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.
What are her positions on gun control, gay marriage, and immigration?
And since you are from Nebraska why don't you concern yourself about one your senators who is running for reelection like Mike Johanns whose ACU rating in Congress is only 80% compared to Mitch McConnel whose ACU rating in Congress is 100%
Here are the ratings of Mitch McConnell my neighboring state senator
100% pro life 100%
ACU rating (Congress) 90%
lifetime Gun owners of America 100%
NumbersUSA [Americans for Better Immigration] - Positions - Reduce Illegal Immigration at the Border 100%
NumbersUSA [Americans for Better Immigration] - Positions - Reduce Illegal Jobs and Presence 100%
NumbersUSA [Americans for Better Immigration] - Positions - Reduce Amnesty Enticements 100%
Yes Johanns has also a 100% pro life ratings like most republicans
Take Back (from Dem incumbent)
North Carolina Hagan
South Dakota - Johnson
West Virginia - Rockefeller
Upgrade (from lesser conservative)
South Carolina Graham
Wyoming - Enzi
Your thoughts, edits or additions? With the exception of Colorado (should be GOP), every state went Romney in 2012.
Oh ... wait ...
She is not "from Wyoming". She may have been born there but she lived the majority of her life in Virgnia. She got her undergrad degree in Colorado and her law school degree in Chicago, which means she has spent more time in both those states than in Wyoming, and her kids were born, raised, and educated in Virginia. She has much stronger ties to Virginia so she should have challenged Warner. Her ties to Wyoming are tenuous at best, and if you want to use the carpetbagger label then yeah, she's carpetbagging the Wyoming seat. So if she wants to do that then why not knock off a Senator who deserves it more than Enzi. And if that includes coming here and taking a crack at Johanns then more power to her. Enzi has him beat, too.
There is much to like in this article. Mike Enzi may be dulitous but he voted to save the party from Amnesty and Durbin and Schumer. He was with it when it was needed. Could we count on Dick Cheneys daughter doing the same? So I agree with you.
Now who was it who said ... Peace through Strength ...?
Good grief, did you do too much LSD or crack when you were young?
How does someone post that kind of sentence with a straight face?
Liberaltarian ... drunk on the LRon koolaid ...
Sure it is.
It's 0bama who has gone where no other president has or would, and only to support the MB. Cheney would not be doing this.
Occasionally he gets things right, but believing the guy on most things just makes you stupid.
I can't believe the dude said that.
I dont think its been well handled, Cheney said. I will be the first to admit its a complex, difficult situation. I frankly think John McCain has it just about right. John and I dont always agree on everything. We have had our debates over the years but I think John has pretty well nailed it. Now we are to the point where its hard to understand that its the use of chemical weapons that triggered this result. As John said the other day, well, there were 93,000 people killed not affected by chemical weapons. Where was the concern then? Its not clear to me what the mission is here, or they understand the mission.
Sounds to me like Cheney is with McCain in wanting to use the US military to help the Muslim Brotherhood's friends in Syria.
A move back towards traditional American conservative isolation is twenty years overdue. The New World Order is not a concept George Washington would approve.
Her feeling about illegal immigration is that we need a sane policy to stop illegal immigration. One that finally closes our borders, enforces the laws already on our books, and restores the rule of law.
In short she is a conservative.
It would be nice to have that luxury. However, in the post 9/11 world of Islamic extremists bent on the last caliphate, they won't permit 'isolation' as an option.
I fear for future developments if in fact they are going to continue to pursue the policy that this administration has pursued and live in accordance with affliction. We have got more territory now in that part of the world when you start to add up all the areas that have come or are coming under the influence of the Muslim brotherhood and the radical Islamists. There is a lot more land and territory there for safe harbors and sanctuaries for terrorists than we ever faced back in the time of 9/11. That entire part of the world appears to be or a good part of it certainly to be moving in the direction that is fundamentally hostile to the long term US interest and yet we are, seem to be unable to influence events in that part of the world partly because we are headed for the exits and everybody knows we are headed for the exits.
Influence events does not mean war. I think we've learned plenty from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
Those lists are on the money....though I have to admit I’m not totally sure who is and is not up for re-elect on the “upgrade” list. And I think Chambliss is retiring anyway - but man, Alexander seems to be getting worse and Graham will almost certainly get opposition. In fact, I am consulting one of the potentials for that....and I hope he does get in.
Any person that receives the praise of the NYT is automatically dead to me.
This is the money quote:
. . . 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.
Cheney understands that. Enzi, apparently, does not.
Neither did Bob Bennett in Utah, which is why Mike Lee was moved in to replace him. And Wyoming is at least as conservative as Utah.
Her roots are 40 years in the past. She wasn't raised there or educated there or, until a few months ago, lived there as an adult. He roots lie more with Virginia, her home for the overwhelming majority of her life. If not for the fact that she apparently thought that the Wyoming senate seat was hers by right of being a Cheney, she wouldn't be living there now. What I would like to know is why she didn't go for the Virginia seat? Doesn't she like the idea of contesting an election?
Enzi, apparently, does not.
And you base that on...? And it's a serious question. What exactly makes her more conservative than Enzzi is?
Neither did Bob Bennett in Utah, which is why Mike Lee was moved in to replace him. And Wyoming is at least as conservative as Utah.
There is no way to compare Lee with Cheney. Lee was educated in Utah. Cheney was educated in Virginia, Colorado, and Chicago. Lee clerked for the U.S. District Court in Utah, was an assistant U.S. Attorney in Salt Lake City, was general counsel for the governor of Utah, and moved back to the state three years before he ran for the Senate. Cheney has never worked in Utah or lived in Utah except for the His roots in Utah are a mile wide by comparison.
Even Orrin Hatch had the sense to vote against the amnesty bill with Bennett's primary challenge in mind.
“If I can ever find a way around them Wyoming WINTERS, I will move there in a New York minute.
Wyoming may be the last best place in the disUnited States. “
How do Wyoming winters differ from neighboring Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska winters?
Kaslin who made you gatekeeper and why all the bully tactics? Liz Cheney is a retail politic novice and needs to set her sights on a local election such as School Board or State AG before jumping into a Senate race. Has she mostly been riding on the coat-tails of her father? We need to see where she stands on many sides including the Cheney/Bush administration FU’s and make no mistake it was a lot of Big Damn FU’s, paving the way for Obama was not the least FU!
Liz Cheney appears to be Carpet Bagging WY and maybe needs to be more than a talking head on TeeVee before she is taken seriously.