Adios, Au Revoir, Auf Wiedersehen

Here’s a goodbye message to Liz Cheney, using cultural signifiers easily comprehended by her core demographic. I’m sorry to see her go, but there is a bit of justice in the fact that some gay bashing ratfucking put the final nail in her already well-assembled coffin. Though I sincerely hope that her children are fine, since we can’t choose our parents, I’ll bet you a shiny quarter that this is a lie:

“Serious health issues have recently arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided to discontinue my campaign. My children and their futures were the motivation for our campaign and their health and well-being will always be my overriding priority,” Cheney said in the statement.

131 replies
  1. 1
    Baud says:

    It’s not a lie. Loseritis is a thing.

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    “Serious health issues” ?? You mean, her father is a borg kept artificially alive with a chunk of metal in his chest? Blame it on daddy, why not.

  3. 3
    Jerry says:

    But I sunk my life savings into popcorn futures!!!!

    Disclaimer: I had no life savings to sink into any kind of futures, including my own.

  4. 4
    dpm (dread pirate mistermix) says:

    @Southern Beale: The way that’s worded (and it is very ambiguous), it sounds to me like something is going on with her kids.

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    NorthLeft12 says:

    “Serious competency issues have once again arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided to discontinue my campaign. My parents and their legacy were the motivation for my campaign and they have indicated that I am embarrassing them in public. Obeying them will always be my overriding priority,” Cheney said in the statement.

    There, I interpreted her statement from Cheney/wingnut into plain English. I believe my version is more plausible.

  6. 6
    randomworker says:

    Now at least she can leave that godforsaken place and get back to DC.

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    dmsilev says:

    Strictly speaking, ‘my father is a vampire’ is a family health issue.

    Granted, it is sort of a pre-existing condition, but maybe now with Obamacare it’s finally insureable.

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    Baud says:

    @dpm (dread pirate mistermix):

    It does suggest that. I wish no harm to the Cheney kids, at least one of whom may carry the recessive humanity gene.

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    Chyron HR says:

    Maybe she means that her sister is sick, sick, siiiiiiiiiiick!

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    MattF says:

    @Baud: It would have to skip two generations, which would be unusual.

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    Rich2506 says:

    I think the people in Wyoming were pissed off about Cheney’s presumption that “Hey, it’s a small state population-wise, we’ll be able to pull one over on the rubes up there! It’s not like any of them are sophisticated enough to see through our clever, advanced, big-city-type plans.”

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    amk says:

    The bigger question is will she get a refund on that fucking fishing license?

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @randomworker: Wyoming is not “Godforsaken”. It is in fact one of the most beautiful states in the union. It just happens to be populated by the spawn of Satan. If it wasn’t for that, it would be almost perfect.

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    Violet says:

    Hope her kids are ok but “sick kid” is a great excuse for her to move back to D.C. and one no one will question.

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    Emily68 says:

    @Baud: I certainly hope no Cheney children are sick. What their grandparents and mother do isn’t their fault.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Good thinking there, cowardly Liz Cheney.

    Now people are going to be watching your kids closely to see which one evidences “serious health problems.” Good on you for giving your minor children their privacy. I guess they’re living in Wyoming now, given your commitment to your state?

    A wag might think the serious health problems were most likely your anemic polling numbers and the exertion you were undergoing in shaking cash out of Republican wallets.

    Sad if a Cheney kid does have a serious health problem, but this sounds like an excuse.

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    WereBear says:

    My take is “Mary is going to poison my coffee if I open my big yap about her family one more time.”

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    Elizabelle says:

    Wonder if one of the kids was near a breakdown from teasing by other kids, or even because the cousins are torn apart by the gay marriage fiasco and cooling within the family?

    I don’t really care, but if Liz Cheney serves up her kids as an excuse — “as a mother and a patriot”, her own words — there really should be something there.

    Although Cheney was not going to win her primary and her road was getting increasingly difficult.

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    Violet says:

    Maybe her husband is the one who’s sick. Children’s futures means she needs wingnut welfare money.

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    Kay says:

    Nightmare as a Senator. Remember this?

