Ms. Cheney, 46, is showing up everywhere in the state, from chicken dinners to cattle growers’ meetings, sometimes with her parents in tow. She has made it clear that she wants to run for the Senate seat now held by Michael B. Enzi, a soft-spoken Republican and onetime fly-fishing partner of her father.But Ms. Cheney’s move threatens to start a civil war within the state’s Republican establishment, despite the reverence many hold for her family. Mr. Enzi, 69, says he is not ready to retire, and many Republicans say he has done nothing to deserve being turned out.It would bring about “the destruction of the Republican Party of Wyoming if she decides to run and he runs, too,” Alan K. Simpson, a former Republican senator from the state, said in an interview last week. “It’s a disaster — a divisive, ugly situation — and all it does is open the door for the Democrats for 20 years.”
But it doesn't matter. Liz thinks she's entitled to the seat, and most likely in a state where a Democrat hasn't won a Senate race since 1970, if she can run Mike Enzi out of town, she's got the seat for life.
In an interview last week after a town hall-style meeting at the county fairgrounds here, a few feet from a plaque marking the site of Mr. Cheney’s first political speech, Mr. Enzi revealed that Ms. Cheney told him this year that she was thinking about challenging him in 2014.“She called me and said that she’s looking at it,” he said.And did Ms. Cheney ask Mr. Enzi, now in his third term, if he was planning to run again?“No,” Mr. Enzi said.
Enjoy your bullseye, Mike. Nobody tells the daughter of the Nameless One that she can't have her toys, and you're just in the way.