Julian Castro finally ended his bid for the U.S. Presidency today. All I can say about this recent development is this: good riddance. I was never a big fan of his but like most good Democrats I enjoy a robust primary field. Castro has struggled to make the last two debates and his public support and funding had all but dried up. I was interested in what he had to say but he never made an presidential impression on me and came off as whiny, immature, and petty.
I thought he came off as immature when he tried to needle Beto O’Rourke on immigration policy in order to gin up controversy and headlines. When he tried to show off his bilingual skills it always vibed contrived and inauthentic. The final straw for me was he crassly attacked Joe Biden by questioning his short term memory and dog whistling to younger voters about his age. He might as well as called him an Alzheimer’s patient and recommended a good retirement home. It was mean spirited, wreaked of desperation, reminded me of a little Chihuahua nipping and yelping at a Saint Bernard’s feet and ankles. Here is some bilingual analysis for you: NO BUENO!
Castro made an appearance on the Rachel Maddow tonight and did his swan song “I’m very proud of my campaign” spiel. I think liberals give Castro too much credit for shaping the discourse of the campaigns and debates but that is neither here nor there at this point. I actually take issue with the tone and tenor of some of Rachel’s comments tonight. I was disappointed to hear her feed into the false narrative that the Democratic party has an inclusion problem because the leading candidates left in the race are all Caucasian. I couldn’t disagree more. There is no systemic pressure or conspiracy to run off or sabotage the African American or Latino candidates. Diversity isn’t just about race.
The primary field is made up of young and older, male and female, experienced and less so, straight and gay and let’s not forget about Andrew Yang. Diversity is more than just the color of our collective skins. The question isn’t, “What’s wrong with the DNC because all of the people of color are gone?” The bigger question and conversation should be, “Why didn’t those candidates connect with a more racially diverse base of voters?” I love the field we have right now. I wouldn’t vote for any candidate just because they were a certain race but I wouldn’t NOT vote or a candidate just because they were white.