    The conservative group led by Liz Cheney is having to defend itself against criticism from fellow conservatives who say that an ad attacking Attorney General Eric Holder is unfair.
    The ad, launched by Keep America Safe, an advocacy group led by Cheney, criticizes Holder for not disclosing details about Justice Department lawyers who have previously defended alleged terrorists.The video, which surfaced last week, brands the lawyers as the “Al Qaeda 7” and ridicules the Justice Department as the “Department of Jihad.” The narrator questions, “Who are these government officials?…Whose values do they share?”
    Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller has called it “offensive” that the patriotism of agency lawyers is questioned by Cheney’s group.
    But a growing chorus of former Bush administration officials, including former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, also say the video goes too far. Mukasey called the ad’s accusations “shoddy and dangerous.”
    Keep America Safe is not backing down, insisting the questions it raises are responsible and valid.
    “The American people have a right to know who in the Department of Justice is setting policy regarding detention of terrorists and related national security issues,” Aaron Harison, executive director of Keep America Safe, told ABC News.

    Imagine if she had real power? Now she can go back to running her horrible smear campaigns out of a PO box in Virginia.

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    Violet says:

    @Elizabelle: Maybe one of the kids came out as being gay. Serious health issue.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Someone in the Politico comments called Liz Cheney a “high plains drifter.”

    “High plains grifter” is more like it.

    (And the comments I saw would belong here; not much Liz Cheney love out there this morning.)

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    WereBear says:

    @Kay: A bridge too far for fellow Republicans?

    All those rutabagas I sacrificed are paying off now, people!

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    Elizabelle says:


    It is sad to think of all the staff and “Executive Directors” of Cheney-like advocacy groups who make good money off of tearing the government down to and for everybody else.

    While meantime the Cheneys continue to grift off same government.

    So much money being made out of spewing ugliness, hopelessness and lies.

    ETA: follow the money to see who benefits. You might find Kochholes and their like behind it.

    WaPost today on Koch anonymous funding strategies.

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    Kay says:

    Or this! Here’s what she was working on in 2011:

    The essential battle for organized labor in America this fall is in the state of Ohio, where voters will go to the polls in just three weeks to decide whether to overturn anti-labor legislation that Governor John Kasich and a Republican-controlled legislature forced on the state last spring.
    If the anti-labor law is upheld, Kasich will be thanking Liz Cheney. The daughter of the former vice president has—along with former White House political czar Karl Rove—taken a leading role among the out-of-state groups that are raising money and implementing media campaigns to support the law.

    She’s probably been in your state, too.

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    EconWatcher says:

    I’m sure it’ll be easy for Mary to forgive and forget, now that the campaign is over. Not.

    There is great poetic justice in having this bit of wingnut pandering tear that family apart.

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    gelfling545 says:


    “as a mother and a patriot”

    It seems to me that patriot is a word that is, like saint, statesman, genius & a few others, a designation that should not be used to describe one’s self but should be attributed by others.It smacks of vanity, not to mention overwrought rhetoric.

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    Elizabelle says:


    to say nothing of being the last refuge of a scoundrel!

    You’re right. Do people run around bragging of their personal “valor”? I think not.

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    Kay says:


    It isn’t just the federal government. Liz Cheney doesn’t exclusively parachute into Wyoming. She really feels she can run any state. In her heart. Incredibly, she had strong feelings about the threat of second grade teachers retaining collective bargaining rights in Ohio. Just ask her. Opposed!

    National security, education, collective bargaining, whatever. Her single (appointed) position in her dad’s administration makes her America’s Expert on America. I’m surprised she hasn’t weighed in on county snow removal efforts.

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    Jay C says:

    Maybe a tad uncharitable, but my main thought on hearing the news was:

    “Ciao, Liz! Hope the bruise on your ass from the doorknob lasts a while and hurts like hell!”

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    Geeno says:

    @Elizabelle: I think “Polling Anemia” should be the proper name for this particular ailment.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @dpm (dread pirate mistermix):

    I hope that is not the case, for her kids sake. But we are dealing with a low-life, weaselly, sack of shit here and the statement is worded in such a way the said LLWSoS can have everyone believe that (it would be impolite to inquire) but if called on it pretend to be shocked that they had been misunderstood.

