July 5, 2006


Judicial nominee asked about club (Charles Hurt, July 5, 2006, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Just six months after quitting the all-male social club to which he belonged for 50 years, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy is questioning one of President Bush's nominees to the federal bench about his membership in an all-male dining club.

"What is your reason for failing to resign from the club any earlier than February 2, 2006?" Mr. Kennedy demanded in writing of Oklahoma lawyer Jerome A. Holmes, nominated to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. [...]

In January, Mr. Kennedy quit the Owl Club after The Washington Times revealed his continued membership in the fraternitylike organization for Harvard University's select male students and alumni.

Apparently, as no self-respecting person of the Left could remain a communist after August 23, 1939, no decent human being could be in an all-male club a day longer than Mr. Kennedy.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 5, 2006 6:54 PM

Excessive alcohol consumption leads to short term memory loss -- Teddy probably doesn't remember he was in an all-male club until February 2 of this year (he'd probably have to have a Bill Murray-like Feb. 2 to ever acknowledge he and Holmes shared the same situation, since he's safe in the knowledge that the big media outlets aren't going to call him out on this one).

Posted by: John at July 6, 2006 12:09 AM

What is wrong with being a member of an all-male club? Is this a new fad in political correctness?

Posted by: h-man at July 6, 2006 7:42 AM

The proper response should be, "I wanted to challenge your record."

Posted by: RC at July 6, 2006 7:51 AM

New? It's been in effect ever since back in February '06.

Posted by: oj at July 6, 2006 7:51 AM

I want to admit right now that I was in an all-male club between the years of 1981 through 1991. This was an elite paramilitary organization known as "The Boy Scouts."

Posted by: Bryan at July 6, 2006 8:48 AM

Well Bryan, I hope you never aspire to political office or judiciary appointment! o/t Odd that Teddy belongs to any Harvard club. He was kicked out for sending someone else in to take an exam for him.

Posted by: erp at July 6, 2006 9:27 AM

And here I was thinking that it was all the alcohol abuse and womanizing during college that would keep me out of elected office!

Posted by: Bryan at July 6, 2006 9:33 AM

No, that would be an enhancement.

Posted by: erp at July 6, 2006 12:05 PM

Remember when former Senator John Tower was nominated for SecDef by Bush 41? The Senate Democrats organized to reject him, successfully. The orders went out: "Those of you with drinking problems, attack him for womanizing. Those of you with woman problems, attack him for for alcoholism. Ted Kennedy, don't say nothin'."

I mean, if Teddy can't attack people for doing what he's done, what can he do?

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at July 6, 2006 2:45 PM

It's stuff like this that makes me want to run for political office one day. I can just picture the face of some poor staffer who gets told by a political hack to go find the dirt on me.

Political Hack: "Well, what did you find?"
Staffer: "Nothing"
Hack: "What do you mean 'Nothing'?"
Staffer: "Just that, nothing. The guy never smoked, never drank, never did drugs, never got a ticket, never missed a bill payment, only woman he ever dated is his wife, and they're happily married. I tell you, there's nothing there."

I guess that means they'll have to make it up, won't they?

Posted by: Jay at July 6, 2006 3:45 PM

Bryan, you copied that line, from Red Dawn, right:
(from the scene where the town mayor, try to explain the affiliation of the "Wolverines" to the
Cuban commissar

Posted by: narciso at July 6, 2006 7:57 PM

Bryan, you copied that line, from Red Dawn, right:
(from the scene where the town mayor, try to explain the affiliation of the "Wolverines" to the
Cuban commissar)

Posted by: narciso at July 6, 2006 7:57 PM


A slight correction: I believe that Sen. Kennedy was suspended a semester or so for having a classmate take a Spanish test for him. He was readmitted on the condition (I have heard) that he not attend any Harvard graduste school. Hence, he received a B.A. from Harvard, but attended the University of Virginia law school.

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at July 6, 2006 8:25 PM

Fred, you're right. According to Wikipedia, Ted Kennedy was forced to withdraw for two years, but was eventually graduated from Harvard. I thought I remembered that he was eventually graduated from Boston College, but perhaps that was one of the next generation of Kennedy scholars.

Posted by: erp at July 7, 2006 8:27 AM