May 17, 2014

The rise and rise of Julian Castro, America's first Hispanic President

For four years, I've been following the quasi-fabulous career of the Hispanic Obama, Julian Castro, who gets paid about $3k or $4k per year to be the ceremonial "mayor" of San Antonio while some white lady gets paid 100 times ($375,000) Hizzoner's stipend to be the actual city manager.
Texas Mayor Is Said to Be HUD Pick in Cabinet Reshuffling 
By JONATHAN MARTIN and PETER BAKER 3:35 PM ET 
President Obama intends to choose Mayor Julián Castro of San Antonio as the secretary of housing and urban development, replacing Shaun Donovan, who would move to head the Office of Management and Budget, according to Democrats informed about the plans.

Sheryl Sculley, city manager
Well, hey, San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros used the same Cabinet post to launch himself on a public and private career that culminated in this January 2005 Countrywide press release: "Countrywide Expands Commitment to $1 Trillion in Home Loans to Minority and Lower-Income Borrowers." So, let's go back to the well and get another Hispanic San Antonio "mayor."

I wrote about how the Democratic establishment was prepping Castro to be the Hispanic Obama in VDARE in May 2010:
"Who Is Julian Castro And Why Is He Being Touted As The Next Minority President?"
   
For some reason, Julian's identical twin brother Rep. Joaquin Castro doesn't get quite as much Presidential Timberhood adulation. I wonder if that is a source of sibling rivalry?
   

40 comments:

Anonymous said...

He seems really qualified.
EriK

Anonymous said...

Hillary Castro

Anonymous said...

"Castro has credited affirmative action for his admission into Stanford, telling The New York Times, "Joaquín and I got into Stanford because of affirmative action. I scored 1,210 on my SATs" (WIKIPEDIA).

1210 on the SAT. Not exactly a cutting edge intellect.

Whiskey said...

You have to wonder what price America is paying for putting non-Whites as totems and leaders ahead of guys like say, Ike.

It used to be that American Presidents, were more often than not smart guys who knew things, how people worked, and had the same interests as most of the country.

Can anyone say that a Julian Castro, Barack Obama, or Oprah, would have the same interests as most of the population? Would be aligned with their interests? Would be smart and know how people work?

Affirmative Action merely promotes guys and gals who demand White groveling and obeisance and react badly when that does not happen. See Obama vs. Putin. Part of Obama's pique and rage is a White guy who does not bow down to him and grovel. Hilarious one one level, bad for people who live in this place on another. I would not call it a country though.

Maxwell Power said...

I bet he'd be a great Channel 13 weatherman

countenance said...

The media consensus is that Obama and the Democrats are worried about the relative long term, because they're worried about their precious "juggernaut" of the Hispanic vote because Republicans have Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Brian Sandoval, Susana Martinez as potential Presidential material. So it's time to shove Julian Castro up the pipeline really quick so the Democrats have a card to play should the Republicans nominate a Hispanic in the near future. Cabinet Secretary is one of the five sources for future Presidents (other four are Governor, Senate, 5-Star General, Vice-President) going back a long way.

I think the Democrats are worried for nothing. White Democrat will trounce and wipe the floor with Hispanic Republican in a Presidential vote, always. Hillary beats Marco Rubio by more than 2-1 among Hispanics in a hypo matchup.

Jason Roberts said...

Wouldn't be at all surprised if Cisneros is their father.

Anonymous said...

Jimmy Fallon!

Steve Sailer said...

I actually investigate the Cisneros idea, along with another Chicano celebrity, but it appeared to be a dead end. I found a picture of Castro with his putative father, an obscure schoolteacher, and they looked quite a bit alike

jack said...

Castro's probably a little smarter than Gerhart. Gerhart scored about 1200 new style IIRC (out of 1600). But of course, unlike Castro, Gerhart has a real job.

If youre thinking about athletes with political potential, I can see johnny manziel down the line with the intelligence and charisma if he's interested.

Auntie Analogue said...


It's not about Castro. It's not about the Democrats. In both parties it's about the globalist corporate-finance donor class funding, pushing NAM candidates to become elected donor class puppets to disempower White Americans.

Anonymous said...

Well, at least we know. So Castro won't get to pretend he is a genius, as Obama pretends to be.

Anonymous said...

As many presidents have been made five star generals after being president (Washington) as have been five star generals prior to being president. And the last cabinet member was way back to Herbert Hoover so let's not get carried away.