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    Elizabelle says:


    That’s appalling. Has Liz Cheney been successful in her advocacy efforts? She’s on the wrong side of everything, isn’t she?

    It’s frightening how much influence “special interests” can have and exert. And how they’ve managed to make “special interests” code for teachers and unions.

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    Elizabelle says:


    Late Sunday night, as news that Cheney was likely to drop out of the race swirled, two GOP sources said that a recent incident involving a member of Cheney’s immediate family prompted her to reconsider the race, among other factors.

    Read more:

    No way of knowing if these “two GOP sources” are Dick and Lynne Cheney.

    ETA: and if they’re not, “among other factors” is big enough to drive a truck through.

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    oldster says:

    Very happy to see Liz Cheney go down in flames.

    But that Lawrence Welk video–do you notice how those sweater-vests on the guys make them all look as though their arms are just kind of stapled-on at the shoulders? Combined with the fact that none of them know how to move to music, it’s like looking at a lot of badly-assembled paper dolls where the arms are pinned on with paper-fasteners.

    Weird. When future generations are puzzled about the nature of this “whiteness” that racists were so desperate to protect, then they will consult this video, and sputter, “well, now I see what it *is*, but why the hell would they have wanted to *protect* it???”

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    chrome agnomen says:

    this family should be exterminated root and branch.

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    Kay says:


    It’s funny to me because obviously she has a lot of power, there’s huge money behind the groups she runs and that’s power, but she still wants legit state power, the real thing. She wants “Senator” rather than ” political operative”.

    Now I have to figure out if I should go to work. We had a Level Three snow emergency, courts are closed and the manufacturing plant where on of my son’s works is also closed (which means it’s genuinely bad when huge private employers close) but I can actually get to work without any problem I live so close to the office, so I’m debating going in. We already told the two support staff to stay home.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Elizabelle: She might be forced into poisoning one. I wouldn’t put it past her…

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    Ash Can says:

    I too hope that there’s nothing truthful about the “health problems” bit, especially as pertains to her kids. Given Liz’s track record on honesty, however, I see good reason to be optimistic that the kids, and everyone else, are just fine.

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    JPL says:

    You have to wonder if sister Mary has some family stories to share, unless Liz apologizes. Hopefully it is not her children but it’s more likely that the race would damage her chances in the future.

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    Elizabelle says:


    That’s a tough one. Would icing be dangerous for you, no matter how close you live to your office? Can you work from home effectively?

    I’m about to put together a crockpot beef stew. It can be cold outside and smell good inside.

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    Elizabelle says:


    Also Kay: will you be reaching clients and people you need to reach by phone? Or leaving voicemails at empty offices?

    My sister’s employers were good enough to insist she show up for work the day after Christmas so she could call people who weren’t working that week. (Her company works with universities, for Gawd’s sake.)

    She read Hyperbole and a Half and cruised Buzzfeed.

    I would respect her employer more if they’d given their employees a free day or two. Their staff is trimmed to the bone, and they’re stingy with pay and vacay time. Her company deals with staff shortages by hiring more executives. Isn’t that nice?

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    aimai says:

    @Violet: People are going to point and mock like crazy, but its not relevant since she’s decided to cut her losses and its not like she gives a fuck what Wyoming thinks of her if she is moving on to greener pastures.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Well, I has me a great big sad this morning. I was so going to enjoy LC’s Quiotic run for the Senate and now that mean old Grinch has taken it away. :-(

  45. 45
    Paul in KY says:

    @oldster: I had to watch that crap back when I was a little kid & had no control over TV. EEEyick, did I hate that stuff.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @Paul in KY:

    Munchhausen by proxy!

    Although I so badly wanted to type “Hudsucker by proxy” which would have been more the name of her work had she fooled the fools of Wyoming.

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    MikeJ says:

    I’ll repeat what I said on a previous thread: she’s now at the head of the line for next time this seat comes up. Enzi will be over 75 at the end of his next term and Cheney will say, “it’s my turn.”

