John McCaslin

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean already is looking beyond tomorrow's presidential primary in New Hampshire to the meat of the 2008 presidential campaign, charging that Republicans will resort to "every scam they think up to suppress the vote."

How so?

In the past, Mr. Dean rattled off, Republicans have "jammed" the phones Democrats used for getting out the vote, "purged voters" from precinct rolls and "abused robo-calls."

A "robo-call," we had to look up, is jargon for automated telephone calls with recorded messages that always seem to ring at the worst possible time, usually the dinner hour. This columnist hereby grants permission in writing to both political parties to abuse, mistreat, jam, suppress, oppress or erase any robo-calls aimed at my house.

Hillary: The Movie

The much-anticipated "Hillary: The Movie" was not slated for national debut until Jan. 14 in Washington, but now Citizens United Productions says it will offer a sneak peek of the documentary today to the people of New Hampshire at a Concord movie theater.

"Senator Barack Obama may not know what he's up against, but will soon find out," said film producer David Bossie, president of Citizens United. "After the [Clinton] loss in Iowa, there will be no holding them back now."

Dan the pundit

Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather surfaced long enough yesterday on "The Chris Matthews Show" to opine that "Bill Clinton has been appearing too often" at Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign stops.

To the extent, he said, that "inside the Clinton camp they're bound to be having an argument about 'Let's pull him back a bit, have him not be everywhere all of the time.' So I think you'll see less of Bill Clinton on the Hillary Clinton campaign trail."

Win with seven?

By day, Bill Arnone is behind his desk at Ernst & Young in New York, responsible for the design, management and marketing of retirement and financial counseling in employer-sponsored programs. When it comes to retirement planning, Bill's the guy to call.

But say you're curious about the 2008 presidential election, intrigued by the strong showings in Iowa last week of two relative newcomers to the political spotlight. What's likely to follow in the weeks and months beyond, leading up to November?

Mr. Arnone might have that answer, too, given that his hobby, he told Inside the Beltway, is politics. (OK, he's also a Democratic activist, but let's not hold that against him.) While it may or may not be a precursor to Election Day, Mr. Arnone has crafted a "lightened-up look at American presidential elections from an unusual perspective."


John McCaslin

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

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