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I’ve been following the Julian Castro will be on the national ticket someday meme since 2010. From the Washington Post today:

Julián Castro could be VP next year — or out of a job. He’s ready either way.

By Ben Terris February 23 at 1:12 PM

Julián Castro cut into his overcooked brisket, dumped four artificial sweeteners into his iced tea and shifted in his seat. It’s not that he didn’t want to answer the question, it’s just that he couldn’t.

Sure, he’s thought about the possibility of being picked as Hillary Clinton’s running mate on the Democratic ticket. How could he not? What with the “Ready for Julián?” and “Castro Is in VP Training Camp” headlines percolating out of the political press. Even Stephen Colbert tried to trick the 41-year-old secretary of housing and urban development into saying he wanted to be vice president in a recent late-night appearance.

And it’s not that he’s ashamed of his ambition. You don’t run for mayor of San Antonio at 30 or become the youngest member of President Obama’s Cabinet without having a healthy ego. But running for vice president, if it’s even possible for someone to run, is different. If Castro dares show too much interest, he looks desperate and his chances evaporate. Looking uninterested, however, is also not an option.

But Castro never gets more interesting.

The Obama Administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing program could be pretty interesting, but everybody is trying to keep it boring and keep Castro’s profile low related to it.

I guess there just isn’t much Mexican-American talent out there if a half dozen years have gone by and they’re still stuck with Julian Castro as their most riveting figure.

 
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  1. Mexicans are a very mediocre people.

    • Replies: @syonredux

    Mexicans are a very mediocre people.
     
    "Mexican mediocrity" is a phrase that has a future. Of course, only bad people will actually say it. Everyone else will simply think it.....
  2. OT:

    President Obama: Victim of Micro-Aggressions.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/revanche-and-the-first-black-president

    • Replies: @candid_observer
    I especially like this deep thought from that article, apropos of the refusal of the Republicans to hold hearings on any potential SC nominee:

    But the deeper pattern is one of persistent and pervasive denigration and - I hate jargon words like 'othering' but, well ... othering.
     
    OMG, OMG, did you just see what they did!! They othered Obama.

    I can't even!
  3. Four artificial sweeteners in his iced tea? That would impair any memory and other cognitive function needed to operate at a level expected even for VP. Those sweeteners are health hazards.

    • Agree: CJ
  4. John McCain picked someone completely unqualified for reasons of tokenism, and it helped sink him.

    I think Hillary is too smart to make the same mistake, unfortunately.

    • Replies: @27 year old
    I don't think Hillary would have to worry about her gay hispanic VP being mocked on SNL, which was what sank Palin more than anything.
    , @bomag
    someone completely unqualified

    Is that even a thing? What again qualifies Mr. Barry Soetoro?

    It probably didn't matter who McCain picked. Palin was good for the interest she generated, and for exposing the pure class hatred that motivates our politics.
    , @Mr. Anon
    "John McCain picked someone completely unqualified for reasons of tokenism, and it helped sink him."

    I don't think Sarah Palin sunk John McCain. He lost on his own merits.

    "I think Hillary is too smart to make the same mistake, unfortunately."

    Hillary is not smart. Her whole political career has been a catalog of rather stupid mistakes.
  5. Castro Convertible?

    I didn’t think you could get more blank than Marco Rubio.

    • Replies: @Rob McX
    Iced tea, artificial sweeteners...a distinctly effeminate vibe there. He's got more in common with Marquiño than just being a blank screen.
  6. If Castro dares show too much interest, he looks desperate and his chances evaporate.

    I’m not sure I buy this. Constantly seeming desperate and overeager hasn’t seemed to hurt Rubio’s political ambitions at all.

  7. Leftist conservative [AKA "Trump Kills Last Mosquito, Places Tiny Make America Great Hat On ZikaHead Baby"] says: • Website

    the establishment may be sensing a white populist backlash of possibly unprecedented proportions….the white working class may be off the plantation, so to speak (tee hee), and thus the establishment is quietly trying to shift gears to pander somewhat to whites….possibly…

    • Replies: @Buck Dodgers Superstar
    A good looking white guy is going to make Hillary look like a wretched diseased witch. Dark and ugly, short and fat is the only way to make Hillary look some what acceptable.
  8. I think a Mexican Donald Trump type would do well. Mexicans adore bombastic types. Julian Castro is extremely milquetoast. I guess that says a lot about San Antonio politics and about Obama for “tapping” him as HUD chief.