Anonymous said...

I think the Democrats are worried for nothing. White Democrat will trounce and wipe the floor with Hispanic Republican in a Presidential vote, always. Hillary beats Marco Rubio by more than 2-1 among Hispanics in a hypo matchup.

Agreed and it's very debatable if the Hispanic vote is all that important on the Presidential level. They have abysmal turnout levels and their vote is only key in two swing states, FL and CO. In Florida the two largest Hispanic groups are Puerto Ricans,citizens by right and Cubans who might as well be. So I doubt immigration is much of a motivator to these groups.

Obama won in '12 in large part because of record Black turnout which proved decisive in OH, VA and FL. Oddly the Dems all but ignore the Black community.

ben tillman said...

"Castro has credited affirmative action for his admission into Stanford, telling The New York Times, "Joaquín and I got into Stanford because of affirmative action. I scored 1,210 on my SATs" (WIKIPEDIA).

1210 on the SAT. Not exactly a cutting edge intellect.


Yeah, but he's forthcoming and, apparently, in touch with reality. I like that answer quite a bit.

Anonymous said...

Castro's probably a little smarter than Gerhart. Gerhart scored about 1200 new style IIRC (out of 1600). But of course, unlike Castro, Gerhart has a real job.

Not sure why you brought that up, but Gerhart scored 30 on the Wonderlic. 1200 seems low.

Mount Shasta Inquirer said...

"1210 on the SAT. Not exactly a cutting edge intellect."

When did he take the test? If pre-95, that is better than John Kerry or GW Bush.

Jefferson said...

"Jimmy Fallon"

Are you saying Julian Castro looks "White" ? He looks like a typical taco truck driving dark Mestizo to me.

I would not even mistake Julian Castro for a Sicilian, let alone mistake him for a Swede.

Miguel S. said...

Whatever Mexicans are telling pollsters now, they *will* vote for Cruz or Rubio if either heads the ticket in 2016. If either wins, it will be a gamechanger, pitting Mexicans against blacks for a decade or more. But, as usual, it won't be the gamechanger that conservatives want because of amnesty.

Anonymous said...

When do the gay rumors start for Castro?

Anonymous said...

Tim Tebow will likely be the last republican president. I'm not entirely serious but there's a lot better chance of that than Julian Castro or Johnny manziel being president.

Even stranger is that if Steve Garvey could have kept it in his pants he likely would have a really good shot at being a republican governor of California and from their a decent shot at president.

Anonymous said...

Whiskey said...
"You have to wonder what price America is paying for putting non-Whites as totems and leaders ahead of guys like say, Ike."

I wonder wht price we've paid or all the times someone is given a job be ause of affirmative action over better qualified people. Not only do they most likely not perform as well at their job as other candidate's old have, but their poor performance must have a trivkle-down effect of hurting the moral of their co-workers and subordinates.

Torn and Frayed said...


There was incredible pressure on US oligarchs to make sure Obama was reelected since it would have been a huge embarrassment (and kinda raciss) to have the first (half) black President be a one termer.

Concerning Julián Castro and his twin brother Jöäquïn, we could have our first kinda sorta four-term President since FDR. Because once Julián’s eight years are over, there will be huge pressure on the US not to be raciss and in order to prove this we will need to give his twin brother eight more years as well. This is why there is not much emphasis placed on Jöäquïn.

Jason Hops said...

Brown and Black people will demand leaders that look like them. White liberals will lose power, ironically, as the non-White majority grows.

Anonymous said...

They both remind me of crocodiles. Mouths full of teeth.

Or, perhaps they are only sharks.

Anonymous said...

"It's not about Castro. It's not about the Democrats. In both parties it's about the globalist corporate-finance donor class funding, pushing NAM candidates to become elected donor class puppets to disempower White Americans."

Quite.

It's all about actors being cast for a role so looking good on TV and being able to speak their lines are the only criteria.

(Preferably with a blackmailable secret or two as insurance hence the hugely disproportionate amount of homosexuality.)

Anonymous said...

They both remind me of crocodiles. Mouths full of teeth.

Or, perhaps they are only sharks.

Anonymous said...

Preferably with a blackmailable secret or two as insurance hence the hugely disproportionate amount of homosexuality.

But, haven't we been indoctrinated that all sorts of sexual deviancy is OK now because Diversity is Strength?

Whoozit said...