    I don’t think she ever expected to win. She just put her quarter on the machine.

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    Ash Can says:

    @Kay: The standard by which I judge how bad the winter weather is here is whether the Chicago Public Schools are closed, and whether my old high school out in the boonies is closed (my old HS’s motto is, once you graduate and get out into the working world, your employer isn’t going to close either, so get used to it). This morning, they’re all closed.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Schlemizel: I guess that would be the term. Usually those people are batshit insane. The Darthette would just be doing it out of cold, calculated, selfishness.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @MikeJ: Could have been her rationale. Can’t think though that her ‘audition’ made anyone out there think that she’s a winning ticket.

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    Chris says:


    It’s funny to me because obviously she has a lot of power, there’s huge money behind the groups she runs and that’s power, but she still wants legit state power, the real thing status. She wants “Senator” rather than ” political operative”.

    I believe that’s the word you’re looking for.

    I have a theory that this is also why Mitt Romney, who already had more money than God and could’ve bought and paid for far more politicians than he ever could’ve influenced from the Oval Office, ran for President anyway.

    Silly, really. It’s so much comfier being the man behind the man. You’d think her father, of all people, would have taught her that.

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    Tone In DC says:


    LULz. Sounds a bit like some parts of Virginia.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @Paul in KY:

    So you think those people are sane? Interesting, I always assume they were not sane in the same way psycho killers who can pass for normal are not sane. But I can see your point of view.

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    p.a. says:

    @Baud: loser’s lurgy.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Tone In DC: And the Ozarks.

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    Schlemizel says:

    comments on the clip:

    Why are those people not using English? I suspect they hate America because they are not speaking Amaerican but that foreign gibberish!

    This was a popular show back in the days of only 3 channels to watch, scary isn’t it!

    Polite white people do NOT allow the music to make them sway or jiggle like jungle savages! Such behavior would only lead to promiscuity. (in the pre-internet days I was explaining a joke I made about ‘jungle music’ to my kids – they refused to believe that at one time that sort of thing was actually said & promoted. A few years later one of them found a video on line of some red necked politician ranting on the topic and had to show it to me because they wanted confirmation that the guy was serious – I guess thats progress of a sort)

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Schlemizel: In general those “Muchausen by Proxy’ people are not sane (IMO).

    To me, if Liz did that, it would be a very calculating act, done from political necessity & would be more ‘sane’ than the nutwads who do it to act like they are nursing the poor sick kid, etc.

    Very depraved (Liz), but saner.

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    Citizen_X says:


    “Who are these government officials?…Whose values do they share?”

    Yeebus. Uh, fair trial by a jury of your peers, maybe?

    I don’t celebrate. “Health issues” means they have to slink back to Castle Cheney, grab the Neconomicon, and drain the blood of one hundred children to re-vitalize the Patriarch for another thousand years.

    As Kay points out, watch out for this monster. She will be haunting your state.

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    cermet says:

    I, for one, believe her; her children are seriously low on blood since their grandfather – the living dead cheney – sucks so much of it every day to maintain his existence.

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    Tom65 says:

    Sounds like it was a tough holiday at the Cheney household.

    She must have heard about that opening in North Korea.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Ash Can: Yep. Chicago is closed down today. I (barely) made it in yesterday; something like one out of ten Boston->Chicago flights were flying yesterday, but I happened to be on the one. My employer has already said “if you’re not working on something that’s life and death, work from home”, so I’m going to do just that (“life and death” isn’t hyperbole either; we’re a university with a large hospital attached. Someone has to see the patients and make sure the lab rats get fed).

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    dr. luba says:

    @Schlemizel: Our local PBS affiliate runs the Lawrence Welk Show on the weekends.

    And my parents still watch it.

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    gelfling545 says:

    @Kay: Having lived near the buckle of the snow belt all my life I advise: when in doubt, stay home. Staying home keeps the streets clear for the plows, let’s building maintenance work on the parking lots & lessens the chance that some poor first responders are going to have to be called out for any difficulty you may find yourself in. Unless you are expecting to perform emergency services today, your work will wait until tomorrow.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    One thing kind of worries me: auf wiedersehen is how German speakers say goodbye, but its literal meaning is “until we meet again”. I know none of you want a Cheney, any Cheney, to see public office again.

