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Castro Weighs In on Veep Speculation

The HUD secretary doesn’t think he’ll be picked and isn’t sure if he’d say yes.

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The fifth-annual Texas Tribune Festival, held this weekend at The University of Texas at Austin, was a blizzard of politics and policy discussion that left this member of the capitol press corps with a number of things I’d like to write about this week, once I recuperate from the festival itself.

So for now, I’d just like to give readers an update on a subject of much speculation that I wrote about last week: will Julián Castro, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and former mayor of San Antonio, be Hillary Clinton’s running mate in 2016? Evan Smith, the co-founder and CEO of the Tribune, put this question to Castro himself during their one-on-one conversation Sunday morning. The secretary’s response, as Smith anticipated, was noncommittal, but Castro offered some interesting elaboration: he doesn’t feel that he will be Clinton’s choice for running mate, in the end. And though Castro said that he and his family would take such an offer seriously, as anyone would, “it’s not a given” that he would ultimately say yes.

Castro went on to say that it’s unlikely, but not impossible, that he’d run for governor in 2018. That sounds about right to me too. Several years ago, it was an operating assumption for most Texas political watchers that Castro was considering a gubernatorial bid in 2018, but in the wake of 2014’s Republican landslide, the timeline has been revised: these days, I think, the operating assumption is that Castro is considering a gubernatorial bid in 2022.

Video of the full conversation with Castro, and several other marquee events, is available at the Tribune‘s site.

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  • roadgeek

    I’ll look forward to voting against him whenever he runs, and for whatever office. That his mother was a founding member of La Raza Unida is one good reason not to vote for him, and his lack of demonstrable achievement in office is another. The same goes for his brother.
    He does look good in a suit, I’ll grant him that.

    • WUSRPH

      I just had to break my fast from the BB to say “Hello” to roadgeek. It is so GOOD to see an entry by him. It is far too long between them. The one thing the BB needs the most is comments by informed, legitimate conservatives like roadgeek and less by you know who…..So, geek, please come around more often.

      P.S.
      http://www.newrepublic.com/article/123130/donald-trump-peddles-populism-rich?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=New%20Campaign&utm_term=TNR%20Daily%20Newsletter

      • Indiana Pearl

        Don’t get too enthusiastic, Mr.W.

        Roadgeek posts on American Renaissance, the white supremacist site. Seems he intensely dislikes people of color.

        • Jed

          “Roadgeek posts on American Renaissance, the white supremacist site, about his dislike for black folks. Seems he intensely dislikes people of color. That’s not conservatism. That’s racism, plain and simple.”

          this is what i wrote before i saw roadgeeks’ reply to you: but that is what counts as an informed, legitimate conservative.

          this is what i write after: yes, you are a racist, roadgeek. not that anyone should be surprised by that. i eel vindicated for al the nasty things i’ve written to you in the past.

          this is TM’s target audience. as a group, i am not a bit fond of them.

          unbelievable. why can’t our society get past these idiots?

        • roadgeek

          Let me clarify. Yes, I comment at AR, as I do many other sights. I read everything, whether I agree with it or not, just to learn what others are thinking. Black people? Individually I’m fine with them, probably because the ones I’m exposed to share the same value set I do, including work, education, thrift, nuclear family and so forth. As a group, I am not a bit fond of black people. Their refusal to assimilate and their sense of victimhood dooms them to a perpetual underclass status in our society. I don’t see that changing anytime soon. If that makes me racist, so be it.

          • Jed

            i can’t even walk away from this.

            your post is, obviously (as you are clearly aware) the very textbook definition of racism. you have taken an observation about a subset of a group and applied it to the whole group. i know you don’t need me to tell you that that you are racist, since you obviously know it already.

            so instead i came back to tell you that you are a despicable human being and an embarrassment to texas. i bet you call yourself a christian, too, f**ker.

            g**d**n, where did all the good people go? what a s**tty world we live in.

            this website is suckhole full of suck.

            PS – wusrph, you are an idiot.

          • roadgeek

            I’m agnostic, actually.

