John McCaslin

The elderly passenger riding aboard the Metro from Washington into Virginia glued this message to the brim of her canvas hat: "Old White Woman for Obama."

This gal's for you

Headlines blared that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was dealt a substantial blow when Democratic Party leaders late Saturday agreed to seat Michigan and Florida delegates with half-votes at this summer's convention.

In response, the ever-stubborn Clinton campaign vowed to carry its uphill fight for the White House all the way to the August convention. Which comes as no surprise, of course.

A few weeks ago, Mrs. Clinton announced Project T-Shirt, in which she invited supporters to submit designs for her official campaign T-shirt to carry her into the final stretch. Thousands of entries were submitted, which have now been narrowed to five, including a silhouette of the pant-suited candidate and these words: "For everyone who's ever been counted out but refused to be knocked out and for everyone who works hard and never gives up, this one is for you!"

Mind your manners

Posted by an event organizer yesterday on Sen. Barack Obama's official Web site:

"It's that time again to speak out. Do you think Sen. [Hillary Rodham] Clinton's campaign tactics and rogue comments on DNC policy are unacceptably divisive? Take a minute to email/call DNC Chair Gov. Howard Dean now and tell him why he needs to step in [and] rebuke Sen. Clinton and mandate ethical conduct for this campaign.

"Please be respectful and illustrate what it means to be ethical. No cursing or slander, please. Remember we are representing a movement of Hope."

One man's fool

It was Mark Twain who said, "It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."

That said, while addressing Virginia's Republican Party convention in Richmond over the weekend, Vice President Dick Cheney recalled that he served in the House for more than a decade representing Wyoming, a state with only one congressman.

"After being elected five times, I assumed I was pretty well-known throughout the state," he said. "During my last campaign for Congress, I always remember campaigning in a little farming community at Torrington down along the Wyoming-Nebraska border. I walked to one old cowboy leaning with his back up against a tree and cowboy hat pulled down over his eyes. I reached out and grabbed him by the hand and said:

"'Hi, I'm Dick Cheney. I'm running for Congress, and I'd like your vote.' He said, 'You got it. That fool we got in there now is no damn good.'"

Close call

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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