Even though most people-- including myself by reflex half the time-- persist in thinking that "The President" and various other formally-elected officials are in charge, they really aren't these days. That's why we get these Obamas and Castros and whoever pushed on us. Real decisions are made by a complex of NY financial executives and high government appointees with a revolving door (see Rubin, Summers, Geithner) between them. Presidential politics are just a noisy sideshow that pulls in all the rubes while the main event goes deliberately unheralded-- since the string-pullers and real-power-wielders want neither publicity nor scrutiny. Of course Obama, Castro, who-ev-er, is a dunce with a big smile. No people holding actual power expect to share any with the clown in the White House.

I do think this represents actual change from the aforementioned Eisenhower era. Back in Ike's day, the President was subject to pressure from elites and various kinds of disobedience from the entrenched bureaucracy but he did exercise real power. We're in a different phase of the Peter-Turchin-esque cycle now, more like Warren G. Harding's time than our own.

Anonymous said...

Not very relevant, but he looks like a gay faced version of Marco Rubio with a George P Bush complexion.

Anonymous said...

Actually, believe it or not it has the lowest poverty of the Texas major metro areas but there is high separation between whites and Hispanics there. It performs better on some stats than Travis-Austin. Its strange, the lowest you can get for 60 plus Hispanics about around 19 percent.

dearieme said...

Now that the USA is so keen on dynastic politics, can we assume that the surname Castro is an advantage?

David said...

No lefty can resist a opportunity to bark "Castro for President!" So we will be seeing a lot more of Jules and his haircut, unless he has a Rick Sanchez epiphany.

David said...

No, we've been indoctrinated to follow the party line, whatever it is. If the party wants Jules destroyed, and if homo-bashing is the shortest way to do it, then you'll even see people like Michael Musto snickering that Jules is a faggot. A population that swallowed "gay marriage" will swallow anything the rulers want them to swallow. WWG-B-T etc. are obedience-training.

Anonymous said...

I love the fact that the new Democratic Hispanic Hope had to learn Spanish from the nice Jewish lady from his chief of staff's temple!

Pat Boyle said...

It is not unusual for a City Manager to get paid a lot more money than the mayor. In fact there is a formal theory of municipal government that promotes this idea. I once briefly considered pursuing the 'City Manager' career path.

It's all part of the 'Good Government Movement'. The idea is that for cities of a certain size and tacitly a certain (white) citizenry you should have professional and non-political management. This is what many white suburbs look for. They think of civic problems as being amenable to technocratic solutions.

Conversely larger more diverse cities need a real charismatic leader like Joe Alioto or Ralm Emanuel. These are the kind of public figures who stand out in front in public and make slippery deals in private.

Some cities are in between and have both a city manager and a mayor.

When I was in grad school we had a professional city manager address us to see if any ig us were interested in his profession. I don't recall his name - anonymity is part of the skill set.

He told the anecdote about while he was addressing a meeting of city managers he got a message that he had been fired. Everyone in the audience of city managers understood, it was part of business. He went somewhere else. City managers have no-fault firings.

That was illuminating but it was not a profession for me. I knew I couldn't handle that level of sang-froid.

Pat Boyle

Steve Sailer said...

I'd simply assumed you'd been the City Manager of Walnut Creek at some point.

Maxwell Power said...

anonymity is part of the skill set

I wonder if that helps in U.S. House & Senate seniority (i.e. if you are bland or outright forgettable, you might go far). It reminds me of a remark by John Derbyshire once about the Chinese premier, whoever that is now

Pat Boyle said...

I'd simply assumed you'd been the City Manager of Walnut Creek at some point.

Sarcasm?

Maybe you should tell your readers about being a HUD Secretary.

In municipal government the head of government housing is pretty much a license to steal. The feds routinely arrest Housing Authority administrators for all manner of corrupt practices. Being appointed to run a local Housing Authority is a political reward - no skill required.

At the federal level the HUD cabinet position is little better. Samuel Pierce for example was Reagan's black token on the cabinet. He was the one whom Reagan didn't recognize at a meeting of mayors. The media thought it was more evidence that Reagan was senile because he didn't recognize his own cabinet secretary. But what it really showed was that Reagan held HUD and its leader as a very low priority.

HUD secretary is a good place to park a not-too-bright token. The only risk is that he will get caught and land in the pokey as so many housing administrators have.

Pat Boyle

Maxwell Power said...

In 2016 potential HUD secretary Antonio Villaraigosa will be 63, so I don't see it happening. Unless he becomes Antonia