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January 07, 2014


Cheney's Miscalculation

The New York Times notes that while Liz Cheney cited "serious health issues" in her family as the reason for dropping her Senate race, her problems were much larger.

"She ran in a state that she had not lived in for decades rather than in her longtime home state, Virginia, she targeted a genial and well-liked incumbent with no glaring ideological vulnerabilities, and she carried the banner of a hawkish foreign policy at a moment when a more restrained approach to national security is ascendant in the Republican Party. Further, she prompted an ugly and public split with her lesbian sister, Mary, by declaring her opposition to same-sex marriage -- and was nevertheless attacked with television ads by a third-party conservative group over gay rights. Most of all, though, Ms. Cheney miscalculated the degree to which her father's popularity among conservatives was transferable to her own race."












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