Bailey's Beach Club, not in Alabama, but in Rhode Island is apparently an all-white club. And it's membership includes US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (lol on that name), Democrat and also a member of the all-white, all-male Bellevue Avenue Reading Room.
There is some talk that maybe the Beach Club is longer all-white, but there's little doubt that its history is exactly that. Yet, WaPo seems unconcerned with the Beach Club's history, whereas history absolutely matters for a St. Louis org.
It’s not entirely clear whether Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) has indeed belonged to an all-White beach club. What is clear is that he has handled questions about it poorly and that it remains inexplicable that we don’t know more by now.
The guy penning that opening--Aaron Blake--is a senior political reporter at WaPo. It's "inexplicable" is it? I mean, there was local coverage on this going back to 2006, on someone who was in a national office. Maybe WaPo should have, you know, reported on it. Holy shit.
Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse Wednesday said he belongs to a sailing club that lacks diversity.
The sailing club is distinct from Bailey’s Beach Club, an elite Rhode Island organization that allegedly is predominantly White and to which he has been previously linked. In a statement to Fox News, Whitehouse he is not a member of the beach club, though his family is and they will remain so.
"While I am not a member of the beach club, I do own a boat and belong to a sailing club in Newport. While this club does not have exclusionary rules for membership, it does lack diversity," the Rhode Island Democrat revealed in a statement to Fox News.
So, he continues to justify the Bailey's membership--he's not a member, but his family is--and does damage control by admitting membership to another all-white club. Jesus. How was this guy ever elected to anything?
Sure, but my point is that his responses are, well, stupid. They reflect a complete lack of political acumen, imo. I can't see how an opponent--in the GE or in a primary--didn't trounce his stupid ass a long time ago. It's not like he's named Kennedy...
Sure, but my point is that his responses are, well, stupid. They reflect a complete lack of political acumen, imo.
Oh yeah, I agree.
I can't see how an opponent--in the GE or in a primary--didn't trounce his stupid ass a long time ago. It's not like he's named Kennedy...
I'm not that surprised he's been winning elections. Just being an incumbent Democrat in Rhode Island is a big advantage in the GEs. I guess in theory the primary might be trickier, but it looks like when he ran in the original primary, he was running against a bunch of nobodies that nobody ever heard of (whereas he had been the Attorney General)...
Nah, I'm pretty sure there's no policy, per se, of rejecting non-whites. The club, itself, isn't in any legal jeopardy. It's just an ultra-elite snobbery that's all-white because all the traditional wealthy families in the area are white. There was a time when Dem pols could freely remain in such clubs and orgs and receive minimal criticism, but that time is long gone.
Despite all the backlash Whitehouse has faced throughout the week, the controversy has received no coverage on MSNBC, ABC, CBS and NBC, according to Grabien transcripts.
CNN has spent less than five minutes covering Whitehouse's all-White clubs, covering it only twice. Once was on the low-rated "The Lead with Jake Tapper" and the other was during the even lower-rated 4 a.m. ET "CNN Newsroom" timeslot.