  9. Boy oh boy, these globalist elites sure have a lot of buffers. But then, whores are dime a dozen.

    Please Clap

  10. The Wash Post printed his name with an accent mark on the “a”:

    Julián.

    Whereas,
    the LA Times printed it without the accent mark.

    Julian.

    Significance?

    • Replies: @syonredux
    I say, spell it "Hoolian." That way no one gets confused.
    , @Lot
    The accent mark is the correct spelling of the name, but accents are often dropped from proper nouns. Something like if an American were named Chloë on her birth certificate, she probably would spell it Chloe with no diaeresis most of the time to avoid looking pretentious.
    , @Jim Don Bob
    Julian is obviously the raaaaacist spelling, done no doubt by someone of white privilege.
  11. @Reg Cæsar
    Castro Convertible?

    I didn't think you could get more blank than Marco Rubio.

    Iced tea, artificial sweeteners…a distinctly effeminate vibe there. He’s got more in common with Marquiño than just being a blank screen.

    • Replies: @Ray Midge
    Whao there, pal. Let's slow down on this iced (ice?) tea and artificial sweetener = unmanly thing. Iced tea is a fine, fine drink. And real sugar doesn't dissolve well. Four packets is a bit much, yeah. Strange, maybe. Effeminate? Nah.
  12. @Leftist conservative
    the establishment may be sensing a white populist backlash of possibly unprecedented proportions....the white working class may be off the plantation, so to speak (tee hee), and thus the establishment is quietly trying to shift gears to pander somewhat to whites....possibly...

    A good looking white guy is going to make Hillary look like a wretched diseased witch. Dark and ugly, short and fat is the only way to make Hillary look some what acceptable.

  13. @Hepp
    John McCain picked someone completely unqualified for reasons of tokenism, and it helped sink him.

    I think Hillary is too smart to make the same mistake, unfortunately.

    I don’t think Hillary would have to worry about her gay hispanic VP being mocked on SNL, which was what sank Palin more than anything.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
  14. Impairing his cognitive function? Julian Castro has no cognitive function. Totally implausible as President. If Hillary goes for this guy she should be nailed hard for incompetence.

    • Replies: @rod1963
    No one would dare criticize Hillary for her choice given that the MSM is in the tank for her. Democratic turnout is low, that's a bad sign for the hagfish, my money is blacks won't be turning out for her, I know quite a few and none of them talk about Hillary, Obama they did. To them Hillary is just another rich cracker. Hispanics won't vote unless they have one of their own the ticket.

    But I don't think it will be Castro. He's a mental midget cast from the same mold as former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Via. The DNC had high hopes for him until he opened his mouth and realized he was a another affirmation action minority they had to kept in the back office where he couldn't scare off voters.

    Whatever the hagfish's choice will be, I think we can rest assured it will be politically expedient and PC/MC as can be. It could even be a fat woman on a Rascal.
  15. Iced tea, artificial sweeteners…a distinctly effeminate vibe there. He’s got more in common with Marquiño than just being a blank screen.

    I watched this documentary following the production travails of several Broadway shows, one of which was Avenue Q. The team which wrote the songs consisted of a blunt, hairy Jewish guy and a soft, almost effeminate “white Hispanic”. Researching clues of their “sexuality” revealed that in fact the Hispanic guy had a wife and daughter, while the tough Jew belonged to a gay men’s choir in LA.

    Bullfighters are as he-man as you get, yet dress like girls. Is this a pan-Hispanic thing?

    • Replies: @Wilkey
    The team which wrote the songs consisted of a blunt, hairy Jewish guy and a soft, almost effeminate “white Hispanic”

    The "white Hispanic" to which you refer is Robert Lopez, who is (apparently) European on his mother's side and whose father is part Filipino. So not really a Hispanic, except in the convoluted, absurd way that an Asian population supposedly belongs to a group traditionally assume to be part-European and part-Amerind.

    The blunt hairy gay Jewish guy you refer to is Jeff Marx, who co-wrote Avenue Q, a musical episode of the sitcom "Scrubs," and nothing else worth mentioning. Apparently he is a little too blunt: he was originally on the team for "Book of Mormon: The Musical," but Robert Lopez and the South Park guys kicked him off their team for being an asshole.
    , @Anonymous Nephew
    "Bullfighters are as he-man as you get, yet dress like girls. Is this a pan-Hispanic thing?"

