Liz Cheney: Taking flak from the right as well as the left
Dick Cheney's daughter Liz has become a political lightning rod. Now she's going after Justice Department lawyers who represented terrorist suspects. Not all conservatives are happy with that.
Like her father before her, Liz Cheney has become a political lightning rod. No surprise, perhaps, but now the sparks are coming from the right as well as the left.Skip to next paragraph
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On her “Keep America Safe” website and through conservative media, the former vice president’s daughter most recently has been hammering away at Justice Department lawyers who previously represented Guantánamo detainees.
Shades of 'Tail-Gunner Joe'
This has brought pushback from the left, naturally, generally boiling down to charges of “McCarthyism.”
“Joseph McCarthy himself couldn’t have done a better job of using fear and insinuations to smear his political enemies,” said People For the American Way president Michael Keegan. “Most Americans understand that McCarthyism was a shameful chapter in American history, but the Cheney wing of the Republican Party seems to have embraced Senator McCarthy’s utter lack of shame.”
But the ad is being criticized from the right as well, including those who have served in Republican administrations. (The Monitor's Linda Feldmann explored whether Dick Cheney is helping or hurting the GOP. Click here.)