Why Liz Cheney couldn't sell neoconservatism to tea partiers

The part of the GOP base driven by tea party activists is in the process of rejecting the very neoconservative values her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, made triumphant. And while Cheney himself remains popular with the GOP base, the ideas he championed, divorced from the man, have proven less attractive to the primary electorate. The conservative base has taken a sharp turn against foreign interventions in the years since Cheney left the White House, and has long been distrustful of providing foreign assistance…

Cheney seemed to be aware that her hawkish, neocon foreign policy would hurt her prospects with today’s grassroot conservatives. In launching her bid for Senate, she said that she would have voted against authorizing strikes against Syria.

She also reconsidered her position on the National Security Agency’s electronic surveillance programs. “I’m a supporter of the NSA program. And I believe Admiral Hayden, for example, has said that if it had been in place before 9/11, we may well have prevented that attack,” Cheney told Hannity in June 2013.

After launching her campaign, she told the Casper Star-Tribune that NSA snooping is an area where she has split with her father. “There are legitimate questions and concerns that have to be answered about what the NSA has been doing,” she said, adding that her father could only vouch for the program’s operation during his administration.