RAWLINS, WYOMING — A solitary reporter, incarcerated here at the Wyoming State Penitentiary since Saturday, has somehow managed to inform the world of the real reason why Liz Cheney suddenly dropped out of the U.S. Senate race in a primary challenge against a popular incumbent GOP Senator.
Cheney, the elder daughter of former Vice-President Dick Cheney, had challenged Wyoming’s senior US Senator, Mike Enzi, running on a platform of championing a hawkish foreign policy — a policy increasingly unpopular with a war-weary public. She also said, in her first campaign appearance in Cheyenne since announcing her primary challenge, “We have to not be afraid of being called obstructionists. Obstructing President Obama’s policies and his agenda isn’t actually obstruction, it's patriotism." Cheney claims that Obama has, in her words, "literally declared war” on the First and Second Amendments.
The solitary reporter remains in a specially padded cell here after GOP Gov. Matt Mead had him arrested for entering Wyoming as a Democrat (see our post of January 4). At the border, the solitary reporter engaged in a heated and disruptive shouting match with Colorado’s most prominent pro-marijuana advocate, Rob Corry. The state troopers were performing efficiently in stopping motor vehicles entering Wyoming from Colorado after Colorado legalized retail marijuana sales. The solitary reporter was supporting the state troopers in doing their best to keep the noxious weed out of Wyoming.
Cheney had further irritated the Wyoming Republican establishment by openly criticizing Gov. Mead for planning to release the solitary reporter back to his home in Colorado. “The solitary reporter is a notorious critic of anything Republican,” Cheney explained. “He needs to stay here.”
As of press time, the solitary reporter remains locked up, hoping to be bailed out by his hundreds of subscribers.