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    lectriclady says:

    @MikeJ: the tell will be her residency. If she stays in Wyoming, you are right on. If she goes back to DC she will remain toast in Wyoming.

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    Citizen_X says:

    @cermet: Jinx!

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    Paul in KY says:

    @lectriclady: Good point!

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Amir Khalid: Hopefully it will be at her gravesite, as I prepare to piss upon it.

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    Belafon says:

    @Amir Khalid: The definition of a little white lie. When I was a kid, we used to have relatives that would show up at 5:30 in the morning expecting us to feed them breakfast. We didn’t have a lot of money, but my parents would go to the store, buy extra milk and eggs, and some bacon, to cook. When the relatives would leave, my mom would always say, “Hope to see you again.” I knew damn well that if they never came back we’d never inquire about them.

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    Kay says:

    @Ash Can:

    This morning, they’re all closed.

    My eldest son lives in Chicago and he was telling me about it last night. His workplace is closed today but his girlfriend’s isn’t, so they were strategizing on how many “layers” she should wear. When people in that city are complaining about cold it’s serious. It gets really cold here but there’s something uniquely bone-chilling about Chicago winters. That wind is just brutal. I lived in South Bend for a while and they have a taste of it, but Chicago is worse.
    I just drove into work and the roads are fine but there’s huge drifts and the wind is picking up, so I’ll stay ’till noon and then probably go home. I like to have a human being answer the phone here, if at all possible.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    True that.

    “So long, sucker” works for me. “Enjoy Virginia, bless your heart”, is what some Wyomingites might be saying.

    And they are, properly, Wyomingites.

    What do you call people from Wyoming?

    (PS: I think this morning, people from Wyoming would call themselves “lucky”.)

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    Alexandra says:

    Lurid story about Jang-Song-theak’s death apparently first appeared in satirical post on Chinese social media network

    According to The Guardian.

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    Citizen_X says:

    @Alexandra: Chinese Onion FTW!

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    Shortstop says:

    When the Cheneys tell this story amongst themselves, it will go like this: Liz had a great chance until strident lesbian sister and her partner fucked it up by “attacking” Liz in public.

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    Shortstop says:

    @Amir Khalid: It’s the same in French with “au revoir.” At least “adios” is considered a final leave-taking.

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    Alexandra says:


    Let’s see if TPM manages a retraction or correction, in between posting public domain pictures with clickbait titles like ‘You have to look at this’ and salivating over Rob Ford’s antics.

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    docg says:

    A dead ringer for Tonya Harding, looks and morality.

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    J R in WV says:


    My Grandma said this about that:

    I love me, I think I’m grand,
    I go to the movies and I hold my hand.

    I put my arm around my waist,
    I get fresh, I slap my face!

    I expect this is from the late 1800s, from a little river-boat town, given my Grandma’s youth. Everything came to town on the river when she was a girl.

    Patriot is one of those words that should apply to everyone, but sadly does not. And we can’t even agree on what makes a patriot, and what separates some activists from patriotism.

    Ms Cheney, who is probably married, but kept her maiden name, is certainly somewhere on the scale of patriots in her own mind. Others have their own opinions about where on the scale she sits today.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Oh, this is even better. Boston U Law prof Jay Wexler’s Odd Clauses Watch blog:

    What Should the People of Wyoming Be Called?

    He gives them several polling choices, among them Wyomingites, Wyomans, Weimeraners, Cheneys …

    From his reader comments:

    So what if Wyomingite IS the name of a rock…. New Yorker is also the name of a Chrysler.

    Looks like a fun blog. He ended it in February 2012; now writing a book tentatively called “God is Not Always Green: When Religious Practice and Environmentalism Collide.”

    Wexler used to clerk for Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Interesting guy to watch.

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    Belafon says:

    @Alexandra: TPM got it’s reporting from NBC. I wonder if the Chinese source NBC used was the source you mentioned or if a Chinese paper also bought into it.

