 AM

Uh-oh. Don’t go there Rand. Leave it alone and STHU. I like you, but I like her better.

BetseyRoss on July 18, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Then the time is-a-comin’ when you are going to have to pick sides.

The future of the GOP is at stake. Who looks more like the future? Rand Paul or Liz Cheney?

JohnGalt23 on July 18, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Right this red hot second I don’t think the Republican Party has much of a future. How to change it? Work from inside or leave them in the dust. Most and I would like to say all Republicans are not on board with competition. They like their safe choices with ‘experience’. They do not do competition well at all as most of the comments on this thread have shown. The ‘safe’ choice seems to be the meme of the day.

I’d forgotten about Mike Enzi. I thought it was Barasso she was challenging and I did question her decision. Not so. She’s done her homework and she has figured it out. I don’t imagine that this was a whim on her part. She is willing to compete and lay it all out there. Doing it in the primary is the place to start. May the best person win.

As for VA, well, the safe choice according to the Republicans won in the primary….George Allen. There were 4 or 5 challengers in that primary. The one with the best name recognition won. It wasn’t on the issues because the other 5 were heads above George and showed that in the debates. He was entitled. Didn’t work. We lost to Tim Kaine. Unbelievable, but there it was. Another loss all because Allen was the ‘safe’ choice. Competition within the party is where the change will take place. It’s worked locally and it should work state and nationally. It’s too slow for me, but it is happening.

BetseyRoss on July 19, 2013 at 8:09 AM

The one with the best name recognition won. It wasn’t on the issues because the other 5 were heads above George and showed that in the debates. He was entitled. Didn’t work. We lost to Tim Kaine. Unbelievable, but there it was. Another loss all because Allen was the ‘safe’ choice. Competition within the party is where the change will take place. It’s worked locally and it should work state and nationally. It’s too slow for me, but it is happening.

BetseyRoss on July 19, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Are you really trying to paint Cheney as an outsider, and not establishment. The only way she could be more establishment is if her name was actually establishment or Kennedy, although that would make her Democrat establishment, but really what’s the difference.

DFCtomm on July 19, 2013 at 8:26 AM

The thing is, no one is entitled to a seat in the Senate or to be re elected. Primaries are supposed to be a healthy thing. With this caution: Don’t give our enemies fuel to ruin our candidates. For that reason Rand, just shut up.

Fleuries on July 19, 2013 at 9:51 AM

No more dynasties.

Joe Mama on July 19, 2013 at 9:58 AM

The thing is, no one is entitled to a seat in the Senate or to be re elected. Primaries are supposed to be a healthy thing. With this caution: Don’t give our enemies fuel to ruin our candidates. For that reason Rand, just shut up.

Fleuries on July 19, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Nobody is entitled to that seat, it is true.

But there are certain requirements that a would-be Senator should meet. Like, say, actually having done something, or hopefully many somethings, for the people of the state he is going to represent.

By all accounts, Enzi is pure Wyoming. He worked there, ran for office there, goes there every chance he gets to press the flesh and listen to his constituents. This isn’t Orrin Hatch or John McCain, losing himself in DC.

What, pray tell, has Liz Cheney done for Wyoming? Lately… or ever?

JohnGalt23 on July 19, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Enzi is a spineless RINO.Liz Cheney would send American troops to die for Muslim American-haters in a heartbeat.Republicans in Wyoming could use a third choice!

redware on July 19, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Rand Paul shows us the bad side of politics in this country. The people of Wyoming should decide who they want to be their Senator, not sitting Senators from other states. When you have a Republican running against a Republican, or a Democrat against a Democrat the political parties should stay out of it and let the people make their choice. After the people make their choice, that’s the time for the political party to back that choice. Political parties making the choice for the people has led to what we have in our government today, self serving career political hacks that are a drain on the country.

savage24 on July 19, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Just think. If states appointed Senators instead of the people of the states electing them, none of this would matter.

cptacek on July 19, 2013 at 12:07 PM

I’m a little surprised at those who claim to never waver in their Conservative beliefs yet still patronize Amazon. I know their site is convenient but pay an extra 5 bucks and get your books elsewhere. Amazon donates millions every year to defeat Conservatism including our 2nd Amendment rights.

Buttercup on July 19, 2013 at 1:14 PM

She was born and raised in Wyoming so I see no reason why they should hold her living in another state for awhile against her. IMHO she is just what we need in the senate, someone with b alls…….

Pomai on July 19, 2013 at 1:42 PM

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