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The Six Requirements of a Gushing Julian Castro Profile (Barack Obama #2)
nro ^ | September 4, 2012 8:33 A.M. | Jim Geraghty

Posted on 09/05/2012 11:13:51 AM PDT by Red Steel

If you have any doubt about what Democrats think of their keynote speaker tonight, San Antonio mayor Julian Castro, take a gander at this cover image from the San Antonio Current, one of the alternative weeklies out there:

Beside the C in the style of the Obama logo, in case you can’t read the small print at the bottom, it says, “CASTRO FOR (insert here)”.

When convention organizers announced Castro would be their keynote speaker, I took a look at his record . . . and found little to cheer about in his three years as mayor:

When Democrats announced that San Antonio mayor Julián Castro would deliver the keynote address of the 2012 party convention, the media’s comparisons of the mayor to President Obama intensified: a little-known, charismatic member of a minority group, getting a big opportunity to address his party and the country — perhaps a steppingstone to the highest of offices.

In fact, Castro’s dramatic debut on the national stage seems almost preordained: In May 2010, The New York Times Magazine ran a lengthy profile portraying Castro as “The Post-Hispanic Hispanic Politician,” with explicit comparisons to President Obama and predictions that he will be the first Hispanic president of the United States. NPR notes he’s been called “the great Latino hope.” CNN’s Soledad O’Brien featured Castro in a documentary about Latinos in America. He’s given a TED talk on “The Power of Education: How It Changed My World.”

Castro is indeed a lot like the Barack Obama of 2004: a subject of endless glowing media profiles, touted as the voice of an entire ethnic group, charisma by the bucketful . . . and a short record of quite modest achievements. The vast majority of the discussion about Castro focuses on his enormous potential and what is to come, not on his accomplishments and what he has done.

That is not an accident. Castro was elected by a populace facing serious problems, and in his time in office, the city has made very little measurable progress in addressing those problems.

Today and tomorrow, every morning paper/newsweekly/politico will run their Castro profiles, and almost all of them will include the same five or six things:

  1. He’s a rising star.
  2. Stanford undergrad! Harvard Law! Swoon!
  3. Hispanics are a growing demographic.
  4. He’s so young! Obama asked if he was an intern, tee-hee!
  5. His complicated heritage (here they’ll soft-pedal his mother).
  6. He went up against Charles Barkley to defend his city’s reputation!

But as Representative Bobby Rush asked of congressional candidate Barack Obama, “What’s he done?” It is kind of creepy to see just how many hurrahs and hosannas a politician can generate without actually doing much of anything, particularly on bread-and-butter issues like crime and education. If a Castro defender wants to argue he’s only been in office three years, fine . . . but that just raises the question of why an unaccomplished mayor is giving the keynote address. It’s like watching the Obama playbook from 2004 all over again . . .

UPDATE: For those not familiar with Rosie Castro, the mayor’s mother:

She handles her ‘First Mom’ status with quiet equanimity, pausing to smile and greet all passersby. When I ask her which one of her sons will become President, she smiles mischievously, “You mean which one will become President first?”

And there, dear reader, is one of the savviest politically correct answer of the year. Enjoy!

“I was born in San Antonio and I’ve lived here my whole life. I was an only child, raised by my mother, who emigrated from San Luis Potosí, Mexico when she was 8. Mom died the year Julián and Joaquín graduated from Stanford. I grew up in the neighborhood around Culebra and Zarzamora, near the Little Flower Basilica. I moved a couple of times when the boys were younger but we spent their junior high to high school years living right by St. Mary’s University. They both graduated from Jefferson High.”

“At the time I was growing up, Mexican-American women weren’t typically involved in politics. When I attended Our Lady of the Lake, I had a mentor, Dr. Margaret Kramer, who introduced me to a lot of local politicians. I got involved with the Young Democrats and later became chair of the Bexar County Raza Unida Party for a time. I ran for city council in 1971 with the ‘Committee for Barrio Betterment.’ I didn’t win but I learned a very valuable lesson: I’m a good organizational person. I like working behind the scenes and pulling it together.