    As for TPM, I suspect we’ll see a post about it. What I will be curious to see is if NBC issues an update.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @J R in WV:

    Funny. I heard that rhyme from a friend who is 87.

    And never since from anyone younger! But it’s true.

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    Elizabelle says:


    We’ll remind you about noon. You on Eastern time?

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    Paul in KY says:

    @docg: She does look like a fat Tonya Harding. I’m sure though, that Ms. Harding is waaaaay more moral than the Darthette.

    Also, Tonya’s plan (kneecapping that girl to win Olympic glory) had a better chance of suceeding than Liz’s quest. Ha, ha on that!

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    piratedan says:

    maybe she can finally put that fishing license to good use and stay out of our lives for the remainder of hers.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    auf wiedersehen is how German speakers say goodbye, but its literal meaning is “until we meet again”.

    Same with au revoir, for that matter.

    Edit: for French, of course, not German :~

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    Shortstop says:

    @Kay: It’s a myth that Chicagoans don’t complain about the cold. We complain all the fucking time. We can take it, because we are badasses with the hearts of lions, but we whine loudly and almost continuously while doing so.

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    scav says:

    @Shortstop: Weather in general can be a handy, gramatically complex way of filling in empty social space. Complaining about it tends toward the bonding end of interaction.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Shortstop: Indeed. I’m in the office now (piece of equipment screamed for help, and I’m on-call now) and while outside is decidedly Not Fun, it is endurable with the proper clothing, etc.

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    Shortstop says:

    @scav: Yes, sure, but extreme cold is also objectively nasty. Okay, I’m defiantly misusing “objectively.” I was made for steamy rainforests.

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    Elizabelle says:


    Did you see the Mormon foods link with the jello salads? Even ones with pretzels, and one with grape nuts?

    I’ll put it up again if you need. “Jackie” originally linked to it on a Sarah P&T blogpost, the very day you announced your fascination with jello salads. Yatsuno brought up Mormons in the first place by mentioning “funeral potatoes”, and doesn’t that sound yummy?

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    IowaOldLady says:

    That Liz Cheney thought she had a chance is a sign of how insulating the DC bubble is.

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    kindness says:

    Liz is the rock star of the Fox News set. She burned so brightly she burned herself out.

    I’m saddened and happy that karmic justice came around the wheel so quickly.

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    Violet says:

    Various observations from the Twitter feed of Bob Beck of Wyoming NPR:

    A. Kearney ‏@AKearney 10h

    @JasonBWhitman @butterbob Do you think she’ll remain in WY & give it another try somewhere down the line?

    Bob Beck ‏@butterbob 10h

    @AKearney @JasonBWhitman She’ll probably stay in Wyoming for a bit, but this would be hard to bounce back from.

    Joe Milczewski ‏@WyoTailgater 10h

    CNN gets scoop over Wyo outlets? Candidates leak to outlets they want future with. Speaks volumes about why campaign failed #cheney
    Retweeted by Bob Beck

    Bob Beck ‏@butterbob 9h

    Liz Cheney cancelled this week’s interview due to a family matter, but we were trying to reschedule. Didn’t expect this.

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    Steeplejack says:



    ETA: I don’t get “Utahn” instead of “Utahan.”

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    scav says:

    @Elizabelle: I saw it — Jello plum pudding set off the soggy breakfast cereal cloister bell but emits an outré strange attraction! It can be like poking a spider or snake, what’s going to happen. . .

    @Shortstop: The social use of weather has nothing whatsoever to do with if one personally should be out frolicking in it. For what it’s worth, was texting with. sibling when both Chicago and Oslo were at 1°, only ours was °F and theirs °C. She mentioned even they tend to shut down at -20°C so that leaves Canadians and Minnesotans, and even MN is retracting the kids indoors.

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    scav says:

    @Elizabelle: Can’t edit the long one, there was an implicit thanks for finding me more foodstuffs to poke at and think about tweaking in there.

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    Roger Moore says:

    According to the GPO, the correct demonym is Wyomingite.

