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Tea Party debacle implodes: Liz Cheney quits Senate race
Salon ^ | January 6, 2014 | Joan Walsh, editor-at-large

Posted on 01/06/2014 12:58:50 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Yes, nepotism, carpetbagging and cruelty to her sister hurt -- but Cheney’s troubles show a movement near its end.

OK, Liz Cheney was a carpetbagger from Virginia who had little to sell in Wyoming besides her father’s connections. Still, Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter was not nearly as ludicrous a Senate candidate as Christine O’Donnell 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 Party’s health issues are also a problem. Despite Cheney’s high-profile campaign troubles, she had a lot of political assets that lesser 2010 challengers couldn’t 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 Cheney’s failure suggests it’s 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 didn’t support gay marriage, even though she’d attended Mary’s 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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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Wyoming
KEYWORDS: 2014; alreadyposted; gop; heatherpoe; homosexualagenda; joanwalsh; lesbianism; lizcheney; marycheney; memebuilding; mikeenzi; palin; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; salon; teaparty; wy2014; wyoming
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How many obituaries of the Tea Party and Governor Sarah Palin can this one individual write?
1 posted on 01/06/2014 12:58:50 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Has it imploded more that Obamacare?


2 posted on 01/06/2014 1:00:06 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


3 posted on 01/06/2014 1:01:28 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (Five years, my brain hurts a lot.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The only one calling her a tea party candidate seems to be the Democrats.


4 posted on 01/06/2014 1:04:34 PM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

LOL at these morons calling Liz Cheney a “Tea Party Candidate” since when?


5 posted on 01/06/2014 1:05:06 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


6 posted on 01/06/2014 1:05:08 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This author is ignorant. Enzi was more conservative and more of a Tea Party candidate than Liz Cheney.


7 posted on 01/06/2014 1:05:29 PM PST by arista
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Has Ms. Walsh ever commented on that carpetbagger Hillary? Or, the other democrat carpetbaggers?


8 posted on 01/06/2014 1:06:36 PM PST by raybbr (I weep over my sons' future in this Godforsaken country.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Still, Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter was not nearly as ludicrous a Senate candidate as Christine O’Donnell of Delaware, or Joe Miller of Alaska, or Sharron Angle of Nevada, or Joe Buck of Colorado, or … well, you get the point

Dear Salon,

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.....

9 posted on 01/06/2014 1:06:54 PM PST by dragonblustar (Psalm 37:7)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Liz Cheney and the Tea Party are as close as Hillary and the truth!


10 posted on 01/06/2014 1:08:29 PM PST by VRWCarea51
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To: arista

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.


11 posted on 01/06/2014 1:11:39 PM PST by txhurl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s salon.com

there is more incisive political commentary on “The Onion”


12 posted on 01/06/2014 1:15:08 PM PST by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


13 posted on 01/06/2014 1:16:58 PM PST by DemforBush (Ice cream, Mandrake? Children's ice cream?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It will be a cold day in hell nefore I’ll let Salon tell me who the conservatives are


14 posted on 01/06/2014 1:18:51 PM PST by Bullish (America should yank Obama like a rotten tooth before he poisons the entire body)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


15 posted on 01/06/2014 1:18:58 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Joan Walsh is a nasty bitch who sucks up to Chris Matthews on a daily basis.


16 posted on 01/06/2014 1:29:59 PM PST by CMailBag
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


17 posted on 01/06/2014 1:31:31 PM PST by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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To: DemforBush

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


18 posted on 01/06/2014 1:32:29 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: DemforBush
The TEA Party steamed Bennet in Utah and got the great Mike Lee elected. Good for them!

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.

19 posted on 01/06/2014 1:36:38 PM PST by wintertime
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


20 posted on 01/06/2014 1:37:44 PM PST by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: Mr. K

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.


21 posted on 01/06/2014 1:38:55 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Norm Lenhart

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.


22 posted on 01/06/2014 1:40:35 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ditch Mitch.


