Skip to comments.Time to Throw Out Second Best GOP Senators
Posted on 07/10/2013 5:17:13 AM PDT by Kaslin
Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi is a loyal Republican, a decent guy, and generally a good senator. He also needs to retire from the Senate because he is not good enough, and I dont care if that makes him sad.
The New York Times probably thought it was helping him recently when it ran an article about how Dick Cheneys daughter Liz is planning to challenge him in the 2014 Republican primary. The Times hailed him as a studious, low-key legislator who worked well with Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and Enzi probably thinks thats a compliment.
For that reason alone he needs to go.
He needs to go because we can do better. Its not about Mike Enzi or any other Republican politician. Its about winning this war against progressivism, and if you arent leading the fight then bow out and make room for someone who will.
Liz Cheney will. The seat would hardly be at risk the Wyoming GOP primary is better known as the Wyoming general election so we can take the chance to do better. After all, Liz Cheney has something Enzi doesnt a taste for political combat.
She wants to win. Not to compromise, not to work together, not sit around singing Kumbayah with the liberals. She wants to win.
Enzi wants to be a sober, serious legislator working with his liberal friends across the aisle to make a better country. Except there are no friends across the aisle, and the liberals do not want to make this a better country. Liberals want to ruthlessly acquire and maintain power and control over every aspect of our lives, and anyone who does not see and understand that and who cant commit to destroying their hideous plans for our country needs to get out the way for a true conservative warrior.
The Times, perhaps again thinking it was helping, noted that Enzi avoids political talk shows because, he says, their goal is to get guests to beat up on their colleagues.
Except we need GOP Senators to be willing to beat up on their colleagues. Its not about collegiality in the cloakroom. We want you hated, despised, and targeted because that will mean you are getting something conservative done.
We want Ted Cruzes and Rand Pauls, not Lindsey Grahams (By the way, South Carolina, somebody needs to get busy primarying Chuck Schumers best buddy).
Worse, Enzi has started to forget about what conservatives do and do not do. He was a prime mover behind the internet sales tax folly. Heres a hint: Republicans dont collect taxes for liberal states.
Now, I expect Enzi and the other GOP Senators who should be primaried for failing to perform at a maximum level of effectiveness to feel hurt, upset and even angry. After all, theyve generally been reliable votes for conservative policies incomprehensible apostasies like the internet sales tax notwithstanding. Enzi will no doubt take it personally.
Its not personal.
It has nothing to do with Enzi and everything to do with making a clear-eyed assessment of who will be the most powerful advocate for conservatism in the Senate. A low-key, studious backbencher with a passion for bipartisan consensus who wont make the case for conservatism in the media because it might offend some of his liberal pals is not it.
We conservatives owe Enzi nothing. Nothing. Serving three terms in the Senate was reward enough for services rendered to the cause in fact, that hes served three should probably disqualify him by itself.
For too long the GOP has given nominations to the next old dude in line because he was a nice guy who hung around longest. For every Tea Party-linked former witch or half-witted would-be obstetrician, there are many more nice guys who ended up finishing last.
Remember President McCain? Me neither. Nominating McCain gave us President Obama and, arguably worse, Meghan McCain.
This needs to stop. We need to ruthlessly identify and select the strongest conservative voice who can win in every election even if good men like Enzi have to move aside. Its not about their hurt feelings. I dont care about their feelings, not even a little. Nor should you.
If Liz Cheney fails to win the nomination, Ill eagerly support Enzi because its not about Cheney either. If and when she stops being useful to conservatism, Ill support someone else.
Call it the Rubio Effect.
Mike Enzi is a good senator, but not a great one. We can do better, and when the future of our country is at stake, a good enough conservative is nowhere near good enough. He can leave with his head held high, with our respect despite some minor disagreements. Or he can choose to fight a bruising primary battle against Cheney that his pal Alan Simpson says could cause the destruction of the Republican Party of Wyoming.
And for what? For the chance to spend six more years checking the boxes, but not making any waves?
Its time to go, Senator, preferably at the top of your game and with dignity. But, one way or another, it is time to go. To quote Abe Vigoda in The Godfather, Mike, it was only business. Now get in the car, Senator.
Not quite a laugh-out-loud line, but it did get a giggle-snort from me.
And when we get a real conservative from Wisconsin, like say Johnson, it's a big bonus.
Alexander must be feeling the heat. He has started to run tv ads touting his fishing law. I do not know what the law does. (Fiddling while Rome burns)
To be running ads this early must mean he is creating a distraction to curtail all the bad reaction he must be getting from his immigration vote.
That family is a charter clan of the current GOPe insider elite.
When the NYTimes endorses a Republican, that is a clarion call to replace the Politician. Texas’ KBH got far too friendly with the left, saw the writing on the wall, and after a failed Gov run, retired. We now have Cruz, the poster child for what we want in a Republican Senator. He is pulling Cornyn along, kicking and squalling.
Not sure I agree......I think Dick C is better than Bush....and I think daughter Cheney is better than Dad. If nothing else, she’ll get in there and fight with Dems instead of reaching across the aisle. That in and of itself is a big step in right direction. Why do you think Trump is so popular with many conservatives? It’s not because he’s conservative, it’s becsuse he’s a FIGHTER...and this Cheney is too.
Like he sits in the back of the class with his head down praying he won't be called upon.
LOL yep me too!
I second that motion. Scott Brown or Fauxcahontas Warren? Duh.
It's like those AT&T commercials ... It's Not Complicated!
... said the n00b.
The CEW Grading RINOs on a Curve theory is related to CEW's same lifetime postulate : thou cannot successfully be a Massachusetts Governor and Republican Presidential Nominee in the same lifetime.
As we all saw.....
That is your opinion, newbie to which you are entitled to
Enzi is more conservative than Lindsay Graham, John Cornyn, or Mitch McConnell, why doesn’t Cheney run against one of them in a primary? Or better yet, run against Warner in Virginia?
Here is VIDEO of Dick C laughing it up with his good pal David Rockefeller about how he kept his directorship of the anti-American Council on Foreign Relations secret from his rube constituents.
Sure Cheney is "better" than Bush. Bush is bumbling. Cheney is downright diabolical.
I can not vote for or against Alexander since I am not in his district. I hope you find a good candidate to replace him.
That was my hope... for her to run against the senior kneepad twin, St. Mark. I know at one time she lived in VA.
How does Liz Cheney stand on marriage ?
Cheney’s ties to Virginia are a whole lot stronger than her ties to Wyoming. And a case can be made that her connection to Texas is about the same as her connection to Wyoming. If she’s shopping for a senate seat there are a whole lot more deserving people to knock off the Enzi.