Michael Kinsley, the New Republic editor who resigned because owner Marty Peretz refused to print a commissioned article on Sen. Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy's womanizing, says he has been rehired by Peretz, with a raise and a chance to defend his position in an upcoming issue.
In the meantime, The Washington Monthly's Charlie Peters has decided to make the article the cover story of his December issue, which will be on the newsstands around Thanksgiving. Both Kinsley and the article's author, Suzannah Lessard of The New Yorker are former proteges of Peters.
Peters, in an editorial note, says he feels the article has "important and wise things to say about women and their relationship" to Kennedy.
Titled "Kennedy's Woman Problem; Women's Kennedy Problem," Lessard's 3,000-word story is described as "The intelligent woman's guide to the touchiest issue of the 1980 campaign."
"Within the world of politics and journalism," Lessard writes, "Kennedy's womanizing is widely known to the many women who have been approached themselves and to reporters and others who have been around Kennedy and have seen the pattern in action . . . The type of womanizing that Kennedy is associated with is a series of short involvements -- if they can be called that -- after which he drops the lady."
It is this "short-term pattern" of a "lunch and a dalliance, over and out, on with the pressing schedule" which Lessard predicts feminists may not be able to accept.
"It suggests an old-fashioned, male chauvinist, exploitative view of women and primarily objects of pleasure. It gives me the creeps; the constant pursuit (although the image is almost passive, in a way) of semi-covert, just barely personal and ultimately discardable encounters is a creepy way to act."
. . . Muscle man Arnold Schwarzenegger is still seeing R. Sargent Shriver's daughter, Maria, when he is on the East Coast. But out in California, where he is learning to fight with a lamppost-size broad sword for his upcoming superhero "Conan" movie, it is Lear Jet heiress Pat Lear's daughter, Marisa, who is his sparring partner . . . Soaking in a California hot tub when he was out there last week to make a speech, former United Nations ambassador Andrew Young was tellng a high-powered young corporation president with him that he will call his new Atlanta-based think tank "Young Ideas." Young was musing that an Ivy League education may not mean as much in the world today as it once did. "I put a deal together in Nigeria recently simply because I happened to run into some Howard University guys who knew the right people. You don't meet a lot of Harvard men walking down the street in West Africa," he said. "But you meet a lot from Howard." . . .
. . . Donald Ranard, one of this country's most quoted experts on South Korea, doesn't think much of interim president Choi Kyu Hah, who is being promoted as a non-political successor to the assassinated Park Chung Hee. Choi, claims Ranard, is slow to understand American customs. "I remember coming home late one Christmas Eve, happy to get away from the office at last to join my family around the Christmas tree. There in my living room sat Choi. He wasn't there to sing Christmas carols. He wanted to complain about some minor immigration problem" . . .
The Secret Service rolled out one of its bullet-proof limousines for former president Richard Nixon when he was here for the Mamie Eisenhower Memorial Service. Hotel spies at the Sheraton Carlton say he spent Sunday afternoon in his suite, watching football games on television . . .
. . . After he lost his private operating room when Doctor's Hospital went Bankrupt, plastic surgeon Dr. Clyde Litton moved to the Capitol Hill Hospital. Litton is now able to offer patients -- such as the rich couple who came up from Palm Beach last week to complete his-and-her facelifts -- double rooms with two private baths and a lighted view of the Capitol.
David Eisenhower is telling friends he never intends to go into politics. "All politicians want to do is get elected to the zoning board," he said recently, "and then get into real estate."
Historian Doris Kearns, when she finished the Kennedy family chronicles on which she is working, wants to do her next book on a woman in history who managed to be a good wife and mother and still rule a country. She is asking friends for suggestions.
Muhammad Ali has been suggested to the White House as a mediator with enough clout in the Islamic world to get the American hostages in Tehran releases. The suggestion was forwarded to Hedley Donovan.
The New Jersey Gaming Enforcement Division has filed a Freedom of Information suit against the CIA and the National Security Agency and others in the government, asking a federal judge to order them to release information on persons and entities associated with Resorts International who may have connections with organized crime. In the suit, the state claims it requested the information in March 1978, as part of its investigation into Resorts' application for a permanent casino license in Atlantic City. After a search of CIA records, the agency told the New Jersey attorney general's office that the bulk of the information sought was classified.