Former drug czar William Bennett has become a senior editor at William F. Buckley's National Review, the bible of conservatives. It's one of a series of jobs Bennett has taken since turning down the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee for opportunities to make more money. At the magazine Bennett will write editorials and articles, edit articles and sit on the board that sets editorial policy. One policy debate that could arise is over the legalization of drugs, a position Buckley supports and Bennett abhors.

Asked about such a major difference, National Review Publisher Wick Allison said the magazine represents the full range of conservative thought. "We are a small 'c' catholic magazine as well as a large 'c' Catholic magazine," he said. Bennett's response to the question of his stand against drug legalization was, "It's nice to know there was no ideological litmus test" for the job. Bennett sees the position as a forum for his ideas on the drug war, the state of the Republican Party and the importance of values in public policy, subjects that will also be part of a Simon and Schuster book he is writing. Bennett said that, for the time being, his political ambitions are on hold. If he makes a decision to become involved in politics, Allison pointed out, he will have to resign from the magazine staff. folo10f Out and About The 56th annual Touchdown Club Timmie Awards dinner next month is being dedicated to the memory of former Redskins coach George Allen, who died this month. It is the first time the black-tie dinner, which salutes the best in sports, entertainment and public service, has been dedicated to an individual. The hosts for the Feb. 9 evening at the Sheraton Washington Hotel will be actor Elliott Gould and actress Brenda Vaccaro. George Allen Jr. is scheduled to present the George Allen Leadership Award to retired Redskins quarterback Billy Kilmer. Last year that honor went to actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Two other awards will be presented to the former "joy boys" of Washington radio -- Willard Scott will receive the prestigious Hubert H. Humphrey Award for Humanitarian Service, and Ed Walker will get the Touchdown Club's Board of Governors Award for his contributions to the Washington community. Among the other award winners are Virginia Gov. Doug Wilder, Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, San Francisco 49ers Coach George Seifert, Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer and Redskins Joe Jacoby, Jim Lachey and Charles Mann ...

Grammy-winning singer-guitarist Bonnie Raitt plans to marry "Against the Law" actor Michael O'Keefe. A spring wedding is in the works for Raitt, 41, who won best female rock and pop vocal honors at the 1990 Grammys, and O'Keefe, 34, whose movie credits include "Caddyshack" and "The Great Santini" ...

It was destined to happen -- a Florida State University professor has decided to write a doctoral dissertation on Madonna. In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Chip Wells describes the material girl as a "postmodern social construct." His dissertation will be titled "Like a Thesis: A Postmodern Reading of Madonna Videos." "I'm a fan because of the videos' complex intercultural critiques," he explained. "When Madonna grabs her crotch, the social order is effectively transgressed." Yeah! That too ...