Sunday, June 20, 2010

Liz Cheney

Liz Cheney graduated from McLean High School in 1984 where she was a cheerleader (that's her on the far left). Ms. Cheney, who is an attorney, has spent most of her professional life in government jobs in Republican administrations (her husband, Phillip Perry, has benefited from the Cheney family name, too. He was General Counsel of the Department of Homeland Security in the Bush-Cheney administration). After her father's historic two terms as the most powerful vice president in history, Ms. Cheney has emerged as the most politically active member of her family. She has appeared on numerous talk shows criticizing President Barack Obama and his prosecution of the "War on Terror." Ms. Cheney also writes editorials critical of the president and is a popular speaker at Obama-bashing conservative forums. In 2009 she co-founded with neocon William Kristol and opinion writer Deborah Burlingame the fear-mongering non-profit organization Keep America Safe.

In 2010 a group of conservative lawyers, including Ken Starr, David Rivkin and Ted Olson, denounced Keep America Safe's attack on Department of Justice attorneys who had represented terror detainees. In a television appearance Starr declared of Cheney's group's actions: "This was very unwise, and really and out-of-bounds characterization and challenge to good, honorable lawyers." According to an extensive New York magazine article on the "Cheney Government in Exile," the next political stage for the former cheerleader may be a run against Senator Jim Webb in Virginia in 2012.


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