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An old grizzled editor told me 50 years ago that during my career I should always to be on the lookout for real life heroes. “If you are lucky, you might get to know at least one in your life. If so, spend time with them. You will never regret it,” I was told.

Not sure how to weave Donald Trump, Kim Kardashian and the First Lady serving duck at a Native American event into a column, but here goes:

The biggest political mystery to me over recent years is who in the world convinced Liz Cheney to go after incumbent Mike Enzi in the 2014 U. S. Senate race?

Back in 1978, I hired a group of young men in their mid-20s who all grew up to be powerhouse publishers. But back then, they were raw, ambitious and a handful to deal with, for sure.

While I had earlier predicted Liz Cheney, Wilson, will win the Wyoming GOP nomination for U. S. House, now she is enduring being on the butt end of a funny commercial by her competitor State Sen. Leland Christensen, Alta.

If this were a horse race, the announcer might say that front-runner Liz Cheney of Wilson is holding off challenger Leland Christensen of Alta on the last turn while early leader Tim Stubson of Casper is still running hard but might be starting to fade.

But it is not a horse race.

So, there I was. Hiking as fast as I could at 9,642 feet above sea level. This was a spooky, surreal and spiritual place. This is America’s Stonehenge, the famous Medicine Wheel, high in the mountains between Lovell and Sheridan.

There is always a tired old saying: “When you lose your job, it is a recession. When I lose mine, it is a depression.” That has never been truer in Wyoming than it is today.

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