Great question for Liz. Enzi's is a safe seat, and he's mostly a good conservative. So why on earth did she decide to pick this needless fight?
Anyway, we don't need another GOP vote for homo "marriage".
I agree. And I bet she’s soft on the border & immigration whereas Enzi is excellent on the issue from what I understand.
I’ve been talking to some people, and will be talking to a lot more people (and getting deeper into GOP party issues in the rest of this year), and this is what we’re thinking:
Enzi is getting older. If he wins this election, it is likely to be his last. In 2020, the seat would be open. Most people think that this way - given the age of Enzi at the end of this next term.
If Enzi were to just walk into the next term, it leaves Wyomingites time to find a good candidate on the issues and get them in place to run when Enzi retires.
Odds are that a home-selected candidate would be more like the Tea Party type candidates, and given the recent political winds I’m seeing in Wyoming, they’d also be pretty isolationist. We’ve meddled enough with no good result in the middle east, we’re about to let Afghanistan go back to the dark ages with little to nothing to show for our blood and treasure there.
Oh, and we’re broke.
The Feds continue to meddle in western states, and the sage grouse issue, “war on coal” issues, wolf predation issues, lack of oil/gas leases, stupid wind turbines blighting our landscapes, etc - someone needs to buckle down and work hard on the economics issues of our state. A guy like Cruz looks pretty good, but what we really need is someone who knows the state economic issues in great detail. We’re fundamentally a resource extraction state (oil/gas/coal, grazing/farming/etc), and the Feds are meddling in all those issues.
This sort of candidate would be a horror for the GOP-e. They want reliable internationalists, free-trade-uber-alles types, supporters of the Federal Reserve, etc.