I’m ready to see Julian Castro call it quits. While he might have some really good qualities and I think in ten years or so he might even be able to try this run for Leader of the Free World again. That time, however, is not now. I think he got a pass when he was confrontational with Beto O’Rourke a few weeks back in another debate but he swung and missed tonight. I thought he was rude and crass and just showed himself to be a smaller man on a stage with some bona fide Democratic giants.
I know Republicans don’t care, or at least are content to look the other way and keep their mouths shut, but Presidential temperament is real and it is important. Julian Castro not only mischaracterized what Joe Biden had said, Castro used it as an excuse to dog whistle a shot at Joe Biden’s age. “Are you telling me you can’t remember what you said two minutes ago?” It was childish, it was petty, and it was wrong. I cannot, and will not, look at Julian Castro in the same light going forward in this election cycle.
I also want to make a quick comment about Mayor Pete. I loved how he stepped in at one point and called out Castro on his chiding and made the very accurate observation that that kind of bickering and name calling and poking is what turns voters off. It’s so wonderful and affirming to see an out and proud gay man standing on a stage with other political leaders and make their case for the highest office in the land. I’m keeping my eye on him for sure! Go Mayor Pete!!! 🙂