Got the following email just now
from Baton Rouge:
Don’t know if Vice President Cheney cancelling on LSU’s commencement was
really for a vote or security [N.B., The veep cast the tie-breaking vote
this morning to pass the tax cut. — RD], but Mrs. Cheney gave a wonderful
(as in meaningful and short) speech this morning in his place. While making
appologies for her husband, she said ‘he’s doing important work, cutting
taxes’, which got a nice round of applause.