Saturday, March 6, 2010
Liz Cheney, Dick Cheney’s ‘mini me’ is accustomed to drawing the ire of liberals, but her latest attack campaign against the Obama administration has conservatives likening her to one of the most notorious political villains in the last century: Joe McCarthy.
Liz Cheney’s political advocacy group “Keep America Safe” launched an ad suggesting that a number of Justice Department officials are terrorist sympathizers for representing detainees against illegal treatment by the Bush’s administration. The spot labels them the “Al-Qaeda 7.”
Author Paul Mirengoff, a fellow at the conservative Claremont Institute, blogged that the attack was “vicious” and “unfounded.”
Mirengoff compared Cheney to McCarthy and saying her comments were potentially worse than his notorious anti-communist crusades;
“It could be worse than some of the assertions made by McCarthy, depending on some of the validity of those assertions,” Mirengoff said, explaining that at least McCarthy was correct in pinpointing individuals as communist sympathizers. “It is just baseless to suggest that [these DoJ officials] share al Qaeda values… they didn’t actually say it but I think it was a fair implication of what they were saying.”
Also strongly denouncing Cheney’s ad was former legal adviser to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, John Bellinger III, who called it an “unfortunate” partisan move.
“It reflects the politicization and the polarization of terrorism issues,” Bellinger told The American Prospect’s Adam Serwer. “Neither Republicans nor Democrats should be attacking officials in each other’s administrations based solely on the clients they have represented in the past.”
Joesph McCarthy, the late Wisconsin Republican senator, in the 1950’s, led a series of witch hunts against members of Congress, writers, Hollywood actors and directors, for allegedly being closet sympathizers of Soviet communism. His name is now synonymous for the terms “red scare” and “red baiting.” A form of cynical fear mongering Liz Cheney is shamelessly engaging.