Early Wyoming poll: Mike Enzi leads Liz Cheney among Republicans — by 34 points

posted at 12:58 pm on July 19, 2013 by Allahpundit

Amazing data via David Freddoso’s Conservative Intelligence Briefing — and I don’t mean the topline number, either. It’s no trick for a three-term incumbent with stratospheric name recognition to lead big early over a relative unknown. As I recall, both Charlie Crist and David Dewhurst started out in landslide territory against Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, respectively, and both Rubio and Cruz had higher local profiles than Cheney does. If you live in Wyoming and aren’t a regular Fox News watcher, you might have zero idea who she is beyond her last name. Which is to say, there’s plenty of room here for her to gain as she becomes more familiar to voters, especially given how enormous her ad budget is likely to be.

What makes the data amazing is that, if it’s accurate, Mike Enzi is very, very popular. Maybe invulnerably so.

But our new Conservative Intel Poll suggests that Cheney faces a bigger problem: Wyoming Republican voters are a bit confused by her decision to run. The poll, conducted for Conservative Intel by Harper Polling, shows that GOP voters there view Enzi very, very favorably (76%/6% fav/unfav) and back him over Cheney by more than 30 points, 55% to 21%…

In Washington, some who might be identified as national security conservatives see Cheney as a possible new standard-bearer. And she is reasonably popular among Wyoming Republicans (45% favorable to 15% unfavorable). Her father is even more popular (74 percent favorable to 14% unfavorable). But it’s going to take more than a name to beat Enzi, whose job approval rating stands at 73 percent.

Question for data-heads: When was the last time a congressional incumbent started out above 70 percent in job approval and +70 in favorability and ended up losing a primary? I’m distinguishing congressional incumbents here from governors/presidents because it’s easier for the latter’s ratings to go south quickly (see, e.g., George H.W. Bush circa 1990). The executive can be blamed for every ill in his jurisdiction and invariably takes a beating if the economy goes south, whether or not he’s truly to blame. Doesn’t work that way for Congress. All Enzi has to do to protect himself is vote reliably conservative (as he usually does anyway) for the next year. Is attacking him for supporting an Internet sales tax going to close the gap by 34 points?

Here are the extended crosstabs. When asked whether Enzi deserves reelection, 48 percent say yes versus 28 percent who say no. If you’re a Cheney fan, there is some good news here: 44 percent of Wyoming Republicans say they support the goals of the tea party, which is how Cheney’s attempting to brand herself, versus 35 percent who don’t. If she can turn this race into an “establishment versus grassroots” referendum, just like Cruz and, ahem, Rubio did, then she’s got a chance. How likely is that, though, when her biggest booster is a former VP who spent decades inside the Beltway and Enzi’s biggest booster is the guy who ran as Mr. Tea Party three years ago? Rand Paul’s support for Enzi may end up being the most influential endorsement of 2014 (or maybe second to Rand Paul’s endorsement of Mitch McConnell), not because it’s going to send tea partiers scrambling to vote for the incumbent but because it’ll help neutralize Cheney’s message that she’s the candidate of conservative change. Enzi doesn’t need to win tea partiers, he just needs to avoid losing them overwhelmingly. That’s where Paul comes in, to make the pitch to grassroots conservatives in Wyoming that being “tea party” isn’t a matter of age or inexperience but a matter of voting record. Given the relish Paul’s displayed in attacking Cheney so far, I expect he’ll end up out there on the stump for Enzi too. Unless his own approval rating on the right goes south over the next year, how does Cheney hurdle that obstacle and then climb the mountain of Enzi’s local popularity?

Exit question: Abandon an old friend, or tarnish a rising star?


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Stupid Rs are going to Fluke the 2014 chance to take the Senate.

Always count on the Rs to be stupid.

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Allah, you keep discussing policy issues and how that affects the perception among the Party.

The issue with that is, it leaves out how untrustworthy many people believe Dick Cheney (and therefore Liz) to be.

In other words, the platform fails to overcome the problems with character.

KMC1 on July 19, 2013 at 1:02 PM

I’m unsure how she expects to differentiate herself enough to gain any traction.

Maybe her dad has some dirt on Enzi.

faraway on July 19, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Mike Enzi cosponsored the internet sales tax. That’s all she needs to say.

updog on July 19, 2013 at 1:03 PM

What will Sarah Palin do?

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 1:04 PM

What should Saral Palin do?

