We say Happy #77 to VP Dick Cheney, one of my heroes and great friend of freedom in Cuba.
In 2000, he was selected by George W. Bush because he would make a great Vice President.
Normally, presidential candidates nominate a VP to balance the ticket or add a state.
For example, Bill Clinton selected Al Gore because he needed a partner who served in Vietnam, had a good reputation as a husband and supported the First Gulf War.
In 2000, Bush was not concerned about carrying Wyoming. Yet, he was aware of future challenges and how a man like Cheney would enhance the team.
Of course, Cheney drove liberals mad, too.
Happy birthday Mr. Vice President. Hope that you are doing well.