Liz Cheney for Congress?

Liz Cheney for Congress? July 10, 2013

Sherlock Holmes has an even smarter brother; Dick Cheney has an even crazier daughter. And she’s apparently gearing up to run for the Senate from the state of Wyoming, where she would, if she wins, replace a relatively moderate and pragmatist Republican in Mike Enzi.

Ms. Cheney, 46, is showing up everywhere in the state, from chicken dinners to cattle growers’ meetings, sometimes with her parents in tow. She has made it clear that she wants to run for the Senate seat now held by Michael B. Enzi, a soft-spoken Republican and onetime fly-fishing partner of her father.

But Ms. Cheney’s move threatens to start a civil war within the state’s Republican establishment, despite the reverence many hold for her family.

Mr. Enzi, 69, says he is not ready to retire, and many Republicans say he has done nothing to deserve being turned out.

It would bring about “the destruction of the Republican Party of Wyoming if she decides to run and he runs, too,” Alan K. Simpson, a former Republican senator from the state, said in an interview last week. “It’s a disaster — a divisive, ugly situation — and all it does is open the door for the Democrats for 20 years.”

Liz Cheney is at least as authoritarian as her father, maybe worse. And furiously partisan.

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