Hypocrisy from Ted Kennedy? Who'd have suspected it?

One of the biggest lines of attack against Judge Samuel Alito was his memberhip in the Concerned Alumni of Princeton, which was denounced as sexist, racist, and just plain rotten. (Its defenders say that they weren’t against admitting minorities to Princeton, but against lowering the standards to allow more women and minorities to gain entry.) Senator Edward Moore Kennedy (D-Chivas), Massachusetts’ senior senator, was one of Alito’s (I’m sorry — Alioto’s) harshest critics on this point.

But the Harvard Crimson and a reporter for Channel 7 did a little digging. Senator Ted was a member of the Owl Club, a social club for Harvard alumni. It’s a rather exclusive club — it’s by invitation only, and to qualify, one must be a Harvard alumnus.

Alumna need not apply.

Yes, Senator Kennedy has been a member of a men’s-only club for 52 years.

Once this was brought to his attention, he denied he was a member. True, he still paid $100 a year to the Owl Club, but he wasn’t really a member.

The truly beautiful irony of all this is that the Owl Club has no official connection with Harvard. It seems the university severed all ties with them over 20 years ago in order to comply with a federal law — a law Kennedy himself had championed.

Kennedy says he intends to extricate himself from the Owl Club as soon as possible. It just might take a while; they’ll probably make him setttle his bar tab first, and even the Kennedy fortune has its limits…

A truly American dream
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