November 15, 2002
The real question

Kevin Drum asks the real question about Martha Burk and the Augusta National golf club:

Martha Burk is waging a war of ideas and words, not a legal battle, and her idea is simple: Augusta National is not the Girl Scouts. It's a big, rich, influential social club that hosts a nationally televised golf tournament, and there's no reason that a golf club should discriminate based on gender, even if the law allows them to.

So forget the Junior League and the YWCA. Forget Augusta National's legal right to exclude women. Forget Martha Burk's scare-inducing "radical feminist agenda." The real issue is simple: Why? Why do they feel that admitting women would ruin their club?

But that's a hard question to answer without sounding like a neanderthal, so instead [certain] conservatives lie and twist and tar. It's pathetic.

I look forward to reading the answer, if one is ever forthcoming.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on November 15, 2002 to Other punditry | TrackBack

This may be simplistic, but maybe they just want a place where they can go where there aren't any women. Us poor people of the male variety have to make do with deer blinds and bass boats. Or the garage workshop.

No, that IS maybe about it.

Posted by: Scott Chaffin on November 16, 2002 2:17 PM