2016 identity politics: We’ll meet your Marco Rubio, and raise you a Julian Castro.
I’ve seen this coming for a couple of years.
Julian Castro, the Mayor of San Antonio, reportedly is being nominated for a Cabinet post to give him the credentials to be Hillary’s Veep pick.
President Obama is preparing to nominate Mayor Julián Castro of San Antonio as his new secretary of housing and urban development, elevating one of his party’s Hispanic rising stars as part of a cabinet shuffle that has possible implications for the 2016 presidential race, Democrats informed about the plans said on Saturday.
Mr. Castro, who has often been mentioned as a potential vice-presidential candidate for the Democrats, would take the place of Shaun Donovan, who would become director of the Office of Management and Budget….
Mr. Castro, 39, won national attention in 2012 as the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention, and he and his twin brother, Representative Joaquin Castro, Democrat of Texas, have become popular speakers on the party’s fund-raising circuit. Mr. Obama and the Democrats have predicated their future electoral hopes on appealing to the country’s growing Hispanic population as House Republicans have blocked their efforts to overhaul the immigration system.
Scott Conrad also saw this coming, writing in August 2013, Vice President Julian Castro?:
Close your eyes for a moment and imagine it’s the summer of 2016. Fresh off her victory in the primaries, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is searching for a running mate.
If the 68-year-old Clinton of three years from now were to play the role of Dr. Frankenstein in crafting the politically ideal VP pick, relative youth likely would be a key trait in order to balance the ticket.
And, perhaps facing a general election campaign against the first Hispanic presidential or vice-presidential nominee (think Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, or Susana Martinez), she might also look to a Latino to shore up a critical piece of the Democratic coalition in tossup states like Florida, Colorado, Nevada and Arizona.
What’s more, the former secretary of state probably would want to accentuate the historic nature of her bid to become the first female president by not pairing herself with someone whose ego runs counter to playing second fiddle (sorry, Cory Booker, you’re out.).
It’s a hypothetical scenario, but not one that requires a stretch to think Clinton’s gaze might land here, upon the nation’s seventh largest city, where Mayor Julian Castro would be a few months shy of his 42nd birthday and have seven years in office under his belt.
Castro wisely avoided a likely failed run for Governor.
Don’t underestimate Castro. Or the Democrats willingness to play identity politics.
Ah, this is how Julian Castro gets the resume to be Hillary's VP http://t.co/te5yN5Fcu2
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) May 17, 2014
Clinton-Castro, 2016 vs … Rubio-Martinez? https://t.co/WnxO0gFo8x
— Matt Lewis (@mattklewis) May 17, 2014
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) May 17, 2014
Update: Ben Domenech views this as a sign Texas is not turning Blue anytime soon:
Julian Castro's move to HUD is essentially a declaration that Battleground Texas has failed – a sign he knows he has no future in the state.
— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) May 17, 2014