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More hype for Democratic Convention keynote speakers
(than accomplishment from them)

As I travel, now deep in the heart of Mormon America where, well, popular misconceptions not withstanding, some conservative members of the Church of the Latter-day Saints don’t have much of a problem with a gay Jew, I’ve been finding lots of nuggets in Jim Geraghty’s CampiagnSpot.  Earlier today, he asked an interesting question about San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, the Democrats’ 2012 Convention Keynote speaker:

Shouldn’t a political figure have to demonstrate some real changes for the better in his community before he gets all this hype?

You see, despite all the hype surrounding this young politician, he hasn’t really accomplished much, having made “very little measurable progress in addressing” the problems facing his city.  They honor the man for his potential as if it guarantees a great record — even if he has not yet achieved anything save to win election to high office.  Sound familiar?

Remind me again of what exactly the 2004 Democratic National Convention keynote speaker accomplished before he launched his 2008 White House bid.

NB:  Tweaked the title.

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6 Comments

  1. The precedent was set when Obama was elected…to any office.

    Comment by Lkweirgal — August 8, 2012 @ 7:39 pm - August 8, 2012

  2. Well, lets see. His accomplishments were the personal and political destruction of all his opponents through illegal and contemptible actions by he and his hatchet man(Axelrod). For democrats, that qualifies one to be the POTUS. What a country!!!!

    Comment by mixitup — August 8, 2012 @ 10:47 pm - August 8, 2012

  3. With affirmative action for minorities being par for the course for the Dems, one need not be accomplished at all. Just being gay, Hispanic, black, a woman, etc is enough in itself to cause bowing from the masses. And if they have done nothing, all the better. The dumbing down of America is complete now.

    Comment by davinci — August 9, 2012 @ 9:33 pm - August 9, 2012

  4. Shouldn’t a political figure have to demonstrate some real changes for the better in his community before he gets all this hype?

    But where’s the fun in that? That’s not going to get you an esteemed Nobel Peace Prize. It’s all about being SYMBOLIZING total awesomeness, not about DOING stuff.

    Comment by PopArt — August 10, 2012 @ 10:57 am - August 10, 2012

  5. Julian Castro was chosen solely for his ethnicity. He’s their token Hispanic in a desperate move to pander to the Hispanic voter… I only wonder if Julian knows that. Is he aware that he’s being chosen for racial reasons and not for the content of his character or accomplishments?

    If so, then he really has no character or self respect, which is pretty sad. Then again, if he is unaware, then he’s naively ignorant to the world around him, and I can’t believe a politician is that unaware… He’s just pathetic enough to be the Democrat nominee in 2016. 😀

    Comment by Charlie Foxtrot — August 10, 2012 @ 12:43 pm - August 10, 2012

  6. Charlie Foxtrot, if the party purge post-November goes the way I expect it to go, Julian Castro WILL be the formerly-known-as-the-Obama-Party candidate, with his platform being little more than a screed about how Republicans have poisoned crops, brought devastating storms, created plagues, and are using the blood of black, Hispanic, and gay children to bake their bread.

    The one good thing about Obama, Reid, and Pelosi being nth-level narcissists is that, without fail, a narcissist will NEVER hire or tolerate anything that represents the possibility of outshining them. Obama himself has screamed that he can do every single job in his administration better than the people he has hired, and given its performance to date, I see no reason to disbelieve him.

    Which means that Pelosi, Reid, and Obama are the absolute apex of intelligence and competence that the Obama Party has in its leadership bench. Period.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — August 10, 2012 @ 3:22 pm - August 10, 2012

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