Rand Paul began his offensive against Liz Cheney as soon as a Senate seat opened up in May, reigniting a yearslong feud between their families and warring wings of the Republican Party.
The Kentucky senator made contact with Cynthia Lummis, a former conservative House member, to encourage her to run for the Senate seat available in Wyoming now that Mike Enzi is set to retire.
Lummis jumped into the race, leaving Cheney, her successor in Congress, with a tough choice: Embark on a brutal primary campaign against Lummis or take the safer route and seek her fortune in House leadership.
And why is this great, you ask? Because #MoscowMitch doesn’t want another faux libertarian in the senate, being a Randian pain in the ole Atlas (IYKWIMAITYD):
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is eager for Cheney to run, according to three sources familiar with his preference in the race. McConnell sees Cheney as a dynamic addition to his conference and a likely ally for his agenda. Lummis was often at odds with House leadership and served in the hard-line House Freedom Caucus.
So if Schrödinger’s Senator has his way, Cheney gets zapped, amply be-chinned Mitch gets pissed, and maybe the GOP senate splits. It’s seems more like a win than anything else going on in that Worlds Finest Debate Club.