- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 9, 2000

Backseat Bill

Gary Aldrich, the retired FBI agent who wrote a book about fun and games inside the Clinton White House, told the tale in his 1996 best seller about how President Clinton, for midnight trysts, would sneak away from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. hidden under a blanket in the back seat of Bruce Lindsey's car.
"Preposterous," Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos said.
Mr. Aldrich insisted his story was accurate, although he now tells Inside the Beltway he wishes he'd known then about a 1994 article, "Can the President Think?" published in Reason magazine.
In that account, Kathy McClanahan, a childhood friend of Mr. Clinton, told about his hysterical weeping when he realized he was losing one of his first elections in Arkansas, "and how he hid in the bottom of the back seat of her car so that no one could see him."
"Oh, well," Mr. Aldrich said yesterday. "Better late than never."

Mr. Stafford?

With the exception of Mike Bates of Tinley Park, Ill., envious men from across the nation are applauding the dating skills of John Stafford, a former chief administrative law judge and Reagan administration official who is seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Maryland.
As noted in this column yesterday, Mr. Stafford in his youth dated Mary Jo Kopechne, Peggy Goldwater, Heather Foley, the confidential secretary of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Peter Rodino, and the confidential secretary to President Kennedy's speech writer, Ted Sorenson.
"I think candidate Stafford is making that social life up," Mr. Bates writes. "Next thing you know, he'll be telling you he's dated Janet Reno and Donna Shalala."

Men for Bradley?

There's still plenty of time to join the outreach efforts to elect Al Gore the next president of the United States, or so the Gore 2000 campaign announced yesterday in advertising: "Women for Gore, Environmental Voters for Gore, Students For Gore, African Americans for Gore, Ganamos Con Gore [Win With Gore], Gay and Lesbian Americans For Gore."

Women for women

When it comes to the state of women in politics, Harriet Woods, past president of the National Women's Political Caucus and a former Missouri lieutenant governor, is bothered by what she sees on the horizon.
In fact, she says the number of women seeking political office at all levels, as well as numbers of women being elected, has peaked.
Still, she says women shouldn't be scared to run, because when they do, they win as often as men.
Men probably will be outnumbered this evening at the Watergate East apartment of Audrey and Bill Wolf, where we're told Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Health and Human Services Secretary Donna E. Shalala, Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, and public radio talk-show host Diane Rehm will gather to celebrate the publication of Miss Woods' new book, "Stepping Up To Power."
The author contends that the playing field must be leveled between men and women, although she predicts 2000 will be a year when women make political inroads, regardless of numbers.
And yes, her crystal ball sees a female president, but not without a "very tough" battle.

All nine

That was famed New York photographer Annie Leibovitz shooting what she shoots best women in the Old Senate Chamber of the U.S. Capitol yesterday. In fact, Miss Leibovitz took the portraits of all nine female senators in various poses.

Barnes is back

A familiar Maryland congressman between 1978 and 1986 Michael Barnes of Montgomery County will become the new president of Handgun Control Inc. on March 1. Before actually controlling any handguns, he wants to raise millions of dollars for the anti-gun group.
Currently, the rival of the National Rifle Association has 450,000 members.

Bidding on Volcker

Up for bid at this year's annual Student Internship Fund Auction at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government:
A nonspeaking, walk-on role in the season finale of the hot new TV show "The West Wing"; lunch with NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw; a hike on the East Boston Greenway with Boston Mayor Tom Menino; an invitation for two for the pre-debate dinner and reception with the candidates during the presidential debate at the Kennedy Library; a day shadowing U.S. Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, Virginia Republican; lunch with the Rev. Jesse Jackson; lunch with former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker; a day shadowing Rep. Loretta Sanchez, California Democrat; a day shadowing D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams; and a tour of the real West Wing of the White House.
The auction will feature an interactive video link and accept bids from the school's Washington site.

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