President Bush jumped into the presidential campaign yesterday, defending Sen. John McCain as a “true conservative.”

“If John is the nominee, he has got some convincing to do to convince people that he is a solid conservative, and I’ll be glad to help him if he is the nominee,” Bush said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Good luck. That would be like trying to market your new book of America’s Favorite Barbecue Recipes with an Introduction by Jeffrey Dahmer.

But, Sen. Novocaine doesn’t need help from a president who has never been elected. He’s already getting all the help he needs.

Mike Huckabee’s campaign is sending attorneys to Washington state to investigate what happened with the count of yesterday’s Republican presidential caucus. Campaign Chairman Ed Rollins issued this statement: “The Huckabee campaign is deeply disturbed by the obvious irregularities in the Washington State Republican precinct caucuses. It is very unfortunate that the Washington State Party Chairman, Luke Esser, chose to call the race for John McCain after only 87 percent of the vote was counted. According to CNN, the difference between Senator McCain and Governor Huckabee is a mere 242 votes, out of more than 12,000 votes counted—with another 1500 or so votes, apparently, not counted. That is an outrage. In other words, more than one in eight Evergreen State Republicans have been disenfranchised by the actions of their own party.”

Obviously, Huckleberry doesn’t know how the game is played.

The statement from his campaign chairman ended with this: We must reemphasize the sacred American principle that all ballots be counted in a free, fair, and transparent manner.”

Which proves that Hucklberry really does believe in miracles.