LOS ANGELES, February 11, 2013 — This past Saturday, Wyoming Republicans gathered at the gorgeous Little America hotel in Cheyenne. The legislative session was in full swing, but on this night work took a back seat to honoring the state’s favorite son.
In Wyoming, Vice President Dick Cheney is a rock star. More importantly, he is “their” rock star.
After tough intraparty disagreements, exhausted legislators united over dinner. Despite large majorities, some Republicans here are more conservative than others. Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment was tested, but being from Wyoming means civility and respect. The weather was cold from a snowstorm and tensions ran hot, but the people were warm and welcoming.
Legislators meet for only forty days this year and twenty days next year. The rest of their time is spent as private citizens living in the real world. These factors along with the state’s conservatism is why Wyoming is functional. Wyoming is the anti-California.
Cheney embodies the culture of “western values.” Speaking plainly, meaning what you say, and keeping your word matter here. At this dinner, the powerful and the everyday blended seamlessly. Some arrived with suits and ties, others with cowboy hats and large belt buckles. Nobody brought any pretenses.
Governor Matt Mead reminisced about meeting Cheney as a kid. Junior Senator John Barrasso brought the telegenic flash (by Wyoming standards) while Senior Senator Mike Enzi is so calm he makes Bob Newhart seem like a raving lunatic. Wyoming’s lone Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis brought energy and enthusiasm. The respected Wyoming delegation travels to Washington without developing “Beltway-itis.” They return home and are reminded that Wyoming values are what keep Wyoming strong.
National Committeewoman Marti Halverson introduced me to Wyoming several years earlier. She is a great lady who shows as much warmth and kindness for ordinary individuals like me as she does for Vice President Cheney. Upon learning my dream was to meet and speak in front of him, she said, “Be in Wyoming on February 9th. It’s done.” Even by Wyoming standards she is pretty special.
While my role was to make people laugh, speaking in front of Cheney brought out my serious side. I will go to my grave knowing that President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney did the right things. The Iraq War was legally, morally and totally right. Saddam Hussein was a monster, and it is hypocritical for liberals to say they are glad he is gone without praising the administration who removed him. Saddam was not removed by osmosis. He was removed by force.
Cheney may be the greatest Vice President in American history. His bumbling successor is Barney Fife with less competence. His predecessor prefers commerce with Islamists to killing them. Al Jazeera Gore and Joe Biden are featherweights. Dick Cheney is a platinum-coated heavyweight.
Progressive critics hate Cheney for being conservative, existing and breathing air. They have excoriated him since 9/11 for supporting the use of waterboarding in an attempt to save American lives. The current ultra-liberal President favors randomly killing people just because he feels like it, rendering the leftist rationale for despising Cheney as hollow and empty as the critics themselves. If progressives had their way, the toxic John Edwards would have been their standard bearer. He was perfectly qualified to represent that ideology. Conservatives lack these emotional quandaries. We have the steady as a block of granite Dick Cheney.
Cheney spoke in his calm, reassuring voice. He covered his career from intern life to working for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Herbert Walker Bush to becoming Vice President under George W. Bush. Cheney is totally comfortable in his own skin, and unwavering and unapologetic for his decisions. Despite six heart attacks and a heart transplant, his steel spine never needed adjustments. Republicans nationwide needing reminders of what “core beliefs” are should meet Cheney.
Speaking of his heart troubles, his second book will be released later this year. It will focus on modern medical miracles. Cheney is alive because technological advances have given people second and third chances. He maintains an upbeat attitude. Every day is a blessing solely because it occurs.
Liberal prayers for his demise will fall on deaf ears. He looks better than he has in years. He has lost weight, but is clearly healthier than he was a couple of years ago when his life was talked about in terms of hours rather than years. Such miracles could not happen to a finer man.
He insisted that his time in the spotlight had past. Private citizen Cheney enjoys watching his six-year-old grandson and namesake grow up. The child had to decide on a “show and tell” moment. He could either mention his Vice President grandfather or his new cat.
In his typical self-deprecating nature, he insisted nobody wanted him to run for office again anyway. Many in that banquet room would beg and plead to differ. I pointed out that the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution prevents him from being Vice President again. There is zero prohibition on a well-deserved promotion to the top spot. America is starving for real leadership, and Cheney embodies the decisiveness America has been lacking since 2008.
After Cheney finished, he did not disappear with his Secret Service agents into puffs of black smoke. He stayed and chatted, treating ordinary people with his typical dignity and class. Only those with blind irrational hatred for Cheney could purposely ignore his decency.
Being in a room with Cheney is thrilling. Meeting him is joyous. Shaking his hand is a privilege. Speaking in front of him was the honor of a lifetime. Onstage and on several occasions that night privately, I told him and his daughter Liz what free people everywhere should say the minute his name is mentioned.
Thank you Vice President Dick Cheney. Thank God for you, and thank you for playing a major role in making the world better. On behalf of free people everywhere, you remain the very best of the best.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
Eric is 100% alcohol, tobacco, drug, and liberalism free. Follow Eric on Twitter @TYGRRRREXPRESS.
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