The Democrats have finally admitted what we knew all along: far from being about fresh ideas and new faces, the DNC’s 2016 ticket will be a showcase for the party’s complete reliance on identity politics.
Hillary Clinton, whose only connection to “fresh” and “new” may be the marketing slogan for her preferred brand of adult undergarmets, is looking around, quite desperately, for a running mate who hasn’t yet earned their AARP card. Word has it that they’ve settled on HUD Secretary Julian Castro. It seems he’s everything the Democratic party really needs, by which I mean, a dedicated party man with a blank slate of policy leanings who just happens to be of a minority the Dems are in danger of losing.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign is likely to choose Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Julián Castro or another Hispanic politician to be her running mate, former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros said in an interview that will air Sunday.
“What I am hearing in Washington, including from people in Hillary Clinton’s campaign, is that the first person on their lists is Julián Castro, the … Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, who use[d] to be the Mayor of San Antonio,” he said in an interview with Univision’s “Al Punto.”
“They don’t have a second option, because he is the superior candidate considering his record, personality, demeanor and Latin heritage.”
“I think there is a very high possibility that Hillary Clinton may choose Julián Castro,” he said.”
Well, to be fair, they have a lot of options, but it’s true that they don’t have a choice.
Julian Castro, at least currently, checks all the required boxes. They already have a woman and the Hispanic community is, thus far, an unreliable bloc of voters. They’d fit well with a pro-life Democrats, but Hillary has long since left that in the dust, being pro-pretty much any choice even up to minutes before birth. And based on the current slate of candidates on the Republican side, the GOP ticket is likely to have a young Hispanic man (or woman – Suzanna Martinez would make an excellent Veep) in either first or second place. Most of the Hispanic men up for the nod are well-spoken, highly-educated and proud of their heritage. They understand the issues that face an immigrant community, and, in some case, support comprehensive immigration reform. Even front-runner Jeb has a good record there. Dems are definitely running at a disadvantage.
Of course in order to make a Veep pick, Hillary has to first win her party’s nomination. And that’s not exactly in the bag.
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