          • WUSRPH

            Agreed….I was not aware of that feature of his postings….sorry…..but there are others on this site who also have a problem with blacks as a group. They are all to be pitied for their views….but that cannot be an excuse for their behavior. In general, I think we have made great progress since my youth…but there will probably always be some racists among us…They have to have someone to look down upon to give them some feeling of worth. We, however, cannot let them go unchallenged.

          • Indiana Pearl

            It is my belief that one can be a conservative, but not a racist. Your search continues for an intellectual conservative . . . racists don’t qualify.

          • John Johnson

            You OK?

          • Rules of Blazon

            You are a terrible person.

          • Unwound

            “As a group, I am not a bit fond of black people. Their refusal to assimilate and their sense of victimhood dooms them to a perpetual underclass status in our society”

            jesus christ. this is gross and sad.

          • John Johnson

            “If you are taught bitterness and anger, then you will believe you are a victim. You will feel aggrieved and the twin brother of aggrievment is entitlement. So now you think you are owed something and you don’t have to work for it and now you’re on a really bad road to nowhere because there are people who will play to that sense of victimhood, aggreivement and entitlement, and you still won’t have a job.”
            Condi Rice

          • Indiana Pearl

            Says the woman who shopped for shoes on 9/11 . . .

          • John Johnson

            There you go off on another tangent again. Duck, dodge, run off in another “yeah, but” direction.

          • dave in texas

            I have a lot of respect for Condi Rice’s achievements, but after all is said and done, this is just her opinion. It’s no more of a valid representation of the African American experience than that of say, Henry Louis Gates or Magic Johnson or Ta-Nehisi Coates. And just as a point of reference, she was raised in fairly privileged circumstances, unlike those she seems to be criticizing here. I’m absolutely not saying that there’s no truth to what she’s saying. I’m just saying that it’s a lot more complicated than that, that there’s no single answer (or even one “correct” question to ask) that will address the tangle of pathologies that comprise race relations in this country.

          • John Johnson

            No doubt about it. Lots of opinions about the plight of African Americans these days. I prefer to quote the Blacks who refuse to use the “poor us”…”we don’t stand a chance”…”you owe us” arguments.

          • Indiana Pearl

            How could they possibly “assimililate”? They have been barred from almost all opportunities to do so until the Civil Rights Movement. Even now it’s tough to be black or brown in the U.S.

            You live in White People’s Fantasy Land.

          • roadgeek

            Yes, please do continue to enable their victimhood. They’ve only had 50 years since the golden age of the Civil Rights movement.

          • Indiana Pearl

            I suggest you go back and read the comments in AR. A significant number of them refer to putting targets on the foreheads or backs of black folks, “coming race wars,” and other reactionary drivel.

            Race hatred and bigotry is not a thing of the past. The GOP – with the guidance of Lee Atwater – has become the Angry White People’s party.

          • Indiana Pearl

            American women got the right to vote in 1920. They still are treated like second-class citizens.

          • John Johnson

            No so. Some are treated that way.

          • Indiana Pearl

            We’ll see how a Hillary candidate is treated by the GOP.

          • John Johnson

            Like the snake she is.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Loser!

          • John Johnson

            African Americans have had a rough row to hoe, but the Civil Rights Act was enacted 45 years ago. Minorities from all over the world come here and hit the ground running. They take advantage of educational opportunities, they find work, and they have strong family units. There are problems, but they themselves are the genesis of a great many of these.

          • Indiana Pearl
          • John Johnson

            Yeah, I understand why this might be. It is called failure to assimilate. All of a sudden, names like John, Sam, Sue, Donna and Charles don’t work. Formica Dinette and such replaced them. Human nature is human nature. I’m going to think that young Mr. Mulaffa might just have a tad bit of radical in him. Human nature. Engrained. Not easily overcome. I know what to expect next. Go ahead and say it.

          • Indiana Pearl

            How about Track, Bristol, Willow, and Piper? Funny names work well for white people, but not black folks.

          • John Johnson

            Read the definition of assimilation. You don’t seem to have it quite right.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Black people speak English, but you don’t like them. Brown people don’t speak English and you don’t like them either.

