Liz Cheney abruptly ended her bid for the Senate Monday, but don't assume her campaign taught us anything about the state of the Republican Party. (The Washington Post)

Liz Cheney, the daughter of former vice president Richard B. Cheney, announced Monday that she has decided to end her bid to become a U.S. senator from Wyoming, citing "serious health issues" in her family.

Cheney's decision brings an abrupt end to a high-profile campaign that shook the Wyoming political landscape and unfolded against the backdrop of a deeply personal and very public rift with her sister over the issue of gay marriage.