John McCaslin

Yesterday, just hours after Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's unexpected first-place finish in the New Hampshire primary, a black oval-shaped bumper sticker was spotted on Capitol Hill, similar to the popular "W" sticker in support of President Bush. Except this newer, bolder version touted "H the President."

Now, as everybody knows after seven years, when you spell "W" you get "Dubya." Given the initialed nickname for Hillary, we thought it would be fun to spell "H" and see what we came up with.

We don't know about you, but all Inside the Beltway got was an "Ache."

Back to Bush

Is anybody keeping a close watch on President Bush?

That's what the popular left-wing Web site True Blue Liberal ( wants to know, posting this urgent reminder yesterday from syndicated columnist Ann McFeatters: "Wrapped up as we have been in presidential-election hoopla, machinations and drivel, we have to sober up and realize we still have another year of the Bush administration to deal with."

'It's not easy'

We lost count of the number of pundits and pollsters who were eating crow yesterday, what with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's surprise victory Tuesday in New Hampshire.

Few were as forthcoming, however, as Peter Wehner, a regular contributor to Commentary magazine:

"It wasn't enough for me to predict, as I did on Monday, that Barack Obama would defeat Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire. Noooo. I had to predict that Obama would sink the Clinton campaign and end the Clinton Era. I even provided a eulogy. About predictions and punditry I can only say, echoing the emotional words of Senator Clinton from earlier this week, 'It's not easy.' But in the best pundit tradition, I'll simply plow ahead, chastened but unbowed."

Don't blame Dick

Retired Sen. Alan K. Simpson was to give the annual Nixon Legacy lecture yesterday on the occasion of the 95th anniversary of former President Richard M. Nixon's birth.

The Wyoming Republican's speech coincided with a formal wreath-laying ceremony — a White House wreath sent by President Bush — at the 37th president's library and museum in Southern California.

Given the library's short 15-minute drive from Disneyland, it comes as no surprise that Mr. Nixon's is the most visited of the presidential centers in America. And certainly one of the most popular attractions in the nine-acre library and museum is the "The Watergate Gallery," which the Nixon center spins this way:

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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