John McCaslin

The magazine James Carville's hairstylist says he can't wait to read every time he sits in her Old Town Alexandria chair to have his head shaved: Cosmopolitan.


"Dad, don't shave your beard."

Expert (and daughterly) advice from Ilana Blitzer, assistant beauty editor for Self magazine in New York, to her father, popular CNN host and anchor Wolf Blitzer.

Seeing how the current issue of Esquire magazine paired pictures of her father - the hairy Wolf we've all come to know, the other doctored to show how he might appear sans beard - the 25-year-old Blitzer assured her father that she prefers him just the way he is.

And in her case, how he's always been.

"My daughter has never seen me without a beard," Blitzer tells The Beltway Beat.


"Have you heard the new voice of Metro?" asks public- relations mogul and former Ronald Reagan aide Peter Hannaford, referring to Randi Miller, the 44-year-old Woodbridge woman whose voice was chosen from among 1,259 contestants to warn Washington subway riders when sliding doors are opening and closing.

Suffice it to say, Hannaford isn't impressed.

"Very authoritative. Very bossy. She missed her calling," he opines. "She should be the straw boss on one of those Metro escalator-repair crews."


In the "It's My Show, and I'll Say What I Believe" category, we turn to MSNBC's "The Situation with Tucker Carlson," when the bow-tied host last week introduced former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, who had just confronted Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld in Atlanta about the existence of evidence leading to the war in Iraq.

Began Carlson: "That was the extraordinary scene earlier today when a heckler confronted Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld about the war in Iraq, but he wasn't just any heckler. Ray McGovern is a 27-year veteran of the CIA. He was the daily briefer to President Ronald Reagan during Reagan's first term. He joins us tonight from Atlanta. Mr. McGovern, welcome."

"Well, Tucker, I resent the word 'heckler.' I'd like you to take that back," McGovern said.

"OK, I'm not taking it back," Carlson assured him.


Christina Erland Culver has left her post at the Education Department and joined the education practice of Dutko Worldwide, one of Washington's most powerful lobbying firms.

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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