Excerpted from WASHINGTON EXAMINER
Liz Cheney, the former vice president’s daughter and Washington political figure who is challenging incumbent Mike Enzi for a Senate seat from her home state of Wyoming, met with reporters Wednesday for the first time as a candidate. She gave several hints about her plan to convince voters that Enzi does not deserve a shot at a fourth term in the Senate.
“I’m running because I believe it is necessary for a new generation of leaders to step up to the plate,” said Cheney, appearing at a hotel in Casper. “I’m running because I know as a mother and as a patriot that we can no longer afford simply to go along to get along.”
That was a not-so-veiled hit at Enzi’s age — he is 69 to Cheney’s 46 — and his reputation for working with Democrats. To emphasize the point, Cheney, after an extensive indictment of the Obama administration, suggested the worst thing a Republican could do is get along with the White House. The president is “working to implant his liberal philosophy so deeply into our body politic that we are all going to be dealing with its effects long after he’s gone from office,” Cheney said. “I don’t believe it has to be this way. I know we can get our nation back on track. Instead of cutting deals with the president’s liberal allies, we should be opposing them every step of the way.”
On another occasion, Cheney said, “We’ve got a president who has laid out an agenda that is directly at odds with where most Wyomingites, where most people across the nation with common sense, know where the country should be going. So I think the key is to know when to compromise and when not to.”
Of course, Enzi has opposed the Obama administration ever since the president took office. So Cheney’s problem will be in credibly portraying him as an Obama accomodationist. In 2012, Enzi received a 92 percent rating from the American Conservative Union — equal to Tom Coburn and higher than Jeff Sessions and Enzi’s Wyoming colleague John Barrasso. In 2010, Enzi had a 96 percent ACU rating — equal to Jon Kyl, James Inhofe, Pat Roberts, and Mitch McConnell.Still, Cheney’s intention seems to be to portray Enzi as a man too willing to cooperate with Democrats. And even though there is little evidence of that, Cheney might score some points by arguing that she would be even tougher on the president than Enzi. And despite the initial negative reaction Cheney has received after announcing her run — Wyoming pols and conservative Republicans around the country have suggested she has made a bad choice — it is possible the tactic might work. Keep Reading