Liz Cheney: Obama 'most radical' ever in Oval Office
Former US Vice President Dick Cheney (L) speaks with his daughter Liz during the 2011 Washington Ideas Forum at the Newseum in Washington, DC, October 6, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
March 29th, 2013
12:21 PM ET
1 year ago

Liz Cheney: Obama 'most radical' ever in Oval Office

(CNN) - Republicans need to move past last year's disappointing election before President Barack Obama drives the country to its demise, Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, wrote in an op-ed published Friday in the Wall Street Journal.

"It is time for Republicans to get over their loss in 2012. We are all that stands between this president's policies and a damaged and diminished America," she wrote. "It is time to get back in the fight."

Cheney, who chairs a nonprofit on national security and education called Keep America Safe, is rumored to be considering a U.S. Senate bid from Wyoming.

"And I do mean fight," she continued in the op-ed. "Republicans are being counseled to move the party to the left, but in my experience, those who advocate more liberal policies for the GOP are wrongheaded or Democrats, or both."

Since the November presidential loss, the Republican Party has undergone major introspection and a formal review by the Republican National Committee over how the GOP can rebrand itself and expand its outreach. The RNC concluded in a new report earlier this month that the party needed to retool its messaging strategy and better communicate its ideas to wider audiences.

Others in the party have also called for change. Karl Rove, former top political adviser to President George W. Bush, created a new group that's aimed to help electable candidates easily sail through Republican primaries in 2014.

Some have interpreted the recent calls for a change as a need to move the party more to the center. Tea party conservatives have especially taken issue with Rove's initiative, which they perceive as a move to push their voices out of the party.

In her op-ed Friday, Cheney cautioned against the party moving too far to the middle.

"You can be sure that President Obama would welcome an America in which the Republican Party is preoccupied with remaking itself into a watered-down version of the Democrat," she wrote.

After ticking off a number of the president's policies that she considers destructive–"Obama is the most radical man ever to occupy the Oval Office"–Cheney urged her fellow Republicans to fight back strong.

"Now is the time to pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off, and man the barricades for freedom," she said.


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  1. laughingstock

    A "damaged and diminished America" huh? Didn't her father's policies already give us that?

    March 29, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Now is the time to pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off, and man the barricades for freedom," she said..."

    Freedom, huh? America has gotten past the "freedom" speeches, Liz. Eventually you folks are going to have to understand all of you are going to have to stand on your own two feet politically. You won't have Obama to kick around come 2016. Better start offering up some idea's now that haven't been disproved and/or laughed at for the past decade or so.

    March 29, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    I guess when you've moved so far right that you need a telescope to see the center, everyone else looks radical. Reality and history will prove you wrong, Liz. Unfortunately it seems as if you are a fan of neither...

    March 29, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. Lance Armstrong

    He's a moderate republican at best.

    March 29, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Pander Bear

    Yay Liz Cheney! Keep pushing the GOP farther towards the right. That's been sooooo successful for you in the last few elections. Keep going!!

    March 29, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. Bill

    This woman is as reprehensible as her father. I guess strating an uneccesary war, spenf 3 trillion dollasrs and wasting 5000 lives is not radical? Get a life Liz ( and a nose job while you are at it). No one except Ted Nugent , Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin pay attention to your garbage.

    March 29, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. James Fugedy

    Being old enough to remember Eisenhower republicans, Barack Obama would have qualified.

    A radical president (and vice president) to me is one who lies to the citizens to get us into a war. I do not see any difference in Germany's invasion of Poland in 1939 and the US invasion of Iraq, except Germany eventually lost the war.

    March 29, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. wade

    Funny how Obama can diminish America, yet at the same time we can have three straight months of record high closings on Wall Street. RECORD HIGHS!!!!

    March 29, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. vic , nashville ,tn

    Last November electoral defeat autopsy report says “Bush” and “Cheney” still hurting the party
    Still Ms Cheney is talking that mean hard to rebrand the party

    March 29, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Keep it moving....to the right, to the right, to the....ooops!

    March 29, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    A radical president (and vice president) to me is one who lies to the citizens to get us into a war. I do not see any difference in Germany's invasion of Poland in 1939 and the US invasion of Iraq, except Germany eventually lost the war
    -------------------------------------------------
    So what's the difference?

    March 29, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. tim

    no, liz, the most radical would be your facist father. He single-handedly attempted the greatest power grab in government ever turn the vice precidency into a platform for conservatism corruption that will take decades to undo.

    March 29, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. Joi Gibson

    OMG – she has crawled out from under a rock. After what her father and GWB did to this country, she has some nerve calling President Obama radical and saying he has diminished America. I believe that distinction belongs to her father and GWB. Go away woman!!

    March 29, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. Boo

    And we should care what this woman thinks? It was her father and Bush that VIRTUALLY DESTROYED this country.

    March 29, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. Guest

    Radical? Thats the understatement of the year. Obama is simply unqualified to lead this nation. And as far as wall st goes, if the fed wasnt pumping up the economy the last several years they would be finished already. Markets up despite this admin's horrible economic policies. Wait until the aca and epa regs kick in....wasted your vote – SUCKERS!

    March 29, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    Always remember this about the GOP: they admit no wrong, blame everything on bad messaging, and keep insisting that Obama is the radical when everything they have proposed essentially destroys the country as we have known it. They will do this wearing a smile, a flag, and carrying a Bible and a gun with thousands of rounds of ammo: oh, and no service record, but a willingness to send others to their deaths in order to cover for their failures. By the way, Ms Cheney, your thoughts on gay marriage: are they as radical as the Presdent's and your dad's?

    March 29, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. GOP = Greed Over People

    Quick, some one tell me why I should value the spawn of Satan's opinion?

    March 29, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. John in Brooklyn

    This coming from the man who used fallacious intelligence to start a war with Iraq, set up secret prisons that denied due process to detainees, advocated the use of torture, pushed for allowing the government to wiretap phones without a warrent, fought for (and passed) legislation that would allow our phone records and even our library books to be tracked and recorded without our knowledge....not to mention his unbending opposition to gay rights all the while his own lesbian daughter fell in love, got a domestic partner, and had a child. The hypocrisy is breathtaking!

    March 29, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. Malory Archer

    Not even close you hideous creature – that honor belongs to your daddy's puppet. Now be gone you hateful witch.

    March 29, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. ghostriter

    Ummm....if conservatives kept moving to the right, your own dad wouldn't accept you and your lifestyle.

    March 29, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. Marc

    Radical? Oh, you mean like taking our country to war against a country that never attacked us based on cooked intelligence while keeping it all off budget and lining the pockets of corporate war mongerers? That type of radical? Her father (and Bush) are among the worst President/VP in the history of this union. We are still trying to recover from all the damage their administration did.

    March 29, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. Dj Rhyme

    Would like to see her n hiliary go at it n the 2016 presidential election..

    March 29, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Keep it moving....to the right, to the right, to the....ooops!
    -----------

    Indeed. And still holding on to their stubborn foolishness as some sort of courageous victory.

    Or something.

    March 29, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. john bernstein

    Yes obama is extremely radical he gave us sixteen trillion dollars in debt

    March 29, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. ST

    There is something wrong in opposition nowadays. They just oppose for the sake of opposing. If it was her daddy writing so, or my mum, I will understand them, as they oppose without reasoning and this is to do with age. They are approaching.

    March 29, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
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