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Mike Enzi cosponsored the internet sales tax. That’s all she needs to say.

updog on July 19, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Yikes…the R/Cs s/b against all taxes.

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Will the Cheney/Bush coalition Nuke Enzi in the coming days?

What is Turd Blossom up to?

portlandon on July 19, 2013 at 1:05 PM

What should Saral Palin do?

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Stay out of it.

Let the Cheney/Bush coalition damage itself.

portlandon on July 19, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Note a big fan of Liz, her dad or her sister. They are in part responsible for having had gay marriage rammed through our throats. I would to see her humiliated in the primary.

p_incorrect on July 19, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Don’t underestimate the personal factor in sparsely populated Western states.

Any Republican in Wyoming who is politically active has met Enzi personally, and has probably chatted with him a time or two.

It’s harder to beat a popular incumbent in states like Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, just because of the personal factor.

Realist on July 19, 2013 at 1:06 PM

What will Sarah Palin do?

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 1:04 PM

If she’s as savvy as she is supposed to be, she’ll stay out of it.

a capella on July 19, 2013 at 1:08 PM

What were the early poll numbers for Ted Cruz and… who was he running against??????

Rixon on July 19, 2013 at 1:09 PM

See, that wasn’t so bad was it?

Bmore on July 19, 2013 at 1:09 PM

That’s OK, once she gets over the name recognition hurdle, she’ll be fine.

RayinVA on July 19, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Not a big deal for Cheney. It’s not too late for her to move to another state and run there. Maybe North Carolina. Or Arkansas. She can flip a coin.

Mark1971 on July 19, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Lol – game over neocons, game over.

abobo on July 19, 2013 at 1:11 PM

She’s not Akin.

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Mark1971 on July 19, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Or maybe Va.

Bmore on July 19, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Mike Enzi cosponsored the internet sales tax. That’s all she needs to say.

updog on July 19, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Ouch. Nothing like a Republican that wants more taxes.

faraway on July 19, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Why is she not running where she lives?

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 1:12 PM

34 point spread? In Wyoming?

C’mon. All you need to do is swing like, 50 people and you’re on top by double digits.

BobMbx on July 19, 2013 at 1:13 PM

She’s not Akin.

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 1:12 PM

If you mean, will the establishment GOP line up to fire weapons at her, we’ll see.

faraway on July 19, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 1:12 PM

We don’t seem to know for sure what the motivation is.

Bmore on July 19, 2013 at 1:14 PM

It’s harder to beat a popular incumbent in states like Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, just because of the personal factor.

Realist on July 19, 2013 at 1:06 PM

The cornhusker kickback was just an outlier.

BobMbx on July 19, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Establishment.

thebrokenrattle on July 19, 2013 at 1:16 PM

If the TEA Party endorses Liz Cheney than I am through with them. She stands for the complete opposite of what the TEA party represents.

OliverB on July 19, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Why is she not running where she lives?

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 1:12 PM

She is.

faraway on July 19, 2013 at 1:16 PM

She is.

faraway on July 19, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Yes, yes, I know. So was Hillary.

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 1:18 PM

34 point spread? In Wyoming?

C’mon. All you need to do is swing like, 50 people and you’re on top by double digits.

BobMbx on July 19, 2013 at 1:13 PM

LMAO!

ToddPA on July 19, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Yikes…the R/Cs s/b against all taxes.

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 1:05 PM

R/Cs s/b?

updog on July 19, 2013 at 1:20 PM

R/Cs s/b?

updog on July 19, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Republican/Conservatives should be

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 1:21 PM

I’m all for getting rid of the insiders and bringing new ideas and leadership to Washington. There’s no reason to believe that Dick Cheney’s daughter is an outsider or that she has any new ideas.

Mr. D on July 19, 2013 at 1:23 PM

i don’t think Enzi is any Arlen Spector or John McCain so i can’t get up any interest in this. And i don’t like dynastic stuff, so that’s a minus for Cheney.

and, even tho i like her on FNC…i’m no longer very tolerant of neocons who think they can design a new world

r keller on July 19, 2013 at 1:23 PM

I’m all for getting rid of the insiders and bringing new ideas and leadership to Washington. There’s no reason to believe that Dick Cheney’s daughter is an outsider or that she has any new ideas.

Mr. D on July 19, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Its the idea of “new ideas” that is crushing the country. We need fewer laws, smaller government, and less powerful politicians.

Those are not new ideas.

BobMbx on July 19, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Says here Allah Enzi led the charge for an internet tax.

