Back in the Cowboy State

On November 8 last year, Donald Trump prevented a resurrection of the Clinton administration 16 years after it left office.  That same day, in an election paid scant attention by the national media, the spirit of George W. Bush’s administration was given new life in Wyoming, where Liz Cheney, a daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, was elected to her father’s old seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Three years ago, Cheney attempted to challenge Sen. Michael B. Enzi in the Republican state primary, but was stiffly rebuffed as a carpetbagger and dropped out of the race under pretext of ill health in the family.  “It’s a unique strategy to live your entire life elsewhere and then come to a state a year before you’re going to announce you’re going to run for that state’s highest office,” U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, a Republican, remarked in a reference to Cheney’s long residency in Virginia, where she lived before and after working for the State Department during the Bush years.  This time, as a candidate for the seat Lummis had decided to vacate, Cheney prevailed after raising two million dollars, 15-times more money than her closest competitor in the race, despite continued complaints of carpetbaggery.  “The donor list on Cheney’s FEC report,” rollcall.com noted, “reads like a who’s who of the Bush-Cheney White...

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