From the Times profile of the mayor:

She was born in San Antonio in 1947 to an immigrant mother who didn’t get past fourth grade; she didn’t meet her father till she was 34. To Rosie, the Alamo is a symbol of bad times. “They used to take us there when we were schoolchildren,” she told me. “They told us how glorious that battle was. When I grew up I learned that the ‘heroes’ of the Alamo were a bunch of drunks and crooks and slaveholding imperialists who conquered land that didn’t belong to them. But as a little girl I got the message — we were losers. I can truly say that I hate that place and everything it stands for.

To Julian Castro’s credit, when your mother hates the Alamo and you are elected mayor of San Antonio twice, you have some serious campaigning skills.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; Mexico
KEYWORDS: alamo; castro; juliancastro; laraza; naturalborncitizen; razaunidaparty; rosiecastro
After Obama, vetting potential Dem candidates cannot start early enough when they show up on the radar screens.
1 posted on 09/05/2012 11:14:07 AM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

Yep and Peggy, “Tokyo Rose”, Noonan has her school girl crush on for him like she did O in 2008.


2 posted on 09/05/2012 11:15:05 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: Red Steel

He’ll have a tough path taking that next step by winning a statewide election in conservative Texas.


3 posted on 09/05/2012 11:18:33 AM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: Red Steel
La Raza

Aztalan

The guy is a radical, he has no shot.

4 posted on 09/05/2012 11:25:56 AM PDT by Kansas58
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To: Red Steel
Great. They're trying to set this fool up for POTUS the way they did with Obama when he spoke at the convention.
5 posted on 09/05/2012 11:26:47 AM PDT by youngidiot (The name's Bond. James Bond. James Bond Jovi.)
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To: Kansas58

Do you think the media is going to “out” his radical ties? Seriously...we have a radical in the WH right now!


6 posted on 09/05/2012 11:28:59 AM PDT by woweeitsme
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To: Red Steel

I just read an article about how he does not speak Spanish. He took lessons for the convention speech. His mom encouraged English in the home.


7 posted on 09/05/2012 11:28:59 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Red Steel

I couldn’t stand to watch the unibrowed idiot with the creepy constant grin for more than five minutes last night.


8 posted on 09/05/2012 11:29:39 AM PDT by apillar
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To: Red Steel
No thanks!

Media candidate will little experience.

We know how that works out.

9 posted on 09/05/2012 11:31:27 AM PDT by tapatio (In memory of my Dad 5-27-26 2-4-2010)
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To: apillar

Breibart has a story about how Casto’s mother was a “community organizer” (that ring a bell?) and a member of a far-left fringe branch of La-Raza that advocated a violent uprising by Hispanics in the Southwest and the formation of a Socialist Hispanic State like Cuba. She pushed both her boys into politics. Scary stuff. This commie makes Obama look moderate...


10 posted on 09/05/2012 11:33:41 AM PDT by apillar
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To: Red Steel
Great, another mf’er with a fake a birth certificate.
11 posted on 09/05/2012 11:38:31 AM PDT by ryan71
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To: Kansas58
La Raza Aztalan The guy is a radical, he has no shot.

You mean like a black liberation theology, Alinsky disciple of a community organizer had no shot?

12 posted on 09/05/2012 11:38:38 AM PDT by kevkrom (Those in a rush to trample the Constitution seem to forget that it is the source of their authority.)
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To: Red Steel
You get two, two.... Two Commies in one! Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Something really sleazy about these two. One of them will be pulling the race card on Hillary in 2016! hahahahaha!
13 posted on 09/05/2012 11:45:27 AM PDT by TsonicTsunami08
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To: Red Steel
K, I live in San Antonio and this guy is spending insanely with his huge Dem city counsel. We're going to now pay $90M for the first new rail system in my city. It's only 2 miles, $45 mil per mile. AFTER THAT, they came out with a new bond issue to build senior citizen ctr, upgrade parks, etc. I hate our city government under Julian Castro!!!

Here's my recommendation, don't vote for an "IVY LEAGUE" Educated politician. They don't relate!

14 posted on 09/05/2012 11:56:07 AM PDT by Alissa
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To: Red Steel
K, I live in San Antonio and this guy is spending insanely with his huge Dem city counsel. We're going to now pay $90M for the first new rail system in my city. It's only 2 miles, $45 mil per mile. AFTER THAT, they came out with a new bond issue to build senior citizen ctr, upgrade parks, etc. I hate our city government under Julian Castro!!!