23 posted on 01/06/2014 1:44:02 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> Still, Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter was not nearly as ludicrous a Senate candidate as Christine O’Donnell 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.

Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.


24 posted on 01/06/2014 1:44:15 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv

She was not TEA Party


25 posted on 01/06/2014 1:44:36 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

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.


26 posted on 01/06/2014 1:48:03 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart
But, but, but, but... Hillary has ALWAYS been a Yankee fan! Her whole life!
27 posted on 01/06/2014 1:50:04 PM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Liz Cheney is tea party?

Since when?


28 posted on 01/06/2014 1:50:34 PM PST by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: Alas Babylon!

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?

;)


29 posted on 01/06/2014 1:52:10 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Alas Babylon!

See 26 for an explanation. I thought you were replying to that post...I goofed ;)


30 posted on 01/06/2014 1:53:07 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: central_va

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


31 posted on 01/06/2014 1:55:30 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Mr. K

Exactly correct.

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.


32 posted on 01/06/2014 2:00:42 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Mr. K

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.


33 posted on 01/06/2014 2:01:54 PM PST by DemforBush (Ice cream, Mandrake? Children's ice cream?)
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To: Norm Lenhart
I am willing to bet the word ‘carpetbagging’ was quite absent from her reportage.

It better be absent or else it would be homophobic. Oh, sorry -- you said carpetbagging. That's not what I thought you said.

34 posted on 01/06/2014 2:03:27 PM PST by Bob
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
thanks 2ndD...Liz wasn't tea party....The blowup was her SISTERS doing.....This was a case of the Rino party selecting somebody they wanted and dissing any real conservative....Now I like Dick Cheney but politians children do not inherit the office......besides the Tea Party is people not a party
35 posted on 01/06/2014 2:05:03 PM PST by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: wintertime

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.


36 posted on 01/06/2014 2:05:40 PM PST by DemforBush (Ice cream, Mandrake? Children's ice cream?)
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To: DemforBush

The only thing imploding is THE FOREIGNERS commie agenda.


37 posted on 01/06/2014 2:13:03 PM PST by spawn44 (MOO)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
You just don't see this kind of analysis (Joan Walsh is a hack, also similar article at NJ) for Princess Caroline Kennedy. And she's been properly thanked with an ambassadorial reward.
38 posted on 01/06/2014 2:16:27 PM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“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”!


39 posted on 01/06/2014 2:18:24 PM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: central_va

A RINO Is just another democrat, although they are WORSE because they deceive people into thinking they are not


40 posted on 01/06/2014 2:27:31 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t see how she got the “Tea Party” label over Enzi.


41 posted on 01/06/2014 2:50:39 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


42 posted on 01/06/2014 2:58:58 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Rededicaton to the Principles of the U.S. Constitution...)
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To: wintertime

“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.


43 posted on 01/06/2014 3:11:29 PM PST by vette6387
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hey joan... you ignorant slut at large... she was NEVER TEA party and you are nothing but a demonic and bigoted propagandista!

LLS


44 posted on 01/06/2014 3:19:46 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Huh? Cheney is an establishment, globalist approved Republican if ever there was one. These people truly do not get it.


45 posted on 01/06/2014 3:21:02 PM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How is Liz Cheney “tea party”? She’s as pampered, entitled ruling class RINO as it gets.


46 posted on 01/06/2014 3:22:29 PM PST by grania
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To: vette6387
It seemed to me that the TEA Party candidates in losing states were maliciously abandoned monetarily by the Repub elite.
47 posted on 01/06/2014 4:09:10 PM PST by wintertime
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To: vette6387

The tea party does better at Senate races than the GOPe, who lost about 10 or 11 in 1012.


48 posted on 01/06/2014 4:23:04 PM PST by ansel12 ( Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Whatever you say salon,whatever you say.


49 posted on 01/06/2014 4:23:24 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: silverleaf

It’s salon.com

there is more incisive political commentary on “The Onion”


Hey! Our enemies are giving us advice. Pay attention!


50 posted on 01/06/2014 4:44:18 PM PST by Atlas Sneezed
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