Can't. Stop. Laughing.

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Jan 17, 2006 7:25 AM

I'm sorry, I should probably be appalled and angry, but I just can't stop splitting my sides over here.

U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy — who ripped Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito for ties to a group that discriminates against women — says he’s going to quit a club notorious for discriminating against women "as fast as I can."

Kennedy was outed by conservatives late last week as a current member of The Owl Club, a social club for Harvard alumni that bans women from membership.

In an interview with WHDH Channel 7's Andy Hiller that aired last night, Kennedy said, "I joined when I . . . 52 years ago, I was a member of the Owl Club, which was basically a fraternal organization."

Asked by Hiller whether he is still a member, Kennedy said, "I'm not a member; I continue to pay about $100."

He then said of being a member in a club that discriminates against women, "I shouldn't be and I'm going to get out of it as fast as I can."

The Harvard Crimson reports that, in 1984, the university severed ties with clubs like the Owl, citing a federal law championed by Kennedy.

Meanwhile, Kennedy admitted to Hiller that he himself probably couldn't pass Judiciary Committee muster.


"Probably not . . . probably not," Kennedy said.