WASHINGTON, July 8, 2013 ― Only midway through 2013 and the winds of the 2014 primaries are starting to blow. In South Carolina, rumors swirl about possible opponents to Lindsay Graham.
In Tennessee conservatives remain bitterly critical of liberal Republican Lamar Alexander.
However, in one place, there is an unusual primary race starting to build. Unless you live in Wyoming, you may not have heard of Senator Mike Enzi. Even by the standards of the Senate he is pretty low key.
He doesn’t show up on talk shows and does not engage in the flamboyant grandstanding that some members of the Senate do.
Liz Cheney Cheney is going to “primary,” meaning to run against, Mike Enzi in the Wyoming Republican primaries. Daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, in the last few years she has been establishing herself as a conservative figure outside the shadow of her father.
While Enzi has a generally right of center record, working with Dick Durban, the democratic senator from Illinois, Enzi has championed the Internet sales tax. Support of the internet “Market Place Fairness Act”, is reason enough to deserve being run against by Cheney.
The most interesting reaction to the idea that Cheney would challenge Mike Enzi comes from the Republican Establishment. That alone means she should do it even as former Wyoming Senator Republicans Alan Simpson said a Cheney primary run against Enzi would be “the destruction of the Republican Party of Wyoming” if both decide to run.
Simpson also said, “It’s a disaster — a divisive, ugly situation — and all it does is open the door for the Democrats for 20 years.”
The Establishment whined that Enzi had done nothing to be turned out.
The Constitution provides Senators with six-year terms, not terms for life or until they do something worthy of being “put out.”
The fact that the Establishment is circling the wagons to support Enzi, that he is now getting fawning stories about him in the New York Times is reason enough that conservatives should “primary” him, giving Wyomians a true conservative choice.
Only Enzi does not want to retire. That is his choice. He can and should run as long as he likes.
But the one thing he should learn as should everyone elected to office, the office is not theirs. It belongs to the people. Incumbents should be challenged early and often. America is not the old Soviet Union or China where only one candidate is offered and he or she serves until the “establishment” gets tired of them.
Here in America we need to take advantage of our ability to remove the people from elected office that are not doing the jobs we hired them for.
One of the most dangerous threats to our liberty is when elected officials develop the sense of entitlement. They believe they are entitled to their jobs and they are entitled to be our public masters instead of our public servants.
We expect that in the Democrats. We expect better from the Republicans.
For conservatives, in 2014, our motto should be “primary early, primary often and primary effectively!” Challenge the status quo. Demand a choice. Demand better.
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