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.But Castro never gets more interesting.
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.
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.