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Massachusetts Liberal

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Country club elite

Earlier this week, we were "treated" to Karl Rove's view that Barack Obama was really nothing more than a country club elitist.
"Even if you never met him, you know this guy," Rove said. "He's the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and a cigarette that stands against the wall and makes snide comments about everyone who passes by."
Obviously Rove would not be able to make this observation at the Phoenix Country Club in the home state of Republican presidential nominee-to-be John McCain.

When the men of the Phoenix Country Club saw their feeding ways in peril, they did not tarry. Some sent nasty e-mail messages, hectored players on the fairway and, for good measure, urinated on a fellow club member’s pecan tree.

The targets of their ire were the women, and some men, who have dared to speak up against the club’s policy of forbidding women in the men’s grill room, a center of power dining in Phoenix.

Let's leave aside the audacity of Rove's image, given that many African-Americans are welcome in country clubs only as wait staff. Let's also ignore, for now, the fact that Arizona, with support from McCain, long fought against the declaration of a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Let's focus instead on McCain's silence, particularly since this men behaving badly attitude takes direct aim at women in the Phoenix business community. The very same community in which Cindy McCain is a major player.

McCain certainly won't be a candidate for Profile in Courage Award next year. And yet some women still think he's a better candidate on women's issues than Obama?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not ask why the New York Times is still obsessed about gender and private golf clubs -- something that Heather McDonald wrote about at City Journal.

July 03, 2008 11:40 AM  

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