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Ted Kennedy: Do As I Say, Not As I Hoot
January 17th, 2006 9:15 am

From the Boston Herald:

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.

What an incredibly huge hypocrite.

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.”

Kennedy is so ashamed of his own membership in an organization that bans women from membership that he is quitting membership “as fast as [he] can”… 52 years after joining. They say alcohol impairs your reflexes, but 52 years? That must be some good stuff.

And it’s not like Kennedy has had an awakening as to his own social values, he’s quitting simply because he got caught. Like a 4 year old who says, “I’m sorry”, not because they’re truly remorseful, but because they think those words will head off any impending punishment.

Afterall, Teddy freely admits in the article that up until now he’s still paying dues.

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

Um, ok.

Then, the kicker:

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

So Kennedy continued supporting the club for 22 years after introducing legislation that forced Harvard to sever ties with the club for its sexist policies. So much for that “practice what you preach” axiom.

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