John McCaslin

Mr. Clinton told this columnist in New York last year that if history is made in November 2008, he would welcome the opportunity to circumnavigate the globe as a "goodwill ambassador" of sorts, undertaking fence-mending as needed.

"I would do whatever she wants me to do," Mr. Clinton added.

Now we see that the American Spectator has interviewed Washington pundit Cheri Jacobus, who says while "the affection for Bill may be providing a boost for Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary, it is unclear how the prospect of extending a two-family dynasty would play" — referring, obviously, to the Bushes and Clintons (we pointed out a few days ago that one-quarter of the U.S. population has lived only under presidents named Bush and Clinton).

"It's a double-edged sword for Hillary Clinton," Miss Jacobus opines. "On the one hand, she wants to look strong and presidential, but every time she stands on the stage with her husband, she doesn't look presidential, she looks more like a first lady."

Paris and thongs

In her new book "PRUDE: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Damages Girls (and America Too!)," author Carol Platt Liebau charges that "in a culture that celebrates Paris Hilton, thong underwear, and songs like 'My Humps' (wherein the female singer extols the sexual magnetism of her breasts and buttocks), there's scant recognition or respect for female modesty or achievement that isn't coupled with sex appeal."

At 4:30 p.m. today, the Los Angeles author will participate in a panel on "Marriage, Modesty & Modernity," at the University Club on 16th Street Northwest, hosted by the Claremont Institute. Other panelists will include Best Friends Foundation President Elayne Bennett, Kathryn Jean Lopez of National Review Online, and Jennifer Marshall of the Heritage Foundation, who is author of "Now and Not Yet: Making Sense of Single Life in the Twenty-First Century."

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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