Rich Galen

  • 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.

  • Rich Galen

    Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at