Bmore on July 19, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Just have a looksy at the crowd he was in bed with.

Bmore on July 19, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Bush Family & Associates hardest hit! I bet Jennifer Rubin and every other Neo-Conservative’s head is spinning and spewing pea soup.

Ah, yes she is:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2013/07/09/rand-pauls-newest-problem/

Which goes along with Gerson’s Rand Paul hit-piece today:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/michael-gerson-rand-paul-can-never-be-a-mainstream-republican/2013/07/18/d2ec8bf4-efdc-11e2-a1f9-ea873b7e0424_story.html?wprss=rss_opinions

Got to love those Bushies!

Punchenko on July 19, 2013 at 1:29 PM

I feel the same way about this as I did against unseating Orrin Hatch. The guy was mostly conservative, but the immigration thing made it so that pretty much any conservative who ran against would have gotten my support. Utah and Wyoming are both extremely safe red states, so we need to get the most conservative people in the primary we can.

updog on July 19, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Man, I cannot wait for all the “Republicans hate teh wymmynz” and “Republicans hate teh centrists” columns that will be run immediately following her crushing primary defeat. Thanks for allowing your personal ambition to fuel the left’s relentless narrative machine, Liz; way to serve the cause. Explain to me again why you didn’t run in Virginia, considering that a) your strongest primary opponent would be a governor rapidly alienating his own party, b) the incumbent is a Democrat, offering us a pickup opportunity, and c) you, you know, actually live there.

Fabozz on July 19, 2013 at 1:30 PM

If the TEA Party endorses Liz Cheney than I am through with them. She stands for the complete opposite of what the TEA party represents.

OliverB on July 19, 2013 at 1:16 PM

You know what Liz Cheney stands for? That is news to me…

I find surprising the haste with which many on this forum are labeling Liz Cheney. Many are projecting that she is in the same mold as her father and therefore shares his politics on everything. But is that necessarily true?

As we have seen, Rand Paul – although he shares a lot of libertarian traits/politics with his dad – has successfully managed to sell himself to a broader conservative audience.

What I love about the Liz Cheney I have seen so far is the ability to fight for conservatives and do so eloquently against liberals.

What we need now in DC are fighters and not go-along-to-get-along politicians. While the country goes down the tube aided by radical Democrats and sellout Republicans, we need fighters to at least slow down the slide and hopefully reverse it completely.

Until then let us see how this primary shakes out. No politician, especially Republican, should be given a free ride to nominations anymore. If Enzi believes he has been a conservative fighter during his sojourn in DC, it is time for him to make his case.

TheRightMan on July 19, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Anybody who is pals with Dick Armitage has serious character flaws….

OliverB on July 19, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Folks put a lot of emphasis on his vote record. A good thing. I am curious about his votes on cloture as well. Its what has many of us riled with Isakson and Chambliss here in Ga.

Bmore on July 19, 2013 at 1:33 PM

No politician, especially Republican, should be given a free ride to nominations anymore. If Enzi believes he has been a conservative fighter during his sojourn in DC, it is time for him to make his case.

TheRightMan on July 19, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Agreed, and I don’t believe he has.

updog on July 19, 2013 at 1:33 PM

I like her a lot, but I just think this is the wrong fight for her.

Paul-Cincy on July 19, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Its the idea of “new ideas” that is crushing the country. We need fewer laws, smaller government, and less powerful politicians.

Those are not new ideas.

BobMbx on July 19, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Of course. But there are hundreds of millions of our fellow citizens who are unaware of these “not new ideas,” which means that such ideas are in fact new to that potential audience. You have to reach people where they are, not where you are.

And unless I miss my guess, a Cheney would be disinclined to deliver smaller government.

Mr. D on July 19, 2013 at 1:34 PM

18 years in office is long enough, too many lifers cementing their fat aszes to the seats and then forgetting who they represent.

Bishop on July 19, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Also, take a gander at the comments in the article I linked.

Bmore on July 19, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Doesn’t Cheney have anything better to do with her time?

GarandFan on July 19, 2013 at 1:35 PM

34 point spread? In Wyoming?

C’mon. All you need to do is swing like, 50 people and you’re on top by double digits.

BobMbx on July 19, 2013 at 1:13 PM

LMAO!

ToddPA on July 19, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Laugh all you want. It’s a SENATE seat.

Rixon on July 19, 2013 at 1:36 PM

So, I say again. Primary all of them!

Bmore on July 19, 2013 at 1:36 PM

So I guess gay marriage aint to popular in Wyoming ay?

