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Dowd: A dynasty to duck

Dick Cheney and Mike Enzi are in a tiff over whether they're fishing buddies or not.

Enzi, the conservative senator from Wyoming who's trying to fend off a carpetbagger challenge from Liz Cheney, is lucky he wasn't hunting buddies with the trigger-happy former vice president.

Then he might not be in the race at all.

One of the best things about the 2008 race was ushering out the incalculably destructive Dick Cheney. Except now, in 2013, he's once more ominously omnipresent. Even blessed with the gift of a stranger's heart, and looking so much healthier, he's still the same nasty bully.

He's trying to bully Enzi in an attempt to help his daughter — who has never held elected office — muscle her way into the Senate by knocking off the popular three-term incumbent Republican.

Showing that bullying runs in the family, Lynne Cheney told old friend and former Republican Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson to "shut up" in an exchange tied to the contentious campaign, in which Simpson is supporting Enzi.

This is one dynasty we want to duck.

Dick Cheney is hawking a book he has written with his cardiologist, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, about his heart transplant at the age of 71. Calling it "a spiritual experience," he told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos: "I wake up every morning literally with a smile on my face, grateful for another day I never thought I'd see."

Yet even in this blissed-out state, he still can't emulate the respectful restraint of his former partner, George W. Bush. He grabs every opportunity to snarl at President Barack Obama, who is still mopping up from the Bush-Cheney misrule, as does his mini-me.

"Obstructing President Obama's policies and his agenda isn't actually obstruction; it's patriotism," Liz said.


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