On The Second Shot, a Straight Arrow

Dick Cheney is perhaps the only good thing to come out of the John Tower mess. The six-term Wyoming Congressman and new Defense Secretary-designate is many of the things Tower was not: a gentlemanly lawmaker whose low-key style belies his tenacity; a conservative who wins plaudits from colleagues in both parties; a straight arrow whose spotless personal history includes a 25-year marriage to his high school sweetheart Lynne Cheney, 47, head of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Cheney, 48, even passes the all-important Sam Nunn character test. The Georgia Democrat hailed him as "a man of honor and integrity."

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