Liz Cheney Thrives as Dad's Attack Dog

She's definitely thinking dynasty, says Karl Rove
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2010 11:19 AM CST
Former Vice President Dick Cheney hugs his daughter, Liz Cheney, at CPAC.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Liz Cheney is hard at work on the family legacy, not just collaborating on dad's memoirs but boosting the former VP's attacks on the current administration with her own. Insiders say Liz was pivotal in convincing her father to reenter the public sphere and stand by his policies—at the end of his term, he said he’d be “off fishing” somewhere and never heard from again. “He doesn’t care what people think of him,” an author tells New York. “She does.” And she's thinking dynasty.

Beyond Liz being her father’s doppelganger with the conservative crowd, the family plan is to get her elected to office, perhaps as a senator in Virginia or Wyoming. Watchers are split on whether voters will actually migrate to a younger, prettier, more media-savvy Cheney, but agree on what the result would be. The elder Cheney used to use George W. Bush to secure his legacy and push his philosophy, an official says. “Now it’s Liz.”

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