Eph on July 19, 2013 at 1:37 PM

TheRightMan on July 19, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Can’t argue with anything you said there.

Let the games begin.

faraway on July 19, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Let her come from behind 34 points. She’s as tough as nails. Let’s see how she does.

…..and I’m not a fan.

PappyD61 on July 19, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Enzi very, very favorably (76%/6% fav/unfav)

pfffffttt.

Let the negative attack ads from the Wyoming Pit Bull and see what happens.

PappyD61 on July 19, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Go Enzi.

crrr6 on July 19, 2013 at 1:39 PM

I like her a lot, but I just think this is the wrong fight for her.

Paul-Cincy on July 19, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Why is it the wrong fight for her? Should Enzi be immune from a primary challenge?

I personally would like to see every GOP Senator – yes including Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and all the other wonderful conservatives – face a primary challenger when their 6-year term is up. Competition will give us better Senators and will keep their feet to the fire.

If conservatives had actively helped to unseat McCain, we would not be discussing his foolish immigration plan and cave on filibusters. Would we?

TheRightMan on July 19, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Says here Allah Enzi led the charge for an internet tax.

Bmore on July 19, 2013 at 1:26 PM

For this alone anyone s/b primaried.

I’m with you Bishop and Bmore. They should come in, serve a term, or two, and go back home and live lives, like all other. That’s what the founders had in mind, but didn’t specify enough.

Picking people from the yellow/white pages might be better than the lifers, from both sides. They are entrenched exploiters of the hard-working taxpayers.

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Let her come from behind 34 points. She’s as tough as nails. Let’s see how she does.

…..and I’m not a fan.

PappyD61 on July 19, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Exactly. I happen to believe every politician should be primaried.

rrpjr on July 19, 2013 at 1:41 PM

The debates s/b lots of fun.

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 1:41 PM

I have never supported term limits, however I am moving that direction. ; )

Bmore on July 19, 2013 at 1:42 PM

I do not understand her reasoning for running for this office at this time.(other than sheer ambition). Carpetbagging worked for Hillary, but I sense that Wyoming voters might be somewhat more independent than New York Dems. If she loses, her chances of ever being elected take a serious hit. What we need in the Senate are dependable and honest representatives of the people, not inexperienced talking heads with an overblown sense of entitlement.

yesiamapirate on July 19, 2013 at 1:45 PM

I love the Liz Cheney fans ripping on Enzi because he’s been in the Senate since 96′. Liz has only been a career bureaucrat her entire adult life. She has never worked in the private sector unless you’re counting the time she was a lobbyist.

OliverB on July 19, 2013 at 1:46 PM

The attack against Enzi isn’t so much any specific issue, but it’s that he’s not a leader. He’s got an ok voting record, but he’s rarely led on anything in the Senate. Wyoming’s coal industry has a BFG pointed at its head called the EPA — why isn’t Enzi putting up more of a fight? Why isn’t Enzi fighting harder to free-up federal land for O&G drilling? Why was Enzi so buddy-buddy with McCain’s gang of six capitulators during Obama’s first term?

Robert_Paulson on July 19, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Robert_Paulson on July 19, 2013 at 1:47 PM

This was written less as my personal critique of Enzi and rather how Cheney would formulate a campaign argument against him.

Robert_Paulson on July 19, 2013 at 1:49 PM

For the life of me, I can’t figure out why she picked this fight. She should’ve stayed in Virginia [home] and taken on Warner.

De Oppresso Liber on July 19, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Which goes along with Gerson’s Rand Paul hit-piece today:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/michael-gerson-rand-paul-can-never-be-a-mainstream-republican/2013/07/18/d2ec8bf4-efdc-11e2-a1f9-ea873b7e0424_story.html?wprss=rss_opinions

Got to love those Bushies!

Punchenko on July 19, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Gerson is climate change pushing RINO worse the Chris Christie!

And Cheney, on amnesty, I googled extensively, and found nothing. She’s clearly scripted her non-position on this high profile issue. Enzi fought amnesty tooth and nail, and this is probably the main reason for her challenge, because it doesn’t make any sense otherwise.

anotherJoe on July 19, 2013 at 1:53 PM

What does Mike Enzi have to say about our $17 Trillion dollar debt…

… and what has he done or said to try to stop it?

