PHASE ONE: STANDS UP TO ‘DARTH VADER’ JIBE
September 25, 2007: Appearing on MSNBC, Cheney is forced to watch Hillary Clinton liken her father to one of the great villains in film history. Cheney keeps her cool, and, hinting at what will follow 19 months later, details how those who oppose her father and the GOP have been weak on the war against terrorism.
PHASE TWO: LIZ SHOWS SHE WILL PULL NO PUNCHES, EVEN ON A FELLOW REPUBLICAN
February 5, 2008: Again on MSNBC, Liz—now working for the Romney campaign—says that while she would support any Republican, if John McCain wins the nomination “it will be a sad day for the Republican Party.” Ouch.
PHASE THREE: BACK IN THE SPOTLIGHT
April 23, 2009: As the debate about Bush-era interrogation techniques becomes a major international story, Cheney returns to television to make the case that not only were detainees never tortured, but that the release of memos about what was done to them has compromised national security.
PHASE FOUR: LIZ BATTLES EVERYONE ON MORNING JOE
May 12, 2009: On a combative segment on Morning Joe, Cheney takes on basically the entire panel: Mike Barnicle, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Mika Brzezinski and The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson. A certain talk-show host is listening.
PHASE FIVE: THE LIMBAUGH SEAL OF APPROVAL
May 12, 2009: Cheney becomes furthered endeared to the GOP base after Rush Limbaugh says she “wiped the floor with the guest list” of Morning Joe.
PHASE SIX: BEGINS CALLING OBAMA ADMINISTRATION “UN-AMERICAN”
May 15, 2009: The label “un-American” has a long and sordid history in American politics, but Cheney has no problem using it to describe the Obama administration. (Though to be fair, it’s no worse than some of the adjectives that have been used to describe her father and his former boss.)
PHASE SEVEN: GRADUATION TO SUNDAY MORNING TALK
May 17, 2009: In a sign that we will probably be seeing much more of her in the weeks ahead, Liz Cheney joins the pundit roundtable on This Week. In a fiery exchange with the group’s designated liberal, Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation, Cheney agrees that she and her opponent, when it comes to Cheneyesque issues like waterboarding and other interrogation techniques, are living on “opposite planets.”
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