Skip to comments.The Curious Case of Liz Cheney
Posted on 05/23/2009 7:13:00 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
Im glad I wasnt the only one, because Id begun to worry that the 2 to 3 Knob Creek to Folgers breakfast mixture was taking an early toll on me. Apparently it was not just my imagination, and as Steve Benen points out, Liz Cheney has been on virtually every television channel in the nation twenty-four hours per day for the last two weeks. I know that I personally caught her on CNN, Fox, ABC and MSNBC myself. And, as Benen points out, her visit to Morning Joe amounted to more than a guest interview.
Thats 12 appearances, in nine and a half days, spanning four networks. (On todays Morning Joe, Liz Cheney was on for an entire hour effectively becoming a co-host of the program.) And this is just television, and doesnt include Liz Cheneys interviews on radio or with print media.
The first thing to note here is that there is simply no valid criticism to be leveled at Liz Cheney for making these appearances. Like any other American who is interested in politics, shes entitled to get out there on the soapbox and air her views with whoever will have her. And who doesnt like defending their dad?
No, the real question here is what the networks are thinking, trotting out the daughter of a former VP this often and in such high profile appearances? After all, much like Hillary Clinton in 2000, what does she really have by way of credentials aside from her last name? Really not much more than John McCains daughter, aside from one position which she only got by virtue of her last name anyway. Yet both of them are being foisted off on the media consuming public like it was an exclusive interview with the Ghost of Elvis.
The major issue I have with Liz is her manners (or lack thereof) in the interview chair. Her appearance on Morning Joe, for example, was a classic example of the other spots she has done. A question is asked and Liz is given virtually forever to repeat the talking points issued by her father. Then a countering argument is asked for from another speaker. They manage to get three - or at most five - words out of their mouth and Liz jumps in, shouts them down, and begins parroting the same points over and over again. And the hosts pretty much uniformly fail to challenge her on her lack of understanding of debate. Its like the worst of the abortion debates youve ever seen where the speakers just shout over and over, seeming to feel that their view will carry the day if only they can stop the other side from being heard at all.
As an aside to my Republican friends, I hear plenty of complaints about the young McCain daughter hitting the media circuits, but not so much about Liz eating up the air time.
Whats up, MSM folks? How is this a hot get for the morning circuit?
Yea, why can’t she be shy and demure? Or insipid like that Republican chick whose father ran for POTUS?
Uh "Jazz"...why don't you kindly peep the Wiki bio and get the facts before dismissing her as some bratty child.
Ya, I think Liz has some actual credentials to her name. I think she worked in the State Dep’t??
Also, Liz is very mild mannered and graceful. I have not seen her shout anyone down. I have seen her take exception to the premise of questions, but done so in a respectful way. With a mild mannered voice, without any shouting.
This moron doesn’t come within three sigmas of Liz Cheney on the Bell Curve. It should simply respect it’s betters and try to cure it’s ignorance.
For the sake of this country I hope you are right.
As far as I am concerned, the more Liz Cheney the better. She and her father are among the few who are talking sense. An articulate chip off the old block. I love it how she completely defeats and destroys those idiots who interview her. I saw her with some mentally challenged Leftwing female anchor and it was almost embarrassing. She’s Rome and they are Carthage. Defeated, burned to the ground and salted over.
She’s a lot like her father.
How weak to whine about her credentials. Maybe he would prefer it if Dick Cheney were in her place? As ex VP he’s credentialed out the ying yang, so this “moderate voice” guy would be happy then, right?
And I wonder what makes this guy think he’s a “moderate”. Like most other moderates, he’s a liberal.
That's a great way of putting it. I heard her burn Lawrence O'Donnell to the ground the other day.
I think when Obama and Co. decided they might very well prosecute members of the Bush Adminstration they unleashed the Cheney’s. I think Obama and Co. got a lot more than they bargained for. I love the Cheney family.
No, that’s the other Cheney daughter. Liz is married with kids.
You’re thinking of the younger daughter, Mary.
I was going to post Liz Cheney's Wikipedia CV, but it is too long.
Maybe the "2 to 3 Knob Creek to Folgers breakfast mixture" is having an effect after all.
I think that Jazz just objects to seeing an articulate Republican on television.
Liz’s interviews have been great.
She should give classes on how to defeat liberal hosts and others who try to trap her with loaded questions.
Other Republican leaders are wimps compared to her.
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