A repeat of Cheney-style interventionism seems to be the last thing Americans want. In 2012, Pew found 83% of Americans agreeing that “we should pay less attention to problems overseas and concentrate on problems here at home,” an increase of 10 points since 2002.
That goes for die-hard Republicans as well. A Christian Science Monitor poll of activists at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference found “only 34 percent said the U.S. should adopt a more muscular role [abroad]; 50 percent said the US should pull back, leaving it more to allies to take care of trouble spots.”
Jennifer Rubin, the Washington Post’s resident neoconservative, writes that “if she runs, Cheney would be part of a growing trend of conservatives,” like former U.N. ambassador and presidential aspirant John Bolton, “concerned with the hollowing out of our military and the isolationist trend in the GOP.”
If the movement’s main standard bearers are the mustachioed uberhawk and the thinking man’s Meghan McCain, it’s hardly poised for an electoral resurgence.