Seven Percent Solution on July 19, 2013 at 1:53 PM

I have never supported term limits, however I am moving that direction. ; )

Bmore on July 19, 2013 at 1:42 PM

I don’t either…but I believe the people should just send them home, force them to live like the rest of them do. Otherwise they lose touch with reality, as is evident with the thugs in DC, from both sides. I hate the R/Cs more than the commie Ds.

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Mike Enzi cosponsored the internet sales tax. That’s all she needs to say.

updog on July 19, 2013 at 1:03 PM

If Enzi is smart he’ll support abolishing the IRS and income tax and switch to a national sales tax model, instead, which will apply to Internet sales too, of course, but in the right way rather than the wrong way.

FloatingRock on July 19, 2013 at 2:08 PM

What does Mike Enzi have to say about our $17 Trillion dollar debt…

… and what has he done or said to try to stop it?

Seven Percent Solution on July 19, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Regardless, that seems unlikely to help Cheney considering that Bush/Cheney are responsible for a huge chunk of that debt.

FloatingRock on July 19, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Lynn would instantly become the new youthful and pleasant looking and sounding spokesperson for the republicans in the senate. The old guard is upset at that possibility.

meci on July 19, 2013 at 2:12 PM

I have never supported term limits, however I am moving that direction. ; )

Bmore on July 19, 2013 at 1:42 PM

I don’t either…but I believe the people should just send them home, force them to live like the rest of them do. Otherwise they lose touch with reality, as is evident with the thugs in DC, from both sides. I hate the R/Cs more than the commie Ds.

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 2:08 PM

There are valid arguments both for and against term limits, but if you look at Virginia, there are no political dynasties. And we seem to have budget a surplus even in the darkest economic times.

And no one has starved to death here in a long time.

BobMbx on July 19, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Ambivalent on this race- don’t live there, and don’t know much about Enzi.

However, allahpundit, this:

Rand Paul’s support for Enzi may end up being the most influential endorsement of 2014 (or maybe second to Rand Paul’s endorsement of Mitch McConnell),

is simply ridiculous…

cs89 on July 19, 2013 at 2:19 PM

She should have moved to Utah about 2 years ago, and primaried Hatch, the old fossil, pretend conservative.

Gunlock Bill on July 19, 2013 at 2:21 PM

She’s not from Wyoming!

I don’t care what any of you are saying. She’s not. She’s lived the majority of life in Virginia. Moving back there a year ago is the equivalent of a blink of an eye.

And if we’re basing her credibility to run there because Great Grandpa lived there or whatever, I might as well run for an MP seat in Wales because that’s where my ancestors came from.

This whole thing is just sad and pathetic. I hope she gets blown out big time.

Dack Thrombosis on July 19, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Right person, wrong battle.

KW64 on July 19, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Mike Enzi cosponsored the internet sales tax. That’s all she needs to say.

updog on July 19, 2013 at 1:03 PM

The Internet Sales Tax is a pittance compared to the cost of amnesty, which Liz Cheney probably will support. Or WWIII. Liz is a clone of Daddy and Daddy is an Establishment/Bushie Republican who backed “conservatives” like Trey Grayson and Kay Barely Republican.

bw222 on July 19, 2013 at 2:32 PM

She’s not from Wyoming!

Dack Thrombosis on July 19, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Hey, she’s only been gone from Wyoming for about 30 years.

bw222 on July 19, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Her best issue is that 3 terms are enough and, IIRC, no senator in WY history has served more than 3 terms.

matthew8787 on July 19, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Don’t underestimate the personal factor in sparsely populated Western states.

Any Republican in Wyoming who is politically active has met Enzi personally, and has probably chatted with him a time or two.

It’s harder to beat a popular incumbent in states like Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, just because of the personal factor.

Realist on July 19, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Yup. I’m in Montana, and there is no way someone from either party could move back to the state just for purposes of running for election. You’re practically a carpetbagger if your great-grandparents weren’t born in-state.

Here, state legislators still campaign by knocking on every door in their district. Congressional races are only slightly less personal. I suspect in Wyoming (which makes Montana look urban by comparison), it is even more so.

acasilaco on July 19, 2013 at 2:39 PM

She is.

faraway on July 19, 2013 at 1:16 PM

She recently bought a home in Jackson Hole, the only liberal bastion in the state. She has been in Washington for the past 20+ years where she and hubby, Philip Perry, have held a string of jobs with the government and government-connected agencies because Daddy was VP. She represents Wyoming no more than I represent Indiana, where I lived in the 1970s.

bw222 on July 19, 2013 at 2:39 PM

If you mean, will the establishment GOP line up to fire weapons at her, we’ll see.

faraway on July 19, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Dick Cheney IS the Republican establishment.

bw222 on July 19, 2013 at 2:41 PM

(

Michael) Gerson is climate change pushing RINO worse the Chris Christie!

anotherJoe on July 19, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Like David Frum, Gerson was a Bush speechwriter. Bush43 sure could pick losers, couldn’t he. Roberts, Chertoff, Paulson, Gonzales … the list goes on.

bw222 on July 19, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Liz is as far from Ted Cruz as it gets.

