John McCaslin

Given that Democrats often have complained about voting fraud during national elections, the Republican Study Committee (RSC), as we reported last month, is doing its share to call attention to polling-station problems by keeping a running list of vote-fraud cases as reported by the press in advance of the 2008 presidential election.

The latest charges of fraud: "The Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign accused the Barack Obama campaign of voting irregularities in Texas, including prematurely removing convention packets from polling places, locking Clinton supporters out of caucus sites, and filling out precinct convention sign-in sheets during the day and submitting them as completed vote totals at caucus."

Good grief, candidates — and from the same party, no less. As Rodney King said, can't we all get along?


We keep hearing about unprecedented numbers of Democrats coming out to vote in the 2008 presidential primaries. Just how many are there?

The Democratic National Committee told us yesterday that a whopping 2.8 million Democratic ballots were cast in the recent Texas primary — more votes than Al Gore received in Texas in the 2000 general election.

Detox anybody? The Casablanca Hotel in New York City's Times Square is offering "political rehab" for election-weary Washingtonians venturing north to the Big Apple.

From now until Election Day, the hotel says guests who need to "dry out" can request to "have their guest room televisions set to block all news channels and, if desired, all channels that offer daily news programming."

Living in sin

The Family Research Council is hosting a lecture in Washington this morning by Mike and Harriet McManus, co-founders of Marriage Savers.

The McManuses contend that almost 62 percent of couples who married in 2002 previously had lived together, while studies show that cohabiting before marriage increases a couple's odds of divorce by 50 percent.

That has us wondering why the cohabiting couples, if they were getting along so well in the first place, bothered to get married.

Cows and eggs

Boy, do we ever have sticklers for readers. Don't get us wrong, we appreciate every comment, contribution and complaint sent to Inside the Beltway, so keep them coming.

This week, Tom Willoughby of Maryland picked up his phone after reading Monday's item on Washington's annual Easter Egg Roll, participants of which were chased off the U.S. Capitol grounds in the late 19th century because they were making the grass too muddy.

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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