John McCaslin

I was dining at Taverna on Capitol Hill the other night and spotted Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich sitting in a dark corner almost by his lonesome self. Which reminded me that the Ohio congressman is in need of a first lady.

"As a bachelor, I get a chance to fantasize about my first lady," Mr. Kucinich told the Fox News Channel earlier this month. "And I certainly want a dynamic, outspoken woman who was fearless in her desire for peace in the world and for universal single-payer health care and a full employment economy. If you are out there, call me."

In that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is taken (sort of), has taken the candidate up on his offer, sponsoring a national contest to help him find the perfect first lady. The political site is posting profiles and photographs of interested single women from all over the world, and if Kucinich sees anyone he likes, the site will fly the lucky lady to New Hampshire and treat the pair to dinner.

Susan, 37, an advertising executive from Louisiana, calls attention to her foreign policy experience: "I have just recently returned to the United States after working abroad for U.S. companies for over 12 years. My experience in the Middle East, Eastern and Central Europe has been overwhelmingly educational."

Barbara, 49, a journalist from Michigan, points out: "Let's face it, having a journalist in his camp, the future President Kucinich could save money and have the first lady double as his press secretary. Should a scandal of any kind pop up, who better to nip it in the bud than a reporter?"

Geri, 20, a native of Paris, France, who lives in Massachusetts, confesses: "I find Dennis to be a very handsome man. I'm looking for a special someone, mature and old enough to handle a strong, passionate lady like me. I may be young, but after all age is nothing but a number."

Finally, Toni, 53, a librarian from Ohio, writes: "Why let George Bush be the only one to have a librarian in his corner? You think they're just sitting there at the desk, all quiet and everything. They're like plotting the revolution, man."


U.S. Ambassador to Japan Howard Baker didn't have a quiet 78th birthday after all.

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and a large entourage of Pentagon aides and reporters popped in on the ambassador in Tokyo over the weekend to sing "Happy Birthday" and eat cake.

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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