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Friday, November 15, 2002
8:43 AM

Sally Jenkins writes a silly column about Augusta, proposing a variety of female members to break the ice....Sandra Day O'Connor, Chelsea Clinton, Barbara Bush.....her punch line is that Martha Burk should be invited to join:

Because she's a good American even if you don't agree with her, which I don't. Think about it. With her campaign she has revived old-fashioned civic engagement and provoked the single most interesting and intellectual debate in sports in years, and she's done it the right way, without suing, simply by writing letters

But she's done it only by attempting to destroy one of the grandest traditions in golf, the Masters, unless she gets her way. If you don't agree with her position, what's admirable about that?

The interesting thing is, in other circumstances, she and Hootie might get along, despite media portrayals that paint her as a baiting harridan and him as a Southern mush mouth sorehead. He helped desegregate schools in South Carolina in the 1960s. She helps put an end to gender discrimination.

They're more alike than anyone might think.

Jenkins gives Burk a pass on calling Hootie Johnson a bigot and anyone who disagrees with her, let's see, bigots. I'm glad that Jenkins backs the single-sex prerogative of a private club, but this is just an entertaining, cost-free diversion for her.

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