            By “assimilate,” you mean “act like white people.”

          • John Johnson

            Read the definition and quit these foolish posts.

          • Unwound

            Yeah, they should be thrilled to assimilate into a society that continues to devalue them and shows them a complete lack of dignity.

          • John Johnson

            Horse****! Respect is given to those who deserve same. Many blacks do not; many whites do not.

          • Unwound

            if you have an issue with their names, maybe thats your problem, not theirs.

          • John Johnson

            Oh, come on…you can do better than that. One of your weaker retorts. I speak the truth. It’s the way it is. You start giving your kids African and Middle Eastern names, you’re not really wanting to assimilate; you are wanting to be different. That’s OK; just don’t whine about the consequences like woman in the New York Times piece was doing.

          • Indiana Pearl

            So if an Italian immigrant names his son “Giuseppe,” it’s okay, but if an African immigrant names his son “Barack”, it fries your gonads?

            Gimme a break!

          • John Johnson

            No, I don’t like “Giuseppe” either. Gus would be much better.

          • Indiana Pearl

            WASPs do not get to define what is American.

          • John Johnson

            We certainly don’t have exclusivity, but I do, however, get to express my opinion, and I have done so. That seems to blow your dress up.

          • Indiana Pearl

            I don’t wear dresses, cowboy.

          • Indiana Pearl

            JJ, you have a fatal case of FOSP!

          • roadgeek

            It’s in the NYT; of course it supports your worldview.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Just because it’s in the NYT doesn’t mean it’s not true.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Anthropologist Margaret Mead stated that it would take 1000 years for African Americans to be fully “assimilated.” Of course, you believe 45 years is enough.

          • John Johnson

            Full assimilation is the point where you cannot tell the difference from one person to the next. Many northern Italians are blue eyed and blond headed. Sicilians are all dark. Get it? When we are all mulattos, we will be fully integrated.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Oh boy! A genetics lesson . . .

          • John Johnson

            Simply read the definition of assimilation, Pearl. Meade was right…but it starts with accepting the customs of the group one is attempting to assimilate with.

          • Indiana Pearl

            African Americans are nothing like their distant African cousins.

          • John Johnson

            ?????

          • Indiana Pearl

            American blacks are much more like American whites than they are to African blacks.

          • Indiana Pearl

            A Kenyan woman getting a Ph. D. used to do gardening for me to make extra money. She told me how shocked she was to see American women wearing “trousers.” African women traditionally wear ankle-length wrap skirts.

          • dave in texas

            Did you ever stop to think that for hundreds of years, African Americans (who have been here as long as white people, btw) were not allowed to assimilate? Laws were put in place that denied them the right to even try and assimilate, laws that were in place until very recently, historically speaking. Evidently, you think it’s fair to expect people to overcome centuries of repression, violence, and theft in only a couple of generations. I’m just thankful that attitudes like yours are dying out, that the kind of naked racism you espouse is finally, even if far too slowly, coming to an end.

      • John Johnson

        Let me get this straight…now you are “fasting” instead of staying gone? Fasting when you really aren’t? Why don’t you knock off this charade? Did you expect this site to wither and die when you left? Expect all to beg you to come back? Aren’t you a bit embarrassed?

        • Indiana Pearl

          Mr. W., don’t let JJ bait you. It’s a waste of your time.

          • John Johnson

            Ha…”baiting” is attempting to draw someone in…that is the antithesis of what my intents are.

          • Indiana Pearl

            You like to browbeat him because he worked in government.

          • John Johnson

            I like to confront him because he is so proud of himself. I respect his vast historical knowledge; I abhor his acceptance of “business as usual” in Austin when everyone but those who are a part of it knows it stinks. Furthermore, I am not fond of whiners.

          • Indiana Pearl

            You are proud of your self made man shtick.

            “Pride goeth before the fall.”

          • John Johnson

            Yes, I am, but not overtly so. I mention it only because an independent businessman is exposed to the real world’s many facets much more so than some pompous government employee.

          • Indiana Pearl

            You are “overtly” so.

