I once DID have a meal (including beer), almost by chance, with Dick and Lynne Cheney, before he became vice president. Though I can’t compare it to dining with Edwards, I am sure you are correct in judging who offers the superior company. (Mostly I asked him about the oil business, as he was then with some company whose name I forget.) Though I did rather put my foot in my mouth: My lunch occurred in the spring of 2000, when Cheney was heading the VP selection process. I offered as how I really liked Frank Keating for VP. No wonder I’m still in the private sector.