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Senator Lynne Cheney?

Her name has been floated as a replacement for Wyoming Senator Craig Thomas who sadly died from leukemia Monday night. The Politico has the report:

Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, is being floated in Senate GOP leadership circles as a possible replacement for the last Sen. Craig Thomas (R-Wyo.), who died Monday night. Susan Thomas, the late senator's wife, has also been mentioned by Senate Republicans as a potential choice to take over for her husband, as well as former Justice Department official Tom Sansonetti.


One GOP insider said Lynne Cheney had been in Washington "too long" to be acceptable to the Wyoming GOP, despite her long resume, although that would change if Cheney were to return to Wyoming on a full-time basis.

I hope the Wyoming GOP really considers submitting Lynne Cheney's name to Governor Freudenthal because she'd make a great senator. She's stands up for what she believes and doesn't take any bull - just ask Wolf Blitzer. Her resume is amazing as well: senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute; former chairman of The National Endowment for the Humanities; author of a number of books on history and education; author of several children's history books; Ph.D in British Literature from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

I say Lynne Cheney for Senate!


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How about for Veep?=... (Below threshold)
kim:

How about for Veep?
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Please, let her run. I'd lo... (Below threshold)
jim:

Please, let her run. I'd love to hear her answer questions about her lesbian-flavored novel "Sisters".

Governor Freudenthal is a D... (Below threshold)
Alan:

Governor Freudenthal is a Democrat. Are there any cases where a governor has appointed someone to fill a senate vacancy who was from the opposite party? Few, if any.

Poor jim must be a life lon... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Poor jim must be a life long democrat. Lies about how he feels about gays (we love everyone) until a Republican supports them and and then the Republican should be stoned to death for supporting gays. How about it jim Crow, your racism is showing?

"I say Lynne Cheney for Sen... (Below threshold)

"I say Lynne Cheney for Senate!"

I say "put down the bongpipe."

Why would she want to go through the crucifixion that would entail if her name was actually (remember, this is floated by a not wildly trustworthy source) in the running?

Alan, under Wyoming law, th... (Below threshold)

Alan, under Wyoming law, the state party of the deceased Senator nominates three replacements and the governor has to choose one of them. The gov can't appoint whoever he likes.

J.

Alan,In Wyoming, t... (Below threshold)

Alan,

In Wyoming, the governor is required to select a replacement from Senator Thomas' party to fulfill the remainder of his term. That means, the Wyoming GOP provides the governor with a list of three names from which he can choose.

First...all States should b... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

First...all States should be like Wyoming..where if there is a vacancy...regardless of the political party of the Gov. ...the wishes of those that voted for the candidate are respected...

Second...those of you whom express support that Mrs. Cheney would even be considered..if her husband was not a twice elected Vice-President...have no problem with Hillery...who would not be a factor if her husband was not a President? ...
I can assure you...those that support Mrs. Cheney probably have no family and/or friends living in WY...
....folks in WY...are conservitive..they may have a sheep ranch...but they are not sheep..
...if you all want a referendum on Cheney...Let her run...

Please, let her run. ... (Below threshold)

Please, let her run. I'd love to hear her answer questions about her lesbian-flavored novel "Sisters".

Notwithstanding Scrap's excellent point, is that the shortest post Jim has ever made? One sentence paragraph?
Jim's slimming down.

" Her resume is amazing ... (Below threshold)
OBGyns practicing their love:

" Her resume is amazing as well: senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute;"

Wow, what a resume; a crypto-fascist neo-con from the think(?) tank that gave us the Iraqwi war & that now wants to nuke Iran.

Crypto, of course, simply m... (Below threshold)

Crypto, of course, simply means that someone wants to name-call without evidence.

Someone is smoking' crack t... (Below threshold)
marc:

Someone is smoking' crack to think she would consider the possibility.

I'll translate, Synova; any... (Below threshold)
kim:

I'll translate, Synova; anything not communist is cryptofascist. It's a wonderful new word meaning whatever the cryptographer likes.
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Please, let her run. I'd... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Please, let her run. I'd love to hear her answer questions about her lesbian-flavored novel "Sisters".

