Conservative columnist George Will blasted Liz Cheney hours after she withdrew from a primary challenge against Wyoming Republican Sen. Mike Enzi, calling her a “neoconservative” who is “out of touch with the drift within the Republican Party.”
Will spoke to right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham about the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney’s withdrawal, which she blamed on poor health. Will didn’t quite buy it:
INGRAHAM: What do you make of this? Of course, she’s a big neoconservative herself.
WILL: She is a neoconservative. So I think in that sense, again, she’s out of touch with the drift within the Republican Party. Second, she’s down what, 50 points in the polls, something like that. Mr. Enzi is a conservative incumbent Republican who has no particular enemies in Wyoming. Liz Cheney is a public-spirited, intelligent woman, but she’s from Virginia! There’s really no way of escaping that fact. Her connections with Wyoming have been tenuous in recent years. I think she’s looked at the polls, looked at the rough roll-out of her campaign, and made a sensible decision.
Cheney’s entry into the Wyoming Senate race surprised many back in July, none more than Enzi himself. “I thought we were friends,” he lamented soon after she announced her candidacy. Her withdrawal may smooth what was certainly a rocky relationship between the Enzi and Cheney clans in Wyoming.
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