The clubby Senate and many in the press already are snickering at Liz Cheney’s run for the Senate.
But there are many good reasons, including these 10, for her to run against longtime Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) :
1. We need foreign policy experts in the Senate. Not only does Cheney speak and write often on the subject, she was in the State Department for five years in the George W. Bush administration and at the U.S. Agency for International Development for several years before that.
2. Incumbent senators who do nothing and draw a salary year after year from the taxpayers should get a wake-up call.
3. She likely would be another GOP voice for gay marriage (although she has not be as definitive as some would like), and thereby an important force to drag her party into the 21st century.
4. It’s amusing to watch Enzi defend himself. (“I’m not too old.”) In insisting that Cheney promised she would not run, Enzi, it now appears, was “confused” as Cheney put it, perhaps mixing her up with another potential contender. Ouch.
5. The GOP desperately needs officials who are media-friendly and effective in engaging the opposition (i.e., the press). Cheney, who has been a feisty Fox News contributor, certainly qualifies in that department.
6. The GOP needs some fresh blood in the Senate, but someone experienced and solid on the issues. In other words, no Ted Cruz or Rand Paul. Cheney is a full generation younger than some of the crusty veterans. A forty-something, articulate conservative woman well-versed in the issues? It’s a no-brainer.
7. Even if she doesn’t win, she’ll force Enzi to perk up.
8. It’s humorous to watch the same voices who defended Hillary Clinton from “carpetbagger” accusations attack Cheney for moving back to the state where her family has lived for generations.
9. In an era of Anthony Weiner, Mark Sanford and Eliot Spitzer, it would be nice to see a grounded mother of five run for office. A politician who is a role model?! Shocking, I know.
10. We’ll get to see the former vice president on the campaign trail once again. He’s always a treat to hear, especially when he praises the president for continuity in the Bush war on terror.