John McCaslin

"Politicians like Giuliani hide behind it when criticized by another on issues," Mr. Shirley points out, "which Reagan did plenty against Gerald Ford in 1976 and George Bush in 1980."

Tired yet?

Political observers are forever curious why presidential candidates who are lagging far behind their opponents in the popularity polls insist on staying in the race for the White House.

Consider Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat, who will be returning to New Hampshire today for an amazing 17th time since the 2008 presidential sweepstakes got under way, even though you'd never know it by his dismal polling numbers.

Actually, Mr. Dodd will officially file to run in the New Hampshire primary this weekend, then host the usual meetings with senior citizens and firefighters of the Granite State.

Kudos, meanwhile, to New Hampshire's weary voters, who somehow continue to show up to greet what has been an endless stream of presidential wannabes hosting agonizingly redundant campaign events.

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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