Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz Cheney are busy mending fences with Republicans as they lay the groundwork for another potential run for political office, Politico
While they have come out swinging in public recently against President Barack Obama’s Middle East policies, privately they have been working behind the scenes to rebuild fractured relationships with the GOP establishment following Liz Cheney's controversial shortlived Senate campaign.
The hawkish father-daughter duo have spent recent weeks appearing on Fox News and writing a joint commentary in The Wall Street Journal
while promoting their new organization, Alliance for a Strong America, which targets Obama’s "dangerous" foreign policy decisions.
The Cheneys have also clashed with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who has partially blamed the current conflict in Iraq on George W. Bush’s administration’s decision to invade the country when Dick Cheney was vice president.
Dick Cheney has denounced the libertarian-leaning Paul as an "isolationist,"
while former President Bill Clinton last week hit back at Cheney saying that the ISIS crisis in Iraq was Cheney’s and Bush’s fault.
Paul aside, the Cheneys have quietly reached out to Republicans who may have been offended that Liz had taken on popular longtime GOP Sen. Mike Enzi in Wyoming until she suddenly pulled out of primary contention in January, citing health concerns for one of her five kids.
As part of their so-called "recovery tour," Dick Cheney recently threw a private dinner for leading GOP operatives and former Reagan officials at a Washington hotel, according to Politico.
Called a "fence-mending" party, a warm and outgoing Dick Cheney did his best to win over the guest list that included Republicans who had supported Enzi in the Wyoming primary.
According to the Politico, the Cheney charm offensive also included Dick and his wife, Lynne, attending conservative writer George Will’s annual spring baseball get-together at his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Father and daughter, meanwhile, will be headlining a Politico Playbook lunch event at the Mayflower Hotel on July 14. "It seems to me they are little more approachable than they have been," said one unidentified GOP senator.
It’s a far cry from last year when Liz Cheney angered veteran Republican lawmakers during the primary campaign by saying that the "status quo" was hurting the cause of true conservatives like herself.
"The Washington establishment is doing all it can to try to stop us," she said in a letter to donors. "You and I know that protecting incumbents won’t protect our freedom."
Since Liz pulled out of the primary, the Cheneys have been in constant contact with Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, vice chairman of the party’s Senate campaign arm and a key Enzi supporter.
Portman said he’s spoken to Liz several times and told her she has "a lot to offer the party." On his side, Dick "offered to be helpful" in contentious Senate races in the midterms, said Portman.
While the Cheneys are pushing for greater national security, Politico suggested that 47-year-old Liz has another agenda for her TV appearances and her attempts to befriend leading Republicans – she plans to make another run for public office.
"I have no doubt that if Liz Cheney’s ambition is to be a senator, governor, or member of Congress, she’s going to achieve that ambition," said Steve Schmidt, a former senior aide to the vice president and personal friend of Liz's.
"She’s clearly going to run in Wyoming, and at some point, it’s going to be an open seat or there will be an opportunity to run. And I just think that she will be a stronger candidate."
And it appears that the establishment may be willing to forgive and forget – almost.
"They have both been heroic people to this country," Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah said of the Cheneys. "But I thought it was a real mistake to go against a really good senator like Sen. Enzi."
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