Here's my recommendation, don't vote for an "IVY LEAGUE" Educated politician. They don't relate!

15 posted on 09/05/2012 11:56:21 AM PDT by Alissa
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To: Red Steel
What I find interesting other than he's an empty suit or chair in the sprit of Clint Eastwood description of Zero, he is of the party and support that party for which if it had it's way without opposition, it would crush the San Antonio economy in a heartbeat for which Castro has been able to tout and build up his paper thin resume.

If Obama could, he would cut the military to bone which is one the top employers in San Antonio. If Obama and the Rat party could, they would virtually make it impossible to drill for oil/natural gas even on Private lands. San Antonio is reaping great rewards from the Eagle Ford Shale activity which sits right on the border of Bexar County and stretches to an area southwest toward Del Rio and Laredo and southeast towards Corpus Christi. Many oil companies and related industries have invested huge sums of money on new operations centers in San Antonio. Companies such as Weatherford Interantional, Bakers-Huges. Valero and Nu-Star energy are major employers based in San Antonio and are gradually transitioning much of their refining capacity to refine Eagle Ford Shale product. All of that would come to crash end and devastate the San Antonio economy if Castro's here got his way!

If only the State controlled media(Texas Division) would point that out. But they are too busy as well pushing him for Governor before the GOP gets a chance to run a Hispanic as Governor and win.

16 posted on 09/05/2012 11:59:03 AM PDT by The South Texan (The Drive By Media is America's worst enemy and American people don't know it.)
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To: Kansas58

He’s just another PRO-ABORTION “catholic” that brings great scandal to the Church. All pro-abortion “catholics” should be excommunicated from the Church. They give believing Catholics a bad name. Damn hypocrites.


17 posted on 09/05/2012 12:00:52 PM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: Red Steel

He’s Henry Cisneros with a commie mommie, and he will probably end up in a scandal, too. My husband and I used to go down south for our vacation when the cub was young, and I remember San Luis Potosi as a surly, communist-proud place-very unfriendly to tourists-and I even speak Spanish.


18 posted on 09/05/2012 12:03:43 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Red Steel

Black, Hispanic, African, Latino, blah blah blah

That’s all they got, and we saw where that misguided mindset led us.....to the Empty Suit in the White House.

The last thing I’d want is a parallel to Obama.


19 posted on 09/05/2012 12:13:55 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Now a Chick-fil-A customer . . . God bless Dan Cathy)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

The Castro’s probably got invited by mistake, the DNC thinking they were the Castro’s from Cuba.


20 posted on 09/05/2012 12:37:08 PM PDT by OldArmy52 (Assume any Democrat with moving lips is lying. Any you will be right most of the time.)
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To: Red Steel
After all the "up and coming star" hype, the wife and I were not impressed.

His speaking ability reminded me of Dwayne Johnson's character giving his rendition of a motivational speech in the Tooth Fairy.

21 posted on 09/05/2012 12:38:23 PM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: Red Steel
They always used to say; the Democrats would one day have Castro speak at their convention.
Here we are.
22 posted on 09/05/2012 12:39:19 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: jonno

OTOH - I remember still how Mario Cuomo’s speech to the 1984 Convention had me worried that he would be a force to be reckoned with.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOdIqKsv624

He kinda fizzled out though...


23 posted on 09/05/2012 12:45:59 PM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: apillar
I couldn’t stand to watch the unibrowed idiot with the creepy constant grin for more than five minutes last night.

He looks like he's made out of malleable plastic. I expected him to melt under the lights before our eyes. Something is just not right there.

24 posted on 09/05/2012 12:46:19 PM PDT by Calliecat
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To: Red Steel
Still no mention of his dad.

Anyone know who his dad was or is?

25 posted on 09/05/2012 2:25:27 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: woweeitsme
It will be much, much harder for them to pull of a “2nd Obama” -— and I am guessing that several of the Hispanic/Latino/Chicano Republicans will rip the bark off of Castro, when the time comes.
26 posted on 09/05/2012 3:54:48 PM PDT by Kansas58
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