Oh, please, ask...after Jim Webb's little screed called "Lost Soldiers", I think it pales in comparison:

"A shirtless man walked toward them along a mud pathway. His muscles were young and hard, but his face was devastated with wrinkles. His eyes were so red they appeared burned by fire. A naked boy ran happily toward him from the little plot of dirt. The man grabbed his young son in his arms, turned him upside down, and put the boy's penis in his mouth."

Yeah, that's quality writing there.

Please, let her run. I'd... (Below threshold)

Please, let her run. I'd love to hear her answer questions about her lesbian-flavored novel "Sisters".

Once again, Jim clearly demonstrates his ignorance about political matters.

There is no "race" here, Jim. Three names are given to the Governor by the state GOP, and the Governor picks one.

And this has been covered in most major news accounts of Senator Thomas' passing. For evidence, I present the following:

From the Lefty Bible, otherwise known as the New York Times:

Under Wyoming's election laws, the state Republican Party will nominate three people to be his successor. The final choice will be made by the state's governor, David Freudenthal, a Democrat. As a result, the seat will remain in Republican control, and the balance of power in the Senate will remain unchanged.

From MSNBC:

Gov. Dave Freudenthal, a Democrat, will appoint a successor from one of three finalists chosen by the state Republican party.

The Seattle Times:

Gov. Dave Freudenthal, a Democrat, will appoint a successor from one of three finalists chosen by the state GOP.

Even MTV:

The conservative senator's successor will be named by Wyoming Democratic Governor Dave Freudenthal, who must choose from a list of three candidates to be determined by the Republican state central committee, according to state law.

Where, pray tell, does Jim get his political information from? Cracker Jack boxes?

Governer Freudenthal will s... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

Governer Freudenthal will select the candidate that has the best chance of losing when they would have to re-run for their own term in 2008. So by all means, I hope Lynn Cheney is one of them.

Where, pray tell, does J... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Where, pray tell, does Jim get his political information from? Cracker Jack boxes?

Chick tracts.

Governer Freudenthal wil... (Below threshold)

Governer Freudenthal will select the candidate that has the best chance of losing when they would have to re-run for their own term in 2008. So by all means, I hope Lynn Cheney is one of them.

Past history suggests that Democrats are remarkably poor at picking winning candidates. Out of the last seven Presidential elections they've picked a winner twice.

Given that track record, I'm happy to let him pick who he thinks will lose.

And before someone else poi... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

And before someone else points it out, yes I know that Sen. Thomas just barely won a new term in 2006. Under Wyoming law, however the apointee's term is only good until 2008, when they would have to be elected to their own term.

Past history suggests th... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

Past history suggests that Democrats are remarkably poor at picking winning candidates. Out of the last seven Presidential elections they've picked a winner twice.

Good point. But, what Gov. Freudenthal wants to pick is a loser. So, under your logic, it should be a "slam dunk", Rummy.

nogo et als (including the ... (Below threshold)

nogo et als (including the "GOP insider" who says she's been in Washington too long),

It seems to me that GOP folks in Wyoming are perfectly able to signal their preference of Mrs. Cheney or young Simpson or anyone else, whether by pony express, smoke signal or otherwise.

Ted Kennedey has been Senator in this place for two decades without living here -- and he only returns a few times during the summer to break up the routine of where he passes out at night.

As was infamously said by someone in a speech in the mid-80's, Ted is the only man in the U. S. Senate who still claims to live with his mother (it was his legal voting address).

Good point. But, what Go... (Below threshold)

Good point. But, what Gov. Freudenthal wants to pick is a loser. So, under your logic, it should be a "slam dunk", Rummy.

I can't believe I actually have to explain this.

In order to identify "x", one must be able to identify what is "not x." So, in order to pick a winner, one must also be able to pick the loser(s).

Therefore, the Democratic Party's inability to pick a winner is also indicative of an inability to pick losers.

That's beginner's logic, Ryan. Perhaps you should try it sometime.

