Thursday, July 19, 2012

Liz Cheney could be Romney's VP pick

It just dawned on me that the Republicans have a strong female VP pick right before their eyes.  And nobody's giving her the slightest bit of attention.  It's not Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).  It's Dick Cheney's daughter, Elizabeth Cheney. 


Definitely power hungry.  She'd want it.
Would be a phenomenal hatchet woman/attack dog.  Romney could remain above the fray.
Could be perceived as an outsider and an insider.
Has held serious positions in the State Department with regard to foreign policy.
Skilled, serious orator - likely pulverize Biden in the VP debates.
Has had plenty of television exposure as a Fox News commentator.
Help big time with the female vote and make people quickly forget about the stain left by Sarah "the Alaskan buffoon" Palin.
Very hawkish on foreign policy (comfy fit for the Republican neocons that still dominate the party).
Great dynamic... surprise pick that would definitely energize the base.  Definite game changer.
She's married, an attorney, 5 kids... but only 45 years old.  Wow.


Painful reminder of the Bush years.  The press would interpret her presence as a return to failed policies.
Doesn't help with the minority vote (blacks and hispanics).
You don't pick up any swing states.  It's more of an all-encompassing approach (which I believe to be the superior strategy).
Could get tagged with the "looking backward" rather than "moving forward."
Just what we wanted... the offspring of Dick Cheney.  A reminder that nepotism runs deep in Washington.
Potentially could overshadow Mitt.  This might not be the worst thing though because she's a woman.
Not much political experience, but no one would mind because she's smarter than the entire current crop of candidates.  Note: I said smarter, not wiser.  Personally, she scares the living fuck out of me.

I think the main problem would be the unpopularity of her father, aka Darth Vader.  Plus, Mitt will eventually have to demonstrate that he has some kind of "vision" other than lower taxes, less govt. She'd be seen as a link to the past... the failed Bush policies.  Whether or not it's deserving, I do not know.

Just something to think about.  I'm really surprised she's never been mentioned in all the VP hoopla.   The more I think about it, the better a pick she seems. When I see the others, Pawlenty and Portman (they make me so mentally fatigued, it becomes difficult to gather the strength to physically yawn).  Pawlenty ain't as bad as he used to be.  Rubio's a good fit but doesn't seem politically "seasoned" - too young.  John Thune is my dark horse pick.  I think that's where Romney's leaning.

Disclaimer: the thought of Liz Cheney as VP literally terrifies me.  Pretty much a clone of her dad.  Downright horrifying.

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