Julian Castro, the Hispanic neoliberal.
At least that is what I think he is.
Back in 2008, the Hispanic candidate for president was Gov. Bill Richardson, a sitting governor, former energy secretary and former ambassador to the UN, I believe. He even had a bit of an international reputation as a negotiator in tough standoffs. Later scandals and questions about ethics had not yet surfaced. His eventual endorsement of Obama, in a packed stadium in Portland OR, was a major media event. It was widely believed that he would be Obama's Secretary of State--we know how that turned out.
Now, a decade later, the voting Hispanic population is larger, and, one would think, even more important to the Democratic Party, and their candidate is a former HUD secretary no one has heard of, and I doubt anyone cares whom he might endorse. I seem to recall that HUD is famously corrupt, is that right or just gossip? Last debate he distinguished himself by playing the I'm a smart Hispanic you are a dumb white guy game with, or at, Joe Biden. Now, I have no use for Biden, and he is way past his sell by date, but sheesh, what gives here? Was this a display of here's how I can take down Trump? Mr. President you have a gravy spot on your tie? Over at you tube, commentator Thersites the Historian said delicately that Castro was charisma challenged, I think was how he put it. I guess that is a nice, inoffensive say of saying looks and acts like a jerk.
Castro has a very professional and attractive website. Here are his issue headings:
People and Planet First
Protecting Animals and Wildlife
(I believe those two are meant to appeal to us dippy hippies, organic gardeners, and such. At least he has figured out that he can't win without us.)
Economic Plan for Working Families
Disarming Hate (I would guess that one is directed at the Shillary crowd)
Indigenous Communities (Another group he needs)
Policing (The proposals here aren't bad, pretty much parrots what AA activists have been saying for years)
Lead as in lead pipes.
This is a program for someone running for Senate or Congress. The proposals under the heading 'Housing' are all neo liberal band aids, vouchers, tax credits and such, not one word about rent controls.
Something else not mentioned is foreign policy. Not. One. Word. Not even as president I will indict Elliot Abrams, et al, and refrain from invading Latin American countries. You tell me, what am I supposed to think? Is he funded by let us say special interests who expect to dictate his FP should he be elected?
Does anyone here know or have any insight into what is up with this guy?