    In the French Basque country we stopped in a small town for refreshments, and there were a couple of odd guys in the gents toilets, checking themselves minutely in the mirrors - strange gear, too, white shirts, black trousers, red neckerchiefs. As we walked the town we realised there were hundreds of identically dressed young men, propping up every bar in town and waiting for the bullfight which started five hours later. Southern European men seem to care more about their clothes and appearance.
    , @Buffalo Joe
    Reg Caesar , Shared a few drinks with a young bullfighter in Columbia. He was pencil thin and good looking. I don't think I could step into the ring with one of those fighting bulls, bred solely for bull fighting. However, I was completely repulsed by the sticking and stabbing of the bull that precedes the actual bull fight. The tight toreador pants are so the bull doesn't snag your clothes as he thunders by, same with the short, close fitted jacket-vest. The correct statement is girls dress like bull fighters, adopting the tight toreador pants and vest, not vice versa.
  16. @Hepp
    John McCain picked someone completely unqualified for reasons of tokenism, and it helped sink him.

    I think Hillary is too smart to make the same mistake, unfortunately.

    someone completely unqualified

    Is that even a thing? What again qualifies Mr. Barry Soetoro?

    It probably didn’t matter who McCain picked. Palin was good for the interest she generated, and for exposing the pure class hatred that motivates our politics.

    • Replies: @Hepp

    Is that even a thing? What again qualifies Mr. Barry Soetoro?

     

    An IQ of above 100, so he doesn't completely embarrass his side every time he's asked a simple question?
  17. At least he admitted he was likely an affirmative action admitee.

  18. OT, but did Vdare.com move to Atlanta? I keep getting 404’ed on my way over there.

    • Replies: @Brutusale
    I've was routed to a Verizon "Unable to find" page. They're probably blocked as a hate site.
  19. @Chiron
    Mexicans are a very mediocre people.

    Mexicans are a very mediocre people.

    “Mexican mediocrity” is a phrase that has a future. Of course, only bad people will actually say it. Everyone else will simply think it…..

    • Replies: @fnn
    I seem to recall Octavio Paz writing a lot about it.
  20. @Hail
    The Wash Post printed his name with an accent mark on the "a":

    Julián.

    Whereas,
    the LA Times printed it without the accent mark.

    Julian.

    Significance?

    I say, spell it “Hoolian.” That way no one gets confused.

    • Agree: CJ
    • Replies: @Sparkling Wiggle
    Who, Leon?
  21. HRC is not going to be POTUS. This guy Castro is delusional.

    HRC is the worst candidate of her generation.

  22. @Rob McX
    Iced tea, artificial sweeteners...a distinctly effeminate vibe there. He's got more in common with Marquiño than just being a blank screen.

    Whao there, pal. Let’s slow down on this iced (ice?) tea and artificial sweetener = unmanly thing. Iced tea is a fine, fine drink. And real sugar doesn’t dissolve well. Four packets is a bit much, yeah. Strange, maybe. Effeminate? Nah.

  23. I don’t see it. It’ll probably be Cory Booker.

  24. @Hepp
    John McCain picked someone completely unqualified for reasons of tokenism, and it helped sink him.

    I think Hillary is too smart to make the same mistake, unfortunately.

    “John McCain picked someone completely unqualified for reasons of tokenism, and it helped sink him.”

    I don’t think Sarah Palin sunk John McCain. He lost on his own merits.

    “I think Hillary is too smart to make the same mistake, unfortunately.”

    Hillary is not smart. Her whole political career has been a catalog of rather stupid mistakes.

  25. Is there any point in picking Castro as VP after tonight? Might as well cross your fingers and go for Booker, if you can’t get Bernie onboard.

    • Replies: @Ozymandias
    3% of Latinoxoes still voted for Bush?
    Hmm...
  26. @Reg Cæsar

    Iced tea, artificial sweeteners…a distinctly effeminate vibe there. He’s got more in common with Marquiño than just being a blank screen.
     
    I watched this documentary following the production travails of several Broadway shows, one of which was Avenue Q. The team which wrote the songs consisted of a blunt, hairy Jewish guy and a soft, almost effeminate "white Hispanic". Researching clues of their "sexuality" revealed that in fact the Hispanic guy had a wife and daughter, while the tough Jew belonged to a gay men's choir in LA.

    Bullfighters are as he-man as you get, yet dress like girls. Is this a pan-Hispanic thing?

    The team which wrote the songs consisted of a blunt, hairy Jewish guy and a soft, almost effeminate “white Hispanic”

    The “white Hispanic” to which you refer is Robert Lopez, who is (apparently) European on his mother’s side and whose father is part Filipino. So not really a Hispanic, except in the convoluted, absurd way that an Asian population supposedly belongs to a group traditionally assume to be part-European and part-Amerind.