Lynne Cheney was my idea fi... (Below threshold)

Lynne Cheney was my idea first that I posted on another blog. She has all the support from Kaycee Wyoming ---I will bet none of you know where that is . This is a Wyoming issue

Well, try this, CCg. The De... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

Well, try this, CCg. The Democratic Party managed to pick 232 winners in the 2006 house elections, and quite enough in the Senate as well. Not to mention controlling a majority of state governerships. So, who really wins in this situation? That's what it comes down to. Sen. Craig Thomes, God rest his soul, won handily. Now Gov. Dave Freudenthal will be able to select a far inferior person to defend Sen. Thomas' seat. It's called beginner's logic, you should try it sometime.

Let us not forget that this... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

Let us not forget that this increases the number of Senate seats for the GOP to defend in '08 to 22, compared to Dems 12. Good Luck.

And what if the state GOP, ... (Below threshold)

And what if the state GOP, being intelligent sorts, sends up 3 equally qualified names, each as capable of winning as the others?

Face it, Mr. Illogic, this is not by any means a win-win for the Democrats.

Besides, given that Congress' approval ratings are even lower than Dubya's right now, and likely to go even lower if the extremely unpopular travesty that's masquerading as an immigration bill goes through, it could be all incumbents that have a problem... and there are more incumbent Dems than Republicans.

Stuff that in your bong and smoke it.

The state GOP could send up... (Below threshold)

The state GOP could send up Cheney's name along with two popular conservative state legislators (but not those who might be running for Governor next time around).

ryan ~ the appointee will have to run in 2008, but it will be for the remainder of Thomas' term, not a new one of her own. That term expires in 2012, and the terms for Senate seats are set in stone.

"Her resume is amazing as w... (Below threshold)
ChrisO:

"Her resume is amazing as well: senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute; former chairman of The National Endowment for the Humanities; author of a number of books on history and education; author of several children's history books; Ph.D in British Literature.."

A nice list of accomplishments, and good for her. Now please point to the ones that indicate she is qualified to be a Senator. If she wasn't Dick Cheney's wife no one would be looking at her for the office.

Lies about how he feels ... (Below threshold)
jim:

Lies about how he feels about gays (we love everyone) until a Republican supports them and and then the Republican should be stoned to death for supporting gays. How about it jim Crow, your racism is showing?

Wow. Should I even answer? you already have such a good screenplay going.

Do I really need to spell it out for you? This Bush administration has been absolutely terrible to gays and gay rights. And they have been that way mostly to appease the far right-wing Christian born-again base that helped get this administration into office.

So I am really looking forward to Lynne Cheney explain to this rabid base about her fictional lesbian fantasies.

Interesting that you interpret a desire for Cheney to be direct, truthful and accountable to her base, as hateful.

Yeah, that's quality wri... (Below threshold)
jim:

Yeah, that's quality writing there.

Agreed. Tell you what: let's sponsor a Webb vs. Cheney debate, and bring up both novels. How about it?

Once again, Jim clearly ... (Below threshold)
jim:

Once again, Jim clearly demonstrates his ignorance about political matters.

There is no "race" here, Jim. Three names are given to the Governor by the state GOP, and the Governor picks one.

Oh, I forgot to read about that. I better get right on it, because Wyoming really affects me.

*yawwnnnnnn* - Sorry, were you saying something?

ChrisO: "A nice list of acc... (Below threshold)
hermie:

ChrisO: "A nice list of accomplishments, and good for her. Now please point to the ones that indicate she is qualified to be a Senator. If she wasn't Dick Cheney's wife no one would be looking at her for the office."

Funny how being Bill Clinton's wife and her rather meager resume was considered by Dems as being more than qualified for Hillary to be a US Senator from NY.

...and President as well...... (Below threshold)

...and President as well...(remember, they were talking her up then too).

And while we're evaluating qualifications to be Senator, a term-and-a-half in the Illinois State Senate doesn't make a sterling resume either.

Or having a bootlegging, mob-coddling father and a brother who becomes President.

