WY voters overwhelmingly want Liz Cheney as Senator… from Virginia

Awk-ward. A new PPP poll finds that Wyoming voters like the idea of Liz Cheney, daughter of Dick, running for the US Senate… from Virginia.

Liz Cheney recently announced that she was running for Senate from Wyoming in a primary challenge against sitting Republican Senator Mike Enzi.

Apparently, Cheney has a bit of a battle on her hands.  By a 50 to 28 margin, Wyoming voters would prefer that Liz “Anti-Leah” Cheney (he is your father, but you are no hero) run for the Senate from the lovely, bigoted, backwards state of Virginia.

A big part of the problem is that Wyomingites don’t see Cheney as a local – only 31% says she is, whereas a fully 50% say she isn’t.  A second problem, they also don’t tend to like her terribly much – her favorability rating is 40 favorable to 34 unfavorable.  Compare that to Enzi’s 66 favorable, 24 unfavorable.

Liz, I am your father.

Liz, I am your father.

PPP finds that while Cheney and Enzi split the “very conservative” vote, even though Enzi is still ahead with that group, moderate Republicans and “somewhat conservative” Republicans much prefer Enzi over Cheney.

So pretty much no Republicans in the state favors Liz.

Oh, but it gets worse for Cheney.  The only chance Democrats have of winning the Senate seat is if Liz wins the primary!

Should Cheney somehow emerge victorious in the primary, she may jeopardize the GOP’s ability to hold the seat. The poll finds that she trails former Democratic Governor Dave Freudenthal 45% to 42%, the only situation in which a Democrat is even remotely close to winning. This is rather impressive for Freudenthal, who has a 55% favorable rating, as only 53% of respondents said they could ever vote for a Democrat for Senator.

Perhaps it’s time to start raising money for Liz.


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  • lynchie

    Can’t find current numbers but in 2009 the Foundation had $181 million in assets and had granted $4 million.

    http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/funderprofile.asp?fndid=5382&category=79

    Now granted they have done some interesting and helpful things. But a lot of money went the the Clinton Presidential Building and not to the charities. What it does highlight is that money can be spent to have an impact. Take the $TRILLION spent in Iraq and Afghanistan what an impact that could have had around the world and the perception of America would be positive instead of a brutal invader and tyrant.

  • lynchie

    All politicians seem relatively genuine when they are campaigning. Once elected you are less that a dog turd smeared on the side of their shoe. She was given the hedge fund job Clinton;s attorney, Vernon Jordan. Who by the way is a member of the Bilderberg Group.

    http://www.bilderberg.org/cocktail.htm

    Being a politician is what these punks aspire to. Wealth beyond their dreams, corporations ass kissing, electorate totally clueless and they never have to work a day in their lives what is not to like. They also learn early on to smile like they never smelled their own turds, they feel it makes them look earnest and concerned.

  • HelenRainier

    From the video clips I’ve seen of Lizzie I’d say she is definitely a chip off the old block. She has a malignant personality, a snarl, and utter contempt. It all oozes from her pores.

  • Denver Catboy

    There’s a nice place you can head where you’ll never hear Aravosis say anything. It is Redstate. Don’t let the door hit ya where the Lord split ya, as the old saying goes. ;)

  • Monoceros Forth

    Right-wingers only protect life that doesn’t even exist.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    WTF? Why don’t you try saying that in a way we can all understand. Remember that the rest of the world cannot hear the voices in your head.

  • Hector Bracamonte

    ‘Bigoted, backward, Virginia’ you say? What else can be expected of a guy that’s hurting just because the state’s laws (supported by its citizens) makes his friends cross the Potomac for a license. Then again, everyone and everything that has tradition in protecting life and procreation is bigoted and backward and should shut up and let Aravosis dictate what is acceptable, after all he is loud as hell.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “Cousins are closer family to some.” True. My cousins have been in WY since the 1830′s. You can always tell the newcomers like Cheney—they build their houses on ridges and hills for the view and then freeze to death in the Winter winds.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    I am okay with giving the Clintons some credit for the work the Clinton Foundation is doing.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    charitable… that’s it. She’ll be feeding the starving babies in the Hampton’s, or Martha’s Vineyard.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    These days candidates tend to go to places where they think they have a good chance at winning, and/or where they can carpet bomb the state with outside money, and hope nobody will be the wiser. But that doesn’t really make a lot of sense in this case, considering how much support Mike Enzi has in Wyoming. Certainly she’d stand a better chance in Virginia… but there she’d actually have to confront a Democratic candidate.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Please don’t tell me she lives in Chelsea.

  • ArthurH

    In recent years, the criteria for running for office in a state has become slimmer. Did Hillary Clinton live in New York more than a few months before getting elected senator there. In 2004 when the Republican candidate for senator had to drop off the ticket for the kinky sex he had with Seven-of-Nine, the party recruited Allen Keyes, who moved from Maryland to Illinois the day he was put on the ticket. The claim residency he rented an apartment in Calumet City for which he never paid more than the first month’s rent and security deposit. He flopped as a candidate and slinked back to Maryland leaving his landlord with thousands in unpaid rent that hasn’t been collected to this day.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Well, I guess that depends on your definition of the word ‘family’. Cousins are closer family than some. It is true there have been Cheneys in Wyoming since the turn of the century. Just not her immediate family.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Yeah… but I don’t think he became a resident of Texas until he started running Halliburton, in the early-mid 90s.

  • nicho

    Well, when you can afford a $10.5-million fixer-upper in Manhattan, you don’t need to aspire to much more.

