In short, Cheney was the victim of a neatly executed political hit. The GOP leadership is ruthlessly plotting how it can win the six seats it needs to retake the Senate in 2014, and is in no mood for distractions.

However Cheney’s problems are not limited to the fact that GOP establishment is apparently not ready for the return of a Cheney, with all the baggage the name implies; they go deeper than that.

Her efforts to build credibility in Wyoming have drawn comparisons with Hillary Clinton doing hard yards before running for Senate in New York state, but it will take more than a few down-home pictures of the family posted on Twitter to convince Wyoming voters that Cheney is really one of them.

Also wary, it seems, are some of Wyoming’s resurgent Tea Party who paint Cheney – married to big time K-street lawyer, Philip Perry – as just another member of the Washington “good old boys” club, out for themselves. They say they are not fooled.