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Identity politics cabinet shuffle

So, Hispanics in line after women. Also, a two-fer because he'll help turn Texas blue, presumably:

President Barack Obama will nominate San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to become housing secretary and will tap Shaun Donovan, his current housing chief, to run the budget office, a White House official said Thursday.

Obama was expected to announce his latest Cabinet shuffle at the White House on Friday after returning from an overnight trip to Chicago. He was to be joined by Castro, a 39-year-old Democratic up-and-comer, and Donovan, 48, who has led the Department of Housing and Urban Development since the start of Obama's presidency in 2009. The White House official who disclosed the appointments would only speak on condition of anonymity ahead of a pending personnel announcement.

The moves would raise the profiles of two men with close ties to Obama.

Obama chose Castro to deliver the keynote address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention and his star has been on the rise ever since. Donovan is highly regarded inside the White House, where officials have lauded his work overseeing the federal government's response to the devastation Hurricane Sandy unleashed on the East Coast in October 2012.*

NOTE Since Castro was a Democratic mayor, I checked to see if he'd suppressed Occupy San Antonio. I can't find anything specific, but remember the scandal about FBI Snipers?

But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what the document obtained from the Houston FBI, said:

 An identified [DELETED] as of October planned to engage in sniper attacks against protestors (sic) in Houston, Texas if deemed necessary. An identified [DELETED] had received intelligence that indicated the protesters in New York and Seattle planned similar protests in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, Texas. [DELETED] planned to gather intelligence against the leaders of the protest groups and obtain photographs, then formulate a plan to kill the leadership via suppressed sniper rifles. (Note: protests continued throughout the weekend with approximately 6000 persons in NYC. ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests have spread to about half of all states in the US, over a dozen European and Asian cities, including protests in Cleveland (10/6-8/11) at Willard Park which was initially attended by hundreds of protesters.)

Since Castro was mayor during Occupy, one wonders if he was briefed. Anyone out there from San Antonio who knows?

NOTE * The repairs along the coastline in NJ and NY fell off my radar. I wonder what happened....


Submitted by lambert on

I'm not the political party that decided to run on the skin of a black guy (their words; I call him an asshole). The Democrats did, and there's no reason they won't do the same thing again, with a different brand of identity politics; it worked for them after all.

I don't hate the guy, although if he turns out to be another Bloomberg or Jean Quan, who participated in a 17-city paramilitary crackdown of Occupy, he's just as much an asshole as Obama is.

If -- by which I mean "since" -- you can't tell calling bullshit from strategic hate management, then you are going to have a long and ugly 2014 - 2016 campaign.

Submitted by lambert on

No explanation, just a smear. "Any stick to beat a dog" doesn't look any better on you than anybody else. I don't have the time or the energy to keep knocking down this crap.

Adding... Much like, I might add, what the Obots did to Hillary. I'm surprised you want to join that particular crowd, but life is full of surprises.

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Submitted by Alexa on

Obama Administration cabinet nomination

On May 22, 2014 the White House announced Castro as the nominee to be the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by President Obama. . . . Following the announcement, Castro was discussed as a potential 2016 Democratic Vice Presidential nominee.[27] (Wikipedia)

Seriously, some reporters on XM Radio are already "hyping" this story, since the youth vote is thought to be (according to some) sort of shaky for Dems in 2016.

Castro won't be forty years old until this September. (Precipitated by concern about a Rand Paul run, I imagine.)