Let’s just say that Liz Cheney’s newly announced bid to mount a primary challenge to Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming is not exactly off to a flying start. The first poll in the race shows that Enzi has an all-but-insurmountable lead of more than 30 points over Cheney the Younger (and lesser):
It’s distressing to learn that only 21 percent of Wyoming Republican primary voters love America and hate the terrorists, but there it is. Harper Polling, the first company to take a temperature in the Wyoming GOP Senate primary, returns with a bevy of bad news for Liz Cheney. In a trial heat with Sen. Mike Enzi, she trails him 55-21. By a 20-point margin, Republicans say Enzi “deserves re-election.” By a 64-point margin, they approve of his job performance. His favorable rating is +70 points; the younger Cheney is at +30, with an unfavorable number nearly three times as high. (They’re all pretty marginal negatives.) He’s even more popular than Dick Cheney.
There’s no way she overcomes such a disadvantage. Which means she’s launching a Quixotic quest that will achieve nothing but leave her politically damaged and divide the GOP. I strongly approve of this.