  • nicho

    Wasn’t he a resident of Texas — until he named himself Dubya’s VP and he had to change to Wyoming because they both couldn’t be from the same state?

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    It’s very hard to start at the top. She might have been able to pull that off in a smaller state (like Wyoming) or if she had worked her way up through a political system running for local office, then state office then senator. She was quickly in over her head and honestly didn’t have the personality for the nastiness of politics at that level. She does good work for charities and is a rock star when it comes to raising money. But a politician she isn’t.

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    So in other words she flat out lied in the ad. She made it sound like her family has been in Wyoming for generations which is simply not the case. At best it’s misleading. That’s a polite way of saying liar liar pants on fire.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Would be certainly nice for someone in her position to take such a path.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    There’s probably a reason why she left her hedge fund job to pursue more “fulfilling” career options. Though she does seem relatively genuine, it is probably more likely a plan to round out her life, so when it gets put under the microscope of running for public office as an heir apparent, she isn’t seen as just the Clinton’s kid, combined with all the appeal of yet another Wall Street thug. She’ll be educated, cultured, charitable…

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Besides, she’s all horns and no cow.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Caroline Kennedy tested those waters and withdrew quickly. How any sane decent human being would want that life is questionable. It only appeals to sociopaths.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    When was the last time Liz Cheney even lived in Wyoming? I mean Dick became a Congressman in, what, 1979? About the time she was starting high school. But she graduated high school in Virginia, and went to college in Colorado and Illinois.

    Liz wasn’t born in Wyoming. Dick wasn’t born in Wyoming. His father wasn’t born in Wyoming. His grandfather wasn’t born in Wyoming. His great grandfather wasn’t born in Wyoming. His great great grandfather wasn’t born in Wyoming. I digress. So, the family name itself might have 100 years of ties to the state, cousins and the like, but their direct line actually has pretty limited ties with the state. Ties that start when Dick was young, going to school, and then end when he was no longer a Congressman for the state. But while he was a Congressman from Wyoming, Liz was going to high school in Virginia?

    Carpetbagging through the generations.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Yep, my Ouija Board did a back flip off the table after spelling out: ‘ Hillary be gone. ‘

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Thank the gods for that!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “Sexist misogyny is far from dead.” Indeed, it’s entrenched in the very fabric of Christian cults: ‘Lord,’ ‘King’, ‘King of King,’ ‘Lord God King of Kings,’ and so on.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    The detail I found most patently offensive: How so many consciously and unconsciously asserted the notion that this inbred little bundle of joy was better and superior for the accident of having been born male.

    Even Americans among us, we who supposedly rejected the very notion of feudal monarchy to form a democratic government, fawn over the fact this baby is a boy and not a girl.

    Sexist misogyny is far from dead.

  • Indigo

    Let’s watch and see. Actually, I doubt it. Chelsea is way too Bo-Chic for politics.

  • Indigo

    You could be right, stranger things have happened. My cracked crystal ball, however, does not show the Hillary bandwagon gaining much impetus.

  • Monoceros Forth

    Things will change once Hillary Clinton becomes politically superannuated, I predict.

  • Monoceros Forth

    At least she wouldn’t be the first Cheney to pretend to be from Wyoming.

    I guess a lot of congressmen and senators can claim to have run some sort of cursus honorum, having actually run for and served in lesser offices. Looking over Liz Cheney’s career I’m not seeing much to suggest an honorable career in public service. Looks like she got appointed to some sinecure jobs thanks to her dad and also co-founded some meaningless think tank.
    Still, I’d love to see if she’s inherited the key Cheney traits: a malignant personality that makes C. Montgomery Burns look sunny and generous by comparison; poor aim with a shotgun; a snarl that suggests the immediate readiness to take a bite out of someone’s leg; and, most importantly, utter contempt.

  • lynchie

    The fascination about the birth of this child was nauseating to the extreme. The media glorified the insemination, the carrying and the birth as if it was the immaculate conception. A child born into wealth, a drain on the treasury born of parents who only showed the ability to conceive yet we in america were entranced.

  • lynchie

    I would bet what I own that she will become involved, especially if dragon lady Hillary is not elected in 2016.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I hope so, too.

  • Indigo

    I know. I know. I know. But I’m hopeful that she’s so entirely shallow and taken with making sweetly harmless docu-interviews for NBC and lotsa money that she’ll just settle into the Margaret Truman role and leave well enough alone.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    She’s young yet, and recent history indicates that a lack of prior aspirations doesn’t disqualify the Powers That Be from anointing someone like her to join the oligarchy.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Partly it’s politicians, but I’m seeing it throughout the plutocratic oligarchy.

    A royal baby for the obsolete monarchy of the UK is treated like the second coming of Celebrity Christ.

    Spouses and children or relatives of elected politicians are presumed to be fit for high elected office, often even absent any prior career or elected office in politics.

    And hell, despite having zero experience but having a father who served as a tele-journalist, wet-behind-the-ears Luke Russert was given a juicy contract by NBC News for no other reason than who his father was (Tim Russert).

  • Indigo

    True enough. Fortunately, Chelsea Clinton does not appear to aspire to political office.

  • Drew2u

    Gotta keep the power of the aristocracy in the family. God forbid the government to be run by the governed.

  • lynchie

    The sense of entitlement that sons and daughters of politicians possess is frightening. Just a job for life and a pulpit to spew that same hate and divisiveness. Liz has not a single redeeming quality.

  • nicho

    Wow — a Cheney unlikeable? Who would have thought that? What a bunch of twisted fucks that family is.

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