            All people make their way in the world – chefs, nurses, teacers, bartenders, scientists, nuns, cab drivers, etc. Just because they didn’t start a business doesn’t mean their opinion or worthiness is less valuable than yours.

          • John Johnson

            No doubt about it…but I’m not going to profess to know something about drilling a well when I’ve never drilled one….or about how to remove someone’s tonsils. The Professor lecturing on international trade or how independent businessmen think wore me out. He was/is one of the most egotistical people I have ever encountered.

          • WUSRPH

            Sorry but your repeated insults and attacks will not incite me to return on anything near to a regular basis. I may drop in once in a while…but. as I told you earlier, I am sorry but you are on your own as I will no longer help you deal with your more than simplistic (in the most literal sense of the word) view of the world,. So, as you would say, give it up.

          • John Johnson

            No, sir. I will not “give it up”. In reality, I think that I am doing you a favor. Your friends obviously will not tell you what needs to be said. Rest assured, I will.

          • WUSRPH

            I close any thought about you with the repeat of an old, but valid exchange:

            I finally figured out the basic difference between us.

            I BELIEVE IN AMERICA and YOU DO NOT.

            I believe that what makes America great is not the religion, race, ethnicity or language of its citizens or its wealth and power, but rather the basic beliefs of the rights and duties of man that are incorporated in its founding documents, no more so than in the Bill of Rights which I believe is the most important enactment in our history.

            YOU DO NOT. Instead you see only our wealth and power and fear for its loss. You see new people,
            new religions and new ideas and believe they threaten what you hold.

            I believe as long as we retain those beliefs and defend the rights of all our citizens and residents, we need not fear for the future of America. For I believe that it is those principles and our defense of them are what make this country extraordinary. And that if we abandon them we become a country no greater than and no more worth surviving than any other.

            YOU DO NOT. Instead you are willing to sacrifice the
            principles and beliefs that have made us who we are for mere material survival. I WILL NOT.

            I believe that despite our many failures and wrongs we may have done, this country was, still is and can yet be the example and model for the world. For I believe, as our anthem says, “For conquer we must when our cause it is just.”

            YOU DO NOT. Instead you are terrified of what the future may bring and proclaim this is a broken, sick and damaged country hanging on by its fingernails to its place in a hostile world. I DO NOT.

            I believe that our greatest strength has been the ability to tap the skills, the minds and the cultures of millions of different peoples from thousands of different places weaving strands of hyphen-Americans into Americans. And, that we should, with reasonable controls, continue to welcome those who share our dreams.

            YOU DO NOT. Instead you fantasize waves of invaders sweeping across our land stealing our jobs and devouring the wealth we have accumulated like locusts and would turn our borders into armed camps barring all but a select few from entry.

            I believe that America must reach out to the world to
            survive. And, that we must learn to live with others and their beliefs and be willing to use or wealth and power to make the world a safer place for the beliefs we cherish.

            YOU DO NOT. Instead you would have us withdraw into Fortress America convinced that we must hide
            from the world in order to survive.

            I believe that it is what we believe, more than what we have, that has carried this country thru challenges greater than any that face us now….And, I believe there is hope to overcome the challenges of today and tomorrow.

            YOU DO NOT. Instead you believe that our best is behind us and that we must now wrap our nation in
            some sort of cocoon to save what we have.

            I believe that, despite its faults and missteps, most of the people who serve in government strive to do what they see as the best.

            YOU DO NOT. Instead you cry out that all is rotten, corrupt and evil and that there is no hope.

            I am POSITIVE ON AMERICAN while YOU ARE NEGATIVE for I BELIEVE IN AMERICA AND YOU DO NOT.

          • John Johnson

            Professor Pedant at his absolute finest!

            My response to your epistle?

            In much the same way a diseased person holds out hope for a better tomorrow, I know that first the cancer has to be treated and the tumor removed…then a monitored plan instituted to insure that it does not return.

            I am POSITIVE that if you do not clean up the pit, the stench will just get worse.

            You can’t smell it…you’ve been too close to it. You have been part of it. I am POSITIVE of this. Your own words and defense of the indefensible, proves it.