    The blunt hairy gay Jewish guy you refer to is Jeff Marx, who co-wrote Avenue Q, a musical episode of the sitcom “Scrubs,” and nothing else worth mentioning. Apparently he is a little too blunt: he was originally on the team for “Book of Mormon: The Musical,” but Robert Lopez and the South Park guys kicked him off their team for being an asshole.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    The “white Hispanic” to which you refer is Robert Lopez, who is (apparently) European on his mother’s side and whose father is part Filipino.
     
    He's my second-favorite Robert Lopez, after Robert Oscar Lopez, who also had a Philippine father, along with a Puerto Rican lesbian mother.
  27. @FX Enderby
    Impairing his cognitive function? Julian Castro has no cognitive function. Totally implausible as President. If Hillary goes for this guy she should be nailed hard for incompetence.

    No one would dare criticize Hillary for her choice given that the MSM is in the tank for her. Democratic turnout is low, that’s a bad sign for the hagfish, my money is blacks won’t be turning out for her, I know quite a few and none of them talk about Hillary, Obama they did. To them Hillary is just another rich cracker. Hispanics won’t vote unless they have one of their own the ticket.

    But I don’t think it will be Castro. He’s a mental midget cast from the same mold as former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Via. The DNC had high hopes for him until he opened his mouth and realized he was a another affirmation action minority they had to kept in the back office where he couldn’t scare off voters.

    Whatever the hagfish’s choice will be, I think we can rest assured it will be politically expedient and PC/MC as can be. It could even be a fat woman on a Rascal.

  28. @MLK
    OT:

    President Obama: Victim of Micro-Aggressions.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/revanche-and-the-first-black-president

    I especially like this deep thought from that article, apropos of the refusal of the Republicans to hold hearings on any potential SC nominee:

    But the deeper pattern is one of persistent and pervasive denigration and – I hate jargon words like ‘othering’ but, well … othering.

    OMG, OMG, did you just see what they did!! They othered Obama.

    I can’t even!

  29. I guess there just isn’t much Mexican-American talent out there if a half dozen years have gone by and they’re still stuck with Julian Castro as their most riveting figure.

    Gavin Newsom is likely going to be the governor of California for awhile, but maybe Eric Garcetti could be our first Mexican-American President. Sure, Garcetti would also be our first Italian, Jewish and Lithuanian President, but, hey, who’s counting?

    Don’t forget that Mitt Romney was merely a few percentage points away from becoming our first Mexican-American President back in 2012.

    Maybe Louis C.K. will take a run for it.

    Was President Camacho of Mexican descent? Kind of unclear.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Sure, Garcetti would also be our first Italian, Jewish and Lithuanian President, but, hey, who’s counting?
     
    Al Smith could have been our first Italian, German, and Irish president, in addition to yet another Anglo-Saxon. And don't forget John Kerry's amazing religious hat trick.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    Maybe Louis C.K. will take a run for it.
     
    Freddie Prinze Jr is of age. A Hungaricosaxon.

    He's also married to Buffy, who would bring some much-needed glamour to One Observatory Circle.
  30. Hillary’s problem is that if she picks a white guy she depresses minority turnout, and if she picks a minority she only serves to remind white voters (white men, especially) that the Democratic Party just doesn’t give a shit about us.

    Black voters may have a problem of the “once you go black you can never go back” variety. They feel entitled (see: the Oscars, and roughly half of all commercials). Having now been to the White House, they’re the kind who will feel slighted every time there’s a ticket without a black candidate.

    Booker? Yeah, let’s pick an unmarried, childless (I guess) black guy from New Jersey to go with the harpy in the loveless marriage who squeezed out one solitary kid for the sake of political expediency who abandoned her adopted her home state of Arkansas as soon as she had the chance.

    • Replies: @EdwardM
    No way Hillary picks a white guy. I don't see how the Dems can run a ticket of two white people ever again.

    It is amusing that there is no Democrat "Latino" even remotely credible to be on the ticket. If it looks like Sanders may win, or Hillary might be indicted, then I wonder if Obama would endorse her (and scupper the prosecution if necessary) in exchange for extending his legacy, e.g., forcing her to take his homie Deval Patrick (another super-low-wattage bulb) for VP? Or think out of the box like that black professor he had the "beer summit" with?

  31. @Hail
    The Wash Post printed his name with an accent mark on the "a":

    Julián.

    Whereas,
    the LA Times printed it without the accent mark.

    Julian.

    Significance?

