Why Age Matters in 2014

Liz Cheney
Liz Cheney

This week Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, announced her candidacy for the US Senate from her home state of Wyoming.  She is challenging incumbent Republican Senator Mike Enzi in the GOP primary. Immediately the old establishment pounced. How dare Liz, a young 46 year-old conservative, be so disrespectful of the 69 year-old three-term senator! They exclaimed, “What’s Enzi done to deserve a primary challenge?!?!”

All I could think when I heard the news was, “good.” Good that someone of my generation has the guts to take on the old guard – the old guard who has driven our country into the ditch, by the way. Honestly, I don’t know of an incumbent of either party, who has served two or more terms in the Senate, who can make the case to their constituents that they deserve re-election. Our country is a mess, and it’s because of all the old bastards in Washington! They did this to us! It’s time for a new generation of leaders to step up and save our country.

It’s not just important for the future of our nation. It’s important for the conservative movement and the Republican Party, too. This election cycle is a golden opportunity for young conservatives to make a stand against the old out-of-touch folks in Washington – whoever they are. One thing the last couple of elections have shown us is that younger Americans think that Republicans are old and out-of-touch. That’s exactly what the Republican National Committee’s “autopsy report” AND the College Republicans’ recent study both concluded. So why are we nominating the same old guys who have been in Washington for decades? It’s like the alcoholic who admits they have a problem, and then continues to drink! If we are going to save this Party, then it’s time to make some changes. Changing candidates is a good place to start.

I want to be clear – electing a young woman is not about window dressing or just checking the youth or gender boxes. It’s about life experience. I know that a 46 year-old woman has had a different life experience than a 70 year-old senator. We should welcome Cheney’s candidacy because of the perspective that she will bring to the US Senate. It will be good for our country. Can’t we all agree that there are enough old men in the Senate?

Honestly, if I were in a different place in my life right now, I would move back to my home state of Kentucky to challenge the elderly incumbent who has been in the Senate since 1985! I think that my unique perspective would be a refreshing change, too.

If we are going to build a new modern conservative movement and change the Republican Party, then we need to change the players. We know that the old folks in DC aren’t willing to take the steps to do what needs to be done to win national elections and ultimately save our country. They have had years to do it and haven’t.

I am so proud of Liz Cheney for having the guts to take this important step for the future of the GOP and the nation. Now it’s time for everyone, young and old, who cares about our future to get behind her candidacy and do everything we can to help her campaign. This is important. It’s important for the conservative movement and Republican Party. It’s important for our country.