            See ya!

          • WUSRPH

            SSD

          • John Johnson

            This grows old, Professor. No more, please.

          • WUSRPH

            Just for old times sake:
            I believe in America. You do not.

        • WUSRPH

          Did I expect:
          Site to wither: No.
          Beg me to come back: No
          Am I Embarrassed: No
          I will drop by occasionally If I see something of interest. In this case, it was a comment by someone I mistakenly thought was a conservative and not the usual fool. I was glad to see what I thought was a real one join in the discussion since it would help keep the BB alive, My mistake.

          • John Johnson

            The site seems to be alive and well. I’ve even noticed some new participants lately. The average length of the posts also seems to have shortened up a great deal.

          • Indiana Pearl

            BB is on life support . . .

    • Indiana Pearl

      What’s your beef about La Raza?

      • roadgeek

        They advocate a “comprehensive immigration reform”, which is newsspeak for amnesty for lawbreakers. They also perpetuate a sense of victimhood in Latinos. I’m well aware that Latinos were treated miserably in this country, as were blacks, but I live in the moment, and so do they. Constantly dwelling on the past impedes future progress.

        • Indiana Pearl

          That is your interpretation of their purpose. Ever work as a migrant laborer?

  • Indiana Pearl

    How many more “grandma” slams will we have to endure about Hillary? Mitt was a grandpa, as are several of the current male candidates. No one ever comments or cares.

    Knock it off!

  • Rules of Blazon

    It really is disturbing how TM seems to court and coddle racists.

    • roadgeek

      “Wrong thinking is punishable. Right thinking is as quickly rewarded. You will find it an effective combination.”

      • Indiana Pearl

        Who said that?

        • roadgeek

          The Keeper of “The Menagerie”, on Talos IV. The planet was run by an advanced civilization, who kept a zoo of species from other worlds. When misbehavior occurred, the Keeper would punish the malefactor with his own thoughts. It’s a Star Trek thing. Gene Roddenberry was very, very liberal for his time, but he also recognized the necessity for free thought, inquiry and speech, even when perceived as objectionable; he made certain audiences understood the concept.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Roddenberry ‘s flight deck on the Enterprise was staffed with multi-racial, multi-national men and women. No white supremacists . . .

    • dave in texas

      Oh, fer cryin’out loud. Nobody’s being courted or coddled here; it’s an open comments section. Do you see anybody’s comments calling him out for racism being deleted? No. Do you see TM staffers asking for more of that kind of drivel? Of course not. I repeat, it’s an open comments section, and nobody has a right not to be offended.

      • Indiana Pearl

        No potty mouths . . .

  • All together now…If you do not agree with me you’re

    1. a racist

    2. hate women(especially grandma’s)

    3. hate gays

    Is it possible to have a discussion about an article posted here w/o these three accusations and the personal attacks?

    Roadgeek has posted similar comments before and got this ringing endorsement from the pedant hisself
    “WUSRPH roadgeek • 12 hours ago

    I just had to break my fast from the BB to say “Hello” to roadgeek. It is so GOOD to see an entry by him. It is far too long between them. The one thing the BB needs the most is comments by informed, legitimate conservatives like roadgeek and less by you know who…..So, geek, please come around more often.

    P.S. I love you.”

    With this comment my job is done. I’ve exposed most liberals for what they are besides being haters most are incapable of a thought of their own.

    • Indiana Pearl

      Yet another “my job here is done” post by Booksie . . . If only he would go away forever.

    • Indiana Pearl

      Bigots hatehatehate exposure.

  • Indiana Pearl

    I have a friend here in Texas, a lovely person, a pro-life Democrat who has a four-year-degree from a state university in Texas. She calmly stated a couple of years ago that “. . . that there was no slavery in Texas. It was all indentured servitude.”

    Astounding. Just astounding. Pure propaganda . . .

    • roadgeek

      Well, no. We had slavery. Lots of slavery. Many of the “Old Three Hundred” held slaves. Wonder where she got that idea?

      • Indiana Pearl

        The Texas educational system . . .

