The latest from Keep America Safe. You know, not every expression of political antipathy is motivated by anxiety. Sometimes dislike is just dislike.
But sometimes there really is a little fear mixed in.
Actually, as anyone who has met Ms. Cheney knows, she is a knowledgeable and serious advocate of a tough foreign policy that she believes needs to be articulated and fought for. One can disagree with her, but to date, the critics have not done this.
You can’t win with liberal supporters of a weak dovish foreign policy, especially if you are a woman. We’re familiar with their attacks on Sarah Palin, whom they accuse of being a know-nothing, uneducated, unprepared, right-wing partisan. Liz Cheney obviously knows her stuff, is prepared and educated, and certainly does not need to be brought up to speed. She has five children, still manages to function as a serious spokesman for a new foreign policy, and is good looking and charming.
Of course, their real fear is that before long, Liz Cheney will run for a major national office. What could be worse–an attractive, articulate female conservative with knowledge and guts, running for office. For the Dowds and Cottles of the world, this woman must be brought down.
The left’s spin, obviously, is that the name “Cheney” will be enough to discredit her positions on foreign policy. Really? Papa Bear seemed to do okay when he went head to head with The One over Gitmo and enhanced interrogation earlier this year. As for the ad itself, it’s fine although it does nothing to dispel the impression that the group will be mainly a vehicle for LC herself. Which might be for the best: Foreign policy is all about fear of enemy threats so ads on the subject are almost destined to be cartoonish and melodramatic. Would you rather watch La Liz chat to the camera or some hamfisted remake of the “Daisy” ad with da-da-dum music?