Kathryn Lopez

And while I don't agree with her on every policy issue -- she's against a federal amendment to protect traditional marriage -- I find her demeanor and approach to life overwhelmingly refreshing. Unlike so many female pols, she goes after what she wants. It's natural for her. "Blue Skies" is a delightful memoir of more innocent days, reaffirming that there's no gender-victimization whining with Mrs. Cheney.

She writes: "It never occurred to me that my chances of doing this were diminished because I was a girl. ... My first-grade readers might show mothers at home and fathers off at work, but I saw my mother working and my grandmother, too."

The best reason to back Lynne Cheney for president, though, is the sheer fun of it: She would shake up the race, and she would make watching it a treat. The woman knows what she wants to say and says it well. I think we have a candidate.

Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.