    The accent mark is the correct spelling of the name, but accents are often dropped from proper nouns. Something like if an American were named Chloë on her birth certificate, she probably would spell it Chloe with no diaeresis most of the time to avoid looking pretentious.

    • Replies: @Hail
    "Correct spelling," eh? This doesn't get us any closer to knowing how people will say it, or how they'll take to the knowledge that a guy apparently named "Julian" pretentiously (apparently) calls himself "Hoo-lee-ahn."

    Will Americans really get on board with listening to, and saying, the word "Hoo-lee-ahn"?

    Maybe an upside-down exclamation point would help.

  32. @Clifford Brown

    I guess there just isn’t much Mexican-American talent out there if a half dozen years have gone by and they’re still stuck with Julian Castro as their most riveting figure.
     
    Gavin Newsom is likely going to be the governor of California for awhile, but maybe Eric Garcetti could be our first Mexican-American President. Sure, Garcetti would also be our first Italian, Jewish and Lithuanian President, but, hey, who's counting?

    Don't forget that Mitt Romney was merely a few percentage points away from becoming our first Mexican-American President back in 2012.

    Maybe Louis C.K. will take a run for it.

    Was President Camacho of Mexican descent? Kind of unclear.

    Sure, Garcetti would also be our first Italian, Jewish and Lithuanian President, but, hey, who’s counting?

    Al Smith could have been our first Italian, German, and Irish president, in addition to yet another Anglo-Saxon. And don’t forget John Kerry’s amazing religious hat trick.

  33. @Clifford Brown

    I guess there just isn’t much Mexican-American talent out there if a half dozen years have gone by and they’re still stuck with Julian Castro as their most riveting figure.
     
    Gavin Newsom is likely going to be the governor of California for awhile, but maybe Eric Garcetti could be our first Mexican-American President. Sure, Garcetti would also be our first Italian, Jewish and Lithuanian President, but, hey, who's counting?

    Don't forget that Mitt Romney was merely a few percentage points away from becoming our first Mexican-American President back in 2012.

    Maybe Louis C.K. will take a run for it.

    Was President Camacho of Mexican descent? Kind of unclear.

    Maybe Louis C.K. will take a run for it.

    Freddie Prinze Jr is of age. A Hungaricosaxon.

    He’s also married to Buffy, who would bring some much-needed glamour to One Observatory Circle.

  34. @Lot
    The accent mark is the correct spelling of the name, but accents are often dropped from proper nouns. Something like if an American were named Chloë on her birth certificate, she probably would spell it Chloe with no diaeresis most of the time to avoid looking pretentious.

    “Correct spelling,” eh? This doesn’t get us any closer to knowing how people will say it, or how they’ll take to the knowledge that a guy apparently named “Julian” pretentiously (apparently) calls himself “Hoo-lee-ahn.”

    Will Americans really get on board with listening to, and saying, the word “Hoo-lee-ahn”?

    Maybe an upside-down exclamation point would help.

    • Replies: @Lot

    how they’ll take to the knowledge that a guy apparently named “Julian” pretentiously (apparently) calls himself “Hoo-lee-ahn.”

    Will Americans really get on board with listening to, and saying, the word “Hoo-lee-ahn”?

    Maybe an upside-down exclamation point would help.
     

    Hard to understand why someone born and raised here would use a quasi-Spanish pronunciation.

    Nothing wrong with Marco by contrast, we have all heard of Marco Polo and it is not hard to say or spelled differently than it sounds.

    "Hoolian" is not even how Mexicans would say Julian, or any language.

    "j" in Spanish is more like Scottish Loch or Hebrew Hannakuh.

  35. @Wilkey
    The team which wrote the songs consisted of a blunt, hairy Jewish guy and a soft, almost effeminate “white Hispanic”

    The "white Hispanic" to which you refer is Robert Lopez, who is (apparently) European on his mother's side and whose father is part Filipino. So not really a Hispanic, except in the convoluted, absurd way that an Asian population supposedly belongs to a group traditionally assume to be part-European and part-Amerind.

    The blunt hairy gay Jewish guy you refer to is Jeff Marx, who co-wrote Avenue Q, a musical episode of the sitcom "Scrubs," and nothing else worth mentioning. Apparently he is a little too blunt: he was originally on the team for "Book of Mormon: The Musical," but Robert Lopez and the South Park guys kicked him off their team for being an asshole.

    The “white Hispanic” to which you refer is Robert Lopez, who is (apparently) European on his mother’s side and whose father is part Filipino.

    He’s my second-favorite Robert Lopez, after Robert Oscar Lopez, who also had a Philippine father, along with a Puerto Rican lesbian mother.