Well she'd get the lesbian ... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Well she'd get the lesbian vote. Would she be called The Princess of Darkness?

Outlaw Country.Hey... (Below threshold)
kim:

Outlaw Country.

Hey Chris, what are the qualifications to be a Senator?
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Heh, heh, like resident of ... (Below threshold)
kim:

Heh, heh, like resident of the state? Careful, this one is a trap.
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Wow! The lefties hate for a... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Wow! The lefties hate for all things Cheney is amazing. Senator Webb from Virginia ran but he had a lot of experience...uh! None. Hillary. Missouri's senator? Even Franken is running for senate. His resume as an offensive comedian does qualify him. Oh, I see. The people above have a D after their name. The rules are different then.

OBGYN, you have lost it my friend. Seek help. Your hate is consuming you, and that cannot be good. ww

"Now please point to the on... (Below threshold)
Mark L.:

"Now please point to the ones that indicate she is qualified to be a Senator."

Wel, lessee.

Article I, Section 3, Clause 3:

No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen.

Is Lynn Cheney over thirty years of age? Check.

Has Lynn Cheney been nine Years a Citizen of the United States? Check.

Is Lynn Cheney an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen? Check.

(Even though she is currently residing in the Vice Presidential residence, she is still legally a resident of Wyoming, because that is where she is registered to vote. The Cheneys also own property in Wyoming which they can choose as their legal residence -- and, I believe have).

As you can see, the "qualifications" for being a Senator are pretty low wickets. I suspect that even ChrisO, BarneyGoogle2000, and NogoPostal could qualify in the state of their residence -- so long as you go by their chronological ages rather than their emotional ones.

Oh, I forgot to read abo... (Below threshold)

Oh, I forgot to read about that. I better get right on it, because Wyoming really affects me.

If Wyoming doesn't affect you, why the @#&% are you even posting in this thread?

You know why Wyoming affects you, you're just trying a juvenile tactic to cover your embarrassing lack of real political knowledge. And everyone here (except for a few lefties who are as clueless as you) can see right through it.

kcbuffalo:"Lynne C... (Below threshold)
Burt:

kcbuffalo:

"Lynne Cheney was my idea first that I posted on another blog. She has all the support from Kaycee Wyoming"

She also has support in Casper and Buffalo. I suppose you don't think that counts as different cause they are just suburbs of Kaycee.

I notice that no one has be... (Below threshold)
ChrisO:

I notice that no one has been able to answer the simple question: What about her resume qualifies her to be a Senator? I think you can elect someone who doesn't have the resume, based on things like their policy positions and even charisma. People ranging from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Bill Frist have been elected without a resume that suggests they're qualified. But that's not what was presented. The statement was "Her resume is amazing as well." Leaving aside whether a resume that largely consists of writing books should be characterized as "amazing," my question remains, what's the relevance? Her resume was presented as part of making the case for her being a Senator.

I can make a case for Al Franken, but his resume wouldn't be the first thing I put forward. And if Franken is elected, it will be based on his ability to connect with the voters and convince them he can do the job. If there were an opening in Minnesota right now, I don't think Franken would be a good choice, because he hasn't demonstrated that ability. Resume is much more important for an appointed Senator, than one who is chosen by the voters.

Notice I didn't take exception to "She's stands up for what she believes and doesn't take any bull." That to me is a more desirable quality in a Senator than an ability to write children's books.

ChrisO, apparently you have... (Below threshold)

ChrisO, apparently you have difficulty reading the English language.

You quote, accurately, the statement from the original post saying, "Her resume is amazing as well," yet you stop there, and the original post continues. Permit me to repost it and highlight certain areas:

Her resume is amazing as well: senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute; former chairman of The National Endowment for the Humanities; author of a number of books on history and education; author of several children's history books; Ph.D in British Literature from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Check the two listed above in bold, please. Apparently you missed that part while jumping to the part about the children's books. Also note that while jumping to the kiddies books, you skipped the fact that she also writes books on history, presumably for adults.

