October 17, 2006


Cheney Feels the Love as He Hits the Heartland (MARK LEIBOVICH, 10/17/06, NY Times)

Grace Mosier lives with her mom and dad, goes to birthday parties, takes ballet classes and is just like a lot of other 6-year-old girls. Except that she happens to be obsessed with Dick Cheney.

“I really, really like him,” says Grace, who can tell you what state the vice president was born in (Nebraska), where he went to grade school (College View, in Lincoln) and the names of his dogs (Dave and Jackson). She gets her fix of Cheney fun-facts by visiting the White House Web site for children. It says there that his favorite teacher was Miss Duffield and that he used to run a company called Halliburton.

So when Mr. Cheney came to town Thursday, Grace was at Forbes Field, holding a little American flag and a sign that said, “Welcome, Mr. Vice President, pet Dave and Jackson for me.” She watched him get off Air Force Two, step into a car and speed off to a fund-raiser.

“Like a rock star coming to town,” says Dene Mosier, Grace’s mother. And while Mr. Cheney might be an unusual object for a 6-year-old’s fixation, it is probably less unusual here, in the heart of Cheney Country.

The terrain consists of hotel ballrooms, military bases and private homes deep in the reddest of red states like Kansas (where President Bush and Mr. Cheney won by 25 percentage points in 2004). As a rule, people still love Mr. Bush in Cheney Country, at least relative to some locales. But the president cannot be everywhere, so Mr. Cheney comes instead, exposing as he goes the durability and devotion of his party’s base.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 17, 2006 12:57 PM

I'm hoping that the current bad news for GOP polls are somehow missing this fact. Hard to believe a country that leans a bit to right is ready to dramatically throw the GOP out despite a strong economy and the known weakness of the Dems.

Posted by: AWW at October 17, 2006 1:52 PM

My wife, although a little older than Ms. Mosier, thinks the VP is one of the sexiest men alive. I kid you not.

Posted by: Rick T at October 18, 2006 4:10 AM

Pretty much a green light to start having beef and alcohol at all three meals daily....

Posted by: oj at October 18, 2006 8:16 AM