“We can’t win if we don’t fight.” – Liz Cheney
I was unfortunately unable to attend the Smart Girl Summit in Nashville last week, which was a disappointment on a number of fronts that have nothing new with my love of country music. I wound up missing to of my favourite conservative gals. One was Tabitha Hale. The other is Liz Cheney. That’s right, Cheney.
I know the popular opinion among unnamed Republican strategists suggests that anyone with an (R-State) after their last name should run from anyone named Cheney, the foreign policy smackdown between Dick Cheney and Barack Obama from a few months back says otherwise, a smackdown the Cheney clear won after his poll number went up, Obama’s went down, and the current POTUS more or less endorsed the former VPOTUS’S policies in an executive order late that Friday night.
A more hawkish foreign policy is still invaluable to the overall debate, especially in light of recent moves by our current President that make you say, “…wait a second, what?” We just need some new messengers, like “red state rockstar” Liz Cheney. But don’t listen to me. Here’s that right-wing propaganda rag the New York Times…
Like her father, Ms. Cheney speaks in understated, almost academic cadences, head veering down into her notes. She also shares his willingness to pummel President Obama in stark, disdainful tones, not so much criticizing as taunting him. “Mr. President, in a ticking time-bomb scenario, with American lives at stake,” she said, “are you really unwilling to subject a terrorist to enhanced interrogation to get information that would prevent an attack?”
Mr. Obama is “an American president who seems to be afraid to defend America,” she told Larry King on his CNN program in an appearance that drew notice when Ms. Cheney appeared not to contest a suggestion that the president had not been born in the United States. Clips of Ms. Cheney’s on-air smack-downs with liberal adversaries have become viral sensations among conservative bloggers — most recently, an interruption-fest with Sam Donaldson over the C.I.A.’s interrogation methods on ABC’s “This Week.” When Mr. Donaldson said that everyone he knows thinks torture and waterboarding are wrong, Ms. Cheney shot back: “Waterboarding isn’t torture, and we can go down that path. The lack of seriousness here is important.”
Dan Senor, a Republican foreign policy adviser who was the Bush administrations’ chief spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, said: “There are a lot of quote-unquote Republican strategists who think Dick Cheney should be lying low. The truth is, he has given voice to a hawkish critique of the current administration that is important. And I think Liz is ably representing the next wave of voices.”
Rush Limbaugh calls her a “warrior priestess” and there are “Draft Liz” blogs popping up for everything from congress to possibly even the White House. She keeps saying that her main focus now is her five kids, but not to rule anything out. I will say that with the number of Governors we have rumoured to be running for President in 2012, Governors with next to know foreign policy experience of their own, a strong voice like Cheney’s is going to be highly sought after.
She was part of the Romney ’08 campaign in…well, 2008. Whether or not she’d return, pick another horse in the race, or run herself…we’ll just have to wait and see.