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Senator Liz Cheney?

Posted by Charles II on March 9, 2010

Bill Berkowitz, SC:

According to Salon’s Gabriel Winant, “at the urging of friends, family and GOP operatives,” Liz Cheney is considering a run for Congress or the Senate from either her current home state of Virginia “or the Cheney ancestral homeland of Wyoming.” Winant reported that “According to longtime Cheney friend former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wy., Liz was especially hurt by what she saw at her father’s mistreatment at the hands of the press and even other Republicans.”

Berkowitz does drift into making something of the fact that Liz Cheney is liked by people who like her father (Michelle Malkin, Eliot Abrams) and funded by not-so-reputable Republican stalwarts like Mel Sembler (President George W. Bush’s ambassador to Italy, chairman of the Scooter Libby Defense Trust, “part of Freedom Watch, a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying group launched to support Bush’s War in Iraq,” co-founder of “a chain of drug rehabilitation clinics called Straight, Inc., which ultimately folded under charges of abuse” [Gabriel Winant, Salon] …where “state investigators and/or civil lawsuits documented scores of abuses including teens being beaten, deprived of food and sleep for days, restrained by fellow youth for hours, bound, sexually humiliated, abused and spat upon.[Reason, 2007]). One has to ask, what does Berkowitz expect? That Tikkun, the CCR, and ACORN will be backers?

That’s a quibble. Berkowitz starts to raise the issues that will need to be raised if Liz Cheney runs for Senator. Is it appropriate for a representative of the people to
* believe that “college and university faculty were ‘the weak link in America’s response to the attack’ on September 11,” as a report by her organization ACTA claimed?
* “name a number of academics that it maintained to be out of step with public opinion on the war on terrorism”?
* support torture?
* maintain “that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has hired a host of terrorist sympathizers to work in the Justice Department,” as an ad her organization issued claims?

It’s usually a bad idea for the children of politicians to run for office. John Quincy Adams was no John Adams. Patrick Kennedy is no Ted Kennedy. Evan Bayh is no Birch Bayh. Even George W. Bush is no George H. W. Bush.

In Liz Cheney’s case, even if she were twice as benevolent as her father, she’d be a monster. It would be a national tragedy if she were to be elected to the Senate.

3 Responses to “Senator Liz Cheney?”

  1. MEC said

    Those positions that Berkowitz highlights are exactly what would endear Liz to the Republican base. The real question is whether the Democrats would get it together enough to use those positions against her.

  2. Dave Porter said

    Much as I agree with everything else you said, I do have to speak up on behalf of John Quincy Adams. He fought the slaveholding aristocracy for decades, stood up to a physical beating for his principles, and finally prevailed in overriding their prohibition of even discussing the issue of slavery in Congress.

    No, not John Adams, redux, but certainly no dilettante either. Nor a coke-sniffing dry drunk who never earned a dime that daddy’s buddies didn’t give him.

    • Charles II said

      You make a telling point, Dave.

      Through I really don’t think Dubya was a dry drunk.

      I’m curious if you have links on JQ Adams. I had never heard these points about him nor, until I just read his Wikipedia entry, had I thought of him as The Infrastructure President.

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