Skip to comments.Tea Party debacle implodes: Liz Cheney quits Senate race
Posted on 01/06/2014 12:58:50 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Yes, nepotism, carpetbagging and cruelty to her sister hurt -- but Cheneys troubles show a movement near its end.
OK, Liz Cheney was a carpetbagger from Virginia who had little to sell in Wyoming besides her fathers connections. Still, Vice President Dick Cheneys daughter was not nearly as ludicrous a Senate candidate as Christine ODonnell of Delaware, or Joe Miller of Alaska, or Sharron Angle of Nevada, or Joe Buck of Colorado, or well, you get the point all of whom won their 2010 Tea Party primaries against respectable conservative mainstream Republicans.
That was 2010. On Sunday the 2014 midterm season began with Liz Cheney calling off her doomed Wyoming Senate primary campaign against conservative Mike Enzi, citing unspecified serious health issues in her family. We sincerely hope those issues are resolved soon.
But the Tea Partys health issues are also a problem. Despite Cheneys high-profile campaign troubles, she had a lot of political assets that lesser 2010 challengers couldnt rely on and yet those candidates won anyway. Cheney is leaving the race trailing Enzi by more than 50 points. 2014 is going to be an unpredictable midterm election, but Cheneys failure suggests its not going to be a cakewalk for come-from-nowhere Tea Party candidates or opportunists like Cheney who pretend to be Tea Party devotees.
Sure, Cheney only moved to Wyoming in 2012, and she had that embarrassing screw-up with her fishing license. Probably the biggest blow to her candidacy was her high-profile, classless row with her sister Mary over gay marriage. Liz took to Fox News to say she didnt support gay marriage, even though shed attended Marys to wife Heather Poe and Mary and Heather took to Facebook to chide Liz for either cruelty or hypocrisy, depending on what she really believed....
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Has it imploded more that Obamacare?
I was VERY MUCH AGAINST Cheney getting into that race.
However, I am willing to accept the possibility that a serious health issue has convinced her to get out.
The only one calling her a tea party candidate seems to be the Democrats.
LOL at these morons calling Liz Cheney a “Tea Party Candidate” since when?
I would be interested to see what Joan Walsh, editor-at-large had to day about the Hillary! senate bid in NY.
I am willing to bet the word ‘carpetbagging’ was quite absent from her reportage.
Not that I’m a LC fan. But if it were not for double standards, the left would haZ none.
This author is ignorant. Enzi was more conservative and more of a Tea Party candidate than Liz Cheney.
Has Ms. Walsh ever commented on that carpetbagger Hillary? Or, the other democrat carpetbaggers?
Let me point you to the White House. Nothing more ridiculous than for a nation to elected an unqualified, commie rock sucking muslim to the highest office in the land.
Chew on Bengazi, national debt, health care debacle, fast and furious, IRS scandals, etc.....
Liz Cheney and the Tea Party are as close as Hillary and the truth!
But nobody wanted to go against D. Cheney and say anything about his daughter publicly. They just thought it and polled it, and she dropped out.
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I won’t argue that TP efforts at the Senate level haven’t been anything to crow about. We need to do a better job vetting the folks in that area, no question. But the TP has also been very, very successful in getting conservatives elected to the House. So it is quite premature to say the Tea Party’s run is over.
It will be a cold day in hell nefore I’ll let Salon tell me who the conservatives are
Get used to it. Every ill-conceived candidacy that implodes or goes off the rails will be blamed on the Tea Party by an ascendant chorus of media.
Joan Walsh is a nasty bitch who sucks up to Chris Matthews on a daily basis.
This article brings to mind the old saying, “If you’re taking fire, you’re over the target.”
The Tea Party is about principles, not principals. Those principles have been taking fire from the Left, and are going to keep taking fire from the Left, but they’re winning principles. That scares the Left silly, so we get silly articles like this one.
It does not matter that some of the TEA party candidates have been less-than-stellar, because they DEFEATED the GOP establishment.
So if a less-than-stellar candidate can defeat the GOP selected elite, the DEMS would have no trouble either.
The GOP needs to learn that, and run some good candidates who are ALSO TEA PARTY supported... and not abondone the GOP candidate if they don’t get their chosen guy in there
And...As you pointed out, the TEA Party has had good success with the House. Eventually, some of these politically seasoned representatives will run for the Senate.
Since she does not exactly qualify as TEA Party material, I believe the obituaries of said party are a bit premature. She came across as less conservative than the one she challenged.
I’m a vindictive a$$hole and I know it. I believe that every RINO that goes down in flames in the primaries to a Tea Party endorsed candidate is a huge victory for liberty. If they end up beating the DemonRat in the general; well that is just icing on the cake.
Exactly!! Nobody ever, to this day, has ever brought up the carpetbagging issue with Hillary Clinton.
Nobody, to this day, has ever brought up how the Clintons and their political muscle pushed aside actual Democrats who actually live in New York from running for the Senate.
Nobody, to this day, has brought up that the Clintons picked a Democrat leaning state for Hillary to run in.
Nobody, to this day, has ever asked, why didn’t Hillary run for political office in her home state of Arkansas, when she decided to have her own political career.
I guess that’s just the way it is. Liberals criticize Republicans for certain things, for which they would never criticize a fellow liberal.
Intellectual honesty is not among the major qualities of liberals.