She is an extreme left RINO.

She has not a change.

She will severely damage herself doing this.

Steveangell on July 19, 2013 at 2:47 PM

She should have moved to Utah about 2 years ago, and primaried Hatch, the old fossil, pretend conservative.

Gunlock Bill on July 19, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Liz isn’t Mormon. Every senator and rep from Utah is Mormon.

bw222 on July 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

She represents Wyoming no more than I represent Indiana, where I lived in the 1970s.

bw222 on July 19, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Oh, you should run for Senate! All you will need now is a lucrative lobbyist job; a law degree; a cocktail glass; a connected family; access to top donors; and you’re good to go like Mrs. Perry Cheney!

Good luck, and tell them Bill Kristol and Bush Family & Associates sent you! No! NO! Don’t tell them that! Tell them the Tea Party sent you! Yes, that would be much better.

Punchenko on July 19, 2013 at 2:56 PM

While I understand the sentiment, I believe this is a highly stupid move. The divisions it will create among Republicans for no good reason is just stupid beyond words.

She is not an “extreme left RINO” though. That’s just horse malarkey. She’s pretty much a prototypical neoconservative, not far from her father, politically.

crosspatch on July 19, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Why is it the wrong fight for her? Should Enzi be immune from a primary challenge?

TheRightMan on July 19, 2013 at 1:41 PM

No, he shouldn’t. However, there are Senators worse than him out there that a good chunk of the base would like to see defeated. Exhibit A is Lindsey Graham.

Politicians of the caliber of Ted Cruz – people that are honest, competent, conservative, are willing to run, and are electable – are extremely rare. If Cheney is such a politician, then we really can’t spare her against one of less offensive Republican Senators out there. Graham in SC faces virtually no real primary challenger because conservatives can’t find anyone willing to run against him.

Doomberg on July 19, 2013 at 3:03 PM

The Cheney’s have maintained a summer home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for many years. That’s how Dick was able to claim Wyoming residency for purposes of being W’s running-mate although Cheney had been living most of the time in Texas. Even though – or perhaps because – Teton County is the most left-leaning in the state, most people here don’t care for the Cheney’s.

I predict this will not end well for Liz. As others have said, this was the wrong state for her in which to battle.

Ace ODale on July 19, 2013 at 3:05 PM

What does Mike Enzi have to say about our $17 Trillion dollar debt…

… and what has he done or said to try to stop it?

Seven Percent Solution on July 19, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Enzi voted against raising the debt limit and Liz Cheney was in favor of raising it.

sharrukin on July 19, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Liz Cheney is the definition of an elitist establishment crony; she has made a pompous mistake, and I will enjoy watching her fail

burserker on July 19, 2013 at 3:17 PM

She is not an “extreme left RINO” though. That’s just horse malarkey. She’s pretty much a prototypical neoconservative, not far from her father, politically.

crosspatch on July 19, 2013 at 3:02 PM

So she’s Marco Rubio in a pantsuit, yes?

Punchenko on July 19, 2013 at 3:20 PM

What’s LC’s take on Amnesty?

BoxHead1 on July 19, 2013 at 3:27 PM

What’s LC’s take on Amnesty?

BoxHead1 on July 19, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Total silence so far.

sharrukin on July 19, 2013 at 3:28 PM

It’s harder to beat a popular incumbent in states like Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, just because of the personal factor.

Realist on July 19, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Just because it bears repeating…

JohnGalt23 on July 19, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Enzi voted against raising the debt limit and Liz Cheney was in favor of raising it.

sharrukin on July 19, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Speaks volumes…

JohnGalt23 on July 19, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Another neocon trying to brand herself a Teapartier. She could make the world a better place by taking on a maverick RINO like Graham.

Valiant on July 19, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Liz Cheney hasn’t lived (as opposed to “vacationed”) in Wyoming in about 30 years. She graduated from McLean High School in Virginia and then attended college in Colorado.

bw222 on July 19, 2013 at 3:37 PM

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