Liz Cheney calls John McCain a “Liberal Republican” — Because he believes in Bipartisanship

liz-cheneyOne thing that always makes me laugh with Republicans is their seemingly endless battle among themselves to see who is “the king of conservatives.”  They use the term “conservative” like a badge of honor.  “Vote for me, not the other person! I’m the true conservative!” they often say.

Well, apparently this is the strategy of Liz Cheney (daughter of Dick Cheney) in her campaign against established Republican Senator Mike Enzi.  See, John McCain has endorsed Senator Enzi for his next election, prompting Liz Cheney to come out and call John McCain a “liberal Republican.”

It’s the new line of attack from Republicans seeking their crack at elected office — “attack the establishment.”  Now it’s not just a bad thing to be a Democrat; if you’re an established Republican, you’re almost every bit the “enemy” that liberals are.

See, that’s what happens when a Republican uses common sense from time to time.  Suddenly they become a “liberal” for not selling their soul to the far-right radical policies of tea party Republicans.

First how about if we establish this rule: Anything a Cheney says, just do the opposite.

Second, while I don’t agree with John McCain on a lot of issues, he is one of the few Republicans who actually displays common sense from time to time.  But how exactly is McCain a “liberal Republican?”  Well, the fact is, that’s where the GOP has shifted to.

Unless you’re willing to pander to the tea party, embracing every slice of propaganda they’re serving, suddenly you’re not a “real Republican” or a “real conservative.”

It’s absolutely insane.  The idea of compromise has really become a radical idea for much of the Republican party.  Hell, they even have an acronym that describes people who identify as Republicans but aren’t “real Republicans”—R.I.N.O (Republican In Name Only).

Unless you embrace every single right-wing talking point and Fox News headline, to many Republicans, you’re not really a conservative.

So when Liz Cheney calls Senator McCain a “liberal Republican” that’s exactly what she means—he’s not a real Republican.  He’s a man who, while clearly a conservative, has tried throughout his career to work with Democrats because he understands compromise and some level of bipartisanship is the only way our government will ever properly function.

And by doing that, to people like Cheney, that makes him a fake Republican.

Well I say we need more “liberal Republicans.”  Republicans who aren’t afraid to call out their own party.  Republicans who don’t see the word “compromise” as the enemy.

But the problem is, these type of Republicans run the risk of facing a heavily-funded tea party challenger in a primary election.

So while many conservatives will most likely see Liz Cheney’s claim that John McCain is a “liberal Republican” as something negative, I believe this is a label more Republicans should embrace.

Because even while “liberal Republicans” and Democrats still rarely see eye to eye on many things, together they’ve proven that they can at least use some common sense to govern our nation.

Something tea party Republicans have clearly shown they have no intention of ever doing.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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