Maggie Gallagher

But Johnson and the boys in green jackets apparently hate the idea of being pushed around. In a statement issued yesterday, Johnson, known as Hootie, said: "Augusta National is N.C.W.O.'s true target. It is therefore unfair to put the Masters media sponsors in the position of having to deal with this pressure," adding, "We are sorry, but not surprised, to see these corporations drawn into this matter but continue to insist that our private club should not be 'managed' by an outside group."

There is something strangely exhilarating in this response, even to someone like me who has no dog in this fight. With all due respect, whether a few rich skirts join the wealthy old boys club at Augusta is not, in my view, a compelling public issue. Coed golf courses are not exactly cutting edge. In July, Hootie said the club would not be "bullied, threatened or intimidated." He also said that women would become members but "not at the point of a bayonet." But one cannot help being mesmerized by the spectacle of men for whom the bottom line is not dollars -- even if it is not exactly clear what the bottom line for these men is.

Meanwhile, we now know what kind of men run Harvard. Dean Robert Clark and Lawrence Summers are men who think gay rights are morally more important than national defense, even in wartime, but that money for Harvard is the most important principle of all.


Maggie Gallagher

Maggie Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist, a leading voice in the new marriage movement and co-author of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially.



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