Liz Cheney didn’t fall far from the tree.
The daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney is fronting a website called Keep America Safe that is hazardous to America’s political health, according to some.
From a piece on the lefty site AlterNet:
The “al Qaeda Seven” ad released last week by Liz Cheney and her Keep America Safe cohorts has been roundly (and rightly) condemnedacross the political spectrum (or as one Salon writer put it, by “just about everyone who’s not a Cheney family member or close family friend”). The ad is an ugly ploy that does nothing less than smear Obama’s Department of Justice lawyers as shadowy extensions of al Qaeda. “Whose values do they share?” a male voice intones, as Osama bin Laden (or someone who looks a lot like him) flashes in the background.
(Here’s the “al Qaeda Seven” video, which the AlterNet story inexplicably omitted.)
So who are the al Qaeda Seven?Well, one of them – Naval Commander Suzanne Lachelier – just made a very public appearance at Boston University last month, which the hardworking staff at Campaign Outsider duly noted.
So, Liz, are we down to the Al-Qaeda Six?
Then again, our Liz isn’t exactly renowned for her cogent arguments. Consider this encounter in January with fellow conservative George Will over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s comments that (via the lefty Huffington Post) “Barack Obama could win the election because he’s a ‘light-skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.'” (Video here.)
WILL: I don’t think there’s a scintilla of racism in what Harry Reid said. At long last, Harry Reid has said something that no one can disagree with, and he gets in trouble for it.CHENEY: George, give me a break. I mean, talking about the color of the president’s skin…
WILL: Did he get it wrong?
CHENEY: … and the candidate’s…
WILL: Did he say anything false?
CHENEY: … it’s — these are clearly racist comments, George.
WILL: Oh, my, no.
Oh, my, no.
Pretty much the international symbol for Liz Cheney.
UPDATE: Via Wednesday’s Daily Beast
Former Attorney General Mike Mukasey may have served in the Bush administration with Dick Cheney, but he has a bone to pick with Cheney’s daughter Liz. In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, Mukasey calls the efforts of Cheney and others to smear Justice Department lawyers who have represented terrorists as “shoddy and dangerous.” He then states the should-be obvious: “A lawyer who represents a party in a contested matter has an ethical obligation to make any and all tenable legal arguments that will help that party.” Without ever mentioning Liz by name, Mukasey characterizes her “Al Qaeda 7” campaign as trying to paint Justice Department lawyers as “in-house counsel to Al Qaeda” and “a fifth column within the Justice Department.”