Skip to comments.Fishing Experts Side With Dick Cheney in ‘Fishing Buddies’ Dispute
Posted on 10/31/2013 4:12:39 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Like all Wyoming political races before it (probably?), the Wyoming Senate primary race between Republicans Mike Enzi and Liz Cheney is currently embroiled in a fishing-related controversy specifically, whether Enzi, the three-term incumbent, and Cheney's dad, the appropriately named Dick, were ever "fishing buddies."
Enzi, in an effort to portray Cheney the Younger's challenge as a personal back-stabbing of the highest order, claims that they were. On Sunday, Dick begged to differ. "Mike also said he and I are fishing buddies, which is simply not true," Cheney said. "Never happened." But Enzi insisted to Politico that they were too fishing buddies, laying out his case thusly: "I anchored the One Fly Fishing Contest with him one time, and I was asked to speak at his induction in the fly-fishing Hall of Fame, Enzi said. And weve talked about fishing when weve been together.
Cheney and Enzi do not appear to differ on the history of their shared fishing experiences. Where they disagree is whether fishing together on one occasion, and perhaps participating in some small talk about fishing, makes them "fishing buddies." Both men have their own agendas here, and clearly cannot be trusted. So we turned to a couple of objective fishing authorities for help refereeing the dispute. And both of them agreed with Cheney.
"Certainly in my book that does not make a fishing buddy," says Rob Kramer, the president of the International Game Fish Association. Kramer has been fishing for 43 years, ever since his grandma taught him as a small child. "I've gone out with hundreds of people one time that aren't bad people, and some of them are excellent fisherman," he tells us, "but no way would I consider them a fishing buddy."
Greg Schwipps, who co-authored the second edition of Fishing for Dummies and has penned a fishing-themed novel, concurs.
"I would say you need to get into the double digits," says Schwipps, describing the minimum number of outings required before an acquaintance can attain fishing-buddy status. "But I think that could be shortened if you had a handful of trips that were particularly intense."
Schwipps, who teaches creative writing at Depauw University, recalled one fairly terrifying experience he had with his fishing buddy. A nasty storm took them by surprise, and lightning began striking just nearby as the two friends sat trapped in an aluminum boat in the middle of the river.
"I think a true fishing buddy is someone who's gone through these trials and tribulations, and forges a real bond," Schwipps told us. He compares the seriousness of the fishing-buddy relationship to a marriage. "You can go out on a date, but that's certainly not your spouse."
It is decided then: Regarding the Great Fishing Buddies Debate of 2013, Dick Cheney is [throws up in mouth a little bit] 100 percent right.
Cheney had a much better argument that he’s not a fishing/hunting buddy, is that he didn’t shoot him/hook him. Oh wait, he stabbed him in the back, does that count?
The incumbent is wrong. The incumbent is always wrong.
I don’t care for Enzi, but Cheney winning will be considered a major victory by the hard left.
Is she really that bad? Haven’t really paid attention.
Oh yeah, lots of people here will tell you how conservative he is........blech.......if that's conservative, we're all in trouble.
Liz Cheney has promoted the gay agenda for years, gay marriage, calling to homosexualize the military, was against DOMA, and was against an amendment to protect marriage.
Liz was silent throughout her political career on abortion until just a couple of months ago when the 2008 Romney supporter came out as claiming to be pro-life for this campaign, a position undetectable for the past 43 years.
I think we know what that means.
Actually she's not. She's only being bashed around here because she's a Cheney and everyone know it was Bush's fault.........
See post 7, being to the left of Mitt Romney on the homosexual agenda and being pro-abortion is what makes her unacceptable as Senator.
On the other hand, there is no controversy about Cheney’s hunting buddies. They can be picked out of a crowd by their scars.
I agree with Cheney and the author is an asshat.
I am no fan of Enzi. Liz Cheney is socially left, fiscally left. She claims her conservative credentials are based on the fact she would like to invade every country on earth until every service person is dead. Being pro-abortion, pro-gay, anti-religion, and thinking government spending is only 10% of what it should be is not made up for by the fact she is some ultra uber-hawk.
Her politics are a sign of her being anti-religion, but what are you using to label her as such?
What religion is she? I couldn’t find anything about her religion.
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