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    Late to the game, as I so often am. Maybe Liz doesn’t want to be the one who fails conservatism. Because we all know that conservatism can not fail. it can only be failed.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @kindness: Can you imagine how soul crushing it must be for a Fox ‘personality’ to know that Liz Cheney is the ‘rock star’! I hope it eats at all of them.

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    srv says:

    Maybe she’s going to go under cover and finally find Saddam’s WMDs.

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    TaMara (BHF) says:

    Does anyone really think if she was doing well in WY, a family illness would slow her down? I mean really. She’d just use it as a “see how committed I am to WY, even though child abc is sick, I’m here fighting for you people”

    And by you people, we all know what she’d mean.

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    brantl says:

    I don’t know why it took this long to get rid of her, historical precedent is that if you threw water on her, she’d melt. At least now, only the flying monkeys will do what she wants.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Roger Moore:

    I like Wyomaniac, myself.

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    scav says:

    @TaMara (BHF): Mama Grizzly didn’t let the Mama-care stuff interfere, never you no-how. Even for kids with demonstrable long term needs and issues. Fairly transparent use of real or imagined issue to invoke the magic Cone of Child Privacy Silence.

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    danielx says:


    If she hadn’t dropped out of the campaign I’d be waiting on her commentary on how county highway departments in our fair state should be privatized, so that road repairs and plowing could be improved ever so much by prioritizing their efforts towards the most deserving areas, meaning those that pay the highest “service fees”.

    The jokes, they write themselves…

    Edit: local county highway departments seem to be doing fairly well at snow removal, btw.

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    SRW1 says:

    “Serious health issues have recently arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided to discontinue my campaign.”

    I’m sure its an absolutely truthful statement. It could have been shorter, though. Sort of like: “Those poll numbers were really sickening, people.”

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    Shalimar says:

    @Elizabelle: “Family incident”? Makes it sound more like someone accidentally got a fishhook stuck in her ass rather than an illness.

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    WereBear says:

    @Paul in KY: Mark me down in the “allergic to Lawrence Welk” column.

    The funny thing was, I’m in my fifties, and my 70’s-ish MIL and I were visiting with the 90s grandmother. Lawrence Welk comes on the TV, and Grandma gets all excited.

    A few minutes later, MIL whispers to me, “I can’t STAND this!” and we excused ourselves to play Scrabble in the dining room.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Let’s hope the “health issues” kill every member of that vile clan.

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    Ruckus says:

    And yet dad was vp. Of an idiot pres. Got to directly pull a lot of strings that he would not have been able to otherwise. Real money buys you lots of influence, not direct, real power.

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    Joey Maloney says:

    @Tom65: Sounds like it was a tough holiday at the Cheney household.

    “No toddler-heart tartare for you, Lizzy. I am very disappointed.”

    “But Daddy, it’s my favorite!”

    “Shut up! Puppy blood is for closers!”

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    Ruckus says:

    Does anyone else think that this run for senator was the starting gig for her to run for president?

    Someone has to finish daddies work as the dark lord. Who better than the spawn of satan?

    I think we owe a debt of thanks to Wyoming.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @WereBear: Cool when your MIL comes through for you :-)

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    StringOnAStick says:

    Strategically, Liz could have started making her move on WY after Enzi was re-elected this next cycle; it would have put her quarter on the pool table and it would have avoided pissing off the WY rethug establishment, and she would have likely succeeded. Having been so thuggish and hamhanded about the whole thing this time has probably killed any chance of that working now.

    The whole “Liz, go to WY and take that senate seat” thing came from her daddy, period. Daddy Cheney doesn’t care who or what he runs over to get what he wants, and he needs to see one of his spawn in a government position of power to ensure his legacy continues. Even Dick Cheney can’t buy a heart that lasts forever, and I suspect he’s realizing that so it was time to get one of his deferments firmly attached to the government body. They’re both such beltway insiders they simply couldn’t see how everyone in WY saw through it from day one. The mountain west is kinda insular, and carpetbaggers are not popular even if their daddy was originally from there.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Ruckus: Once you’re a Senator, there’s only 1 higher job. I’m sure she fantasized about it in her mean little Grichian heart.

