To the point that they were thrown off campus for refusing to change their bigoted and biased ways.
OK, so Paul Begala (CNN) and Bob Beckel (Fox) will tell me that Kennedy joined this club 50 years ago, and it was a different time, and standards were different, and blah, blah, blah.
But wait! It turns out that Kennedy has been paying $100 per year to maintain his membership in the Owl Club and, according to some reports, updated his information as recently as this past September.
The ironies abound. First of all, Kennedy leading the charge against Alito on the CAP business when he knew he had the Owl Club issue perched on his shoulder; second, the notion of Kennedy joining any club which didn't allow women. That would be like Norm Peterson (as long as we're in a Boston frame of mind) going to a bar which didn't serve beer.
The performance of the Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee was generally revolting.
Kenney's performance was a howler (in the first sense), and it deserves a Howler (in the second).
New Topic: In a front-pager in the Washington Post, reporter Jonathan Weisman again shows what happens when editors become bookkeepers. In a piece about Speaker Dennis Hastert and the scandals which are growing around Members of Congress, Weisman writes (badly) in the lead graf:
"Congress-watchers say the speaker bears some responsibility for the troubles which have developed on his watch."
Who are these "Congress-watchers?" Do they include anyone other than Mr. Weisman's cube-mates in the WashPost city room? Shouldn't there have been at least a passing attempt at a quotable source?
Also, using the word "watch" twice in the same sentence is plain laziness. Laziness. Twice.
Send in my owl, please.
On a the Secret Decoder Ring page today: A link to the Washington Times coverage of the Harvard Owl Club; Links to Hogwarts professors Trelawney and Snape; a pretty good Mullfoto; and a Catchy Caption of the Day which will make you green with envy.