> Still, Vice President Dick Cheneys daughter was not nearly as ludicrous a Senate candidate as Christine ODonnell of Delaware, or Joe Miller of Alaska, or Sharron Angle of Nevada, or Joe Buck of Colorado, or ... well, you get the point all of whom won their 2010 Tea Party primaries against respectable conservative mainstream Republicans.
She was not TEA Party
If all the talk show ‘guests’ from the GOP ever actually wanted to derail Hillary!, all they would have to do is say “Well (whatever question you asked) isn’t important. What is important is how the media refuses to ask the same questions of Democrats that they do non-Democrats. Take Hillary for instance...”
And refuse to discuss anything else. Every ‘guest’ every show/article, EVERY time.
The media could either discuss or have nothing to report on. If they took this tactic, the public would quickly tire of boring TV/media and start demanding to be entertained..er I mean informed.
Ratings would ensure it.
Liz Cheney is tea party?
That’s not important. What is important is the fact that the media refuses to ask the same questions of Democrats that they do of republicans.
Se how easy it is?
See 26 for an explanation. I thought you were replying to that post...I goofed ;)
you and me both
A defeatr of a democrat in the (GOP) primaries is just as good as a defeat of any other democrat.
If they go on to defeat the ACTUAL dem candidate, then great!
The GOP had to be taught that if they abandon the TEA party they hand the election to the democrats, even if they win the primary. Most GOP rino’s work harder to defeat a republicanin the primaries than they work to defeat the Democraps anyway
All the GOP loyalists have yet to show how a Republican gutting our military and their benefits, legalizing gay marriage/abortion, funding Obamacare or funding terrorists via their support and votes in DC is a ‘lesser evil’.
They scream real loud about it though.
In a couple cases, I would agree with you. Ken Buck was at least as good as any of the more established GOP candidates. He lost a close, tough race, but ran it well. I’d also say Alaska was a plus. Joe Miller, for all his warts, probably would have beaten the Democratic candidate had Murkowski not run as a 3rd party candidate (and pulled out her bag of dirty tricks) to keep “her” seat from us peasants.
In others though, I would have to disagree. Indiana 2012 comes to mind. Mourdock was a disaster. Dick Lugar had long gone astray from his conservative roots, but he was also a 30 point plus shoe-in against Joe Donnelly. No way that seat would have gone Democratic had Lugar (or a decent conservative candidate) won the nomination.
Delaware is another one. I have no great love for Mike Castle and his lifetime ACU rating of 51. But, the fact remains he’d never lost an election in Delaware. He probably would have defeated Chris Coons and given the GOP a pickup. Admittedly a squishy RINO pickup, but a pickup nonetheless. Christine O’Donnell, by contrast, had been obliterated in two previous Senate runs and was a no-hoper even before the “I’m not a witch” nonsense came up.
I get what you’re saying, and I agree the GOP-E needs to understand that business as usual isn’t good enough for we conservatives.. I’m just sayin’ that on our end, we need to kick the tires a little bit better on some of these folks running as the alternative.
It better be absent or else it would be homophobic. Oh, sorry -- you said carpetbagging. That's not what I thought you said.
I agree. The Tea Party has brought some strong people into the House, and the future for these folks is bright. Some may go on to be Senators, and others will win governorships, which is good for the cause as well.
I’m just sayin’ we’ve had a few bad missteps at the Senate level, and a little more scrutiny and vetting might be prudent in the future.
The only thing imploding is THE FOREIGNERS commie agenda.
“Liz” Cheney is NOT and has NEVER been “Tea Party”. What she IS is the Daughter of a RINO/Ford “Faction”/GOP-e er. She has NO and has NEVER HAD ANY “Connection” to or with Wyoming. That makes her a CLASSIC Carpet Bagger. She need to stay in VA where she DOES have “Connections”!
A RINO Is just another democrat, although they are WORSE because they deceive people into thinking they are not
I don’t see how she got the “Tea Party” label over Enzi.
Rumors of the Tea Party’s demise are somewhat premature. The Tea Party is an idea and the only way you can kill an idea is if you replace it with something else. That has not happened in over 200 years. I don’t expect it will happen any time soon.
“The TEA Party steamed Bennet in Utah and got the great Mike Lee elected. Good for them!”
Yes, it was good and the reason that the Tea Party was successful in Utah was that Lee was an outstanding candidate and Utah is about as homogenous a state as there is. It other states, their poorly vetted candidates didn’t make it even though they had held public office because they were not “mainstream conservative” enough to appeal to an entire state. Akin was a congressman from a district that could go along with his decidedly non-mainstream “ideas.” But he didn’t play at all well even to conservatives in the rest of the state because of his “rather unorthodox” views of women.
Electing Senators is a whole lot bigger matter than individual congessmen as the Tea Party has found out, and we are suffering right now because of the lack of intelligent vetting.
Hey joan... you ignorant slut at large... she was NEVER TEA party and you are nothing but a demonic and bigoted propagandista!
Huh? Cheney is an establishment, globalist approved Republican if ever there was one. These people truly do not get it.
How is Liz Cheney “tea party”? She’s as pampered, entitled ruling class RINO as it gets.
The tea party does better at Senate races than the GOPe, who lost about 10 or 11 in 1012.
Whatever you say salon,whatever you say.
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