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Mrs. Clinton ignored the sexism and sexual assault the photo projected and accepted Mr. Favreau’s apology through her spokesman Philippe Reines, who weirdly joked, “Senator Clinton is pleased to learn of Jon’s obvious interest in the State Department, and is currently reviewing his application.”

This is not the first time, of course, that Mrs. Clinton has saved a man from exceedingly bad behavior with women. In fact, it’s her signature skill.

To her credit, CNN’s Campbell Brown sought to put it in the record that Mr. Favreau’s actions were not as innocuous as the Clinton spin: “She is joining Team Obama, and, apparently, this photo of her likeness being groped by another key member of Obama’s team doesn’t bother her a bit. Just good-natured fun, or so her spokesman says. Really, Senator Clinton? Boy, have you changed your tune.”

The National Organization for Women, which last struck issuing news releases on why Sarah Palin isn’t a real woman, refused to comment on the Obama speechwriter incident.

When NOW’s press secretary Mai Shiozaki was reached Friday, she first claimed not to have seen the Favreau photograph. But when called later, she offered two reasons for not weighing in: “I haven’t looked into it” and “I have a 5 p.m. deadline. … I am already late.”

The New Agenda, a new nonpartisan group for women’s rights, and perhaps a valid heir apparent to the dying NOW brand, did speak out: “These antics ought to be summarily condemned by President-elect Obama. He ought to fire Jon Favreau. If he does not fire Favreau, he risks fostering the perception that he condones Favreau’s disrespect toward Senator Clinton. He also risks encouraging this sort of behavior in other young men toward women who are not merely cardboard cutouts.”

But as it is, Mr. Favreau is primed to set the tone of the incoming president as he crafts Mr. Obama’s much-anticipated inaugural address. With Democrats in control of the House, the Senate, the media and academia, perhaps Mr. Favreau can be a mensch and declare over the era of media double standards benefiting Democrats; perhaps he can give a nod to Gloria Steinem’s “One Free Grope” rule crafted for Mr. Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky flap; and perhaps he can make a rhetorical bow to the new breed of permissive feminists with this hoary old chestnut: “You’ve come a long way, baby.”

• Andrew Breitbart is the founder of the news Web site and the video site He also is co-author of “Hollywood Interrupted: Insanity Chic in Babylon - the Case Against Celebrity.”