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
7 years 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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soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. freedom

    Love this woman. Sensible, intelligent, no frills, just facts. We need her in the senate – and beyond.

    March 29, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. Tony in Maine

    The election of President Obama, not once but twice, represents the change that Republicans fear the most – wealthy white males are no longer in sole possession of political and economic power in this country. That is why the visceral hatred from conservatives.

    In a very few generations, whites will be a numerical minority in the US and Canada won't accept them as gun toting refugees. LOL

    March 29, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. ExpertWitness

    Her father along with his cohorts should be tried at the Hague for many human rights violations, genocide, driving the economy into the ground by warmongering for oil profits, and the 911 fiasco, with all the looting that happened the same day needs to be reopened. Yes, they use al quaeda too to do their dirty work.

    March 29, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Indeed. And still holding on to their stubborn foolishness as some sort of courageous victory.
    Go figure Lynda.
    This particularly shameless, irrational, greedy, and unpatriotic brand of Republicans has given me some of the heartiest gut-busting laughter attacks that I've ever enjoyed.
    They have also broken my heart in ways that I never knew it could be broken.

    March 29, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. Betsy

    Hmm ! Why do I have to look at a picture of Satan and his daughter at Easter time ?

    March 29, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. DC

    Obama has been in office for over 4 years now and has done nothing but divide this country, increase our debt, put fear in the American people and blame it on either the GOP or Bush. When are the American people going to start making Obama accountable?

    March 29, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    This CRIMINAL IDIOT IS TALKING AGAINT OBAMA. Obama the best president. Stop showing this sin, idiot., criminal. Please
    We have missed you Gurgyl!!

    March 29, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. Durundal

    Wow, the sheer arrogance of these people. Surely they are not so foolish to think that there is only one way, and that they are the sole 'saviors'? Its one thing to bs for votes, its something completely different once you start believing it.

    March 29, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. quinLee

    A gay republican–who happens to be Dick Cheney’s daughter– walks into a bar and says “Obama is radical”. Sounds like the start of a bad joke doesn’t it?
    The reality is if it wasn’t for the epic failures of Bush/Cheney there would be no Obama.

    March 29, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. norma jean

    Somebody get that girl a dictionary...QUICKLY.....she really needs to learn the meaning of " radical.."...... I believe WE learned the meaning of the word during the Bush administration when CHENEY was running the country....and the Republicans left this country in a debt that we are still fighting to overcome!!!!WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK OFFICE....HE WAS NOT ONLY TOLD THAT THE REPUBS PLANNED TO KEEP HIM AT ONE TERM.....THEY LEFT HIM AND OUR COUNTRY IN A DEBT THAT OBAMA HAS BEEN ERRONEOUSLY BLAMED FOR BY THE NON THINKING REPUBS..........

    March 29, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. anonymous

    Tony in Maine
    In a very few generations, whites will be a numerical minority in the US

    and the country will be a bankrupt third world slum as a result. enjoy your future.

    March 29, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. Abdullah

    Delos - And this from the daughter war criminal.

    Obama has a targetted assassination list. And you talk about criminals? How many innocent people have died from his hellfire missile attacks? Obama is the real war criminal.

    March 29, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. kayla

    i love how this chihuahua barks

    March 29, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. DaveC

    "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."

    First of all, what exactly does this "nonprofit" do? Is it time for the IRS to step in and see how the money is spent. Second, Liz running for Senate is living proof that the American Dream is alive and well. Ride daddy's coattails, throw around inflammatory statements without a shred of evidence to back them up, have absolutely no experience running anything other than your own life, blame everyone else for your troubles (her generation is real good for that) and duck any question that comes your way. Sounds like a new age Republican to me.

    March 29, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. Donna

    FIVE YEARS later with no economic and employment improvement, the leftists and Democrats STILL make excuses for the Failure-in-Chief.. We'll be hearing the same excuses and BS after another 3 years of FAILURE. You are all as big a joke as Obama. Total LOSERS that have no clue, just a bunch of BS blaming others. Of course, none of you need to work because you are all most likely on the government dole so the massive unemployment doesn't matter to you.

    March 29, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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