It's Bill White's party, be wild: Five places for Democrats to be seen in CorpusChristi
With Texas Democrats descending on Corpus Christi for the 2010 state convention, there's not a lot of political drama planned. (Not unless they release a platform as controversial as the Texas GOP did this week, at least.)
So if these Dems want to make political hay from their Bill White exercise in confirming inevitability, they are going to have to get out and about around the city.
To aid in this exercise, CultureMap is proud to provide a list of the sights worth seeing in CC, and how they can be best used by the politicos.
The USS Lexington
A visit here, to the most highly-decorated aircraft carrier from World War II, shows support for a strong military that advocating diplomacy rather than Predator drones and using a Rhodes scholarship to avoid service in Vietnam doesn't always convey. Bonus points for incorporating a slam on George W. Bush for the "Mission Accomplished" banner.
With Hispanics quickly becoming the most populous minority in the country, and Texas one of the first majority-minority states, there's never been a more important time to appeal to Latino voters. A somber visit to the Selena Museum, a tribute by the Quintanilla family to Tejano's biggest star would be a good start.
Be sure to get a basic knowledge of Selena's discography and learn the lyrics to "Como la Flor" and "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom." Fans are united but no one likes a panderer.
Texas State Aquarium
While the oil spill continues to devastate American ecosystems and wildlife, a trip to the Texas State Aquarium, with its focus on Gulf animals, provides one last glimpse of creatures soon to be seen only covered in oil and on the endangered species list.
Yachting Center of Corpus Christi
Usually sports are a great, all-American interest for a politician. But any sport involving more money than skill — polo, yachting, skiing — is out, lest you be associated with such elitest tastes as classical music and arugula. Think of the pictures of John Kerry windsurfing and keep your feet firmly on the sandy beach.
Art Museum of South Texas
Elitest labels be damned, supporting the arts is usually good politics. But before your visit, just have your staff make sure none of the artists on display have any "Virgin-Mary-made-of-elephant-dung" shenanigans on their résumé. That shit doesn't even fly in New York.
When in doubt, just do what comes natural: Shake hands, kiss babies, and blame Bush for everything.