Here's the link to the article: http://www.salon.com/2013/07/17_liz_cheney_fo...
I thought that reading the article might help me figure out exactly what the writer meant.
"She is among the most vicious, cynical and talented partisan operatives in American public life."
So vicious, apparently, that Mr. Lovett can't bring himself to use "smart, reasonable, decent" language in his article about her. How sad is it that? He was a speech writer for President Obama for three years and is presumably capable of expressing himself with some felicity.
Based on the article, I don't think Lovett is claiming that you can't tell her apart from Palin or Bachmann; he clearly can and thinks the distinction is important. His argument is that her name doesn't matter ("I don't care who her father happens to be. And neither should you."); it is the content of her political thought, like the contents of the tequila bottle, that will get the Republican Party where he thinks it's headed.
"America needs a strong, positive, rational conservative movement that...serves as a check against the centrist liberal philosophy that is now, like it or not, the natural home of the majority of Americans."
No wonder Washington is so broken.