Reaching Out: Ur Doin It Wrong

Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, a Birmingham native, has decided she wants to “regularly visit Alabama and reach out to its citizens”, and she’s doing so by joining two exclusive country clubs.  Huh?

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I enjoy the in your face to Shoal Creek in particular, given founder Hall Thompson’s refusal to allow black members in 1990, for God’s sake, because “that’s just not done in Birmingham, Alabama.”    Okay, the lady likes to play golf, and she’s rich enough to afford the initiation fees and monthly dues.  But I do wonder what percentage of Alabama citizens belong to exclusive country clubs.  Is she likely to meet the average Alabamian on the fairways and greens of Greystone?  Why on earth would she claim this is part of an outreach plan?  Unless her plan is to reach out to wealthy, privileged (mostly) white people.

Oh well, I suppose I should look on the bright side.  At least some of those outreach dollars will trickle down to the caddies and waiters.

h/t Blues reader JC

7 Responses to “Reaching Out: Ur Doin It Wrong”

  1. Helen says:

    Nothing strange here: she lived shielded in a bubble during the years spent as a child in Birmingham. She’s just coming back to a different Birmingham bubble.

    If she wants to reach out more widely, she might want to put on heavy work gloves. . . .

    On second thought, who’s up to the challenge to pull her out of the bubble and into the reality faced by the majority of Birmingham City residents?

  2. Kathy says:

    There might be a chance to get her out of the bubble if she came back here to live, but it sounds like she’s only coming to town to play golf. Of course, it does seem a bit excessive to pay for two country club memberships if you’re only going to use them on the occasional visit. Perhaps this is a prelude to a move.

  3. Del says:

    The husband speculated that she’s considering a run for political office. My morning dog-walk buddy concurred that there can’t be any reason to join TWO country clubs other than meeting powerbrokers. Is B’ham the Alabama seat for that kind of thing?

  4. Kathy says:

    Yeah, I’ve read some speculation too. One person wondered if she might be planning to run for Artur Davis’ seat. District 7 is gerrymandered to elect a black Democrat (just as District 6 is gerrymandered to elect a white Republican). Perhaps she wants to challenge the Democratic part of that paradigm. The country clubs she joined are in District 6, but if she’s looking for wealthy Republicans to fund a campaign to take back District 7, she’s in the right place.

    I’d think, from a political standpoint, she’d at least have to buy a house in the district before declaring. Of course, that seat isn’t her only option. Maybe Shelby is planning to retire from the Senate and hand over the godzillions of dollars in his campaign chest. If she wants to run for governor, though, she’ll have to move back and live here seven years first.

  5. Del says:

    Shelby’s seat is what I was thinking of too. The only residency requirement for that seems to be “being a resident,” easily met. She’s already got name recognition throughout the state, there would be no reason to start small. I think the logic would be that the white Republicans would vote for her both because they salute her fine credentials, admire her accomplishments, agree with her policies etc. and also because they would be falling all over each other to prove their lack of racism by casting a vote for a Strong Black Woman. Meanwhile the blacks would be expected to automatically vote for her because she has the same skin color that they do (after all, “no healthcare reform” Artur is counting on that truism).

  6. kayman says:

    Well, isn’t this just pleasant? Del, “the blacks” wouldn’t vote for her no more than “the blacks” in Maryland chose not to vote for then Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele when he ran for US Senate and was defeated by a white, moderate Democrat. I’m black with a degree in Political Science and Social Psychology, and black voters aren’t that gullible when it comes to the “complexion connection” of politics. Most black voters vote for a candidate based on their values and issues that would help them and nothing more. Kind of the same reason why so many voted for Obama (because it wasn’t because he was black)…

  7. Kathy says:

    Kayman, Del isn’t expressing her personal opinion. She’s describing the “logic” that Dr. Rice’s potential Republican backers would use to persuade themselves that she’d win in a landslide.

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