Q: How do you know when Dick Cheney is lying in his own naked self-interest?
A: He opens his mouth.
Dick Cheney uses this national platform on a Sunday morning not to tout his newest book on the miraculous heart transplant that has kept this vampire alive far longer than Nature intended, but to stump for his daughter Liz Cheney's flailing Senate run. That meant going after current office-holder, Mike Enzi, instead of those elusive memoir purchasers.
It's a testimony to how weak a candidate Liz is that Daddy's best arguments are that Enzi really isn't his "fishing buddy" (although it was a description given by Jonathan Martin in the NY Times, not Enzi directly) and that he takes money mostly from Washington rather than one of the least populous states in the union.
CHENEY: Well, Mike also said he and I are fishing buddies, which is simply not true. Never happened. The fact of the matter is, Washington is not going to elect the next senator from Wyoming. The people of Wyoming will elect that senator.
Mike has a record, if you go back and review his finances, of getting about 84 percent of his campaign funds Washington-based PACs. That's more than any senator of either party. He doesn't get much money from Wyoming. In the quarter just reported, Liz got 25 percent of her funds from Wyoming; he got 13 percent of his from Wyoming. She outraised him in the last quarter, over a million dollars in the first quarter out there.
So I think it's a great campaign. She's going full speed. She's going to win and Washington isn't going to decide who's the next senator from Wyoming; Wyoming is.
Of course, the devil is in the details, and Cheney's details are certainly devilish. Looking at Open Secrets, Enzi does not come close to raising the most money out there and his PAC contributions are about 74% of his total donations. Cheney did outraise Enzi in the last quarter, but surprise, surprise! her contributions are largely coming from Washington and New York, not Wyoming.
Rachel Maddow took her viewers on a little walk down memory lane and Dick Cheney's carpetbagging into Wyoming just in time for his qualification to run for vice president with George W. Bush. Now we've got his daughter pulling a similar maneuver with her primary challenge to Sen. Mike Enzi. Read more...