    I actually think Palin would do less damage as Pres than her. Palin would be like GWB again, she would be like having Sauron as President.

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    Lurker says:


    The whole Cheney clan has bad genetic material. Evil is in their genes.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Paul in KY:
    Don’t really know. For sure don’t really want to know.
    Palin is mostly stupid with evil as the cherry on top.
    Liz is mostly evil with a little more evil as the cherry.

    So Palin would most likely be like shrub. Someone would have to be pulling the strings.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Ruckus: You certainly charagarized them both! Palin wouldn’t have a Cheney (nobody tells Sarah! what to do). The Darthette would somehow have gotten Addington as veep (so you’d have Sauron as Pres, with The Mouth of Sauron as veep).

    I’d go with the Palin. Kind of like choosing between being eaten by hyeanas or ants. I’d go with the hyeanas in that case.

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    shortstop says:

    @StringOnAStick: Excellent analysis.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Paul in KY:
    Maybe palin wouldn’t let anyone tell her what to do but someone would for sure have to actually do it for her. She really is that stupid, vapid and useless.

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    g says:

    @Violet: Her kids hated moving to Wyoming away from Virginia where they had friends. I wonder if one of them is “acting out” or having behavior issues that would be unseemly for a senator.

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    Origuy says:

    Apparently there is a family medical issue.

    According to Republicans close to the Cheney family, the issue is one of Cheney’s daughters had been diagnosed with diabetes. The ABC News report did not specifically name which of Cheney’s daughters has diabetes.

    While juvenile diabetes is certainly a serious matter, I think if the poll numbers had been better, Cheney would have found a way to stay in the race.

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    Ruckus says:

    She’s using one of her kids as an excuse not to have to face up to the fact that no one likes her? What a good mom. A stand up kind of mom. A benchmark for all moms to aspire to. I wonder if this is in the manual for how to be an inspiration to your kids?

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    Violet says:

    @Origuy: Absolutely. While diabetes is a serious issue, it’s treatable and hardly takes suspension of the child’s parent’s entire life to manage. I wonder if she’d be as understanding if one of her underling’s kid was diagnosed with diabetes. Can you just imagine Liz Cheney saying, “Sure, Maria. Take all the time you need to take care of little Jose. Don’t worry about your paycheck. We’ll make sure you keep getting paid during this difficult time.” Uh huh.

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    Violet says:

    @g: This would not surprise me either. Although it looks like one of the kids may have diabetes, there could also be other issues. Just imagine if one of her kids is gay

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    MaryRC says:

    Let’s see:

    Destroyed longstanding family friendship with Alan Simpson when her mother told Simpson to shut up and then lied about it.

    Destroyed longstanding family friendship with Mike Enzi by, among other insults, implying that he was suffering from senile dementia.

    Launched a nasty public feud with her sister that resulted in her parents openly choosing sides and throwing Sis under the bus.

    Revealed that she had applied for a hunting license using false information & then blamed the staffer who sold her the license.

    Revealed that her husband Philip “Not-Cheney” Perry was registered to vote in two states.

    Cost of mounting a failed campaign: $2 million.

    Revealing the depths of the Cheney family’s loathsomeness for all to see: Priceless.

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    Ruckus says:

    Nice summary of her insufferableness.

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    Violet says:


    Destroyed longstanding family friendship with Alan Simpson when her mother told Simpson to shut up and then lied about it.

    According to TPM, Liz Cheney reached out to Simpson and they’ve patched things up.

    Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY) on his call with Liz Cheney after she dropped out of the Senate race against Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY): “It was a very wonderful conversation. At the end she said I love you and I said I love you too.”

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    Paul in KY says:

    @MaryRC: Her dad is probably telling her ‘Gnarr, you didn’t shoot anyone in the face. Weak sauce for a Cheney, gnarrr.’

    Sometimes, I think people who are in families that have a serial killer or two think: ‘Well, at least I’m not a fucking Cheney!’.

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    Jebediah, RBG says:

    Since we are talking about education and whatnot:

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    sheldon vogt says:

    @lectriclady: precisely. how many days/yr will she spend there now?

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