When Dick Cheney was introduced as the G.O.P. nominee for Vice President, it was to the strains of John Mellencamp's 1985 hit R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.--a strange choice, given Mellencamp's well-known liberalism. Or was it?
BORN IN A "SMALL TOWN"
[Mellencamp] Seymour, Ind. [Cheney] Lincoln, Neb.
MARRIED HIS HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEART
[Mellencamp] Priscilla Esterline in 1969 (divorced in 1981) [Cheney] The former Lynne Ann Vincent in 1964
[Mellencamp] Worked for a telephone company laying phone lines [Cheney] Worked for an electric company laying power lines
DIRECTED LARGE-SCALE POLITICAL-ACTION BROADCAST ON NATIONAL TV
[Mellencamp] Farm Aid [Cheney] Operation Desert Storm...