        • roadgeek

          Well, the Texas educational system taught me that early Texans held slaves. They didn’t make a big issue of the fact (it was 1974), but it was mentioned. Many small towns and cities in East Texas have substantial black populations; many of them are the descendants of slaves. I was interested enough in the subject to do some reading after I got out of school.

          • Indiana Pearl

            “Early Texans” were Hispanics.

          • John Johnson

            Early Texans were Mexicans.

          • Indiana Pearl

            I believe the EARLIEST Texans were several primitive tribes of native people, the ones who enslaved Cabeza de Vaca. Mexicans thought Texas was a vast wasteland.

          • John Johnson

            “Texias” was an East Texas Indian word meaning “friend” or “friendship”. Predated even the Spanish.

          • Indiana Pearl

            That may be. We’re talking about who was here (Texas) first.

          • John Johnson

            I thought we were talking about who was first called “Texans”. Indians were called Indians; Spaniards were called Spaniards; Mexicans were called Mexicans; early gringo settlers were called Texans.

          • Indiana Pearl

            The Spaniards who came to Mexico “assimilated” with the “natives” and became Mexicans eventually. 90% of Mexicans have some Spanish DNA, but they sure don’t like to be called “Hispanics.”

  • John Johnson

    Why would anyone want a youngster whose body of work is so narrow to be VP and next inline to the Presidency?

    • Indiana Pearl

      How about GWB? Draft dodger and WPE?

      • John Johnson

        Good point, except he served, was governor of Texas, we know everything about him, and, if ever the WPE, has been surpassed by a new record holder, who didn’t even know how to pronounce “corps” much less serve, has massive voids in his background, and has the whole world viewing us as weak and inept.

        • Indiana Pearl

          Our problems didn’t begin the day Obama was inaugurated.

          • John Johnson

            Who said they did? You, Madam, like run in all directions at once, but more often than not, it is backwards like your mentor. The subject at hand is Castro’s qualifications. His are few.

          • Indiana Pearl

            “Mentor”? You mean Obama? I’m old enough to be his mother.

          • John Johnson

            Ha! No…not Obama…Professor Pedant.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Thank god! Thought you were losing it . . .

        • Indiana Pearl

          Does the word “new-kew-ler” sound familiar to you?

        • Indiana Pearl

          Ya know, a couple of years ago, I asked the good old white guys here on BB what attributes GWB exhibited while he was guv. I got non-answers like, “Oh, I dunno, but everything was fine.”

          • John Johnson

            You go ahead and keep running around in the past like you and the rest of your covey like to do. You can excoriate Bush all you want to…I don’t care. It is the guy calling the shots now that has me totally discombobulated. He has no idea how to run a country, nor appoint the proper people to help him do so. Everything he touches turns to s***. Everything he promised was bogus…from the cost of insurance, to Wall Street regulation, to foreign policy plans, to long running world leader relationships, to racial unrest, to…, to…., to ….. He is a loser…the WPE.

          • Indiana Pearl

            That is your opinion. Like the man said, “You’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.”

  • Indiana Pearl

    Beaucoup!

    Now I’m in my wonderful, beautiful southern Indiana . . . and you’re still suffering from fear of the loss of White Privilege.

  • There’s no intention to make Castro Hillary’s VP. First Hillary isn’t the nominee yet, second its the oldest game in the book. If you appear to be promising voters something that may never happen they may vote for your party.
    Democrats think all voters are that dumb.

  • Indiana Pearl

    Swiss cheese logic . . .

  • donuthin2

    Assimilate my rear. How many have you invited to your country club?

    • John Johnson

      i don’t believe assimilation means that the base group is supposed to meet the incoming group half way”. Definition:
      “…when one group’s language and/or culture come to resemble those of another group.” What is it about this that you do not understand? Ebonics, tats, baggy, low slung jeans, cocked caps, and an illegitimacy rate in the 72% range tells me that they are into being different and have no desire to assimilate. You want to blame me for this?

  • donuthin2

    but wouldn’t you rather have a challenge?

    • Indiana Pearl

      It’s kinda like doing crossword puzzles.

  • Indiana Pearl