On Monday morning, Condoleeza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore have become the first and second women to be admitted to the previously all-male golf and still absurdly rich country club that is Augusta National.
Finally someone at Augusta is able to see past whether it's a purse or a wallet and judge a person strictly on the size of the account. Nothing screams progressive like admitting other really super rich people into your ultra-exclusive, for-rich-people only club.
If any one woman could pull this off it's Rice. She is a huge NFL fan, can play the piano, and she loves George W. Bush. I don't envision many Obama voters at Augusta national.
But girls in the boys' treehouse? Now everything is going to be ruined. They're going to be tea parties. And Barbie dolls. Sex and the City DVDs. And Condi better not leave her scrunchies all over the floor. Boys were here first.
Former 1996 U.S. Olympic Atlanta chairperson and current Augusta National chair Billy Payne led this charge. Unlike his predecessor in this job, Hootie Johnson, Payne has always possessed a politician's touch and it's no surprise he was able to pull this off.
Payne said in a statement: "These accomplished women share our passion for the game of golf and both are well known and respected by our membership. It will be a proud moment when we present Condoleezza and Darla their green jackets when the club opens this fall. This is a significant and positive time in our club's history and, on behalf of our membership, I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome them and all of our new members into the Augusta National family."
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