  36. @Wilkey
    Hillary's problem is that if she picks a white guy she depresses minority turnout, and if she picks a minority she only serves to remind white voters (white men, especially) that the Democratic Party just doesn't give a shit about us.

    Black voters may have a problem of the "once you go black you can never go back" variety. They feel entitled (see: the Oscars, and roughly half of all commercials). Having now been to the White House, they're the kind who will feel slighted every time there's a ticket without a black candidate.

    Booker? Yeah, let's pick an unmarried, childless (I guess) black guy from New Jersey to go with the harpy in the loveless marriage who squeezed out one solitary kid for the sake of political expediency who abandoned her adopted her home state of Arkansas as soon as she had the chance.

    No way Hillary picks a white guy. I don’t see how the Dems can run a ticket of two white people ever again.

    It is amusing that there is no Democrat “Latino” even remotely credible to be on the ticket. If it looks like Sanders may win, or Hillary might be indicted, then I wonder if Obama would endorse her (and scupper the prosecution if necessary) in exchange for extending his legacy, e.g., forcing her to take his homie Deval Patrick (another super-low-wattage bulb) for VP? Or think out of the box like that black professor he had the “beer summit” with?

    • Replies: @Wilkey
    "No way Hillary picks a white guy. I don’t see how the Dems can run a ticket of two white people ever again."

    But nominating Jews for three out of their last four Supreme Court appointments is no big deal.

    The need for a diverse presidential ticket is another part of the Democratic Party's quandary. They've embraced non-white immigration because it will help them win elections. But what happens when all those immigrants decide they'd rather not be led by whites? If you're a white man or woman who wants to go into politics is that the party you'd throw your hat in with? Not likely.

    And a party run by blacks and Hispanics faces yet another problem: finding competent leaders. That's why the number of whites supporting the Democratic Party will dwindle. The Democratic Party will become the party of corrupt, incompetent minorities.
  37. This Hoolian keeps coming back a bad Aztec penny.

  38. @Dave Pinsen
    Is there any point in picking Castro as VP after tonight? Might as well cross your fingers and go for Booker, if you can't get Bernie onboard.
    https://twitter.com/daveweigel/status/702360021976408064

    3% of Latinoxoes still voted for Bush?
    Hmm…

  39. @Hail
    "Correct spelling," eh? This doesn't get us any closer to knowing how people will say it, or how they'll take to the knowledge that a guy apparently named "Julian" pretentiously (apparently) calls himself "Hoo-lee-ahn."

    Will Americans really get on board with listening to, and saying, the word "Hoo-lee-ahn"?

    Maybe an upside-down exclamation point would help.

    how they’ll take to the knowledge that a guy apparently named “Julian” pretentiously (apparently) calls himself “Hoo-lee-ahn.”

    Will Americans really get on board with listening to, and saying, the word “Hoo-lee-ahn”?

    Maybe an upside-down exclamation point would help.

    Hard to understand why someone born and raised here would use a quasi-Spanish pronunciation.

    Nothing wrong with Marco by contrast, we have all heard of Marco Polo and it is not hard to say or spelled differently than it sounds.

    “Hoolian” is not even how Mexicans would say Julian, or any language.

    “j” in Spanish is more like Scottish Loch or Hebrew Hannakuh.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    Where is here? He's from San Antonio where half the population speaks Spanish and the other half is used to Spanish everything. No one there blinks an eye at people with names using full or partial Spanish pronunciation.

    I agree that in most of the US his name and its pronunciation is a liability. Plus he's named Castro which obviously isn't great in US politics.

    , @EriK
    To be fair, as Steve has noted, he learned Spanish from a Jewish tutor.
  40. Isn’t San Antonio run by a professional city manager with the mayor a largely ceremonial $2ok a year gig?

    • Replies: @Seamus Padraig

    Isn’t San Antonio run by a professional city manager with the mayor a largely ceremonial $2ok a year gig?
     
    Yup. I came from San Antonio.
  41. @syonredux

    Mexicans are a very mediocre people.
     
    "Mexican mediocrity" is a phrase that has a future. Of course, only bad people will actually say it. Everyone else will simply think it.....

    I seem to recall Octavio Paz writing a lot about it.

  42. I hope it is Castro. There are issues about Clinton’s health, which you can be sure the Republicans will raise. And Castro sets new standards for being unqualified. His political experience to date is as glorified high school class president of San Antonio, and head of what’s widely considered the most useless of all federal agencies.