It is generally considered wise to read the entire post, not just parts of it. It helps keep you from looking like an absolute idiot later.

ChrisO,Read Marc L's... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

ChrisO,
Read Marc L's reply. That is all one needs to be a senator.
Scarily enough, I am qualified to be a Senator...

Besides, do you really want to play the family game, with folks like Teddy Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, Bobby Casey and John Rockefeller on the left side of the Senate?

Actually, I think Senior Fe... (Below threshold)
ChrisO:

Actually, I think Senior Fellow at AEI is a step below children's book author. I was trying to give her all the credit I could. And the National Endowment for the Humanities? Really? Like I said, if she wants to run for office she can have any resume she wants. If she's going to be appointed, she should have a stronger resume than AEI and the National Endowment for the Humanities. There, is that better?

Anyway, the senior fellows from AEI will all be in Argentina once the war crimes trials start, so Wyoming would once again be left without representation.

Actually, Chris, unless you... (Below threshold)

Actually, Chris, unless you're a resident of the state of Wyoming, it's not your decision whether or not she is qualified. That decision is up to first of all the State GOP and the Governor, then in 2008 it's up to the people of the State of Wyoming.

Besides, given that Cong... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Besides, given that Congress' approval ratings are even lower than Dubya's right now

Sorry, that was a blip, and is over now.

I notice that no one has... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

I notice that no one has been able to answer the simple question: What about her resume qualifies her to be a Senator?

The Constitution, sorry to say, only specifies three things to become a Senator, which were listed above. It doesn't matter what her "resume" says or not. If the populous wishes to vote someone who did nothing more than shovel manure on a farm, but meets the three specifications, then, hey presto! You've got a shit-shoveling Senator (which, considering the makeup of Congress, really isn't much of a change.)

Brian, nice link. Also fro... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Brian, nice link. Also from the link:

That's bad news for Republicans, but it is not particularly good news for Democrats.

Americans are actually more dissatisfied with the direction of the country than they are with the president.

Translation: The Democrats who are in charge of the Congress have not created a sense that they are turning things around.

So, I wouldn't exactly be singing Hosannas at the moment, B.

From same link--<i... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

From same link--

The voters are sending a message, and it is every bit as powerful as the one they tried to send when Democrats were given control of Congress last fall.
If Congressional Democrats don't get this message, and adjust their approach on Iraq appropriately, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid could soon find themselves pulling even with Bush in the disapproval sweepstakes. The voters are sending a message, and it is every bit as powerful as the one they tried to send when Democrats were given control of Congress last fall.

If Congressional Democrats don't get this message, and adjust their approach on Iraq appropriately, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid could soon find themselves pulling even with Bush in the disapproval sweepstakes.

It's going to be an interesting year...

If Wyoming doesn't affec... (Below threshold)
jim:

If Wyoming doesn't affect you, why the @#&% are you even posting in this thread?

Because I really, really, ****really**** want to hear Lynne Cheney explaining the text of her soft-core lesbian novel to that right-wing Christian base.

Love it, love it, love IT!

And I was so overwhelmed by the very idea of that scene, that I had to share it with you all.

Come on, wouldn't it be awesome? Truth and accountability to the base! That's what matters, right?

I'm all grins. :) :) :)

Senator Webb from Virgin... (Below threshold)
jim:

Senator Webb from Virginia ran but he had a lot of experience...uh! None.

Sure, if this is none:

"Webb was a Marine Corps infantry officer until 1972, and is a highly decorated Vietnam War combat veteran. During his four years with the Reagan administration, Webb served as the first Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, then as Secretary of the Navy."

THE STATE OF WYOMING AND TH... (Below threshold)
Phyllis McCann:

THE STATE OF WYOMING AND THE USA DOES NOT NEED ANY MORE SHAME FROM THE "CHENEY'S". A BIG NO TO LYNN.

IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A GOOD CHOICE AND ONE WE CAN BE PROUD OF, NOMINATE "SUSAN THOMAS". SHE IS MORE THAN QUALIFIED AND QUITE CAPABLE.




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