The annotated Liz Cheney

I’ve given up trying to figure out why Liz Cheney is such a prominent media personality. I continue to marvel, though, at the way in which her mind works.

Here’s the message the right-wing activist shared on Fox News yesterday:

“The president of the United States has put no serious plan on the table for dealing with entitlements [1], which is the biggest challenge that we face economically [2] right now.

“The president of the United States, I don’t think, made a single phone call to the people on the super committee [3]. I talked to one Republican member of the super committee who said he reached out numerous times to the White House to say, “We want a deal; we need a deal,” and was completely given the back of his hand [4].

“There was no effort here. The president basically seems to have made the calculation that he’s going to let the next 13 months of the American economy slide for the sake of his own, you know, political benefits [5].”

Let’s take these one at a time, shall we?

[1] In reality, President Obama has, to the chagrin of many on the left, offered Republicans all kinds of entitlement reforms over the course of the last several months. GOP leaders have rejected every offer, because they’re unwilling to compromise.

[2] Those who believe entitlements represent the nation’s biggest economic challenge are not to be taken seriously by anyone who values reality.

[3] Republicans pleaded with the president not to intervene in the super-committee process. Cheney is whining about Obama honoring the GOP’s wishes.

[4] Republicans didn’t want to strike an agreement; they’ve been quite candid on this point. A bipartisan deal would have required some tax increases; GOP lawmakers ruled out the possibility of tax increases; so the process collapsed. It’s not complicated.

[5] In Cheney’s mind, the president who’s desperately trying to improve the economy is secretly pushing to let the economy “slide,” on purpose, under the assumption that his re-election prospects will improve if the economy is worse. She actually seems to believe this, and was willing to say it out loud on national television.

Note to television producers everywhere: the next time you’re inclined to invite Liz Cheney on to share her, shall we say, insights, remember that her perspective on current events is more than a little twisted.

Postscript: Also note, by Cheney’s estimation, the failure of the super-committee necessarily undermines the economy. That’s not even close to being true, and it really doesn’t make any sense.