  43. @Reg Cæsar

    Iced tea, artificial sweeteners…a distinctly effeminate vibe there. He’s got more in common with Marquiño than just being a blank screen.
     
    I watched this documentary following the production travails of several Broadway shows, one of which was Avenue Q. The team which wrote the songs consisted of a blunt, hairy Jewish guy and a soft, almost effeminate "white Hispanic". Researching clues of their "sexuality" revealed that in fact the Hispanic guy had a wife and daughter, while the tough Jew belonged to a gay men's choir in LA.

    Bullfighters are as he-man as you get, yet dress like girls. Is this a pan-Hispanic thing?

    “Bullfighters are as he-man as you get, yet dress like girls. Is this a pan-Hispanic thing?”

    In the French Basque country we stopped in a small town for refreshments, and there were a couple of odd guys in the gents toilets, checking themselves minutely in the mirrors – strange gear, too, white shirts, black trousers, red neckerchiefs. As we walked the town we realised there were hundreds of identically dressed young men, propping up every bar in town and waiting for the bullfight which started five hours later. Southern European men seem to care more about their clothes and appearance.

    • Replies: @Clyde
    That's OK just so long as they are dressing for the girls and not El Matador...
  44. Julián Castro cut into his overcooked brisket, dumped four artificial sweeteners into his iced tea and shifted in his seat.

    I have to hand it to the reporter, that’s a really fantastic use of seemingly irrelevant detail to portray the subject of the interview in a demeaning, condescending light.

    “Oh, look, he eats overcooked brisket! He uses artificial sweeteners! What a cretin!”

  45. @bomag
    someone completely unqualified

    Is that even a thing? What again qualifies Mr. Barry Soetoro?

    It probably didn't matter who McCain picked. Palin was good for the interest she generated, and for exposing the pure class hatred that motivates our politics.

    Is that even a thing? What again qualifies Mr. Barry Soetoro?

    An IQ of above 100, so he doesn’t completely embarrass his side every time he’s asked a simple question?

  46. @Hail
    The Wash Post printed his name with an accent mark on the "a":

    Julián.

    Whereas,
    the LA Times printed it without the accent mark.

    Julian.

    Significance?

    Julian is obviously the raaaaacist spelling, done no doubt by someone of white privilege.

  47. I await comment from our resident expert on all things Hispanic. Chico Caldera where are you?

  48. @Reg Cæsar

    Iced tea, artificial sweeteners…a distinctly effeminate vibe there. He’s got more in common with Marquiño than just being a blank screen.
     
    I watched this documentary following the production travails of several Broadway shows, one of which was Avenue Q. The team which wrote the songs consisted of a blunt, hairy Jewish guy and a soft, almost effeminate "white Hispanic". Researching clues of their "sexuality" revealed that in fact the Hispanic guy had a wife and daughter, while the tough Jew belonged to a gay men's choir in LA.

    Bullfighters are as he-man as you get, yet dress like girls. Is this a pan-Hispanic thing?

    Reg Caesar , Shared a few drinks with a young bullfighter in Columbia. He was pencil thin and good looking. I don’t think I could step into the ring with one of those fighting bulls, bred solely for bull fighting. However, I was completely repulsed by the sticking and stabbing of the bull that precedes the actual bull fight. The tight toreador pants are so the bull doesn’t snag your clothes as he thunders by, same with the short, close fitted jacket-vest. The correct statement is girls dress like bull fighters, adopting the tight toreador pants and vest, not vice versa.

  49. @syonredux
    I say, spell it "Hoolian." That way no one gets confused.

    Who, Leon?

  50. @Anonymous Nephew
    "Bullfighters are as he-man as you get, yet dress like girls. Is this a pan-Hispanic thing?"

    In the French Basque country we stopped in a small town for refreshments, and there were a couple of odd guys in the gents toilets, checking themselves minutely in the mirrors - strange gear, too, white shirts, black trousers, red neckerchiefs. As we walked the town we realised there were hundreds of identically dressed young men, propping up every bar in town and waiting for the bullfight which started five hours later. Southern European men seem to care more about their clothes and appearance.

    That’s OK just so long as they are dressing for the girls and not El Matador…

  51. @Lot

    how they’ll take to the knowledge that a guy apparently named “Julian” pretentiously (apparently) calls himself “Hoo-lee-ahn.”

    Will Americans really get on board with listening to, and saying, the word “Hoo-lee-ahn”?

    Maybe an upside-down exclamation point would help.
     

    Hard to understand why someone born and raised here would use a quasi-Spanish pronunciation.

