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Liz Cheney: Are we ready for another political dynasty?

Liz Cheney – daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney – may be positioning herself to run for Congress from Wyoming, the state her father represented. Is America ready for another political dynasty?

By Staff writer / May 5, 2012

Liz Cheney addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), in Washington, in 2010.

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The Kennedys (Jack, Teddy and a bunch of others), the Bushes (George, George, and Jeb), the Pauls (Ron and Rand), the Clintons (Bill and Hillary). Is America – founded to put an end to hereditary monarchy – ready for another political dynasty?

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Politico reports that Liz Cheney, daughter of the former vice president, may be following her father into Congress – or at least making speeches and otherwise positioning herself to make a run for office.

Before he moved to Washington as Secretary of Defense, White House chief of staff, and then VP under George W. Bush, Dick Cheney represented Wyoming in the House of Representatives, where he was reelected five times. (No, his most important role was not as Darth Vader, although he good-naturedly adopted the nickname.)

Like all good potential candidates for high office, Ms. Cheney demurs.

“Right now, I’m focused on the presidential campaign and getting Mitt Romney elected,” she told the Cody Enterprise newspaper in Wyoming, and she’s doing that in many venues – including groups that could be very helpful in a campaign.

Cheney told the recent meeting of the powerful Jewish lobby AIPAC (the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee), "There is no president who has done more to delegitimize and destabilize the state of Israel in recent history than President Obama."

Meanwhile, in speeches to Wyoming audiences, Cheney emphasizes the economy.

"The difference between how things work in D.C. and Wyoming is that your credit rating is Triple A and the federal government saw its credit rating decline under the current administration," she told the annual dinner of the Casper Area Chamber of Commerce.

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