    Nothing wrong with Marco by contrast, we have all heard of Marco Polo and it is not hard to say or spelled differently than it sounds.

    "Hoolian" is not even how Mexicans would say Julian, or any language.

    "j" in Spanish is more like Scottish Loch or Hebrew Hannakuh.

    Where is here? He’s from San Antonio where half the population speaks Spanish and the other half is used to Spanish everything. No one there blinks an eye at people with names using full or partial Spanish pronunciation.

    I agree that in most of the US his name and its pronunciation is a liability. Plus he’s named Castro which obviously isn’t great in US politics.

  52. @Lot

    how they’ll take to the knowledge that a guy apparently named “Julian” pretentiously (apparently) calls himself “Hoo-lee-ahn.”

    Will Americans really get on board with listening to, and saying, the word “Hoo-lee-ahn”?

    Maybe an upside-down exclamation point would help.
     

    Hard to understand why someone born and raised here would use a quasi-Spanish pronunciation.

    Nothing wrong with Marco by contrast, we have all heard of Marco Polo and it is not hard to say or spelled differently than it sounds.

    "Hoolian" is not even how Mexicans would say Julian, or any language.

    "j" in Spanish is more like Scottish Loch or Hebrew Hannakuh.

    To be fair, as Steve has noted, he learned Spanish from a Jewish tutor.

  53. It is amusing that there is no Democrat “Latino” even remotely credible to be on the ticket. If it looks like Sanders may win, or Hillary might be indicted, then I wonder if Obama would endorse her (and scupper the prosecution if necessary) in exchange for

    I think Hussein’s legacy will be to leave office and start building the Hussein Foundation (name still subject to change of course) to displace the Clinton Foundation. I think he’s had enough time to check out the latter and decide it’s a pretty sweet gig. So, no, my guess is he won’t be carrying much water for Hillary.

    • Replies: @EriK
    I'm hoping he writes another about himself.
  54. @Arclight
    Isn't San Antonio run by a professional city manager with the mayor a largely ceremonial $2ok a year gig?

    Isn’t San Antonio run by a professional city manager with the mayor a largely ceremonial $2ok a year gig?

    Yup. I came from San Antonio.

  55. @Svigor

    It is amusing that there is no Democrat “Latino” even remotely credible to be on the ticket. If it looks like Sanders may win, or Hillary might be indicted, then I wonder if Obama would endorse her (and scupper the prosecution if necessary) in exchange for
     
    I think Hussein's legacy will be to leave office and start building the Hussein Foundation (name still subject to change of course) to displace the Clinton Foundation. I think he's had enough time to check out the latter and decide it's a pretty sweet gig. So, no, my guess is he won't be carrying much water for Hillary.

    I’m hoping he writes another about himself.

  56. @Reg Cæsar
    OT, but did Vdare.com move to Atlanta? I keep getting 404'ed on my way over there.

    I’ve was routed to a Verizon “Unable to find” page. They’re probably blocked as a hate site.

  57. @EdwardM
    No way Hillary picks a white guy. I don't see how the Dems can run a ticket of two white people ever again.

    It is amusing that there is no Democrat "Latino" even remotely credible to be on the ticket. If it looks like Sanders may win, or Hillary might be indicted, then I wonder if Obama would endorse her (and scupper the prosecution if necessary) in exchange for extending his legacy, e.g., forcing her to take his homie Deval Patrick (another super-low-wattage bulb) for VP? Or think out of the box like that black professor he had the "beer summit" with?

    “No way Hillary picks a white guy. I don’t see how the Dems can run a ticket of two white people ever again.”

    But nominating Jews for three out of their last four Supreme Court appointments is no big deal.

    The need for a diverse presidential ticket is another part of the Democratic Party’s quandary. They’ve embraced non-white immigration because it will help them win elections. But what happens when all those immigrants decide they’d rather not be led by whites? If you’re a white man or woman who wants to go into politics is that the party you’d throw your hat in with? Not likely.

    And a party run by blacks and Hispanics faces yet another problem: finding competent leaders. That’s why the number of whites supporting the Democratic Party will dwindle. The Democratic Party will become the party of corrupt, incompetent minorities.

  58. “If Hillary goes for this guy, she should be nailed hard for incompetence”

    FX, did you really need to bring up how long it’s been since Hillary was last nailed hard . . . for anything?

    (Gotta love a chance to make an “Animal House” reference)

  59. I’m hoping he writes another about himself

    I think a set of encyclopedias would be more appropriate, don’t you?

  60. Great pic from the Hillary fundraiser BLM flap:

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